N APRIL 16, 2007, SEUNG-HUI CHO OPENED FIRE ON THE VIRGINIA TECH campus. He killed or wounded thirty-two of his fellow students and faculty members. Cho’s rampage, the worst shooting incident of its kind, led to worldwide mourning. The victims came from cultures and continents around the globe.1
Hours after the tragedy, the finger-pointing began. In talk show after talk show, pundits speculated about the role of violent video games in prompting Cho to commit such a grotesque crime. One analyst repeatedly blamed the game Counter-Strike, a so-called first-person shooter game in which the player simulates a counterterrorist agent hunting down terrorists. In an interview on Larry King Live, Dr. Phil McGraw blamed video games. But students ...