MP Keith Vaz links Counter-Strike to Swedish shooting

Labour MP Keith Vaz is at it again, with another very calm, collected and certainly not unreasonable jab at videogames being responsible for murder.

This time Mr Vaz has claimed that Valve’s ever popular online first-person shooter Counter-Strike is “associated” with the recent shootings in Malmo, Sweden, which caused one death and up to 15 attempted murders. A 38 year-old man has been arrested over the incident, and is suspected of a year-long campaign of violence against dark-skinned Swedes.

Despite this, Vaz told parliament that “The recent race shootings in Malmo, Sweden have been associated with the violent video game Counter-Strike,” apparently basing his argument from a quote The Times obtained from a local man.

The insightful quote from The Times article reads: “I am sure that this is down to some crazy kid who plays that sniping game Counter-Strike all day. I don’t believe in the lone Nazi theory.”

Local police have not implicated the game in the shootings.

For those who are not aware of Counter-Strike, the game pits a team of counter-terrorists against a team of terrorists in a series of rounds that typically last three to four minutes.


Spotted on GameIndustry.biz

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Written by Anthony H

Anthony has been playing games for far too much of his life, starting with the MS-DOS classic Mario is Missing. Since then his tastes have evolved to include just about anything, but his soft spot lies with shooters and the odd strategy game. Anthony will inspire you with his prose, uplift you with his wit and lie to you in his biography.

One comment

  1. KrazyFace /

    “For those who are not aware of Counter-Strike, the game pits a team of counter-terrorists against a team of terrorists in a series of rounds that typically last three to four minutes”

    Yup. That sounds like what happened in Sweden to me alright. If it had been written in The Sun, then it would have been true.

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