Finnish School Killer And Video Games

Before the anti-game lobby gets started... some facts

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Just before the anti-gaming lobby gets hold of the wrong end of the twig in the case of deceased Finnish school-shooter, Pekka-Eric Auvinen here are a few facts regarding the case.

The 18 year-old shot five boys, two girls and the headmistress of Jokela high school, 50 kilometres north of Helsinki, dead. He shot himself and later died in hospital.

He posted his intentions on YouTube under the user-name, Sturmgeist89.

In his various manifestos, he did mention 'computer games':

"Interests and Hobbies: Existentialism, Freedom, Truth, Misantrophy, Social / Personality Psychology, Evolution Science, Political Incorrectness, Women, BDSM, Guns (I love you Catherine), Shooting, Computer Games, Sarcasm, Irony, Mass / Serial Killers, Macabre Art, Black Comedy, Absurdism"

You will also see that he mentions movies:

"Movies and Shows: The Matrix, A View To A Kill, Falling Down, Natural Born Killers, Reservoir Dogs, Last Man Standing, Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Butcher MD (aka Zombie Holocaust), Saw 1-3, Lord Of War, The Deer Hunter, True Romance, The Untouchables, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Idiocracy, They Live, Apocalypse Now, End Of Days, The Shining, The Dead Zone, Dr. Strangelove, House MD (TV), Monty Python, TV Documentaries Relating To History"

And music:

"Music: KMFDM, Rammstein, Eisbrecher, Nine Inch Nails, Grendel, Impaled Nazarene, Macabre, Deathstars, The Prodigy, Combichrist, Godsmack, Slayer, Children Of Bodom, Alice Cooper, Sturmgeist, Suicide Commando, Hatebreed, Suffocation, Terrorizer"

And even literature:

"Books: Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury), 1984 (Orwell), Brave New World (Huxley), The Republic (Plato), all works of Nietzsche"

He didn't appear to like full-stops...

He did appear to like Darwin:

"And remember that this is my war, my ideas and my plans. Don?t blame anyone else for my actions than myself. Don?t blame my parents or my friends. I told nobody about my plans and I always kept them inside my mind only. Don?t blame the movies I see, the music I hear, the games I play or the books I read. No, they had nothing to do with this. This is my war: one man war against humanity, governments and weak-minded masses of the world! No mercy for the scum of the earth! HUMANITY IS OVERRATED! It?s time to put NATURAL SELECTION & SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST back on tracks!"

So, before the outcry regarding the phrase "Computer" and "Game" appearing in the rantings of a school shooter, can the anti-games lobby start demanding bans for, let's pick... Plato; it is, after all, the oldest influence. Then maybe we can move onto Ray Bradbury or George Orwell? SPOnG believes these are even taught openly in schools.

Or maybe we can look at the over-all picture?

Source: Fairfax Press

Source: Odd Culture


RiseFromYourGrave 8 Nov 2007 12:28
the dude was a fruitcake, is the problem. not videogames, films or literature.
DoctorDee 8 Nov 2007 14:35
Listening to Rammstein could be a factor though.
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tyrion 8 Nov 2007 15:01
DoctorDee wrote:
Listening to Rammstein could be a factor though.

Hey! I resemble that remark.
PreciousRoi 8 Nov 2007 15:16
OK...hello...dude is a Finn? I don't think its needful to go much further than that.

Don't they have the 4th highest suicide rates among non-former Warsaw Pact countries (behind Japan, Sri Lanka, and Belgium)?

And if you're already committed to offing yourself, is it such a leap to want some company?

I say you blame the bloody reindeer, they sneak into innocent Finns' (an Norwiegian aquaintance assures me there is no such thing, but nevertheless) homes at night and whisper crazy into their ears as they sleep.
ralahinn1 8 Nov 2007 15:23
What is really sad about the young man doing this, is no one learned a lesson, there will still be school shootings by young people seeking attention and wanting to be famous, and too late the world sees that they are mentally disturbed.
;p 8 Nov 2007 21:01
what sicko may he rot in hell
winsonkoh 9 Nov 2007 18:16
Moral of the story:

Do not bullied a person whom you think is coward, they might end up killing you.
Willy Billy 9 Nov 2007 22:00
winsonkoh wrote:
Do not bullied a person whom you think is coward, they might end up killing you.

I bullied loads of people at school and not one of the pathetic bastards ever had the spine to kill me.
Tim Smith 10 Nov 2007 00:27
Willy Billy wrote:
I bullied loads of people at school and not one of the pathetic bastards ever had the spine to kill me.

But you had the spine to bully them.


The One 4 Feb 2008 08:21
Games, movies and music is to look at it as overall.
It is we who to blame, we created reality...
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