After the tragic events of the Sandy Hook attack on December 14, much was made about Adam Lanza's video game habits.
His taste in genre and length of playtime were the subject of investigation by the mainstream media on both the left and the right. The media was guilty of hastily constructing a narrative that painted Lanza as compulsive gamer obsessed with first person shooters
Wayne LaPierre, exectutive vice president of the NRA, even went as far as calling out titles such as Mortal Kombat and Splatterhouse as the anachronistic titles responsible for the nationwide spike in gun violence.
Suffocating irony aside, today saw the release of the Report of the State’s Attorney for the
Judicial District of Danbury on the Shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary. It was signed by Stephen J. Sedensky III, the state's attorney for the Danbury, Conn. judicial district. The investigation concluded that video games played no part in the motives behind Lanza's attack and the only game to be discussed at length was Dance Dance Revolution. Apparently Lanza was a huge fan of the series and had a game pad set up in his home.
"An acquaintance of the shooter from 2011 to June 2012 said that the shooter and the acquaintance played DDR quite a bit," the report says. "They would play the game and occasionally see a movie. They did not play first person shooter games at the theater. The shooter had stamina for DDR and never appeared winded unless really exhausted."
The full list of titles is below and strike us as as pretty average collection for a gamer. There's nothing here that wouldn't be found in millions of people's homes. As the media pointed anywhere besides the gun lobby and Lanza's well-documented history of mental illness, video games were once again trotted out as the cause societies ills.
- Phantasy Star Online
- Paper Mario
- Luigi’s Mansion
- Left for Dead
- Metal Gear Solid
- Dead Rising
- Half Life
- Call of Duty
- Grand Theft Auto
- Shin Megami Tensei
- Dynasty Warriors
- Vice City
- Team Fortress
In addition to the video games, two handguns, two rifles and a shotgun were recovered either from the Lanza home or the scene of the crime itself. You can read the entire report here to get a better picture of what exactly investigators discovered.