History Main / MurderSimulators

23rd Aug '16 9:58:04 AM Bisected8
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** "Intimidation Game" is supposedly based on [=GamerGate=]. The plot revolves around a group of murderous teenagers who want to kill a woman for the heinous crime of publishing the game while being female. The team figures out that the whole attack is a recreation of the game ''Kill or Be Slaughtered''. Near the end of the episode it's revealed that one of the would-be killers literally sees the world as if it's a video game (with HUD and all). Other highlights include when Fin screams about how real life doesn't have a reset button after threatening to shoot. It's considered one of the most biased representations of "gaming causes violence" in a long time, despite how well the series had handled the subject before.
23rd Aug '16 8:59:15 AM DracoKanji
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** "Intimidation Game" is supposedly based on [=GamerGate=]. The plot revolves around a group of murderous teenagers who want to kill a woman for the heinous crime of publishing the game while being female. The team figures out that the whole attack is a recreation of the game ''Kill or Be Slaughtered''. Near the end of the episode it's revealed that one of the would-be killers literally sees the world as if it's a video game (with HUD and all). Other highlights include when Fin screams about how real life doesn't have a reset button after threatening to shoot. It's considered one of the most biased representations of "gaming causes violence" in a long time, despite how well the series had handled the subject before.
23rd Aug '16 3:09:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* Andrew Schlafly of Wiki/{{Conservapedia}} has a love of InsaneTrollLogic and a hatred of video games and will invariably take advantage of the most tenuous connection to link any news story involving violence or misadventure to gaming. Highlights include the event of an apparently healthy college football star dying suddenly due to what turned out to be an undiagnosed heart condition; articles mentioned he had last been seen playing a video game, so Andy [[http://www.conservapedia.com/index.phptitle=Template%3AMainpageright&action=historysubmit&diff=939108&oldid=939064 felt free to speculate]] that the game was somehow responsible. He also announced that Kim Jong-un and the perpetrator of the Norway summer camp shooting were video game fans, as if this explained everything that was wrong with them, and managed to interpret a story about a boy accidentally shooting his younger brother to death because of an argument over a video game as being about the dangers of games rather than the dangers of leaving guns where your children can get them.

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* Andrew Schlafly of Wiki/{{Conservapedia}} Conservapedia has a love of InsaneTrollLogic and a hatred of video games and will invariably take advantage of the most tenuous connection to link any news story involving violence or misadventure to gaming. Highlights include the event of an apparently healthy college football star dying suddenly due to what turned out to be an undiagnosed heart condition; articles mentioned he had last been seen playing a video game, so Andy [[http://www.conservapedia.com/index.phptitle=Template%3AMainpageright&action=historysubmit&diff=939108&oldid=939064 felt free to speculate]] that the game was somehow responsible. He also announced that Kim Jong-un and the perpetrator of the Norway summer camp shooting were video game fans, as if this explained everything that was wrong with them, and managed to interpret a story about a boy accidentally shooting his younger brother to death because of an argument over a video game as being about the dangers of games rather than the dangers of leaving guns where your children can get them.
22nd Jul '16 8:07:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* Obligatory ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' example, when they mocked this trope back in the "play violent games and you're a criminal" days. Tycho and Gabe are waiting at a line, when Tycho, sick of waiting, shouts [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy "I play violent video games! I could snap any minute!"]]... only to make fun of the clerk hiding behind the counter immediately afterwards.

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* Obligatory ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' example, when they mocked this trope back in the "play violent games and you're a criminal" days. Tycho and Gabe are waiting at a line, when Tycho, sick of waiting, shouts [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy [[GenreSavvy "I play violent video games! I could snap any minute!"]]... only to make fun of the clerk hiding behind the counter immediately afterwards.
26th May '16 3:38:50 PM Doug86
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* ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'', so much that Website/{{Wikipedia}} has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_alleged_Natural_Born_Killers_copycat_crimes a whole list]] of crimes allegedly inspired by the film, including the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} massacre (the killers having been huge fans). The {{irony}}, of course, is that the main theme of the film itself concerns how [[IfItBleedsItLeads media sensationalism]] can lead {{Attention Whore}}s to commit violent acts in the name of FifteenMinutesOfFame, with its {{Villain Protagonist}}s being an OutlawCouple whose spree of murder and robbery turns them into celebrities.

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* ''Film/NaturalBornKillers'', so much that Website/{{Wikipedia}} Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_alleged_Natural_Born_Killers_copycat_crimes a whole list]] of crimes allegedly inspired by the film, including the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} massacre (the killers having been huge fans). The {{irony}}, of course, is that the main theme of the film itself concerns how [[IfItBleedsItLeads media sensationalism]] can lead {{Attention Whore}}s to commit violent acts in the name of FifteenMinutesOfFame, with its {{Villain Protagonist}}s being an OutlawCouple whose spree of murder and robbery turns them into celebrities.
20th May '16 2:34:35 PM BKelly95
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* ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect|1}}'' was called a rape simulator by Fox News. Ironically, the sex scene in question was not only more tame that what you would see on [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy The Other Fox's prime time line up]], the segment showed almost the entire scene. And all of the sex scenes are fully consensual and all but one take place in a mutual relationship. And the woman behind the controversy, one Cooper Lawrence, screeched she had never played the game while condemning it. Her whole basis over the game was based on one comment. The research on this one was so poorly done that ''Jack Thompson'' called Fox out on it. Lastly, with the December 2012 Connecticut shooting, upon finding the killer's Facebook page[[note]]''It wasn't even his''[[/note]], noticed he liked the game. Cue Fox and tons of people claiming ''Franchise/MassEffect'' was behind the whole thing. And cue even more people dogpiling the haters on Facebook.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect|1}}'' was called a rape simulator by Fox News. Ironically, the sex scene in question was not only more tame that what you would see on [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy The Other Fox's prime time line up]], the segment showed almost the entire scene. And all of the sex scenes are fully consensual and all but one take place in a mutual relationship. And the woman behind the controversy, one Cooper Lawrence, screeched she had never played the game while condemning it. Her whole basis over the game was based on one comment. The research on this one was so poorly done that ''Jack Thompson'' called Fox out on it. Lastly, with it.
* After
the December 2012 Connecticut shooting, upon finding it was found the killer's Facebook page[[note]]''It wasn't even his''[[/note]], noticed page mentioned he liked the game. ''VideoGame/MassEffect''. Cue Fox and tons of people claiming ''Franchise/MassEffect'' the game was behind the whole thing. And cue even more people dogpiling the haters on Facebook. On top of that, it wasn't even the shooter's page.



