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* Alan Titchmarsh's show on Creator/{{ITV}} once ran a "debate" on video game violence. It started off with the games representative being outnumbered 2 to 1 and went steadily downhill from there. Highlight include Titchmarsh not knowing that there was, in fact, a ratings system for games, and the crowd booing when it was pointed out that violence is also present in films.

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* Alan Titchmarsh's show on Creator/{{ITV}} once ran a "debate" on video game violence. It started off with the games representative being outnumbered 2 to 1 and went steadily downhill from there. Highlight Highlights include Titchmarsh not knowing that there was, in fact, a ratings system for games, and the crowd booing when it was pointed out that violence is also present in films.


* The infamous scientist Dr. Ray Blanchard (whose rather bigoted, but influential, theories were largely responsible for advocating TransEqualsGay approach to {{transgender}} individuals for most of the 20th century, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement and we'll leave it at that]]) came out of relative obscurity in the winter of 2018 to try and endorse a HeteronormativeCrusader's theory that [[https://www.dailydot.com/irl/transphobic-doctor-twitter-anime-makes-people-trans/?fbclid=IwAR1VJCNsTR0rjk5H8sXS-nIHKEUWO640dNbpDFxtX6NtxRaU07Z_zmpyzJ0 anime was making children believe they were transgender]].

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* The infamous scientist Dr. Ray Blanchard (whose rather bigoted, but influential, theories were largely responsible for advocating TransEqualsGay approach to {{transgender}} individuals for most of the 20th century, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and we'll leave it at that]]) came out of relative obscurity in the winter of 2018 to try and endorse a HeteronormativeCrusader's theory that [[https://www.dailydot.com/irl/transphobic-doctor-twitter-anime-makes-people-trans/?fbclid=IwAR1VJCNsTR0rjk5H8sXS-nIHKEUWO640dNbpDFxtX6NtxRaU07Z_zmpyzJ0 anime was making children believe they were transgender]].



* In the weeks following the 2018 Parkland High School shooting, American president Creator/DonaldTrump openly blamed violent video games for the massacre, claiming that they were "shaping young people's thoughts."[[note]]In his credit, he also mentioned violent films[[/note]] This reached a point where he held a conference about the topic with other Republican politicians and video game developers that was visibly skewed in favour of these sentiments, complete with a shock montage of some particularly violent scenes in a few video games, all of which were taken '''''completely out of context''''' to make video games look like merciless murder media. His comments also implied he did not know that games had age restrictions, as he suggested [[OlderThanTheyThink there should be a system]] that prevents young kids from purchasing violent video games. In a rather, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement shall we say]], rare case, Trump's views and actions were met with near-universal condemnation from the general public, to the point where a significant chunk of his supporters turned on him.

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* In the weeks following the 2018 Parkland High School shooting, American president Creator/DonaldTrump openly blamed violent video games for the massacre, claiming that they were "shaping young people's thoughts."[[note]]In his credit, he also mentioned violent films[[/note]] This reached a point where he held a conference about the topic with other Republican politicians and video game developers that was visibly skewed in favour of these sentiments, complete with a shock montage of some particularly violent scenes in a few video games, all of which were taken '''''completely out of context''''' to make video games look like merciless murder media. His comments also implied he did not know that games had age restrictions, as he suggested [[OlderThanTheyThink there should be a system]] that prevents young kids from purchasing violent video games. In a rather, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment shall we say]], rare case, Trump's views and actions were met with near-universal condemnation from the general public, to the point where a significant chunk of his supporters turned on him.


Not only is it true that NewMediaAreEvil, but some works attract criticism because of loose association with some contemporary murder or suicide. [[TropeNamer The title comes from]] since-disbarred attorney Jack Thompson's accusation that games like ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' and ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'' turn players evil.

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Not only is it true there the perception that NewMediaAreEvil, but some works attract criticism because of loose association with some contemporary murder or suicide. [[TropeNamer The title comes from]] since-disbarred attorney Jack Thompson's accusation that games like ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' and ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'' turn players evil.



* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' one of the dropped ideas was an InUniverse game called "[[ShowWithinAShow Manhack Arcade]]". It would have involved controlling a [[AttackDrone Manhack]] and killing lawbreaking citizens for points...with a heavy implication that [[AndYouThoughtItWasAGame it controlled actual manhacks.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' one of the dropped ideas was an InUniverse game called "[[ShowWithinAShow Manhack Arcade]]". It would have involved controlling a [[AttackDrone Manhack]] and killing lawbreaking citizens for points... with a heavy implication that [[AndYouThoughtItWasAGame it controlled actual manhacks.]]


* Radioman in ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' invokes this trope when he jokingly blames Walker's violent rampage on video games. Then again, the entire game is a {{deconstruction}} of ''Franchise/CallOfDuty''-style power fantasy military shooters.

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* Radioman in ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' invokes this trope when he jokingly blames Walker's violent rampage on video games. Then again, the entire game is a {{deconstruction}} of ''Franchise/CallOfDuty''-style ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty''-style power fantasy military shooters.


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* Mentioned a few times in the ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' series.

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* Mentioned a few times in the ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' ''Film/{{Scream}}'' series.

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* The infamous scientist Dr. Ray Blanchard (whose rather bigoted, but influential, theories were largely responsible for advocating TransEqualsGay approach to {{transgender}} individuals for most of the 20th century, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement and we'll leave it at that]]) came out of relative obscurity in the winter of 2018 to try and endorse a HeteronormativeCrusader's theory that [[https://www.dailydot.com/irl/transphobic-doctor-twitter-anime-makes-people-trans/?fbclid=IwAR1VJCNsTR0rjk5H8sXS-nIHKEUWO640dNbpDFxtX6NtxRaU07Z_zmpyzJ0 anime was making children believe they were transgender]].


* After a 16-year-old boy stabbed his teacher to death, the ''Daily Mail'' blamed the killing on video games such as ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' and the YouTube channel Creator/AchievementHunter, mainly because the boy had a picture on Facebook with an AH shirt.

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* After a 16-year-old boy stabbed his teacher to death, the ''Daily Mail'' blamed the killing on video games such as ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' and the YouTube Website/YouTube channel Creator/AchievementHunter, mainly because the boy had a picture on Facebook with an AH shirt.


* The Illusion games ''Rapelay'', ''BattleRaper'', and ''Biko'', all of which involve the player raping women at some point, though it is somewhat optional in the Biko games. They're frequently brought up on message boards and occasionally in media as being "rape simulators" that encourage young men (but never women) to rape people. It is always overlooked, however, that they're ero-games and not meant for minors at all, and are illegal for minors to buy in any case. Sales of ''Rapelay'' were however discontinued by Illusion after the controversy, when they realized that the game pushed the boundaries of good taste a little ''too'' far. As a send-up to this controversy, in the Illusion game ''Yuusha'', young women ''are'' encouraged to attack and rape a demon lord in order to keep his power sealed.

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* The Illusion games ''Rapelay'', ''BattleRaper'', ''[=BattleRaper=]'', and ''Biko'', all of which involve the player raping women at some point, though it is somewhat optional in the Biko games. They're frequently brought up on message boards and occasionally in media as being "rape simulators" that encourage young men (but never women) to rape people. It is always overlooked, however, that they're ero-games and not meant for minors at all, and are illegal for minors to buy in any case. Sales of ''Rapelay'' were however discontinued by Illusion after the controversy, when they realized that the game pushed the boundaries of good taste a little ''too'' far. As a send-up to this controversy, in the Illusion game ''Yuusha'', young women ''are'' encouraged to attack and rape a demon lord in order to keep his power sealed.


* At the time ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Kai'' and ''VisualNovels/SchoolDays'' were airing there was an incident involving a daughter murdering her father with an axe. The two anime were accused of influencing the murder for a period since the girl said she wanted to be a mangaka. The final episode of ''School Days'' was canceled from many stations and the twelfth episode of ''Kai'' was delayed. Eventually the intro to Kai was censored and one of the channels that decided to air ''School Days'' created a [[MemeticMutation meme]] when they replaced the gore with a "nice boat", among other censors.

