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Video games 'not to blame for Virginia Tech shootings'

Virginia Tech gunman Seung Hui Cho did not play any video games with violent or war-related themes, according to Virginia governor Tim Kaine's final report on the killings in April.

Contradicting the protestations of anti-gaming crusaders such as Jack Thompson, the report notes only that Cho played non-violent games such as Sonic the Hedgehog while approximately nine years old.

From chapter IV, 'Life and mental health history of Cho':

"Sun and her parents recall that Cho seemed to be doing better. He was enrolled in a Tae Kwon Do program for a while, watched TV and played video games like Sonic the Hedgehog. None of the video games were war games or had violent themes."

The report also mentions the fact that Cho's high-school room-mate never saw him play a video game - although he did observe him watching "dark" films and listening to heavy metal music, two fields that can now presumably expect to be vilified to the same extent that games were in the months after the tragedy.

[Via Gamepolitics.com]

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