"School Shooting" game discovered at Sandy Hook killer's home

Investigators find computer game where player controls character who enters a school and shoots students.

The list of video games found at the home of the Sandy Hook shooter included a computer game called "School Shooting," investigators said in a report released this week.

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The game has players controlling a character who enters a school and shoots at students.

The Sandy Hook shooter did just that on the morning of December 14, 2012, when he entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. and used an automatic rifle to kill 20 children and six adults.

Other games found at the shooter's home included games from the Dance Dance Revolution, Grand Theft Auto, and Metal Gear Solid franchises, among many others.

The "School Shooting" game is somewhat of a mystery. In the 44-page Sandy Hook report released this week, no details are provided regarding who made the game or where it can be purchased or downloaded.

Connecticut state attorney Stephen Sedensky, who authored the Sandy Hook report, provided a few more details to Kotaku, saying the game is not Half-Life 2 mod School Shooter: North American Tour 2012.

"The game 'School Shooting' appeared to be a very basic stand alone PC game that had no connection to the game Half Life," Sedensky said.

The Sandy Hook report notes that the shooter played many video games, but said there is no reason to believe games caused the massacre. Investigators determined no motive whatsoever. The report does conclude, however, that the shooter had a preoccupation with mass shootings and a "strong interest" in firearms. He was also described as having "significant mental health issues."

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DSExpert
DSExpert

I'm not sure if you guys realize this or even want to even bother trying to find the truth, but if anyone curious enough wants to find out then please read what these 2 users, which wrote this on another website, have to say. I've done some proofreading and have corrected alot of the mistakes they made in their comments, but this was done to make it more readable.
 
"(marlio) Sandy Hook killings did not happen and no children died. The addresses given for the children were empty. Adam Lanza did not exist and he did not kill his mother. The parents were paid actors. Do some research. Don't believe everything the government says. Emelie Parker, the girl with the long, blonde hair with a red and black velvet dress, was photographed with President Obama the next day. Why is the school, which was closed for 8 months, prior to the attack being razed? This is because the event didn't take place there or ANYWHERE!! The government are covering their tracks. The parents, supposedly, were interviewed on a movie set. This is all a false flag attack and every time they bring this topic up again it is to divert your attention from something they dont want you to read about or see."

"(Idiot Proof) 1) Explain why Robbie Parker is smiling and laughing AFTER his six year old daughter Emilie was allegedly shot and killed hours earlier that same day before he gets somber and into character to do a televised interview asking, “do I just read whats on the card?” 2) Explain how and why his daughter Emilie Parker appears sitting on Obama’s lap three days after her alleged murder. 3) Explain why a facebook page memorializing the victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting was uploaded one month before the actual “event” allegedly took place. 4) Expain why if someone had foreknowledge of the event that there was going to be a mass shooting (the action they chose to take was to somehow identify who was GOING to be murdered) would create and then post a memorial web page in their honor weeks prior to the shooting? In addition, why not try to prevent the deed from being committed and alert anyone who could stop it or may be affected by it? 5) Explain why it seems that most people have absolutely no capacity for any sort of critical analysis and will accept the most farfetched lunacy as gospel truth as long as Shill O’Reilly, Shill Maher, or Raetshilll MadCow said it?"

Even if you don't believe what was said above, please be curious and question what actually happened at Sandy Hook. Watch videos, do internet searches, and read articles. Don't trust information from any one single source, but find the common denominator from many sources of information and identify the information that all the sources agree upon.

Armysniper89
Armysniper89

I figured it out. It wasn't the kinds of games he had it was that he probably sucked at all of them and when he bought Dance Dance Revolution and could not dance, that sent him finally over the edge and he rage quit life. Orrrrrr he was a mental case with easy access to lots of guns and wanted attention. You pick.

Apastron
Apastron

Dance Dance Revolution!  I knew these games that made you move more than your fingers and thumbs were evil...

soulless4now
soulless4now

DDR corrupting people? I always had a feeling this would happen. 

duron2
duron2

Tired of these articles. The guy was a nut just like all murderers. They dont want to blame the parents, they dont want to blame whats on TV, they dont want to blame the fact that governments start wars and kill people all the time, yet they find their scapegoat in games. Just a bunch of dumb asses.

noandno
noandno

"The "School Shooting" game is somewhat of a mystery. In the 44-page Sandy Hook report released this week, no details are provided regarding who made the game or where it can be purchased or downloaded."

