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18th Aug '17 1:25:45 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche has received his share of blame, notably for motivating Leopold, Loeb, Pekka-Eric Auvinen, and [[GodwinsLaw Adolf Hitler]], who all cherry-picked bits of his philosophy that they liked and ignored the rest. The real Nietzsche would have been appaled by racist demagoguery and blind obedience to the state. This is so pervasive that fictional villains who draw inspiration from TheThemeParkVersion of Nietzsche's philosophy have [[StrawNihilist their own page]].

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* Creator/FriedrichNietzsche has received his share of blame, notably for motivating Leopold, Loeb, Pekka-Eric Auvinen, and [[GodwinsLaw Adolf Hitler]], who all cherry-picked bits of his philosophy that they liked and ignored the rest. The real Nietzsche would have been appaled appalled by racist demagoguery and blind obedience to the state.state. It doesn't help that after his death his published work was being filtered through his sister who actually ''was'' an ardent Nazi and edited out the parts that disagreed with her views. This is so pervasive that fictional villains who draw inspiration from TheThemeParkVersion of Nietzsche's philosophy have [[StrawNihilist their own page]].
10th Aug '17 11:26:08 AM SeptimusHeap
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsutomu_Miyazaki The Otaku Murderer]], who caused a moral panic against the Otaku subculture. Experts believe that his belief ''[[AxCrazy that he was a rodent]]'' had more to do with it. He allegedly owned lolicon pornography, but it's now commonly believed that he didn't own any at all.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsutomu_Miyazaki The Otaku Murderer]], who caused a moral panic against the Otaku subculture. Experts believe that his belief ''[[AxCrazy that he was a rodent]]'' had more to do with it. He allegedly owned lolicon {{lolicon|AndShotacon}} pornography, but it's now commonly believed that he didn't own any at all.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsutomu_Miyazaki Tsutomu Miyazaki]]. When police found the serial killer's apartment filled with {{Lolicon}} manga and {{Gorn}} videos, a massive backlash against anime and manga ensued. This, combined with a string of expensive theatrical flops, was directly responsible for the end of anime's golden age in the '80s.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsutomu_Miyazaki Tsutomu Miyazaki]]. When police found the serial killer's apartment filled with {{Lolicon}} {{Lolicon|AndShotacon}} manga and {{Gorn}} videos, a massive backlash against anime and manga ensued. This, combined with a string of expensive theatrical flops, was directly responsible for the end of anime's golden age in the '80s.
31st Jul '17 6:34:47 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* There also needs to be some mention of the belief of some Christian moralists that ''Literature/HarryPotter'' and ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' can teach people magic, even though neither source gives instructions and being capable of using these spells would require the ability to rewrite the laws of physics. [[http://www.theescapist.com/spells/ As tested here]].

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** Both Marilyn Manson and [[Creator/TreyParkerAndMattStone Matt Stone]] appeared in ''Film/BowlingForColumbine'', discussing this trope.
* There also needs to be some mention of the belief of some Christian moralists moralists
that ''Literature/HarryPotter'' and ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' can teach people magic, even though neither source gives instructions and being capable of using these spells would require the ability to rewrite the laws of physics. [[http://www.theescapist.com/spells/ As tested here]].
31st Jul '17 6:18:21 PM TheUnknownUploader
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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 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, insane and thought assassinating Reagan would impress Foster, not to mention the scene in question didn't involve [[spoiler:Travis Bickle]] actually shooting his target.
20th Jul '17 2:09:06 PM ErichoTOME
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' titled "The Blame" features video games being banned for being too violent. Gumball and the other kids then show the adults that classic literature can be just as violent as video games, [[spoiler: so they start burning books.]]
1st Jul '17 10:59:06 AM StarSword
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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.
* After the December 2012 Connecticut shooting, it was found the killer's Facebook page mentioned he liked ''VideoGame/MassEffect''. Cue Fox and tons of people claiming 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.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect|1}}'' ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect1''
was called a rape simulator by Fox News. Ironically, the News commentator Cooper Lawrence. The sex scene in question question, which was shown almost in its entirety during the segment, was not only fully consensual and took place within a relationship (like all but one of the game's sex scenes), but was also more tame that than 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, up]]. Lawrence also screeched she had never played the game while condemning it. Her it: her whole basis over the game was based on one comment. comment from a woman in the studio that it was "like porn". The research on this one was so poorly done that ''Jack Thompson'' called Fox out on it, and it sparked an InternetCounterattack from irritated ''Mass Effect'' fans in the form of bombing Lawrence's latest book's Amazon review score into the basement, on the grounds that having briefly heard about her book and never reading it was information enough to condemn it.
* ** After the December 2012 Connecticut shooting, it was found the killer's Facebook page mentioned he liked ''VideoGame/MassEffect''.''Franchise/MassEffect''. Cue Fox and tons of people claiming the game was behind the whole thing. [[InternetCounterattack And cue even more people dogpiling the haters on Facebook. On top of that, Facebook.]] It later came out that the haters had, once again, [[CowboyBeBopAtHisComputer gotten their facts wrong]]: it wasn't even the shooter's page.page, it was his brother's.



