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Initial post: Dec 15, 2012 8:49:30 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 15, 2012 10:16:54 PM PST
http://www.geekosystem.com/mass-effect-blamed-for-shooting/

The horrifying event that went down yesterday morning in Connecticut was accidentally blamed on Ryan Lanza for a period of time. Turns out, the suspected shooter is actually Adam Lanza, Ryan's younger brother. Oops. Unfortunately, a Facebook profile for one Ryan Lanza was widely circulated when he was still considered the shooter, and he just so happened to like the video game Mass Effect. You can probably see where this is going. Folks seeking a scapegoat flooded the game's Facebook page, blaming it for the shooting.

According to Kotaku, the comments ranged from referring to Mass Effect as "evil" to demands for the game to be banned:

"There is a connection between violent games and senseless violence in real life," wrote Facebook user Becky. Another user, Melanie, said, "Ban this game and the people who created such sickness." And Catherine even wrote, "I am sure none of these precious children had this game on their Santa list... God help protect us from all the evil our society promotes."
Part of this is obviously just people trying to make sense of a senseless tragedy, and is to be expected. On the other hand, it's pretty obvious to anyone even remotely familiar with the game that Mass Effect had absolutely nothing to do with what went down in Connecticut. In fact, the third game in the franchise even features a mission where the protagonist actually saves a bunch of kids from the space equivalent of a school shooting. So, yeah.

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*sigh* Also, I feel super bad for the kid who got blamed first. I mean, have the entire world thing you're a child murdering psychopath, only to find out it was your brother?

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 9:03:06 AM PST
If only biotics were regulated by the government!

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 9:04:25 AM PST
Anthony says:
people who honestly think that video games cause violence shouldn't be allowed to breed.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 9:06:06 AM PST
OMG, this monster bought brussel sprouts 4 days ago. Brussel sprouts are EVIL! Actually, I think that they kinda are but that's besides the point.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 9:12:10 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 15, 2012 9:13:46 AM PST
" "There is a connection between violent games and senseless violence in real life," wrote Facebook user Becky Laird Gluff. "

I would have to see such evidence myself and see where it comes from. I have some violent relatives (or had) and they hated games and called them trash when I was younger. I play games, Mass Effect being one of my favorites, and I am not violent at all. I know many others who play "violent" (non violent as well) games and they are not even remotely violent. Kind of like blaming the gun. No, it is the person using the gun that does the killing. If no gun was used then maybe a bomb.

On a more positive note: Loving Gravity Rush.

"OMG, this monster bought brussel sprouts 4 days ago. Brussel sprouts are EVIL!"

Lay off the brussel sprouts. They only work for 3 days after purchase.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 9:24:19 AM PST
So, what you're saying is brussel sprouts are like mail-order russian brides?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 10:40:09 AM PST
Mrs. User says:
Ashley Williams was right. Aliens are a threat to the Alliance superiority.

Seriously, though, it's horrible that people would blame a video game just because it's a video game. And the kid whose face was circulated all over the place...he's gonna have one heck of a time for the confusion. :(

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 10:43:33 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 15, 2012 10:43:49 AM PST
Mass Effect is a touching game that makes me think of the negative consequence of violence, of all things. Idiots.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 10:44:33 AM PST
He probably drank some water at least a day or two before his shooting spree. Ban water!

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 10:57:09 AM PST
"he's gonna have one heck of a time for the confusion"

Considering the shooter is dead, I hope no one mistakes the two anymore. It is admittedly a little scary how fast we humans can turn to extreme measures during a tragedy. I'm usually a supporter of gun rights, but yesterday I found myself wishing that we could ban them. My thought process at the time was honestly "we don't deserve to have rights". Obviously, I came to my senses after the rage passed, but I don't blame these people for blowing up.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 10:59:17 AM PST
I swear, the Mass Effect series gets more unjustified shit than any other series of video games.

