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Today, after reading the articles I posted on the Doom Hoaxes, where Doom was blamed for columbine using fake evidence, fabricated in 1999, I decided to write another article about video game related nonsense and how my efforts to debunk such hoaxes have really helped to show how idiotic the doom moral panic was.

 

 

The first such hoax “Doom will become reality”, supposedly was said on Eric Harris’s website but several sites proved that it was fake at the time. But their proof did not get far, because many more sites said this was proof that Doom did in fact cause columbine, all attacking violent video games at the same time. At the time, any and all search results for the phrase lead to sites attacking violent games. My debunking it helped to change that however. Go search for “Doom Will become reality” on google.com and you get this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

My blogs and videos debunking this nonsense are now at the top of the results. Surprise! Saying that the Doom will become reality hoax is just that, over and over again can do wonders to the search results. My stuff has seriously trumped all the anti-gamer nonsense BS sites saying Doom was the cause for the massacre.

But this thing doesn’t end here.

 

Another much more complex hoax involved 3 articles from 3 newspaper saying a modified version of doom was found on Eric Harris’s website/or computer. (it differs per source, weirdly). The modified version of doom had begging students saying a certain phrase and many features doom could not do in 1999. At the time searching for some phrase in the articles themselves led to tons of sites all citing the claims like they were a fact. That is still true. But if you google “modified version of doom columbine” you get the most popular article and my debunkings right below it. Not as successful as the last debunking, but close.

 

 

Now if you googled the phrase “Doom caused columbine” before I mentioned the phrase over and over again with various articles here, you would get tons of sites saying that Doom did in fact cause columbine. Now this is what you get:

 

 

 

 

After the wikipedia article, my debunking is right below! I never expected the debunking to get so high in the search results. I expected that some people would read it and then stow it away, and at best I would get mentioned on some gaming forum. I wasn’t expecting my results on the Doom will become reality hoax to include my articles first. With all the sites (100’s) saying that this hoax is proof doom did cause columbine, you’d expect my post to be much lower, but no.

 

But before we go, I want to do another Fake Doom BS debunking right here. Not quite as popular in the game attacking sites as the 2 last ones but still mentioned from time to time is the following long paragraph written by Harris himself:

 

“everyone should be put to a test. an ULTIMATE DOOM test, see who can survive in an environment using only smarts and military skills. put them in a doom world. no authority, no refuge, no BS copout excuses. If you cant figure out the area of a triangle or what “cation” means, you die! if you cant take down a demon w/ a chainsaw or kill a hell prince w/ a shotgun, you die! fucking snotty rich fuckheads [Censored by J.C.Sheriff Office] who rely on others or on sympathy or $ to get them through life should be put to this challenge. plus it would get rid of all the fat, retarded, crippled, stupid, dumb, ignorant, worthless people of this world. no one is worthy of this planet only me and who ever I choose. there is just no respect for anything higher than your fucking boss or parent. everyone should be shot out into space and only the people I saw should be left behind. 4/12/98″

 

This phrase is clearly talking about doom multi player, not actually putting people in a school shooting situation. Any gamer can see that. But the people who never played video games would see it a different way, because of the way the articles using this against doom quoted it. The “ultimate doom challenge” is clearly just multi player. Not a school shooting. After that he goes into a total psychotic attack against people who are rich and says they should be killed. But this is used to blame doom constantly. How do we debunk this?

 

We look for other references to doom in his writings. In most of them Doom is mentioned with other things such as war, with no context to what they are actually describing, such as “this will be like doom, ww2, the korean war rolled into one”. What is he talking about. You can’t tell. There is no way to know, so how to the anti-gamers know this is about the massacre? They don’t. They just want others to believe it is.  In all of his writings there is plenty of evidence that Doom was NOT influencing him to commit the massacre.. this following quote proves it:

 

“someones bound to say “what were they thinking?” when we go NBK or when we were planning it, so this what I am thinking. “I have a goal to destroy as much as possible so I must not be sidetracked by my feelings of sympathy, mercy, or any of that, so I will force myself to believe that everyone is just another monster from Doom like FH or FS or demons, so It’s either me or them. I have to turn off my feelings.” keep this is mind, I want to burn the world, I want to kill everyone except about 5 people, who I will name later, so If you are reading this you are lucky you escaped my rampage because I wanted to kill you. It will be very tricky getting all of our supplies, explosives, weaponry, ammo, and then hiding it all and then actually planting it all so we can achieve our goal. but if we get busted any time, we start killing then and there, just like Wilks from the AlIENS books, I aint going out without a fight.”