* In 2004, a 14 year old boy was murdered by his 18 year old friend (apparently over some drug related debts); the blame was placed on Manhunt by the tabloids because it was allegedly found in the possession of the killer. [[http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/new-twist-to-manhunt-murder-allegations Cue the police pointing out that it was actually found to be in the possession of the victim.]]

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* In 2004, a 14 year old boy was murdered by his 18 year old friend (apparently over some drug related debts); the blame was placed on Manhunt ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'' by the tabloids because it was allegedly found in the possession of the killer. [[http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/new-twist-to-manhunt-murder-allegations Cue the police pointing out that it was actually found to be in the possession of the victim.]]



* Radioman in ''SpecOpsTheLine'' invokes this trope when he jokingly blames Walker's violent rampage on video games. Then again, the entire game can easily be seen as a massive TakeThat to people who play modern military shooters as escapist power fantasies.

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* Radioman in ''SpecOpsTheLine'' ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' invokes this trope when he jokingly blames Walker's violent rampage on video games. Then again, the entire game can easily be seen as is a massive TakeThat to people who play modern {{deconstruction}} of ''Franchise/CallOfDuty''-style power fantasy military shooters as escapist power fantasies.shooters.
1st Jul '17 10:45:56 AM StarSword
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoHPDtqU3dQ "I'm Violent"]] by Music/SithClan is four and a half minutes of a {{nerdcore}} {{rap}} quartet's unbridled irritation at the trope.
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12th Jun '17 10:40:23 AM Nakuyabi
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MoralGuardians' attempts to blame the ''New'' Media often overlook the fact that it's only our [[NostalgiaFilter misty watercolor memories]] that make it seem like murder sprees and school shootings only started happening after the release of ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}''. In fact, prior to the 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre, the deadliest school shooting in US history was the University of Texas at Austin massacre in ''1966'' (a school ''bombing'' in 1927 was deadlier than either). Also, the rate of violent crime has gone ''down'' since the widespread adoption of video games in the '90s, for reasons that are complex and poorly understood but most likely have more to do with social conditions than with video games.

Sometimes, the works are blamed before any evidence has come out, which is swept under the rug when it's shown that the perpetrators didn't bother with the work in question. Also, some people ([[MoralGuardians often the media or religious groups]]) will blame any popular game for violent events, or blame any game that has some small connection to the subject matter (e.g. Blaming VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII for a shooting)

There is some basis in reality, however. People who play violent games for a long period of time can be desensitized to committing violence, making them more likely to commit murders or hurt others. However, a) this effect only occurs with those who were already inclined to commit violence, and b) ''any'' violent media (or even a real life event) can cause this, especially when the consequences of the violence aren't dwelt upon. To place the blame entirely on video games means ignoring the effects of violent TV, movies... and of course, real life violence, which is often [[IfItBleedsItLeads a fixture of the nightly news]].

This is not helped by the fact that some real-life criminals love to blame their crime on a fictional work in the hope to get a "free of charge" claim in court or at the very least a punishment of a lower level than one that would normally be given for the crime they committed.

However, [[SocietyMarchesOn the more widespread acceptance of video games as a medium]] [[TimeMarchesOn thanks to those who grew up as video games were becoming a major industry now having children of their own]], combined with some games like VideoGame/{{Hatred}} embracing the idea of senseless violence and bombing, as well as the fact that video games are protected as free speech in the United States as of a 2011 ruling by the Supreme Court, has all but rendered this trope [[DiscreditedTrope discredited.]]

