Posted on February 16, 2008,

NY Post Claims NIU Shooter Was Crazy For Counter-Strike

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A new report from the NY Post claims that the NIU shooter was an avid Counter-Strike player. If true, this information will certainly fuel the anti-video game position of numerous groups. Of course, I personally believe that we need to start thinking about personal accountability in society instead of always trying to blame some form of entertainment. I have been a long time fan of the NY post, but this recent article from them doesn’t seem very credible. The only shred of evidence is a random quote from a dorm mate. Even if he did play Counter-Strike, I am sure there were many, many other issues in his life that contributed to his shooting spree. The truth of the matter is that very little is known about the shooter at this point. For the most part, opinions on Kazmierczak are simply speculation at this point.

Stephen Kazmierczak, 27, played the wildly popular game Counter-Strike while studying sociology at Northern Illinois University in 2003 and 2004. “He played a lot of video games, especially Counter-Strike, really loud,” said dorm mate Ben Woloszyn, 24.

Via NY Post

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16 Comments on NY Post Claims NIU Shooter Was Crazy For Counter-Strike

erathoniel

On February 16, 2008 at 12:30 pm

So he played a shooting game, that is only a small factor in a complex life.

William

On February 16, 2008 at 12:34 pm

I agree. The complexities involved here have very little to do with what game or television shows he was involved with. The loser was crazy and that’s the single most important fact.

PSB

On February 16, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Were all the postal workers who were shooting up the post office back in the day playing Counter Strike? No. This is a mental health issue, not a game issue. Not to minimize the impact of what this person did, but how many drunks killed how many people last night on the road. When are we going to ban alcohol? Don’t blames guns and games and booze for these problems. Blame people who have lost all sense of reality, morality and responsibliity.

Stephany

On February 16, 2008 at 2:13 pm

@ PSB

Amen!

somewhat

On February 16, 2008 at 2:58 pm

” wildly popular game Counter-Strike ”

So then all these people who made it wildly popular are going to go on a shooting rampage then ? I’d better load up my hunting rifle and prepare to defend my loved ones.

p.s. don’t they mean widely and not wildly ? Some credible newspaper that is. :roll:

William

On February 16, 2008 at 3:50 pm

Yeah they probably meant widely

Jack Thompson, Attorney

On February 16, 2008 at 4:56 pm

John B. Thompson, Attorney at Law
1172 S. Dixie Hwy., Suite 111
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

February 16, 2008

John G. Peters, President
Northern Illinois University
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115-2825 Via Fax to 815-753-8686

Re: Part of the Explanation for this Awful Disaster

Dear President Peters:

First of all, my condolences for this terrible loss. I have had the disturbing privilege of representing a number of families devastated by these types of incidents. I represented all six parents of the three girls killed by a 14-year-old video gamer in the Paducah, Kentucky, school massacre. I currently represent the families of three policemen in Alabama who were slain by a teen who trained to kill them on the cop-killing simulation video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. This case was featured on 60 Minutes. See
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/03/04/60minutes/main678261.shtml.

The day after the NIU tragedy this week, I was on the Fox News Channel predicting that the killer on your campus would be someone who was immersed in violent video games, as this is a common thread in almost all of these incidents. I mentioned in the interview the mass murder simulation game, Counter-Strike. It was the game of choice by the killers in the two worst school shootings in history—Virginia Tech and Erfurt, Germany.

Sure enough, the New York Post reports today the accuracy of that prediction. I attach herewith the Post article.

Governor Blagojevich was on Fox hours later echoing my specific concern about the linkage between violent video games and school killings.

I have addressed roughly 200 college campuses about this problem. I am more than willing to come to your campus, free of charge of course, to explain to the students and faculty and surrounding community why these games, played by students, pose a public safety hazard. Brain scan science recently coming out of Harvard explains it well. There are multiple reasons why these evil events happen. Immersion of young males in murder simulation as a form of entertainment is one of the more powerful reasons.

Blessings, Jack Thompson

somewhat

On February 16, 2008 at 6:08 pm

^^^^^^^

I wish he would stop preying on people in a state of panic or mourning. Gives the term ambulance chaser a bad name. He’s taken it to the next level. He should be called a hearse chaser. Shame on you wacko.

Shran

On February 16, 2008 at 6:35 pm

Seriously…have people like that any mind at all?

William

On February 16, 2008 at 6:38 pm

yeah.. it’s a shame he sent that letter too. The president of NIU has a lot more to worry about right now than video games. It’s always typical of tragedies though to see people try and push their agendas. I remember the first few days after the Va. Tech shooting, they had people from every political and religious movement you could imagine walking around and pushing their literature and ideas.. it was almost enough to make me sick.

max

On February 16, 2008 at 6:51 pm

ridiculous… i played vice city, cs sources, “murdered” ppl online and strangely this never made me go into school and shoot up ppl, the main problem in this story is how these killers end up with guns ? why not blaming guns instead of video games… just wake up bunch of morons, blaming games whene about 1 person on billions will actually kill others and if that person had in entertaiment video games, its all games fault, i never killed any 1 but i did play all the games these killers have, so why didint i killed anybody yet ? pffft, ppl blaming games make me sick just leave off the blaming when you don t understand what’s going on

coldshock

On February 16, 2008 at 7:15 pm

Seriously, dont blame games…

If anything games stop violence, they help fuel the rage someone might have, by taking it out on a virtual person.

If video games made an impact on peoples lives, then how come people who play surgery games, dont become surgeons?

Blame yourselves for these thing, not the innocent bystanders..

weclock

On February 17, 2008 at 11:08 am

Why the hell is Valve sitting by and letting it’s products be slandered like this?

mindy

On February 17, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Uh yea, please come to NIU so I can laugh at you. I’m pretty sure us NIU students and faculty members have more important things to worry about right now than blaming all of this on video games… like counter strike. HEY WUT ABOUT WOW??? maybe he wanted to arcane shot some foolz :(

he was prolly cal-o anyway and got rick rolledddddd 24/7 BRO

mary had a little lamb

On February 18, 2008 at 12:59 am

legalize marijuana!

if more people smoked it legally, people wouldn’t take life so seriously and give into inner turmoil and all the invented stress our society heaps on us.

ManOfTeal

On February 18, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Crack is wack!!! :cool: