Another heated debate surrounding video games and violence was sparked Monday, when Aaron Alexis, 34, cleared military checkpoints and opened fire. The debate has been a fiery topic in the United States for a while. This incident however has taken over headlines in the UK.
The UK paper, this morning, the Daily Mirror's headline read, "Driven to kill by Call of Duty". Aaron Alexis is on the front page, smiling. The article goes into detail about the naval base shooting. The piece also stated that "Alexis went on his gun rampage after becoming addicted to violent video games". It also states "The maniac spent 18 hours a day on horrors such as Call of Duty. A pal said: 'It pushed him over.'"
The Mirror failed to mention that Alexis was a "hard-core drinker" and was seeing a psychiatrist because he was "hearing voices". Failure to report these issues allowed him to retain his gun license and security clearance. Alexis, himself claimed to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder since the events of 9/11 unfolded. His fear and paranoia led him to carry his gun almost everywhere.
The Mirror's piece caused the CEO, of the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment, (known as UKIE) Jo Twist to speak to MCV. She said the report was "tiring. She insisted that there was no link between video games and real-world violence.
"Aaron Alexis may have played games, but he probably watched TV, films, and went online. Millions of people around the world enjoy games across many platforms and many genres everyday, playing safely and sensibly, with no adverse effects. It's time to stop pointing fingers."