Isla Vista Killer May Have Adopted Verbal Mannerisms From WoW NPC

May 27, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Over the weekend, a 22-year-old man went on a stabbing, shooting, and vehicular rampage in Isla Vista, California that left seven people dead (including himself from a reportedly self-inflicted gunshot wound) and 13 others injured.

Right before the rampage, the perpetrator uploaded a YouTube video detailing the upcoming attack and discussing how much he hated the world and everyone in it.  He also emailed a 138-page manifesto to a bunch of people he knew (parents, friends, school teachers, his psychologist and the news media) with much of the same information.

As you might have guessed by the fact that we're reporting this, video games came in for a mention.  He was a fan of World of Warcraft.

WND's Aaron Klein, points out a few similarities between the attacker's manner of speaking and the vocal idiosyncrasies of World of Warcraft character, Garrosh Hellscream.

In the YouTube video, the soon-to-be killer and soon-to-be dead person says, "If I had it in my power, I would stop at nothing to reduce every single one of you to mountains of skulls and rivers of blood, and rightfully so."

One of Hellscream's lines from the game is, "I have seen mountains of skulls and rivers of blood, and I will have my world."

Klein also notes similarities between the killer and the WoW NPC's laugh, species-hating ethos and the fact that both tend to prefix their threatening statements with "yes."

Killer: "Yes, after I’ve annihilated every single girl..."

Hellscream: "Yes, yes I can see it now. I can see the future of this world. A world ruled by the horde..."

Is it possible the killer modeled some of his delivery style after a video game character?  And if so, so the hell what?

Listen to the embedded audio file to hear examples from Wow and the killer's YouTube vid.

Source: WND

-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen


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Video games may not be prominent in the discussion, but Washington Post's Ann Hornaday found the "real" culprit.

Judd Apatow and frat-house movie Neighbors. I shit you not!

She is blaming the shootings on comedies! Oh, yes, lets forget the fact that most youths experience sexual-frustration and a sense of self-entitlement (although to a much less dangerous degree of course). Lets forget that stories about sexual hedonism have been around since days of the Greeks. We, as a society, have an obligation to put Judd Apatow's feet to the fire because he started all of this! Doing that will magically prevent future Elliot Rodgers!

I guess they have a hard time fitting X-Men: Days of Future Past into all of this. Thank god this didn't happen during Watch Dog's release. Otherwise, we will see clueless radio hosts try to make a connection based on total coincidence.

I weep for our society, not because of raunchy comedies, but uninformed charlatans like Hornaday (and others who blame popular media for all the ills our society) who pollute the discourse with such unbridled idiocy.

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Okay, first it's WingNutDaily which is one of those "unspoken" sites that we like to regulate to the bottom of the dumpster that's used for cow manure only. They quite literally will derp about any and everything possible.

Second, I guarantee that Garrosh was not the first to utter the idea of 'mountains of skulls' and 'rivers of blood' in history. And until concrete evidence comes out that he was actually a gamer (and had a WoW subscription), every single thing like this is just hearsay.

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For what it's worth, the killer speaks at length about WoW in his 138-page manifesto.


Andrew Eisen

Re: Isla Vista Killer May Have Adopted Verbal Mannerisms ...

I would not worry too much about video games getting blamed here.  There were attempts to tie him to both games and autism early on, but this case ended up hitting a chord with both feminists and MRAs, and the narrative seems to be focusing on that particular axis.

Which has not been fun to watch. The vile things I have seen come out of the MRA camp have been pretty scary.  

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