5 Facts About School Shootings and Video Games the NRA Needs to Look At
Well, even though it isn't violent StarCraft is still about military campaigns in a technologically advanced in semi-realistic manner. It's probably still an influence, right?
Let me tell you about South Korea. In South Korea StarCraft is so popular that it has actually become a professional sport that even has groupies. It's really, really big there. Despite that, when you bring up a list of school shootings South Korea doesn't appear at all. What that means is that in a country where StarCraft is bigger than soccer is here, more people have actually died from exhaustion playing the game than have been driven to murder by it.
South Korea, by the by, is no. 149 on the list of guns-per-capita. That's 28th from the bottom.
And Columbine Was Not Planned Using Doom Either
One of the more ridiculous rumors that came out of the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Co in 1999 was that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had planned their murder of 13 people using custom-designed levels in the first person shooter Doom that were supposed to match the layout of their school. Some even said that characters meant to resemble specific classmates were included as targets.
Being four days short of the same age as Eric Harris, it's not surprising that he was into Doom. Hell, I first played it on a school computer in the audio/visual room of Galena Park High. And yes, he did in fact design some custom levels as thousands of other kids were eagerly doing. You can also clearly see from videos online that you would need a healthy dose of LCD to even begin to see them as a dress rehearsal for what ultimately happened. If you don't believe me, here's Snopes on the subject.