 

Notice how he said he would have to “force himself to believe all students are doom monsters” to turn off his feelings during the massacre? No way is this  something doom did. Look for more references to Doom in the writings I linked and you get one reference to WW2, and one to the doom shotgun, the ultimate doom test and this. That’s it.

 

Speaking of ww2. Why is the obvious fact and motive that Harris was a Nazi fuckhead completely looked over? Do I have to quote the exact quote where he worships hitler/Nazi’s. now. But search for it and you will find more info on his obssession with Nazi’s. Why was this totally ignored by all the groups that attacked doom? It’s all over his writings, Racial Slurs, references to Nazi’s, swastika’s, plane as day to see. Yet this was totally ignored and Doom was blamed instead? WTF!

 

In any ordinary mind this would be much more likely motive than being “brainwashed by doom”. But people in Colorado started blaming doom right and left till it was mass hysteria.  It got so out of control that even I was threatened by some dickhead on a forum over it (long story).  This is just more proof that the people blaming doom, skipping over his hatred of people/love for Nazi’s, are complete idiots. His multiplayer “Ultimate Doom test” was used like the “Doom will become reality hoax” to demonize Doom constantly in  various attack sites, even to this day. It’s rediculous.

At least I can try to stop this nonsense, and I think I have been relatively sucessful.

 

 

 

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Ok… This is OLD news,,, From February 2013, But after Mentioning the Hypothetical conspiracy to ban violent games in this country, an old story popped in my head. In the article below, it’s said that a huge 7 foot by 4 foot spreadsheet, meticulously detailing tons of different school/mass shootings, going all the way down to what weapons were used, and other little tiny details…  Then it goes on to say  the following horrible quotes that all link Adam Lanza to Violent Games and “deranged gamers”.

” “According to the veteran, Stebbins said the State Police believe Lanza saw the massacre in terms of a video game. It has previously been reported that investigators found “thousands of dollars worth” of violent games in his house.

“They don’t believe this was just a spreadsheet,” the longtime cop said. “They believe it was a score sheet,” and that it was “the work of a video gamer.” ”

“It’s why he didn’t want to be killed by law enforcement,” said the veteran to the Daily News. “In the code of a gamer, even a deranged gamer like this little bastard, if somebody else kills you, they get your points. They believe that’s why he killed himself.”

Well you can see where this is going….

Number 1, there is no “Code of the gamer” that says it’s preferable to KILL yourself in a game to save your points…. Almost No violent games HAVE points anymore, some do, but NONE that I know of take your points away if you get killed by the opposition, in Multi player, which can only what this is describing, because the whole game ends if you die in single player 99% of the time, and in cases where it doesn’t (rare), I can’t remember ones where dying made you loose points and the opposition got yours.

Number 2, this whole score sheet thing sounds fake, like the hoaxes I have debunked that are publicized in the Media to make it look like the Shooter  was influenced by violent games, things like the “Doom Will become reality Hoax” (debunked here), and the 3 news articles saying a modified version of doom was found on Eric Harris’s site with Impossible to do features in 1999 (debunked here). To make things worse, this whole article mentioned above has been Refuted by the REAL police, making it obvious that the quote about the sick gamer and the score sheet are NOT VALID OR REAL, at all…. If the Police claim this score sheet isn’t real, then….

Here is an interesting quote from a comments section of an article quoting the original New York Times Article…. Found Here..

“An article I read said this spreadsheet was printed 9 font, on print paper 9 feet long (one article) 7 feet long (another article) and 4 feet wide (both articles). Printers that can do that are usually used for blueprints and drawings. They are very very expensive…sometimes as much as a new sports car…which is why they are rented and usually not bought. The paper goes in the printer in huge rolls and the size is trimmed by the printer, based on document size. Hardly the kind of printer most folks have access to, and I don’t see him asking Kinko’s to print this out for him. My guess would be that as more people realize that, the size of the print paper will be omitted from future articles. Just sayin….”

Here’s the problem. Using the 9 font thing, I found that for the 500 names mentioned in the articleto fit on the 7 foot by 4 foot spreadsheet, the font has to be smaller than 9. Since the font is not mentioned as anything but the 9 font (unlike the dimensions, which vary article to article, suspicious…), we can assume that with a 9 font, based on my monitor size, that 1 foot = 54 rows long, or 18 columns wide. If you multiply 54 by 7 to get the total names listed in this font size the names come out to 378. So It’s IMPOSSIBLE to fit 500 names on this spreadsheet

this way!!! Now try columns. It is even less, 126 or so. IMPOSSIBLE. Add the police refuting this and the variation of size in articles and you get a NEWSPAPER HOAX designed to make it look like gamers are the cause of the school shooting. If you use the 9 foot value, it STILL isn’t enough for 500 names to fit on the spreadsheet!!!! Even if Lanza Doubled them up, it would make the data

bigger and the size would be off, so it doesn’t matter. It’s STILL A hoax… I can’t believe no one in the gaming community attacked the Newspaper for this… Seriously!!!

