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Posted 2006-09-14 by Tony Walsh
Canadian Killer’s Gaming Connection
Students at a Montreal college were reportedly shot yesterday by Kimveer Gill, a 25 year-old male armed with a rifle. I saw a brief TV news story on the tragedy this morning, and remarked to my wife that it wouldn't be long before a video game connection was found. It turns out the connection is easy to make. Today's Toronto Sun ran with the headline "Video Game Killer." The Sun reports that Gill claimed Super Columbine Massacre was his favourite game, and that his online tagline read "Life is a video game and you gonna die sometime." No doubt games will be looked at as a possible cause of the terrible attack, despite the appearance that Gill was simply a deeply disturbed individual. Personally I see this more of a copycat attack.

The game Super Columbine Massacre was ostensibly designed to be an examination of the Columbine incident. The creator of the game's statement reads, in part, "This game asks more of its audience than rudimentary button-pushing and map navigation; it implores introspection... people from six continents and all walks of life are discussing the game itself and the incident it is based on... At the end of the day, the understanding of the Columbine school shooting is deepened and redefined. That is the real object of the game."

Richard Castaldo, a survivor of the Columbine incident, has played Super Columbine Massacre. "I appreciate the fact at least to some degree that something like this was made," He told "I think that at least it gets people talikng about Columbine in a unique perspective, which is probably a good thing. But that being said there are a lot of things that are hard to play or watch. And it seems to partially glamorize what happened. It shows a stark-contrast between fantasy and real life in an interesting way."
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Comment posted by heckubus
September 15, 2006 @ 6:01 pm
Ya I wasn't surprised by the gaming connection either, but the media seem to be having more fun with the "goth" connection. The media always seem bent on making causal, rather than correlative connections about this stuff, like when they announce that "people who floss live longer". It makes one want to call the editorial desks and ask the question: all poodles are dogs, but.. are all dogs poodles?
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