Fox News points to video games, Fortnite for spat of shootings
Cable news network Fox News continues to spread anti-gaming propaganda, this time going a step further and blaming video games for mass shootings happening around the United States.
Just as the gaming community thought comparing playing Fortnite to the usage of heroin was as disrespectful as Fox News’ editorial on gaming could get, the news provider strikes again. This time saying it’s games that are to blame for the recent mass shooting in El Paso.
Another tragic shooting took place in El Paso, Texas, in which over twenty people were killed. The tragedy was caused by a domestic extremist. Just a few hours later, another shooting took place in Dayton, Ohio.
And while some Americans are trying to emphasize the importance of gun control and improving citizens’ mental health, others have decided to blame multiplayer shooting games. Fox News, together with some influencers on social media, are helping to spread the hate towards the gaming community and Fortnite in particular.
During the Fox News broadcast about the shootings, journalists and guests shared how shooter games teach players that killing a person has no consequences, which they claimed leads dehumanizing in society, adding that the shooter must have played “something like Fortnite” for hours before thinking that a massive slaughter would be fun.
“What’s changed in this country? We’ve always had guns, we’ve always had evil. And I see a video game industry that teaches young people to kill,” said Dan Patrick, current lieutenant governor of Texas.
This seems to entirely ignore the fact that video games are popular across the entire world, yet such regular mass shootings in a first-world country are specific to the United States. The gaming community turned its collective ire on social media towards Fox News’ ignorance and the need to turn the blame away from the real issues at stake.
Congressman pleads guilty to using campaign funds on video games
BlizzCon opens with attempted apology on blitzchung controversy
Fortnite pro Ninja gives opinion on violent video game debate
Slasher goes on Fox News show to defend video games, esports
Epic Games launches digital store to compete with Steam
Twitch is directing Ninja followers to other Fortnite streamers
Changes appear at Tilted Towers and Dusty Depot in Fortnite
Donald Trump blames video games for US shooting attacks
Ninja gets off to strong start at Mixer, boats over 500,000 subs
Epic Games rep says BRUTE nerf is coming after fan outrage
Fortnite Season X angers fans by adding mechs, removing challenges
Fortnite leak reveals new sniper rifle, possible wild west redesign
Friday Fortnite sees Ninja and Bugha team up, take out Ewok
Sceptic breaks up with Fortnite World Cup duo partner, leaves Misfits
Fortnite World Champions Aqua and Nyhrox end duos partnership
Bugha targeted during streams after Fortnite World Cup win
FaZe Clan files countersuit against Tfue, claiming breach of contract
Fox Business segment on Fortnite World Cup infuriates gamers
Ninja announces he will be leaving Twitch to stream on Mixer full time