Last night, I started watching the anti-video game violence BS videos I’ve been posting on youtube since 2010.  At least one video goes into a Conspiracy Theory of mine saying that all the attacks on video games that seem bogus in this country are part of a government conspiracy to cause violent games to be gotten rid of, banned, etc… It’s a crazy theory, but it has stuff to back it up.

 

One of the ideas that I keep bringing up to back this up is that articles making up utter bullshit about Doom, and how these news pages linking this have been mysteriously taken down!!! Basically there are 3 articles that claim Harris modified doom to train for the school shooting on. But the modified version of doom was proven by me to be completely false… But since then the sites hosting the 3 articles online have been Mysteriously shutting down……

 

Here is a site that used to host an article, the second on of the 3 with the most faked features supposedly found in the article. Now the site is no longer there:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, here is what is left of a site that used to host the times news article that started this whole thing. It’s now mysteriously shut down….. Is this evidence of a coverup?

 

 

 

 

 

Going into the features of the modified version of doom, I have proven it could not have possibly been real… Doom simply could NOT do the features the described in 1999.  The weird thing is that the more you look into the claims you start seeing tons and tons of little inconsistencies that make it seem like a bunch of people were spreading anti-doom rhetoric ™.  According to the articles, the hate site tracking group found the fake doom on his Website. But the following article claims the person mentioned from the group found it on his computer….. What the hell…  Are they in on the possible conspiracy to try to get games banned using fake evidence to cause an outcry and government intervention? I don’t know but… It’s very suspicious….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice how the top article’s image says the the modified version of doom on was found on his PC. And it didn’t even say it was a modified version, it wasn’t even made clear. Below it says that the same group found it on his website. Which is true? Which is false? Are they both false like I suspect? I don’t know… But it’s very suspicious that nonsense like this, was cited in over 100 different “attack sites” all bringing it up as proof that doom either was a factor or a cause for the school shooting, even thought the version of doom mentioned is not real. Later on, these articles claims were used against violent games in Brown VS EMA in a right wing anti-violent games group’s Amicus brief, filled with other major lies such as video games break down the inhibition to kill (debunked here), that Cornell learned how to shoot from doom, and doom only and other similar things (debunked here).  and then later the sites hosting the articles, long after I started my debunking on them, started mysteriously going down. I think there is a coverup going on but I can’t prove it. It’s just very suspicious to me.

 

 

 

I am writing this article to express what I have been thinking behind the scenes of this war against violence in entertainment for years… I have been collecting evidence, looking at claims, even going deep inside conspiracy theory circles on Sandy Hook, Columbine, Marathon Bombing and more.  Until Sandy Hook, I never believed one shred of the conspiracy nonsense, but now I don’t know what I believe…. But I still believe one thing that is quite controversial and it’s based on tons of backed up evidence… That there is a conspiracy in this government going on since 1997 to get violent games banned after a massacre happens using fake evidence, media yellow journalism, government intervention, dozens of not to be trusted studies, and other things as well. It’s a reality to me and I want to explain why I believe this, and why you should to. Especially if you are a gamer.

 

Lets start at the crimes themselves that lead to moral panics surrounding youth violence and entertainment violence, columbine and sandy hook especially. Marathon bombing and aurora aren’t so big in this but there have been one or two people spreading lies after them so they are in the background.   If you look behind the scenes, ignoring ALL the media’s claims about such crimes and go to conspiracy circles, you get tons of evidence to suggest such crimes are engineered. This helps to link this to a conspiracy but doesn’t proof it’s part of the conspiracy.   In Sandy Hook’s case, it’s been proven by the Social security that Adam lanza died 1 day before the massacre. What would this mean for the idea of a conspiracy, well, for one thing, if what social security says IS true, it makes it IMPOSSIBLE for Lanza to be the killer, so someone else must be the killer instead… So since this someone else hasn’t even been investigated AT ALL by the government after  the killing (they REFUSE to investigate the possibility of the governments involvement), we have to assume they are in on it.     In columbine’s case, there are TONS of student evidence to suggest more than Harris and Klebold were involved, at least 6 other people where never caught in columbine… A white man throwing bombs, a man with acne that does not look like either of the reported shooters, and more. Who are these people? Since the government never once investigated this, and the FBI has been proven to withhold evidence on the crime,  how do we know the government isn’t involved in this at all. In sandy hooks case, there is also a claim of a second shooter, the police “investigated” but this guy was let go later. All of this leads to the possibility the government is involved in BOTH crimes….