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MoralGuardians' attempts to blame the ''New'' Media often overlook the fact neglect to note that it's only our [[NostalgiaFilter misty watercolor memories]] that make it seem like murder sprees and school shootings only started happening after the release of ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}''. In fact, prior to the 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre, the deadliest school shooting in US history was the University of Texas at Austin massacre in ''1966'' (a (and a school ''bombing'' in 1927 was deadlier than either). Also, the rate of violent crime has gone ''down'' since the widespread adoption of video games in the '90s, for reasons that are complex and poorly understood but most likely have more to do with social conditions than with video games.

games. (While [[FalseCause correlation does not prove causation]], ''lack'' of correlation certainly ''disproves'' causation.)

Sometimes, the works are blamed before ''before any evidence whatsoever'' of any connection has come out, which is swept emerged, and then activists try to sweep the exculpatory evidence under the rug when it's shown defenders demonstrate that the perpetrators criminals didn't bother with even actually use a copy of the work in question. Also, some people ([[MoralGuardians often the media or religious groups]]) various [[MoralGuardians politicians, media, and clergy]] will sometimes blame any (currently) popular game for violent events, or blame any game that has some small any connection (however slight and tenuous) to the subject matter crime in question (e.g. Blaming VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII for a shooting)

shooting).

There is some ''some'' basis for this claim in reality, however. People to be sure: people who play violent games for a long period of time can be desensitized to committing violence, making them more likely to commit murders or hurt others. However, a) this effect only occurs with those who were already inclined to commit violence, and b) ''any'' violent media (or even a real life event) can cause this, especially when the consequences of the violence aren't dwelt upon.displayed and examined at length. To place the blame entirely on video games means ignoring the effects of violent TV, movies... and of course, real life violence, which is often [[IfItBleedsItLeads a fixture of the nightly news]].

This is not helped by the fact that some Some real-life criminals love criminals, naturally, have exploited this trope to blame their crime on a fictional work in the hope to get a "free of charge" claim in court or at the very least a lesser punishment of a lower level than one that they would normally be given receive for the crime they committed.

However, [[SocietyMarchesOn the more widespread acceptance of video games as a medium]] [[TimeMarchesOn thanks to those who grew up as video games were becoming a major industry now having children of their own]], combined with some games like VideoGame/{{Hatred}} embracing the idea of senseless violence and bombing, as well as the fact that video games are being protected as free speech in the United States as of (as confirmed in a 2011 ruling by the Supreme Court, Court), has all but rendered this trope [[DiscreditedTrope discredited.]]



* In 1982, a man murdered an elderly couple with the media claiming the film ''Film/HalloweenII1981'' inspired the killing. The guy did watch the movie, but the reason he committed the murder probably had more to do with the fact that he was shitfaced from a combination of booze, weed, and PCP at the time of the killings.

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* In 1982, a man murdered an elderly couple with the media claiming the film ''Film/HalloweenII1981'' inspired the killing. The guy did watch the movie, but the reason he committed the murder probably had more to do with the fact that he was shitfaced from his being blitzed with a combination of booze, weed, and PCP at the time of the killings.



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsutomu_Miyazaki The Otaku Murderer]], who caused a moral panic against the Otaku subculture. Experts believe the fact that he ''[[AxCrazy believed he was a fucking rat]]'' had more to do with it. He allegedly owned lolicon pornography, but it's now commonly believed that he didn't own any at all.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsutomu_Miyazaki The Otaku Murderer]], who caused a moral panic against the Otaku subculture. Experts believe the fact that he his belief ''[[AxCrazy believed that he was a fucking rat]]'' rodent]]'' had more to do with it. He allegedly owned lolicon pornography, but it's now commonly believed that he didn't own any at all.



* The 2012 shooting at a midnight screening of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. Some patrons even thought the masked/armed man was a prank or [[AllPartOfTheShow a publicity stunt]] before he started firing madly. To make it even more unfortunate, the shooter identified himself to the police as "SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker".[[note]]It should be noted that The Joker wasn't even mentioned in the movie itself and the fact that the murderer chose to dye his hair red (rather than green, like The Joker) suggests that he may not be much of a fan at all.[[/note]]
* 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}}'', in spite of the fact that many of the robbers get killed in that sequence.