So it's an alien rape simulator, a mass murder trainer, and the ending is so bad it makes you actively regret every second you spent playing the game, regardless of how much you enjoyed it before? Did I miss anything?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 11:02:11 AM PST
Aku says:
DLC is locked behind 100-kilobyte codes instead of actually, you know, being downloaded. Bioware stole basic Deviantart artwork for the final scene of the game and didn't bother making a child-proportioned model for a child. I could go on but generally yeah, you missed a few things.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 11:05:01 AM PST
FOGE says:
Mass Effect is one of the few games that gets everything right. Sex is tasteful. Racism is dealt with in intelligent manners and the violence comes with heavy emotions. It's the kind of game that really makes you weigh each decision and it's consequences. There are so many mindless shooters out there. Why does Mass Effect catch all the flak?

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 11:12:01 AM PST
"Mass Effect is one of the few games that gets everything right. Sex is tasteful."

I think that's the one thing it got WRONG. Who the hell what's "tasteful" sex? Lol.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 11:12:19 AM PST
This would be less funny if some legislator in CA didn't really start the ball rolling on banning water because of a joke. But, the same joke gave us the term of "Zohnerism" which means "the use of a true fact to lead a scientifically and mathematically ignorant public to a false conclusion."

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 11:18:25 AM PST
K Archer says:
No matter how much I dislike Mass Effect (its just not my thing), its one of the sillier games to be blamed for this. I mean, really...even as a renegade you're not killing off innocents in a way as to promote this crap

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 11:18:49 AM PST
It doesn't get *everything* right.

Some quibbles I have about artistic decisions (I mean, it's annoying that femshep has the same character animations as broshep, but that's more based on economics than aesthetics.)

-Homosexual relationships aren't really handled well until ME3. Among other things, it's only possible to "fix" Jack if you're a male Shepard, by having sex with her. This is kinda troubling. I don't think what that girl was missing was "penis."

-There are a few "hey Sweetheart" moments in the first couple games when playing a female Shepard that are kind of inappropriate (even though they take place in seedy bars, they are still discomforting.)

But it definitely does a whole lot of things right. It is, however, by no means pitch perfect everywhere.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 11:38:57 AM PST
"-There are a few "hey Sweetheart" moments in the first couple games when playing a female Shepard that are kind of inappropriate (even though they take place in seedy bars, they are still discomforting.)"

Well, it is realistic however. If you have a hot chick(and every female Shep I've made was serious smokehouse) walking through a bar, they're gonna get the stupid 'What's up" statements from men. What it was missing in these scenes was the pickup lines so I could have her punch the idiot in the face.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 11:50:29 AM PST
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dihydrogen_monoxide_hoax

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 11:57:25 AM PST
"I don't think what that girl was missing was "penis."

I didn't romance Jack in ME2, but I heard that if you sleep with her you don't get to have a meaningful relationship later, isn't that the case? I thought what "fixed" Jack was her acceptance of the Pragia facility children in the form of the Grissom Accademy students. I thought that was actually a very poetic solution to her guilt and anger. I'm not sure it was penis, DV, but then again I didn't romance her so I'm not a Jackspert.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 12:13:08 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 15, 2012 12:13:49 PM PST
There are two possible smex outcomes with Jack. When she initially props the question to just ohfk and get it done with she'll have no respect for you. If you continue softly romancing her you'll get to softrock her before the suicide mission and get a real romance out of it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 12:14:49 PM PST
The thing is "realism" is not a good reason to put something in your game that makes a significant portion of your audience uncomfortable. Video games are supposed to be diversions.

So while those "hey sweetheart" moments may make male players who are playing as femshep conclude something along the lines of "Yo go girl, stick it to the man" it makes female players who have a Shepard that shares their gender feel uncomfortably singled out.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 12:15:56 PM PST
But considering Jack's background, you should be able to romance her whether you are male or female. Garrus, Tali, Jacob, Miranda, and Thane may not be bisexual but Jack *definitely* is, based on the stories she tells.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 12:17:41 PM PST
K Archer says:
I love stupid people

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 12:20:35 PM PST
I'd agree with that. I wasn't referring specifically to any gendered circumstances. I was just clarifying Evan's comments regarding Jack's romance.
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