 

But the real proof of the conspiracy lies somewhere else, in the investigation of nonsense spread after the school shootings themselves by both known and Unknown parties.  This nonsense is almost always of an anti-gaming nature, making it look like the shooter was solely influenced by violent games.  I did several articles discussing hoaxes perpetrated by unknown parties that seem to be used  to cause an outcry against violent games and even in the Supreme court to hijack EMA vs Brown. Such hoaxes are quite devious and NO one has even investigated and punished the perpetrators of these, especially the “Doom will become Reality” hoax. Supposedly Harris Said Doom Will Become Reality on his website. But the page was not his site, it was uploaded on April 21, 1999, one day after the massacre and It was proven by the FBI to be Fake later. But the sheer amount of attack sites, sites ran by extremist groups, all hell bent on making violent games look bad after columbine, Especially Doom, have used this claim as proof that doom caused Columbine. Later on a news article on some website said this site was not Harris’s Real AOL page but a fake page, but later on this site was simply taken off line!! A coverup?

 

 

Even more Sinister, the Conspiracy idea is brought further to light with the Newspaper articles of 1999 that claim Harris modified Doom to use in training for the massacre. Three articles all basically said the same basic premise, A Hate site tracking group found a modified version of Doom on harris’s Site. But each article had different, contradictory features, some not even possible to even Do in Doom in 1999.  One said that this modified version had 2 shooters, infinite ammo, and the  first shooter who ran out of Ammo died first (An Impossibility to do with doom in 1999!), another article took this last part out and claimed the version had infinite weapons, ammo, 2 shooters, and begging students saying a quote. Then Denverpost ran a similar article without these modified features mentioned but  the quote was Changed, and the way it was said was also changed, but all three articles mention  the same hate site tracking group, even going so far to quote their members, but when I did searches for this groups corroboration of this version on their website, I could not find it!

My article on this goes into this in more detail for people who are more interested in this part. It’s a long read but interesting anyway..  The real issue, is like the “Doom Will become Reality” Hoax, this has also been used on dozens of dozens of attack sites to demean the industry after the Industry, even though it’s fake!  It was also used in the EMA vs Brown Hijacking mentioned above as well.

 

Doing research into the nonsense studies that attempt to prove violent games cause real life violence, you get evidence of groups like the Center for Successful Parenting wanting to “change” culture to get rid of the violence (to ban it really), and earlier studies had .PDF files online that mentioned previous studies had used Electroshock therapy to bias their results, only on the kids who played violent  games in the study to boot. But later on, searching for this .PDF file in the same exact search, showed that it was deleted! So was the Amicus Brief that cited the 2 hoaxes. It was taken down too, the link that worked during Brown VS EMA, all of the sudden was taken down and there was no way to back up the claim that they used fake evidence besides my own blog saying it was. I never even bothered screenshotting the Amicus brief in question, not knowing it would be taken down. Conspiracy?

 

 

In Sandy Hook’s case the Media nonsense was almost as bad.  Right after the massacre, Adam Lanza’s brother Ryan was identified as the shooter.  When he supposedly liked Mass Effect’s Page on Facebook, a bunch of Religious Zealot trolls attacked the site to try to flood it in an attempt to take it down while harassing gamers with religious hate threats (“Burn in hell”, etc). The thing is none of these trolls are even on Facebook, I checked, looking for any of these attackers, and ALL Their accounts were nonexistent. It’s like a certain mid western religious zealot/pro family/anti freedom/gaming group used a bunch of fake accounts to take down Mass Effect’s Site….. No investigation was done into this…. More Ammo to prove a Conspiracy.

 

Even after that, when the guardian, a tabloid from England ran an article that Attempted to prove that Adam Lanza Played Call of Duty , but Failed, despite this failure, dozens of dozens of newspapers quoted the article as Proof  he played COD, all at once, like 50 in one day!!!!