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* The 2012 shooting at a midnight screening of ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. Some patrons even thought the masked/armed man was a prank or [[AllPartOfTheShow a publicity stunt]] before he started firing madly.opened fire. To make it even more unfortunate, the shooter identified himself to the police as "SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker".[[note]]It should be noted that The Joker wasn't Joker's not even being mentioned in the movie itself and the fact that the murderer chose murderer's choice to dye his hair red (rather than green, like The Joker) suggests that he may not be much of a fan at all.[[/note]]
* 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}}'', in spite of the fact that even though many of the robbers get killed in that sequence.



* The Vietnam war was the very first war to ever get full news coverage and quite heavy news coverage at that. Not only did they show real-life murder, but also real-life manslaughter and bombarding. Some people in th US absolutely refused to fight in the war and some of that group founded the subculture known as hippies. People have blamed the fact that people refused to fight in the war and the creation of the hippy subculture on the news coverage of the Vietnam war. Since then the news makes sure not to show too heavy imagery without warning to make sure that such an incident never would happen again.

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* The Vietnam war was the very first war to ever get full news coverage and quite heavy news coverage at that. Not only did they show real-life murder, but also real-life manslaughter and bombarding. Some people in th the US absolutely refused to fight in the war and some of that group founded the subculture known as hippies. People have blamed the fact that people refused people's refusal to fight in the war and the creation of the hippy hippie subculture on the news coverage of the Vietnam war. Since then the news makes sure not to show too heavy imagery without warning to make sure that such an incident never would happen again.



* Music/OzzyOsbourne was the defendant in a lawsuit. His case was helped by the fact that, despite the song in question ("Suicide Solution") having a title that seemingly encouraged suicide, the lyrics were rather blatantly about the dangers of alcohol abuse.

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* Music/OzzyOsbourne was the defendant in a lawsuit. His case was helped by the fact that, despite Though the song in question ("Suicide Solution") having a title that seemingly encouraged suicide, the lyrics were rather blatantly about the dangers of alcohol abuse.abuse, which helped him beat the charges.



* A common tactic among creationists is to blame belief in evolution for atrocities like the Holocaust. Never mind that what people do based on believing evolution has ''[[AppealToConsequences nothing to do]]'' with whether it's true or not. Eugenics is based on a [[CriticalResearchFailure remarkably inept understanding of evolution]]. "Purifying" the gene pool is, as Darwin points out, the quickest way to make a species extinct; diversity is necessary to ensure that alleles that may one day be useful are preserved. And never mind that ''On the Origin of Species'' was [[BannedInChina banned in Nazi Germany.]] There's also blame placed on Darwin for ''[[TheSocialDarwinist Social Darwinism]]'', even though his theories explicitly dealt with physical evolution ''only''. Darwin even wrote that humans' willingness to help the weaker and "less fit" among them was what set the species apart from other species and ''ennobled'' as being better than their nature.



* There also needs to be some mention of the belief of some Christians that ''Literature/HarryPotter'' and ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' can teach people magic, despite the fact that neither source gives instructions and being capable of using these spells would require the ability to rewrite the laws of physics. [[http://www.theescapist.com/spells/ As tested here]].

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* There also needs to be some mention of the belief of some Christians Christian moralists that ''Literature/HarryPotter'' and ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' can teach people magic, despite the fact that even though neither source gives instructions and being capable of using these spells would require the ability to rewrite the laws of physics. [[http://www.theescapist.com/spells/ As tested here]].



