James Holmes has been acting crazy in jail and spitting at everyone. Except for the people who bring him food.
Many of the prison workers think it’s just an act and that he’s not really crazy.
Besides the news about Holmes’s behavior in jail, there have been no new stories where anyone says Holmes was acting the least bit crazy before the massacre, except that someone from a gun club thought his answering message was too weird to allow him to join the club. But maybe this was just a socially awkward attempt at a funny answering machine message (which used to be common among young people) and not an indicator of mental illness.
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Comment from asdf:
There are a ton of people like Holmes. When I was in college I played WoW, and I knew a lot of people in my guilds real life story. Many of them were like Holmes, and used WoW as an escape.
There are a ton of Holmes out there but most just become herbivores. They get some shitty job, live in a shitty apartment, eat shitty food. But with an internet connection, the world is theirs. Medicate on videogames, porn, and cheap carbs. No status in real life? Get some in game status. Joke in real life? Become a guild leader and boss people around. There was a show called "The Guild" which went through that these people's lives are like, and is probably way to sympathetic because its meant for entertainment.
As perverse as it sounds, Holmes decision to take action (misguided, pointless, tragic) at least took more balls then most of the herbs I knew just waiting to die in WoW.
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I interpret some new stories as evidence that Holmes drifted through his education without actually doing much studying, which he was able to do at a bogus college like UC Riverside. But he didn’t like doing actual boring work, he preferred playing video games.
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There’s an article in the LA Times pointing out that a lot of news sources immediately reported that Holmes was a white male. But the person who wrote the article admits that the standard in journalism is to never report the race of a criminal suspect.
So there’s a double standard. If the shooter was muslim or black, it would have taken a lot longer to find out about that.
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Conquistador writes in a comment:
I know a guy that wants to end himself but the only reason he goes on is because he's looking forward to the next major movie, comic book, and video game release. I kid you not.
I think that it’s likely that video games PREVENT violent behavior like suicides and mass killings by pacifying people. Probably the opposite of the MSMs take whenever they discover that some mass killer played WoW.