The gunman currently terrorising the ethnic citizens of Malmö, Sweden, is believed to have attacked again on Saturday evening. It was a rare slip-up as the elusive gunman missed his target, a 57 year old Iranian shopkeeper, and allowed his first actual sighting before escaping by bicycle.
The Times has reported that while the motivation for the shooting is widely believed to be racial hatred, in a city where far-right extremism is an increasing problem, the blame may once again lie with computer games. It well known, after all, that the first ever incidence of human violence was committed in the early nineties, shortly after the release of Doom.
Despite the vast body of evidence, and police spokesman Borje Sjoholm linking the apparently racially motived incidents, The Times has put two and two together to make zero, publishing that the suspect is a fan of first-person shooter Counterstrike.
It is reported that police have been making enquires in internet cafes and there are apparently theories being bandied around about a killer who may be “driven by something more pathological than race hatred”.
Perhaps exasperation at unfounded moral panic is the real reason behind the indiscriminate killings. According to The Times’ source the racial hatred theory carries little weight: “I am sure that this is down to some crazy kid who plays that sniping game Counterstrike all day. I don’t believe in the lone Nazi theory,” said one Ahmad al-Mughrabi, aka Mr Random Bloke in Street.
Despite police passing no comment on the theory, The Times has fixated on what is often a very soft target for blame.
While it is true that there are certain similarities between the computer game and the sniping gunman, in that there are guns, it belies the same lack of rationality that would lead one to believe a gamer would turn into a balding, open-shirted womanizer who wanders around hotels after a couple of hours of playing Leisure Suite Larry.
Furthermore, it is reported that the gunman is conspicuous due to his frequent appearances in well-lit areas, while it well known that Counterstrike fans are rarely seen in anything approaching direct sunlight.
Despite evidence that violent games such as Counterstrike can actually be beneficial certain parts of the media continue to demonise in a manner that is evocative of the eighties’ video nasty hysteria.
But perhaps times they are a changing: with proprietor of The Times Murdoch apparently investing in the games industry in North Korea perhaps his news empire will eventually see computer games as something other than the root of all evil. Er…