 

Then you get into what I call the Tornado of Bullshit, a never ending cycle of nonsense that seems to be brought up over and over again by the media, the government and others, that always seems to fuel censorship or violent games legislation. Here is a diagram to show this off:

 

 

 

In this diagram the same thing seems to happen over and over again…

A) A school shooting happens, it is blamed on Violent games

B) Fake evidence such as the hoaxes, is used to “prove it”, hack psychologists go on talk shows

and say violent games are used to break down the inhibition to kill, (a Lie)

C) Hoaxes get debunked but sites get mysteriously shut down later

D) Public Outcry Happens

E) The Government gets involved and demands changes

F) Unknown parties instigate “Evidence Gathering Campaigns” against gaming sites, to prove gamers get violent for the things to come. Tactics such as harassment, abuse, threatening their lives while using fake names happen. This leads to fake evidence being gathered using abusive tactics.

G) Senate Hearings happen.

H) Studies are done to link violent games to aggression

I) Hack psychologists claim  these studies prove “Violence!” not aggression

J) More Public Outcry,

K) More Senate Outcry, this time legislation is brought up

L) Legislation fails and goes to the supreme court

M) The Hoaxes are used to sway the justices by pro family/anti-gaming groups

N) The justices find the law unconstitutional…

O) Now the hack psychologists call gamers druggies and sociopaths

P) Other fake “media violence experts” lie and say their life is being threatened

Q) More public outcry, more fake evidence, more Legislation!

 

 

 

In this conspiracy theory, who is involved? Good Question….. The government is part of this but they are far from the only people… Any news writer mentioning fake evidence is definitely in on this, that includes the writers of the 3 articles that claimed a fake version of doom was found on Harris’s site. Any public outcry group that uses fake evidence against games, is possibly involved (depends on if they know it’s fake or not, doesn’t it?). Then the right wing zealot groups who tried to hijack Brown vs Ema, they are definitely part of this… Anyone who takes part in evidence gathering campaigns or Video game Slander attack campaigns like the Facebook Mass Effect BS trolling mentioned above is probably involved…. In the Denverpost.com forum debacle linked in the Evidence Gathering Campaign link above, the Email Services (justicemail), the Forum itself, the thread the forum took place on, the post the troll posted claiming he had found evidence that the gamers get violent (by our responses), all of this got mysteriously deleted no more than 3 years later… Conspiracy? I say YES!!!!

 

What does this mean for the future of gaming… It’s not good, that’s for sure…. Every time a school shooting happens and “proof” is found the shooter like violent games, be wary of it. Most of the time it’s fabricated, made up proof, part of a much bigger scheme…. I don’t trust any site claiming to show a link between a school shooter, and a motive involving video games making him commit the crime, such evidence such as the hoaxes are just that, Nonsense hoaxes perpetrated by the people involved in this conspiracy to fuck with our freedoms… Who knows if the real perpetrators of Sandy Hook, Columbine (?), Marathon Bombings, etc, are in on it too. Those are brought up to make people think before I went into the meat of the article, proof of a coverup, the first step to prove a conspiracy… I’m not sure myself if Columbine was a false flag, or if Sandy Hook Was, but if the evidence Social Security has given was NOT a mistake on  their part, then it MUST BE…. And people must act… How they must act is dependant of the future events attacking violent games in the Media, the Government etc…. Don’t let the Administration fake evidence to make violent games look like a Culprit if PROOF has been found Lanza died 1 day before… IMHO, Taking away violent games is part of a much bigger conspiracy to control our minds.  Also part of this is constant boot camp style brainwashing done at a lower but not friendly intensity to make people perfectly loyal, controlled subjects during the Education process from 2nd grade till the graduate college. Gaming, Sexuality, Music, Entertainment, Our right to get third party music (what RIAA is fighting), Our right to bear arms, our right to privacy, our right to fair and legal justice (their is none anymore, murderers get off and innocents like Aaron Swartz are put to death every day for crimes they did not commit), all of this goes against control. All of it. So it’s a no brainier, that if they are conspiring to control us all, why would they NOT conspire to get rid of stuff that makes it harder for them to do that in the first place?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently, I did some editorials on youtube, attacking the nonsense spread after Sandy Hook singling Out violent games, and debunking nonsense that was mentioned, and other related topics.   These videos are a sequel set to my Violent Game BS Set of videos which have been given new names.   Here are the videos: Check them out…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though I spent quite a lot of time recording these videos, I still haven’t got a lot of video views…. Anyone who is interested in video game violence nonsense debunking should check this out…. They cover a lot of stuff, From the problems of Taxing and Banning Violent game (why  they don’t solve anything), Trolls who blindly believe games cause violence and think gamers are scum, comments attacking games and how a lot spread nonsense, The Fabricated link between Child Pornography and Violent Games, and how the Media made up crap to scapegoat Doom after Columbine.