* [[GunmanWithThreeNames Anders Behring Breivik]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anders_Behring_Breivik the man responsible for the Utøya summer camp massacre and Oslo bombing in Norway]], {{invoked|Trope}} this trope by claiming that he had used ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'' as a "training simulator", causing [[MoralGuardians the usual suspects]] to come out of the woodwork.[[note]]Never mind the fact that ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'', being an arcade-y, over-the-top war fantasy, [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace can't teach you much even about how to handle a gun]], to say nothing of [[HollywoodTactics proper tactics]].[[/note]] Presumably, this was an attempt to deflect blame from the fact that he was a political extremist who targeted the camp (which was affiliated with Norway's Labour Party) because he viewed it as an indoctrination center, and that if this became the dominant story, his cause would be stigmatized and marginalized through association with his actions. In any event, it seems to have failed, with most discussion of the massacre revolving around his political and religious views. He also mentioned [=WoW=] in his infamous manifesto. What he essentially wrote was that MMO games such as the aforementioned were good scapegoats to pick if family or friends happened to ask why he was spending so much time in isolation (in reality used to plan his deeds) due to the social stigma around them for being time-consuming and socially isolating, so no one would question the response. When media picked up on this, the words were often twisted and misquoted as Breivik using [=WoW=] as a murder simulator for practice (possibly in part because of his own invocation of the trope on ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2''). One of the effects of this was for a Norweigan store chain to immediately stop sales of violent video games as well as gun-like toys.

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* [[GunmanWithThreeNames Anders Behring Breivik]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anders_Behring_Breivik the man responsible for the Utøya summer camp massacre and Oslo bombing in Norway]], {{invoked|Trope}} this trope by claiming that he had used ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'' as a "training simulator", causing [[MoralGuardians the usual suspects]] to come out of the woodwork.[[note]]Never mind the fact that ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2'', being an arcade-y, over-the-top war fantasy, [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace can't teach you much even about how to handle a gun]], to say nothing of [[HollywoodTactics proper tactics]].[[/note]] Presumably, this was an attempt to deflect blame from the fact that he was his being a political extremist who targeted the camp (which was affiliated with Norway's Labour Party) because he viewed it as an indoctrination center, and that if this became the dominant story, his cause would be stigmatized and marginalized through association with his actions. In any event, it seems to have failed, with most discussion of the massacre revolving around his political and religious views. He also mentioned [=WoW=] in his infamous manifesto. What he essentially wrote was that MMO games such as the aforementioned were good scapegoats to pick if family or friends happened to ask why he was spending so much time in isolation (in reality used to plan his deeds) due to the social stigma around them for being time-consuming and socially isolating, so no one would question the response. When media picked up on this, the words were often twisted and misquoted as Breivik using [=WoW=] as a murder simulator for practice (possibly in part because of his own invocation of the trope on ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare2''). One of the effects of this was for a Norweigan store chain to immediately stop sales of violent video games as well as gun-like toys.



* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' was blamed for the Beltway Sniper attacks because an Xbox and the game were found in the possession of the guilty parties. In fact, this happens to any game with guns in it if it's found in the possession of a murderer. [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer Don't count on the media getting the name right]] if it's not Franchise/{{Halo}}, ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'', or ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'', though. Not to mention the fact that millions of people own such games without feeling the need to kill people.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' was blamed for the Beltway Sniper attacks because an Xbox and the game were found in the possession of the guilty parties. In fact, this happens to any game with guns in it if it's found in the possession of a murderer. [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer Don't count on the media getting the name right]] if it's not Franchise/{{Halo}}, ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'', or ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'', though. Not to mention the fact that millions of people own such games without feeling the need to kill people.



* In 2000, a Spanish sixteen-year-old killed his parents and his younger sister with a katana. The entirety of the Spanish press decided he had done so under the influence of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', commenting on he fact that he even "looked like Squall", "had the same haircut", used to dress in a black tracksuit "just like him", referring to the gunblade as a [[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana katana]] while playing an endless loop of the few seconds of the intro video where some blood splatters on the ground (playing the prom sequence just wouldn't have given a [[RuleOfDrama properly macabre vibe]]). [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=dGcfP5We3HI This TV program]] ominously describing Squall as ''having the sole mission to overturn the corrupted governments in the world'' as if that was a ''bad'' thing is particularly absurd. The "video game scare" that followed this incident was most likely the main killer of the previous "[tabletop] role playing game scare" that had been a staple of the same press during the 90s.

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* In 2000, a Spanish sixteen-year-old killed his parents and his younger sister with a katana. The entirety of the Spanish press decided he had done so under the influence of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', commenting on he fact that how he even "looked like Squall", "had the same haircut", used to dress in a black tracksuit "just like him", referring to the gunblade as a [[EveryJapaneseSwordIsAKatana katana]] while playing an endless loop of the few seconds of the intro video where some blood splatters on the ground (playing the prom sequence just wouldn't have given a [[RuleOfDrama properly macabre vibe]]). [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=dGcfP5We3HI This TV program]] ominously describing Squall as ''having the sole mission to overturn the corrupted governments in the world'' as if that was a ''bad'' thing is particularly absurd. The "video game scare" that followed this incident was most likely the main killer of the previous "[tabletop] role playing game scare" that had been a staple of the same press during the 90s.



