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There Has Been A Mass Shooting at the Madden Championship Series

Today it is our unfortunate duty to report on a horrific and tragic event that just occurred at the Madden Championship Series competition in Jacksonville, Florida. During the tournament, a shooter opened fire and injured numerous people. Early reports suggest at least 11 people were shot, leaving four victims dead and seven others injured.

Publisher Electronic Arts has confirmed the situation, and they are working with local authorities to collect all of the facts. They issued a statement calling the event a horrible situation and offering their sympathies to the families of the victims. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has also announced that he’s working with local police in handling the situation.

CompLexity Gaming founder and CEO Jason Lake has confirmed that Madden player Drini was among the shooting victims, but he will be fine after sustaining an injury to his thumb and escaping. Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville has confirmed that they are treating at least three victims from the shooting, and they are currently in stable condition.

At this time all reports should be considered subject to change, as information is still coming in.

Update: Police have confirmed that there was only one shooting suspect, and he is now deceased. His name has not yet been revealed to the public. 

Update 2: Police have now identified the shooter as David Katz. Reports from unnamed witnesses at the event state that he became angry after losing a match and opened fire. Katz is then believed to have taken his own life. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, there were 13 total victims. 11 had gunshot wounds while two were injured in other ways. Three people were deceased when the police arrived on the scene, including Katz. 

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A News Station Accidentally Uses a Screenshot from MGS 2 for the Paris Hostage Story

The recent hostage situation in Paris has struck panic in many people across the world.

So much so that a
Québécois news station used a rather conspicuous image when describing the tragedy, featuring Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty hiding under a cardboard box.

This isn’t entirely out of the blue, as one hostage managed to get to a police officer by hiding under a carton, but it really is strange of the network to have chosen an image from a video game that’s nearly thirteen years old.

Speculation is that the reporter noticed the image trending across social media and thought it was a construction of the events that took place.

This isn’t the first time a reporter mistook
Metal Gear for real events in the past year, with Canadian station Global News using a parody of the theme song from Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater during a shooting rampage, and Russia Today using an image from Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain as an example of African child soldiers.

While the whole scenario is depressing, the use of the image was very coincedental, considering how the plot of
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was centered around a hostage crisis.

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Sandy Hook Shooting Apparently due to the ‘Code of the Gamer’

It’s been a while since any real news about the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has come about. However, three months after the shooting, the International Association of Police Chiefs and Colonels held their mid-year meeting, and at that meeting, Colonel Stebbins revealed some more information about the shooter. Apparently, the shooter (whose name I won’t mention for reasons to be explained) had a spreadsheet in his room; a 7-by-4 foot spreadsheet containing the names of dozens of past shooters, the weapons they used, and most importantly the number of people they had killed.

This is disturbing news, and it’s understandable that it would have a profound effect on the cops who discovered it. According to one, the research was so thorough that it was like a doctoral thesis. For years, he had been assembling this information (the spreadsheet had even required a special printer) and collected guns to prepare for that day. Clearly, this was the work of a lunatic; only, some members of the police force see it a little bit differently. According to an anonymous veteran, 

They don’t believe this was just a spreadsheet. They believe it was a score sheet. This was the work of a video gamer, and that it was his intent to put his own name at the very top of that list.

Unfortunately, it just gets worse from there.

They believe that (Lanza) believed that it was the way to pick up the easiest points. It’s why he didn’t want to be killed by law enforcement. 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.

And, last but not least disturbing,

In the end, it was just a perfect storm: These guns, one of them an AR-15, in the hands of a violent, insane gamer. It was like porn to a rapist. They feed on it until they go out and say, enough of the video screen. Now I’m actually going to be a hunter.

It really was like he was lost in one of his own sick games. That’s what we heard. That he learned something from his game that you learn in (police) school, about how if you’re moving from room to room — the way he was in that school — you have to reload before you get to the next room.

They believe he learned the principles of this — the tactical reload — from his game. Reload before you’re completely out. Keep going. When the strap broke on his first weapon (the AR-15), he went to his handgun at the end. Classic police training. Or something you learn playing kill games.

The worst part of this is, this cop isn’t stupid. I only mentioned the video game-related things here, but there was much more to the interview and he really does give a lot of insight. The scary thing is that, by the way he talks, it’s as if any gamer could just snap one day. As if playing video games was the core cause of this tragedy. There is such a lack of understanding when it comes to games, that it seems perfectly fine to compare a gamer to a rapist-in-training.

I strongly urge you to go the article I linked above. It’s vital that we stay as informed as possible, especially on an issue that involves us all. If you want to discuss this (and it’s a matter that bears discussion) leave a comment below.

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