A long time ago a time magazine article about columbine claimed a modified version of doom was found on Eric Harris’s Aol Site, with several dubious features, all which have been debunked by me. The features include a “second shooter”, “infinite ammo and extra weapons for both shooters” and the ability for the shooter who ran out of ammo first, to be killed upon this happening. I debunked these claims many, many times, because frankly, I am disgusted by news articles making up bogus crap to cause moral panics like this.  But I will again…

The “second shooter” would require friendly AI, and in 1999 only one sourceport could even do this, MBF (Marine’s best friend). But here is the issue, the ability to make any enemy in a modified dehacked patch (what Harris would need to do for this to work) requires documentation that didn’t come out till 2000. Now to debunk the “infinite ammo and extra weapons for both shooters”.  Number 1, infinite ammo is possible, but the extra weapons for both shooters is a complete nonsense claim. In 1999 adding new weapons without replacing existing ones was not possible, period. Dehacked was the only way to mod back then and it simply wouldn’t allow you to do this because it was a simple EXE editor to change simple variables. The extra weapons for the second shooter, is the second worst claim in this article, it requires the ability to script an entity to do this, to create a completely new enemy that has the ability to use all weapons the player does, plus the impossible “Extra” weapons, this would require Zdoom, which didn’t have the decorate language built into it necessary to do this till the mid 2000’s.

Now you get the most impossible feature of them all, the ability for the “shooter who ran out ammo first” to die. This is frankly, not even doable without both Hexen format levels that allow you to “tag” any entity to keep track of it so the next part the scripting language to kill them apon running out ammo (also scripted), and the scripted language itself (ACS). This wasn’t even possible till 2001 or later. The article is a bunch of bogus nonsense claims and inflammatory claims such as “They were playing their game in God Mode” and similar. But none of this stopped the writers to spread this nonsense to new articles featuring even more fake claims!!!! The Real stupid thing is that this claim of running out of ammo kills you is IMPOSSIBLE with the “unlimited” mentioned before in the same article!!! This writer got away with this nonsense and almost no one complained? WTF!

Lo and behold, an article by the Rocky Mountain News, mentioned how the same hate site tracking group that supposedly found this impossible to make in 1999 version of doom. But they only mentioned the infinite ammo, extra weapons, and second shooter claim, not the shooter who runs out of ammo dying first. They added their own dubious claim, Begging students that cried a phrase “`Lord, why is this happening to me?”.   This  article would be eventually mirrored on super columbine Massacre RPG’s Site (a sick RPG based on the School Shooting) but eventually was deleted…  But here comes the weird thing. APA (The American Psychological Association started citing the false articles (one of them) in a paper proving “video game aggression” (misquoted as proving video games cause real life violence by many “Experts” on Talk shows or news station reports from 1997 to 2006).  This made it’s way to an essay about the “effects” of violent video games and this is how I traced everything in reverse from the essay, to the APA paper, to the Rocky mountain news, and back to the Times article that made it up, and without me finding the Times and Rocky Mountain News Article I would never be able to debunk this…

Later on A Denverpost Article mentioned the begging students that cried the phrase but the phrase was now “shouted” and changed to “” ‘My Lord, why did you do this to me?’ “.  So which is it? This or the older quote. Neither. It’s fudged, made up, fabricated because they couldn’t even get  the way it was said or the quote right! The Denverpost article also fails to even mention any of the modified doom features besides this so no one would know it’s fake, and mentions that Harris made a Columbine High School Doom level, a known hoax, debunked by Snopes, and supposedly “proven” not to be a hoax by a pro-columbine-conspiracy journalist with no sense of the truth, quoting a report from a student saying Harris Did make the level, but the report in question he mentions most likely was based on the fake news article from the Conneticut Journalist who said the same exact same thing, “A Student friend of Harris said he made the School in Doom” but later own admitted he made the whole claim up. Lovely example of spinning the truth by idiots in Colorado, Isn’t it?

But it’s more than that… The 2 articles for Colorado Newspapers (the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News ones) are the only ones to mention the very Dubious “begging students” claims that can’t even get the quote screamed by these begging students right, or how the quote was even said… Right after Columbine you got a ridiculously paranoid witch hunt for Video games and their players that was worst in Colorado. People started fanatically believing that violent games and Doom Caused the Massacre, and that there was no other factor, whatsoever. It was a 20’th century Witch Mob! They also thought that  players of such games were sicko sociopaths with no heart, like Eric Harris. This was happening all over Colorado and it lead to ban violent games legislation, and lawsuits. But what triggered it? I have a theory, these articles, indirectly or intentionally triggered it using the people’ preconceptions of violent games as a base.