* After the Virginia Tech massacre mentioned above, pundits were falling all over each other to blame video games for the shooting spree ([[NationalStereotypes the fact that the shooter was a Korean college student probably contributed]]). Lo and behold, warrant searches of his house discovered no video games of any kind and his roommates did not recall ever seeing him play one. A little further research determined that the shooter was an unmedicated schizophrenic. Note that those same talking heads were not rushing back to correct themselves. [[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18220228/page/2/ At least some media members recognized the scapegoating.]]

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* After the Virginia Tech massacre mentioned above, pundits were falling all over each other to blame video games for the shooting spree spree; ([[NationalStereotypes the fact that the shooter was a Korean college student probably contributed]]). Lo and behold, warrant searches of his house discovered no video games of any kind and his roommates did not recall ever seeing him play one. A little further research determined that the shooter was an unmedicated schizophrenic. Note that those same talking heads were not rushing back to correct themselves. [[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18220228/page/2/ At least some media members recognized the scapegoating.]]



* In Britain, the gutter press, in their quest to prove that you can blame absolutely anything on violent video games, blamed riots on ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''. Not the shooting of a man who pulled a gun on police being morphed into claims of PoliceBrutality. Not the simmering class and ethnic tensions in the UK. Not the poor economy. Not the fact that police funding had been cut in the name of austerity. Not mob mentality, where if one person acts out the rest landslides. No, they blamed ''GTA''. For people ''rioting''. ''Years after any entries in the series were released''. The only GTA game to feature rioting as anything beyond an easter egg code is ''San Andreas'', which was based on the Rodney King riots... which were caused by claims of PoliceBrutality, racial tensions, and high unemployment.

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* In Britain, the gutter press, in their quest to prove that you can blame absolutely anything on violent video games, blamed riots on ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto''. Not the shooting of a man who pulled a gun on police being morphed into claims of PoliceBrutality. Not the simmering class and ethnic tensions in the UK. Not the poor economy. Not the fact that police funding had been cut in the name of austerity. Not mob mentality, where if one person acts out the rest landslides. No, they blamed ''GTA''. For people ''rioting''. ''Years after any entries in the series were released''. The only GTA game to feature rioting as anything beyond an easter egg code is ''San Andreas'', which was based on the Rodney King riots... which were caused by claims of PoliceBrutality, racial tensions, and high unemployment.



** [[Film/{{Scream 3}} The third film]] also has a discussion of this. One of the producers of ''[[ShowWithinAShow Stab 3]]'' notes how violence in cinema has become a touchy subject recently; the unstated-yet-obvious cause of this is the fact that, a year before, the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} massacre took place. (In real life, ''Scream 3'' is probably the least violent out of all the movies.) They also speculate that Cotton's murder may have been by a LoonyFan.

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** [[Film/{{Scream 3}} The third film]] also has a discussion of this. One of the producers of ''[[ShowWithinAShow Stab 3]]'' notes how violence in cinema has become a touchy subject recently; the unstated-yet-obvious cause of this is the fact that, a year before, the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} massacre took place. (In real life, ''Scream 3'' is probably the least violent out of all the movies.) They also speculate that Cotton's murder may have been by a LoonyFan.
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* [[http://choppingblock.keenspot.com/d/20130729.html Inverted]] in ''Webcomic/ChoppingBlock:''
-->Years of exposure to real-life hardcore violence tragically led to Butch becoming desensitized to video games.
18th May '17 12:35:00 AM DoctorNeoRaptor
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Sometimes, the works are blamed before any evidence has come out, which is swept under the rug when it's shown that the perpetrators didn't bother with the work in question.

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Sometimes, the works are blamed before any evidence has come out, which is swept under the rug when it's shown that the perpetrators didn't bother with the work in question.
question. Also, some people ([[MoralGuardians often the media or religious groups]]) will blame any popular game for violent events, or blame any game that has some small connection to the subject matter (e.g. Blaming VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII for a shooting)
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