British Media Blames Games For London Riots

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I said this elsewhere, but...

Self:
Because the world was a wonderful, peaceful place without violence or disagreements before video games, rock and roll, fashion, and this newfangled technology called books.

God damn devil worshipers, the lot of 'em!

Earnest Cavalli:

I was referring to the album, not the single song, but admittedly, it was more an excuse to reference The Clash than anything else.

Ah, a clash fan are ya? Groovy Times
getit, cos it's a clash...nevermind

I feel the clash songs London's Burning, White Riot or English Civil War would have been a slightly better track to link it to (but then again, I practically listen to the clash 24/7 and am a tad obsessive...)

an imperfect english rule? America has no fathom of this!

Why am I not suprised that they always blame games?
I mean, come on! Leave the gaming-media alone! Games had nothing, NOTHING, to do with theese riots.
And for that matter; why is games always the one to be blamed? Game developers have even stated that
they don't want to make games to make people more violent, it is meant as harmless entertainemnt, like
an action film.

Never blame the game, blame the gamer, I say.

"children as young as ten, inspired by video game, among the looters."

Citation needed.

"Hey, guys? Supposedly-reputable news source guys? Hey, we should probably go and get some kind of factual evidence before we insert opinionated comments like this... Guys?"

Realitycrash:
It's always the fault of games, didn't you know?

Allegedly now it's Bookface and Twitter.

Not, say, the despicable use of phone "hacking" that goes without recompense. That would be leaving the blame on the Standard's doorway where it belongs.

Are you having me on?! Things are still escalating and they want to start pointing the blame at video games? Oh dear.
I'm sorry, but we've got the former Mayor of London blaming the government, we've got the government blaming the police, the police blaming the gangs that have formed a truce and have gone out looting together and London's own chip-wrapper wants to blame video games. Great. Just great.

(Yeah I'm cross, I expect better of my nation).

Wait I am sorry, I have been hunting for a little bit and have not found a reason for the riots, what exactly is the issue?

OT: Oh God, is Rupert Murdoch involved again? Ten bucks says he is.

silent-treatment:
Wait I am sorry, I have been hunting for a little bit and have not found a reason for the riots, what exactly is the issue?

OT: Oh God, is Rupert Murdoch involved again? Ten bucks says he is.

The reason is that a suspected gang member was shot dead by the police during an attempted arrest (from what I can tell). The family and friends of the suspected gang member held a peaceful protest outside a police station demanding answers as to what had happened. Later, rumours on the internet circulated that the police had shot first/shot him on the floor at point-blank range and so the gangs in the area teamed up and started getting violent and then it all kicked off.

The Telegraph seems to have good coverage of the story as that's where I read about it earlier.

I remember The Standard from Hong Kong... yeah, they do have a branch here, and they still did that videogame-flaming shit, but they were also lashing at other media once in a while.

I remember some odd story about a Chinese man in his late 20s over in Kowloon, who kidnapped a 2 year old little girl from the neighbourhood whose parents he vaguely knew. The police traced back the disappearance up to him a few weeks later, and found her remains in the freezer. The guy ate the little girl. Her raw flesh. Day after day.
In The Standard's article on the aforementioned story, there was a quote from some of the guy's friends, who claimed "he once said he enjoyed the taste of human flesh" whilst they were watching a TV show/movie that somehow involved cannibalism (I'm pretty sure it might be True Blood on HBO); of course, his friends didn't take him seriously and thought he was only joking. Then the paper used that quote to go on for several additional paragraphs on how watching the show "pushed him to move to action", and on how several other shows, some of them having no connection whatsoever, should be taken off the air.

Quick blast from the past

Nick Clegg: April 2010

Oh, what a load of rubbish. It's thugs rioting for the sake of a riot.

But also, why are we making a big deal out of this? It's just the one British publication that's said this, and not one that's really widely read (at least not in my area). If one publication is jumping on the bandwagon, shouldn't we just ignore it instead of heaping attention on them? That's what they're after in the first place.

They're using a scapegoat for attention, and it's a weak link at best. Let's not give them the satisfaction.

Hold on wasn't there a riot in San Andreas

You could have just said "of choice" instead of "du jour".

LostTimeLady:
snip

Thanks. Is it just me or are these reports of the "evils" of videogames growing in frequency?

darkmushroomm:
I'll have you know at the time of the riots I was indoors playing videogames...

hahahaha. i dont know why, but when i read that i ROTFLed very loud. gamers, don't wanna riot, they wanna game duh!