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* At the time ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry Kai'' and ''VisualNovels/SchoolDays'' ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' were airing there was an incident involving a daughter murdering her father with an axe. The two anime were accused of influencing the murder for a period since the girl said she wanted to be a mangaka. The final episode of ''School Days'' was canceled from many stations and the twelfth episode of ''Kai'' was delayed. Eventually the intro to Kai was censored and one of the channels that decided to air ''School Days'' created a [[MemeticMutation meme]] when they replaced the gore with a "nice boat", among other censors.


Not only is it true that NewMediaAreEvil, but some works attract criticism because of loose association with some contemporary murder or suicide. [[TropeNamer The title comes from]] since-disbarred attorney [[KnightTemplar Jack Thompson's]] accusation that games like ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' and ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'' turn players evil.

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Not only is it true that NewMediaAreEvil, but some works attract criticism because of loose association with some contemporary murder or suicide. [[TropeNamer The title comes from]] since-disbarred attorney [[KnightTemplar Jack Thompson's]] Thompson's accusation that games like ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' and ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'' turn players evil.

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* After the Paris terrorist attacks in 2015, some media ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PouDg32gTS4 such as this argentine TV program]]) stated that the terrorists used ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' to '''train''' how to pull off the attacks. They also said they used the game to send messages between each other without being detected - which while being possible, they talked more about the "training" part.


* A murder that happened in Sweden several years ago was touted on headlines to have been a ritual sacrifice, the 'vampire murder', because the victim played ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''. It later turned out it had nothing to do with that... although they didn't exactly put their correction on the headlines, no.

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* A murder that once happened in Sweden several years ago was touted on in headlines to have been a ritual sacrifice, the 'vampire murder', because the victim played ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''. It later turned out it had nothing to do with that... although they didn't exactly put their correction on the headlines, no.



* One of Rockstar Game's most infamous masterpieces, ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'' is the TropeCodifier, to the point that after its release, almost every major murder incident in the world had something to do with the game, and since then, it has been the bane of [[http://gamepolitics.com/2007/03/16/breaking-take-two-sues-jack-thompson lawyers and parents alike]]. It only got worse when they release a sequel ''Manhunt 2'', which was playable on the Wii. Yes, you can play the game in near virtual simulation with [[http://www.engadget.com/2007/02/10/manhunt-2-on-wii-a-true-murder-simulator/ the Wii-mote as your weapon]].

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* One of Rockstar Game's most infamous masterpieces, ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Manhunt}}'', is the TropeCodifier, to the point that after its release, almost every major murder incident in the world had something to do with the game, and since then, it has been the bane of [[http://gamepolitics.com/2007/03/16/breaking-take-two-sues-jack-thompson lawyers and parents alike]]. It only got worse when they release released a sequel ''Manhunt 2'', which was playable on the Wii. Yes, you can play the game in near virtual simulation with [[http://www.engadget.com/2007/02/10/manhunt-2-on-wii-a-true-murder-simulator/ the Wii-mote as your weapon]].



** There was an unfortunate case in Cleveland where the victim's father kept insisting on blaming ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' for his daughter's murder (The murderer was living with them at the time), trying to get it pulled from area stores. [[EvenEvilHasStandards The murderer went out of his way to insist that the game had nothing to do with the crime]].
* In Germany, there was a case when two young boys ran amok and killed a woman. Guess who they blamed for this? ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', out of all things! Just because these two boys have been watching ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' the day before... Still, many people believed it and insisted that FFVII was a "Killer game" and should be forbidden.
* In January 2011, German news sites used screenshots of ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'' as illustrations for articles related to video games and violence. It once became the archetypal murder simulator to German media and apparently is keeping that position for good.

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** * There was an unfortunate case in Cleveland where the victim's father kept insisting on blaming ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIII'' for his daughter's murder (The (the murderer was living with them at the time), trying to get it pulled from area stores. [[EvenEvilHasStandards The murderer went out of his way to insist that the game had nothing to do with the crime]].
* In Germany, there was a case when two young boys ran amok and killed a woman. Guess who what they blamed for this? ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', out of all things! Just because these two boys have had been watching ''[[Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren Advent Children]]'' the day before... Still, many people believed it and insisted that FFVII was a "Killer game" and should be forbidden.
* In January 2011, German news sites used screenshots of ''VideoGame/CounterStrike'' as illustrations for articles related to video games and violence. It once became the archetypal murder simulator to German media and apparently is keeping that position for good.