The “hack Psychologists” who went on talk shows during the 1997 school shooting in Paducah came back in force in 1999 with claims of nonsense, such as how the Military uses games like this to break down the Inhibition to killl, even though a blogger from the Military disproved this here. But the claims that violent games desensitize people to real life violence were starting to be believed and these hack psychologists kept repeating this and the break down the inhibition to kill quote ad-nauseum.  One even wrote a completely fabricated book claiming it was true and hires internet trolls to cite this book in comments attacking violent games in articles in newspaper sites attacking violent games. So what would a person who refuses to question anything they hear and believes it all, and has no gaming and doom modding experience think when they read the denverpost article?, they would assume Harris could easily, in 5 seconds, with a menu in the game, make the supposed mod, and this leads them to believe that “Doom Caused Columbine”. Why? They already believe that violent games make kids desensitized to real violence, which is just another way of saying that the kids playing such games, who before they played the games could tell the difference between reality and fantasy, loose that ability after obsessively playing them. Now combine that with the belief from the article that Harris was able with a click of a button turn doom into a school shooting sim, and you get people who think that this modified version of doom is responsible. Now comes the people wanting to sue id for allowing the game to be easily modified through a menu to make it a school shooting simulator. More backlash happens. Then you get paranoid people who are still trying to mourn the victims of the massacre, and not thinking straight as a result, assume that Doom had the school shooting simulator somewhere in it and it would have to if only “one click of a button” was needed to mod it like that. So in that case “doom” made harris want to kill the kids now, technically. Some people don’t understand games at all, and don’t even know what a Mod is, and they assume the original game is also a school shooting simulator. No where in any of these articles is it even made clear that the modded version required a lot of work with “third party” software and ID has nothing to do with this at all. That didn’t help any… None of the people are non-gamers who read that article understand how doom. They just assume it’s a violent game and they “assume” Doom is a school shooting Simulator. This lead to the BS claim “Doom Caused Columbine” after millions read and misinterpreted this article.

Incidentally, the Denverpost article I mentioned in my last post, wasn’t something I first read when I found it. It was the first article I read in the group way back in 1999.  This was way before I became a Pro-Debunking-Nonsense Blogger and was a member of the Doom Community on Doom Central the big doom fan site then.  I was hearing every single claim every news paper was making about Doom after the School shooting and how bogus a lot were, like Doom had “Pipebombs” (Harris made several), Doom “allowed people to kill kids”, and how Harris and klebold were playing “Doom in God Mode” when they committed the Massacre in 99.   I then read the Denverpost article and got immediately disgusted because I knew how false the other articles were, I was convinced this was false too, I couldn’t prove it though..

 

 

 

So I signed up to their “your voice” forum and made a big complaint on the columbine massacre section saying basically “Doom is being scapegoated by the media, and I can’t stand it, they are making utter BS to demonize it, nor can I stand how  people in schools are being put in detention for merely Playing Doom, It did not cause Columbine!”. However what would transpire next, would reveal to me how idiotic the populace of this small forum in Colorado were. It became apparent that these people on the forum Blindly beleived that Doom caused Columbine. I was insulted and attacked by an Anonymous Internet troll for 3 months along with 5-6 other gamers all trying to defend the game on the forum.  This troll worked by a very specific and obnoxious formula. He would single out posts he didn’t like and quoted them sentence by sentence replying to each quoted sentence with insults, death threats, constant curses and sexual innuendo, and worse… This kept on happening for hours each day from may to august 1999.  The person threatened to “Crack my Skull Open” for merely Stating that “kids being killed should not lead to the rights of adults to buy and play violent games”. This was a rude response to the quote said by the troll “All of you value your video games over the lives of the victims”. But since the troll called us “Gamer Shitheads” this response of mine was necessary, because this person was insulting any gamers right and left on the forum. And when he called all of us “Gamer Shitheads” he personally insulted me too.  The troll also told me to:

 

“Crawl up your mothers fly infested Cunt”,  “your mother should have aborted you with a coat hangar!!!” and much worse… The moderator of the forum did nothing. Didn’t even care. Fucking asshole! The only post that was deleted was the trolls last one, which I will get into later. The fact I was being insulted, threatened, meant nothing to these fucking idiots on the forum and the newspaper. They didn’t care. To them we were all like Eric Harris or worse…

 

