Battlemechs inspire teen violence!

Here’s the quote from the Philadelphia Inquirer article:

“Lovett often wore all black and was something of a loner. He spent a lot of time on the computer and was proficient at video games, even giving advice online to players of a game called Mech Commando about how to rearm and rearmor their combatants.”

Here’s the link if you want to read the whole thing:

I can only assume that “Mech Commando” is really Mechcommander.

[sarcasm] I never realized that watching tiny animations of mechs running around blasting each other would inspire someone to carjack, pull a gun on a cop and conspire to murder kids they didn’t like. Damn that Microsoft, anyway. [/sarcasm]

Oh, yeah, they’d also better round up all those copies of The Matrix. Clearly that’s inspiring kids to evil.


Just be thankful that he didn’t have access to a Battlemaster.

The ring leader went by the name of “Neo” or “The One”. Not only were they idiots who’s plan failed due to a fugged up carjacking, but they were incredibly unoriginal.

And among the names Lovett used in a letter left for his family was “the Neo,” an apparent reference to the main character of The Matrix, which is both a movie series and a computer game.

Aaaand, either he went by “the Neo” as a combination of the 2 lame monikers or the reporter is a complete moron.

EDIT: Loyd, I miss your “As Ever” sign offs. They were quaint and reminded me of happier, simpler times. I wish you would start back. I mean it. :)

Wow. Ignoring that every single thing the kid himself seems to talk about and reference has to do with the matrix (thank god they let us know this comes in two forms, the safe movie form, and the evil mind control form - a video game), they really try and tie shit into video games.

he was struck by how the three Oaklyn suspects also had been armed with swords.

He said a sword was “not a typical of weapon of choice in a carjacking” but is a feature of the game Grand Theft Auto Vice City, which includes carjacking.

“In a sense, these guys probably were acting out a game,” Thompson said.

Who the fuck uses the sword in VC? WHO?!?! WHO!?!? Where are the crossbow murders that Half-Life must be causing?


I can’t wait for the telekinesis gun school massacres that are sure to abound once half-life 2 comes out.

Column that basically calls the kids losers and says movies aren’t to blame, but still manages to implicate video games.

Warriors of Freedom: Browser based empire management game. Players choose and alignment and build an army which can be comprised of humans, dwarfs and elves.

Yeah, no wonder these kids were dangerous. They were busy honing their marksmanship skills and desensitising themselves to violence by playing a browser based empire management sim. How fucking stupid are these media people? You should be required to have an IQ > shoe size to write for a major publication.

“Warriors of Freedom” was the name the oldest one gave to the group. It’s a fairly common grouping of words these days, so I’m not surprised that someone Googled and came up with something. The oldest one signed his letter, “the Neo,” among several other nicknames. Other than that, there’s no mention of “the Neo” anywhere else. His mother and sister also died about eight years ago, within 18 months of each other, and he was continually pushed around by his classmates. Certain members of the press have trying desperately to link violent video games to the group’s behavior–trying to find similar patterns between the role of the character and the daily life of these teens. But I think his personal life is a far more compelling indicator.

Here’s some food for thought:

The media’s obsession with finding a scapegoat every time these things happen is getting kind of creepy. “My god, white kids can only be driven to do these things by evil influences!”

What a shitty article. Ok, let’s pull out the check list:

  1. Reference to Columbine. Check
  2. Incorrect facts (“Mech Commando”). Check.
  3. One-sidedness (where’s the lawyer who criticizes lawyers who criticize video games?). Check.
  4. Exaggeration of the kids’ ferocity (then “Drop the weapons!” “Ok.”). Check.
  5. No depth beyond video game blame. Check.

I’m sure the editor or the owner of the paper was buying champaigne and cigars for all when this was published.

This is why I get my news from the BBC and the UK Guardian. Even the Toronto Star. None of them are this slanted.

I blame society.

Ha. That’s funny.

The thing about the Brit media is that they’re honest about their slant, and moreover, they’re not lazy.

wow, Jack Thompson weighs in, what a surprise.

Ha. That’s funny.

The thing about the Brit media is that they’re honest about their slant, and moreover, they’re not lazy.[/quote]

The Guardian has its own cute liberal slant and then some, but they damn sure follow the goings on in America better than a lot of the American publications.

I remember wanting to kill many of my tormentors in high school. Since these shooting became so en vogue with the kids today, I have wondered if I would have acted onthose feelings if I had not been a momma’s boy and had had access to Daddy’s arsenal. (Luckily, dad was across town and was a minister. So I tried to kill them with love, :wink: ) It is curious as to the trigger for such events, but the nutty home life and personal tragedies is most assuredly at the root of his anger and isolation.

And as always, those with the lack of fashion sense suffer. Do they think I always wear black because I like it!?
Well, I do, actually, but it’s also because I can’t combine any other colors to save my life :/

I doubt you’d find a bullshit article like that in the BBC. So that’s a plus.

Most of the BBC’s slant is kept to the editorials and such. Still, I think they do far better news reporting then even some of the major US papers. Then again, I am a liberal.

I read the Toronto Star since, well, I live in Toronto.

Interesting results if you google for Mech Commando.

The Philadelphia Inquirer story is the 8th hit. Everything before it is either a “Mech, Commando” match or something else.

It definitely doesn’t seem like we’re missing something.

The Toronto Star is a pinko liberal rag. ;-)

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