* Parodied in ''VideoGame/ImOK'', an entry to Jack Thompson's infamous challenge to make a game where the leaders of the gaming industry are killed by the player. The father of a murdered 14-year-old says that [[CaptainErsatz Jack Offson's]] claim that video games caused his son's death is preposterous, and that his son wanted to be a video game designer; however, when Offson tells him to think of games as MurderSimulators, he says, "When you put it that way, it all makes sense!" He promised to donate to charity if it would actually be made. When it WAS made, by different people (most famous would be "I'm O.K: Murder Simulation"), he said it was a joke and he would not donate. So what happens? PennyArcade donates the sum he said he would donate, with Jack Thompson's name and text "For Jack Thompson, because Jack Thompson won't". Cue to Thompson trying to have the creators [[ArtisticLicenseLaw arrested]] ''for extortion and criminal harassment''.

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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/ImOK'', an entry to Jack Thompson's Thompson once proposed an infamous challenge to make a violent video game where the leaders of the gaming industry are killed by the player. The father of a murdered 14-year-old says that [[CaptainErsatz Jack Offson's]] claim that video games caused his son's death is preposterous, and that his son wanted to be a video game designer; however, when Offson tells him to think of games as MurderSimulators, he says, "When you put it that way, it all makes sense!" He promised player, promising to donate to charity if it would were actually be made. When it WAS made, by different people (most famous would be "I'm O.K: Murder Simulation"), he said it was a joke and he would not donate. So what happens? PennyArcade donates the sum he said he would donate, with Jack Thompson's name and text "For Jack Thompson, because Jack Thompson won't". Cue to Thompson trying to have the creators [[ArtisticLicenseLaw arrested]] ''for extortion and criminal harassment''. Interestingly, this trope is parodied in ''VideoGame/ImOK'', a game that resulted from this challenge. The father of a murdered 14-year-old says that [[CaptainErsatz Jack Offson's]] claim that video games caused his son's death is preposterous, and that his son wanted to be a video game designer; however, when Offson tells him to think of games as MurderSimulators, he says, "When you put it that way, it all makes sense!"
17th May '16 1:44:57 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/{{Toys}}'': the evil plot is to make arcade games that actually control military drones. By playing violent video games, kids are actually fighting in a real war without realizing it.
17th May '16 1:39:49 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Several high-profile bank and armored car robberies, including the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Hollywood_shootout North Hollywood shootout]], were allegedly inspired by the robberies depicted in the film ''Film/{{Heat}}''.

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* Several high-profile bank and armored car robberies, including the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Hollywood_shootout North Hollywood shootout]], were allegedly inspired by the robberies depicted in the film ''Film/{{Heat}}''.''Film/{{Heat}}'', in spite of the fact that many of the robbers get killed in that sequence.
17th May '16 1:37:57 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* John Hinckley, Jr., the guy who shot UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, was obsessed with ''Film/TaxiDriver'' (specifically
Creator/JodieFoster) and the assassination attempt was a re-enactment of a scene in the movie. It should be noted that Hinckley was completely batshit insane, and the scene in question didn't involve [[spoiler:Travis Bickle]] actually shooting his target.

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* John Hinckley, Jr., the guy who shot UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan, was obsessed with ''Film/TaxiDriver'' (specifically
(specifically Creator/JodieFoster) and the assassination attempt was a re-enactment of a scene in the movie. It should be noted that Hinckley was completely batshit insane, and the scene in question didn't involve [[spoiler:Travis Bickle]] actually shooting his target.
14th May '16 7:46:50 PM nombretomado
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* A few years ago there was a long article in a Dutch TV guide on this subject regarding TV violence which demonstrated an infuriating variation of this trope. Although they did acknowledge a lot of research that showed that violent imagery on the TV had an influence on kids' behavior, they still tried to downplay the influence of TV violence at the end of the article and pointed the finger at other forms of media (mostly games).

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* A few years ago there There was a long article in a Dutch TV guide on this subject regarding TV violence which demonstrated an infuriating variation of this trope. Although they did acknowledge a lot of research that showed that violent imagery on the TV had an influence on kids' behavior, they still tried to downplay the influence of TV violence at the end of the article and pointed the finger at other forms of media (mostly games).



* Similarly, a pair of teenage boys once built a bomb in their garage and it went off, killing one of them. The survivor claimed they got the idea from an episode of ''MacGyver''. The show was exonerated when it was discovered that no such episode existed.

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* Similarly, a pair of teenage boys once built a bomb in their garage and it went off, killing one of them. The survivor claimed they got the idea from an episode of ''MacGyver''.''Series/MacGyver''. The show was exonerated when it was discovered that no such episode existed.
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