By this point the death threats and worse made me want to get revenge. And that’s what I did. I got the Doom Community I was in to fight for me on their forum. We were gonna make that forum go insane for 3 months.  I got my best friend from High School, a guy I will only call “Hitman213”. to sign up to fight as well. He came first and said that video games do not cause real violence, and something similar. Soon the troll demanded he change to his real name because the name “Hitman213” offended the memories of the victims. So he went back to his real name and mercilessly fought this troll but it took 3 months to get this fucking moron to shut up.  Soon a whole bunch of idiotic posters from the forum kept attacking us for “not saying our respects”. To them merely defending Doom was saying “Rachel Scott deserved to Die!” or something equally heinous.  When A Guy named Gokuma from the Doom Central or Doom Nation Forums immediately followed Hitman213 in claiming “Video games don’t cause violence, it’s BS”. But the Troll immediately said “WTF! You’re all the same person with different accounts! You are the same person as Hitman213!!” It’s like this person believed there were no gamers outside Hitman213 and me and we were all signing up with different accounts  to defend doom. It was hilarious then and in a way it still is, but the person was clearly a complete paranoid wackjob..

 

 

They were literally zealots who believed everything they heard at face value, including the “Hack Psychologists Claims”. The troll cited these claims. Then one of the Doom Forum guys “Gokuma” stated that psychologists are Charlatans and that Psychiatrists are a lot more credible.  This did not debunk the claim though so the troll said “That’s nonsense you Gamer Shitheads are trying to pan to defend your game!!!”

Right around then another Doom Forum Guy formed a new Account “Dr. Mingels”, and said “Video Games actually have positive effects on kids”. Immediately people made fun of him and called him “Dr. Mengelle” (Like in the Nazi War Criminal Sicko Butcherer). These people were likening Gamers to Fucking Nazi butchers? WTF! The Whole forum laughed at this. Seriously…

 

We had a total of 6 guys on the forum, who weren’t assholes, Me (who had backed out due to emotional damage, not kidding), Hitman213, Gokuma, the guy that posted as “Dr. Mingels” who kept on trying to reason, uselessly with the idiots,  Lets just call him Dan. With us we had a video gamer from the Forum “Mostly Harmless”, and another guy in the Doom Community. Versus us were the troll, his actress friend, and some other posters. One was always there but was on the First Troll’s side and actually “filled in for him” when he was gone. One showed up later complaining on how all gamers on the forum were idiots and we spent “all day twittling with our joysticks”, insulting us more. The thing kept on going on. At One Point the Troll said “all the violence in the articles on DPO (showing off the massacre) is proof violent games were involved”.  The troll then said “you all made fun of the columbine shooting victims”, blah blah blah, for defending doom.  Then the final post by the troll went up “I have enough evidence to prove gamers get violent”, or something quite “lawyerly” like that.  Around then my friend is like “we need to know who this idiot is!” and started telling me about reverse email lookups. We decided to try a few. None told us any personal info. The troll then eventually shut up and disappeared, 6 months after it began.

 

But that last post was deleted no more than 5 minutes after it was posted. I found that very suspicious. It sounded like the person was a lawyer gathering evidence against gamers. The troll did  have a lawyers email address, justicemail.com, “email for the law community”. Some lawyer looking for clients did post on the forum. Forget his name. Could they be the same person? I don’t know.  For years I tried 100’s of different reverse email lookups. None of the returned any results. In 2006 however, I found a similar poster on Gamepolitics.com, a moronic anti-video games activist attacking gamers, calling them “druggies”. This person was more like the person who said “All gamers twittle with their joysticks all long” then the initial “lawyer” troll on the forum back in 1999. But this whole experience of the idiocy surrounding the school Massacre on the Forums and in Colorado is what inspired me to write blog posts debunking nonsense spread about violent games. The troll cited 2 nonsense claims, the “video games break down the inhibition to kill” one and the “Doom Will become Reality” one. I debunked both on my Debunking Other Nonsense blog, which debunked many many claims since 2011 almost on a daily basis.  The whole stereotype of “Gamers” being violent psychos pisses me off, and so do all the bogus “Death Threat” claims anti-violent games activists keep saying (how gamers keep threatening their lives), because pro-video game violence trolls do the same thing. The nonsense this troll was saying, threatening to kill me, crack my skull open, threatening to “kick gokuma’s ass” and more is proof. I really don’t like looking back at this. We were ALL assholes on this forum. I’m not really proud of it.  The kind of people who were attacking Games in colorado were like this, apparently. These people refused to believe anything but the “trustworthy” sources that made up crap. We were all being insulted for merely being Video Game players, by almost everyone on the forum for months on end. Being Compared to Nazi Butcherer? It doesn’t get any lower than that.