By David Futrelle
After a man identified by witnesses as a participant in a Madden video game tournament in Jacksonville, Florida opened fire on fellow gamers, killing several and wounding numerous others before turning his gun on himself, some of the regulars in the Kotaku in Action subreddit are directing their anger at one of their favorite targets — game journalists, who these Redditors are accusing in advance of blaming the shootings on violent video games and game culture.
Yep. The mall at which the shooting took place has only just been cleared by police, and no articles have yet been published on video game news sites blaming games or gamers or game culture for a mass shooting allegedly carried out by a gamer at a game tournament, but Redditors are already getting mad online about the hypothetical articles they think are coming that will dare to suggest that this mass shooting might just have something to do with the incredible toxicity of the gaming subculture.
Currently, these are the top comments in the main thread on the shooting on Reddit’s Kotaku in Action, which desccribes itself as “the main hub for GamerGate on Reddit.”
Some on Twitter had similar reactions to the shootings.
And since this was at a Madden tournament, I really, really hope the media and journalists don't start blaming violent video games or write stupid shit like "the toxic nature of gamers", but I have a feeling they will most likely happen.
— Allie-RX / アリーＲＸ (@AllieRX) August 26, 2018
boy I can't wait for the scummy journalists of the world to spin this into more "violence in video games is the problem" narratives.
— MarioWrath (@Leafretv) August 26, 2018
Mainstream media with shitty journalists are going to twist this story and say that video games actually cause violence or that the shooter was frustrated and killed people in the tournament because he lost. This is already pissing me off. Fuck off journalists. Scum of the earth.
— h0r1z0n (@realh0r1z0n) August 26, 2018
Methinks game journalists are trying to collect themselves after a collective cream at this news.
— ゴゴゴThe Juudeゴゴゴ (@juukuchi) August 26, 2018
I can already see the articles from journalists eagerly pushing the “violence in video games” narrative; showing no respect to the victims.
— Captain Hat (@CaptHat211) August 26, 2018
Glad you’ve got your priorities straight here. Wouldn’t want a horrifying tragedy at a games tournament to cause any needless self-reflection.