Fox News Analyst Links Craigslist Killer To 'Dark Souls'

Mar 4 2014, 8:36pm CST | by

Fox News Analyst Links Craigslist Killer To 'Dark Souls'
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I’ve written a lot about video game violence in the past. Games like Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty are often blamed for causing school shootings and other acts of violence.

There are plenty of pundits in the media with very little understanding of video games who are quick to link killersmotivation to their gaming or film tastes.

But I never expected to see Dark Souls join this pantheon.

Well, it turns out that Craigslist killer Miranda Barbour is a fan of From Software’s dark, “death-laden” game.

That’s a point raised by Fox News Legal Analyst Peter Johnson Jr. who brings up the game without offering any actual analysis about how it may have impacted Barbour’s desire to kill.

“We do know that she has an affinity for the fantasy game called Dark Soul [sic],” Johnson said on Fox News, “which is a very dark, death-laden video game that’s on PlayStation and other kinds of video-type things where there’s a lot of killing involved.”

Barbour has confessed to over 20 murders, though police have not been able to corroborate her confession with any actual killings or other evidence.

Barbour also claims these murders were part of a Satanic cult, so it’s little wonder media is quick to link a game with a scary name like Dark Souls to her violent behavior.

To be fair, this is little more than name-dropping of a game that nobody on the news program has likely ever heard of, and it’s really terrific advertising for Dark Souls II which launches next Tuesday.

Still, it’s irritating. Whenever there’s a shooting or a serial killer in the news, video games are front and center, whether or not the people commenting on these games have ever even played them.

Meanwhile, others on Fox—like John Stossel—have offered up very savvy rebukes of the video games cause violence argument.

Here’s the clip:

P.S. When I first watched this clip at Fox’s website, it was followed by a PlayStation ad. I appreciated the irony.

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