* The Illusion games ''Rapelay'', ''BattleRaper'', and ''Biko'', all of which involve the player raping women at some point, though it is somewhat optional in the Biko games. They're frequently brought up on message boards and occasionally in media as being "rape simulators" that encourage young men (but never women) to rape people. It is always overlooked, however, that they're ero-games and not meant for minors at all, and are illegal for minors to buy in any case.
** In the Illusion game ''Yuusha'', young women ''are'' encouraged to attack and rape a demon lord in order to keep his power sealed. The entire game is a send-up of the controversy.
** Sales of ''Rapelay'' were also discontinued by Illusion after the controversy, when they realized that the game pushed the boundaries of good taste a little ''too'' far.

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* The Illusion games ''Rapelay'', ''BattleRaper'', and ''Biko'', all of which involve the player raping women at some point, though it is somewhat optional in the Biko games. They're frequently brought up on message boards and occasionally in media as being "rape simulators" that encourage young men (but never women) to rape people. It is always overlooked, however, that they're ero-games and not meant for minors at all, and are illegal for minors to buy in any case.
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case. Sales of ''Rapelay'' were however discontinued by Illusion after the controversy, when they realized that the game pushed the boundaries of good taste a little ''too'' far. As a send-up to this controversy, in the Illusion game ''Yuusha'', young women ''are'' encouraged to attack and rape a demon lord in order to keep his power sealed. The entire game is a send-up of the controversy.
** Sales of ''Rapelay'' were also discontinued by Illusion after the controversy, when they realized that the game pushed the boundaries of good taste a little ''too'' far.
sealed.



** ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' was called a rape simulator by Fox News commentator Cooper Lawrence. The sex scene in 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 than what you would see on [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy The Other Fox's prime time line up]]. Lawrence also screeched she had never played the game while condemning it: her whole basis over the game was based on one 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 ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Cue Fox and tons of people claiming the game was behind the whole thing, and a massive video game burning in the town. [[InternetCounterattack And cue even more people dogpiling the haters on Facebook.]] It later came out that the haters had, once again, [[CowboyBeBopAtHisComputer gotten their facts wrong]]: it wasn't even the shooter's page, it was his brother's.
* 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 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]]). [[https://www.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.
* 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 ''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.]]

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** ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' was called a rape simulator by Fox News commentator Cooper Lawrence. The sex scene in 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 than what you would see on [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy The Other Fox's prime time line up]]. Lawrence also screeched that she had never played the game while condemning it: her whole basis over the game was based on one 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 that found the killer's Facebook page mentioned he liked ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Cue Fox and tons of people claiming the game was behind the whole thing, and a massive video game burning in the town. [[InternetCounterattack And cue even more people dogpiling the haters on Facebook.]] It later came out that the haters had, once again, [[CowboyBeBopAtHisComputer gotten their facts wrong]]: it wasn't even the shooter's page, it was his brother's.
* 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 how he even "looked like Squall", "had the same haircut", used to dress in a black tracksuit "just like him", and 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]]). [[https://www.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.
* In 2004, a 14 year old 14-year-old boy was murdered by his 18 year old 18-year-old friend (apparently over some drug related drug-related debts); the blame was placed on ''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.]]



* Also in Brazil, a teenager who killed his family and then committed suicide had an avatar based on ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed'' (which even has a name that doesn't help) on social networks. After some blaming, Ubisoft even released a statement declaring that "murder simulators" are a {{Logical Fallac|ies}}y. There's also the fact the teenager's mother was a cop, [[FridgeLogic the police's declaration on how the boy killed his family, went to school next morning and then killed himself after getting home makes no sense]] and it's heavily suspected corrupt cops killed the boy and his family and used the boy as a scapegoat. [[WretchedHive And since Brazil's media is just as corrupt as its police and government and the people are extremely guillible]]...