This just infuriates me to no end. This has happened many times in the past with music and film being the simple subject to blame and now it has turned to gaming. If only the short sighted people could realise that not every event has to have some sort of origin and that some people are just idiots that do not know what they want or simply go with the flow for no coherent reason.

I'm sort of surprised they didn't put the blame on that Jedi religion.

That is odd, I was pretty sure this kicked off after the police shot a man dead.

Nope, obviously games are to blame!

silent-treatment:

LostTimeLady:
snip

Thanks. Is it just me or are these reports of the "evils" of videogames growing in frequency?

No problem. :-)
It does seem like the low hanging fruit that everyone's having a bite of at the moment doesn't it. I think someone wants to create a 'bad guy' because the idea that this all just got out of control for no reason is just a little bit too scary for most people to contemplate. Well, that's a thought I had at least.

xchurchx:
It all started so peacefully as well, all this trouble, all this violence, just because some gangster was shot and killed

The rioters are a completely different group of people than the group doing the peaceful protest. The scumbag pricks just piggy-backed on this as a reason to break shit and steal some stuff. It has been hi-jacked by a group that was intent on causing destruction and mayhem from the very beginning.

from reports ive seen the riots escalated after a teenaged girl was beaten with a police baton after she got abit shouty at a cop during the peacefull protest. Not sure exactly why they have trashed and burned a bunch of random buildings when police stations would make better targets for their anger but then again mobs never seem to focus there anger at the right targets so im not surprised realy, also the stuff kicing off in other parts of london and in birmingham are most likely just simpathy riots/excuses to loot.

Typical of a rag like the stadard to go the easy route with the report and i like that they used a police officer as proof when obviously he's gonna place the blame anywhere but at his own forces door, especially since the met has form for shooting people"by accident" then claiming self defense(2 cases in the past 10 years or so by my reckoning) its a typical media response though in the uk to blame anyone but the actual culprits untill they face charges then you switch tracks and act like its something you knew all along...bunch of lazy gits the lot of them.

Just once, JUST ONCE i'd like to see a twentysomething go "I blame the old farts in power". It's about as implausible as "games did it, y'all". And yet, some shitty rag is treated as a serious news source.

The_root_of_all_evil:
Quick blast from the past

Nick Clegg: April 2010

I've noticed that whenever the Tories are in power, there are always riots.

And anyway, it's not like Clegg has been doing anything. At all.

I like how when one article in one newspaper attributes blame to video games we get the lovely title "British Media Blames Games For London Riots"

Which then inevitably queues everyone to make the same 3 comments that differ only in their example of their mock "Hitler wore pants" argument.

Catchy Slogan:

I've noticed that whenever the Tories are in power, there are always riots.

True; the miner's strike, the teacher's strike, the poll tax riots, the immigrant riots.

And anyway, it's not like Clegg has been doing anything. At all.

Cameron, Clegg and Milliband may just be different names for the same person.

But at least it's not Vaz or one of those loonies. Perhaps we can get Tom Watson in?

Oh of COURSE. It has to be VIDEO GAMES. Not people overreacting to something that could probably be solved by some other means, not people trying to change something in the government, it's all VIDEO GAMES. I would know from experience that games don't make me go insane, matter of fact, they're probably the things that keep me clinging to my sanity. If I didn't get on Saints Row 2 or Call of Duty now and then after all the IDIOTS I deal with on a daily basis, there would probably be a few more bodies here and there.

Canadish:
That is odd, I was pretty sure this kicked off after the police shot a man dead.

Nope, obviously games are to blame!

Took the words right out of my mouth.

I would say games are some of the reasons why there are not more people out there, because they are busy playing games. I don't think anything as trivial as games can be blamed for this riot.

What does it say about me that i live in the UK and didn't know about this? :|
In any case, news that i care about regarding this can be summed up as: Games still a scapegoat for everything. The only news i'll be interested to hear from now 'till doomsday is games not being a scapegoat anymore. Or aliens. Or a sandwich that can make itself.

Pfft videogames, this riot was clearly caused by the rap music involved in a conspiracy with backwards messages streamed on magic picture boxes.

I hope my family are safe :(

see funny thing here ...... it's not video-games that make me violent, it's f*cking retarded uninformed pretentious dregs that continuously debase and degrade one of my favorite past times for their own political agendas (and the people just following said dregs) that get my blood boiling.

sure place blame on video games instead of society failing, the economy crumbling and lets not forget a seriously limping school system.
nah those couldn't have anything to do with this here, no, it's video games.

/RAGE!!!

videogames encourage political scapegoating! save the children!

Whenever I get depressed about the state of American media, I just have to look to the British media to make it seem not so bad.

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