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* Also in Brazil, a teenager who killed his family and then committed suicide had an avatar based on ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreed'' (which even has a name that doesn't help) on social networks. After some blaming, Ubisoft even released a statement declaring that "murder simulators" are a {{Logical Fallac|ies}}y. There's also the fact the teenager's mother was a cop, cop; [[FridgeLogic the police's declaration on how the boy killed his family, went to school next morning and then killed himself after getting home makes no sense]] sense]]; and how it's heavily suspected that corrupt cops killed the boy and his family and used the boy as a scapegoat. [[WretchedHive And since Brazil's media is just as corrupt as its police and government and the people are extremely guillible]]...gullible]]...


* The reason why you can't find the Creator/StephenKing novel ''{{Literature/Rage}}'' in print anymore (It's still available as part of ''The Bachmann Books'' anthology) is because he voluntarily pulled it after several school shooters mentioned it has having influenced them to commit the acts.

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* The reason why you can't find the Creator/StephenKing novel ''{{Literature/Rage}}'' in print anymore (It's (it's still available as part of ''The Bachmann Books'' anthology) is because he voluntarily pulled it after several school shooters mentioned it has having influenced them to commit the acts.



* ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' {{deconstructed|Trope}} this in the Video Games episode. To counter the claim that violent games desensitize children to violence and that realistic games teach children how to use weapons, they test it by giving a nine year old boy who plays violent games very frequently an AR-15 at a shooting range. He holds the gun incorrectly, misses the (oversized) target, isn't prepared for the recoil, doesn't want to shoot more afterward when asked, and cries from the experience. They also debunked an interviewee who claims that massacres occur because a combination of a troubled kid, guns, and violent video games using evidence of school massacres that involved none of those. They then point out that while he's against violent video games, he's actually a gun lover.

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* ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' {{deconstructed|Trope}} this in the Video Games episode. To counter the claim that violent games desensitize children to violence and that realistic games teach children how to use weapons, they test it by giving a nine year old boy who plays violent games very frequently an AR-15 at a shooting range. He holds the gun incorrectly, misses the (oversized) target, isn't prepared for the recoil, doesn't want to shoot more afterward when asked, and cries from the experience. They also debunked an interviewee who claims that massacres occur because of a combination of a troubled kid, guns, and violent video games games, using evidence of school massacres that involved none of those. They then point out that while he's against violent video games, he's actually a gun lover.



* Creator/{{Socrates}} is a deconstruction of this. During his life he was known as a rather annoying brat that asked random people on the streets questions such as "What is justice?" and "What is good?". He did also make a school where people could study retoric for free, out of belief that not making it free would be immoral. One of his students however turned out to be Alkibiades who, after having studied by Socrates and becoming a beloved political leader, restarted the war against Sparta and, later in his life, sided with the Spartans, where he uncovered all the military plans that Athens was making, which led to the Athenians inevitable losing of the war. This all was followed by a regime led by thirty tyrants that, due to fierce backlash of very charismatic Athenian politicians, only lasted for about a year. Five years later, due to everyone except his devoted fans being tired of him, he was sent to court for corrupting the youth of Athens, in the hope that he would leave Athens for good. He however, refused defending himself and continued proposing worse and worse punishments because he broke the Athenian law and was in the end sentenced to death. Despite his fans offering him plans and strategies to leave Athens during his week in prison, which would have worked if for no other reason than because it is what the prosecutors wanted, he took his death and drank the poison that was given to him by the executioner. He died at age 81, which is quite old by ancient Greek standards.

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* Creator/{{Socrates}} is a deconstruction of this. During his life he was known as a rather annoying brat that asked random people on the streets questions such as "What is justice?" and "What is good?". He did also make a school where people could study retoric rhetoric for free, out of belief that not making it free would be immoral. One of his students however turned out to be Alkibiades who, after having studied by Socrates and becoming a beloved political leader, restarted the war against Sparta and, later in his life, sided with the Spartans, where he uncovered all the military plans that Athens was making, which led to the Athenians Athenians' inevitable losing of the war. This all was followed by a regime led by thirty tyrants that, due to fierce backlash of very charismatic Athenian politicians, only lasted for about a year. Five years later, due to everyone except his devoted fans being tired of him, he was sent to court for corrupting the youth of Athens, in the hope that he would leave Athens for good. He however, However, he refused defending himself and continued proposing worse and worse punishments because he broke the Athenian law and was in the end sentenced to death. Despite his fans offering him plans and strategies to leave Athens during his week in prison, which would have worked if for no other reason than because it is was what the prosecutors wanted, he took his death and drank the poison that was given to him by the executioner. He died at age 81, which is quite old by ancient Greek standards.



* Japan isn't immune from such things either. While the assumptions have lightened up, otaku ("obsessive" fans of various things; geeks or nerds) have been denoted as perverted men who [[{{Hikikomori}} hole themselves up in their homes]] and do nothing but chat online. They apparently will attack young girls or stalk them. This stereotype/assumption was because of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsutomu_Miyazaki Tsutomu Miyazaki]], a serial murdering rapist who was found to have been in possession of {{Gorn}} videos and a large manga collection at the time of his arrest. The media and news labeled him the "Otaku Killer", causing a massive moral panic against otaku in Japan and having, in combination with a string of theatrical flops, had repercussions upon the anime industry.

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* Japan isn't immune from such things either. While the assumptions have lightened up, otaku ("obsessive" fans of various things; geeks or nerds) have been denoted as perverted men who [[{{Hikikomori}} hole themselves up in their homes]] and do nothing but chat online. They will apparently will attack young girls or stalk them. This stereotype/assumption was because of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsutomu_Miyazaki Tsutomu Miyazaki]], a serial murdering rapist who was found to have been in possession of {{Gorn}} videos and a large manga collection at the time of his arrest. The media and news labeled him the "Otaku Killer", causing a massive moral panic against otaku in Japan and having, in combination with a string of theatrical flops, had repercussions upon the anime industry.



* Tokyo's governor Ishihara vehemently demands a ban on manga, anime and games that show even remotely themes nonsuitable for children (i.e. all rated CERO B and higher, never mind that if such a ban would take effect on video games it would render the concept of a rating system useless, as the only CERO rating that would then get allowed is CERO A) because they "erode our children". On a similar note, many manga authors call him out on his hypocrisy by pointing out that he wrote an erotic novel.

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* Tokyo's governor Ishihara vehemently demands a ban on manga, anime anime, and games that show even remotely themes nonsuitable for children (i.e. all rated CERO B and higher, never mind that if such a ban would take effect on video games it would render the concept of a rating system useless, as the only CERO rating that would then get allowed is CERO A) because they "erode our children". On a similar note, many manga authors call him out on his hypocrisy by pointing out that he wrote an erotic novel.


* In the weeks following the 2018 Parkland High School shooting, American president Creator/DonaldTrump openly blamed violent video games for the massacre, claiming that they were "shaping young people's thoughts."[[note]]In his credit, he also mentioned violent films[[/note]] This reached a point where he held a conference about the topic with other Republican politicians and video game developers that was visibly skewed in favour of these sentiments, complete with a shock montage of some particularly violent scenes in a few video games, all of which were taken '''''completely out of context''''' to make video games look like merciless murder media. His comments also implied he did not know that games had age restrictions, as he suggested [[OlderThanTheyThink there should be a system]] that prevents young kids from purchasing violent video games. In a rather, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement shall we say]], rare case, Trump's views and actions were met with near-universal condemnation from the general public, to the point where a significant chunk of individuals from the historically pro-Trump [=GamerGate=] movement turned on him.

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* In the weeks following the 2018 Parkland High School shooting, American president Creator/DonaldTrump openly blamed violent video games for the massacre, claiming that they were "shaping young people's thoughts."[[note]]In his credit, he also mentioned violent films[[/note]] This reached a point where he held a conference about the topic with other Republican politicians and video game developers that was visibly skewed in favour of these sentiments, complete with a shock montage of some particularly violent scenes in a few video games, all of which were taken '''''completely out of context''''' to make video games look like merciless murder media. His comments also implied he did not know that games had age restrictions, as he suggested [[OlderThanTheyThink there should be a system]] that prevents young kids from purchasing violent video games. In a rather, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement shall we say]], rare case, Trump's views and actions were met with near-universal condemnation from the general public, to the point where a significant chunk of individuals from the historically pro-Trump [=GamerGate=] movement his supporters turned on him. him.

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