So, basically, either they are lying just to blame video games or it's a very unknown game

And I think they are lying

rlakhani11
rlakhani11

They could go to any extent (if this is what they want) to scapegoat gaming industry for something that's totally irrelevant to gaming/video games.

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

top fucking kek. not only was it not an automatic rifle, it wasn't even used. stick to normal vidiya news gamespot...eddie

pupp3t_mast3r
pupp3t_mast3r

Right so he was led to carrying out this horrible act because of the various games he played, on a minor (just glaze over this part) side note he also had a history of mental illness. But hey lets ignore that minor annoyance of a detail. I guess with that train of thought all us gamers out there who've ever played GTA or Metal Gear Solid are now the soulless minions of the devil since we've all been conditioned to carry massacres at a moment's notice!

I'm glad they're sinking hundreds of thousands of dollars to link gaming to real world violence, not like there's more pressing or directly contributing factors to this tragedy. Like maybe the fact that America's gun laws that allowed a person with a history of mental illness to arm himself might've been a contributing factor, but hey could we ever find out given most politicians are bought off by the companies that make the guns anyways.

Next we'll have imbeciles claiming that games are now linked to all forms of cancer and must be sold with a skull and crossbones on each cover. Here's an idea, how about actually investing in a few studies or god forbid a few solutions that might mitigate the primary underlying factors that caused this situation. I.e. why was he even allowed access to weapons (or his mother for that matter), why wasn't he being treated or restrained for his mental illness.

As always it's not about asking the right questions, it's about asking the ones that keep your wallets full. All hail democracy at it's finest.

hadlee73
hadlee73

"School Shooting" is a great game. Its right up there with "Gun Game", "Speeding Car Game" and "Steal the Old Lady's Bag Game"

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

You have to wait until the last sentence to discover he had mental health issues.

justin01
justin01

A game called School Shooting? Is this the first time we've heard of this game? Sounds like you're just throwing some code together and planting evidence.

Triton
Triton

So they saying you will become what you play?  wonder what happens when you play SimCity, Capitalism or Railroad Tycoon? Guess your just as likely to become a Mayor,  own a business or railroad line...

rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

Funny....I would have considered the wackadoo mother and the arsenal of weapons she was storing for the 'breakdown of society' before worrying about any computer games...but I guess they do things differently in 'Murica

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

Because of course "Dance Dance Revolution game discovered" wouldn;t have been as big a troll headline to get hits, right Gamespot? You pricks are as bad as Fox right here.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

I don't know why GS grants credence to this absurd propagandist "media" sensationalism by reposting the article. You are only going to find two things here on GameSpot:

A) The gamer who wants to divert the blame onto another inanimate object, the guns, instead of rationally discussing the possibility - however remote - that games might be a fraction of the problem.

B) The person who is tired of seeing this shit.

and C) The person who is going to rationally discuss this yet waste energy because in the end we are all agreed this nonsense should have stopped 20 years ago and discussing it accomplishes nothing, at any level.

Or a combination or mix and match of all three.
 

June-GS
June-GS

Dance Dance Revolution was the last straw that did it.

tsunami2311
tsunami2311

And where are the parents in all this why is there kid having access to MA games? there is Label on the game for reason  18-MA games of 15 years ago when they where kids are not the same as what they are  now.  You have to idiots your self to not see that

sortajan
sortajan

if violent games influence our behavior then why aren't there millions upon millions more serial killers and school shootings? a lot of fucking people buy GTA, what percentage of them exhibit violent behavior? can't be higher than .00001%

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

It seems kind of...convenient.  But why reveal this information almost a year later?

wexorian
wexorian

Sooo gamers will have highest survival rate in post apocalyptic world if we trust this garbage theory

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

Liberals, liberals everywhere.

Saidrex
Saidrex

How can people say such stupid things and not notice how stupid it sounds.

Oh, btw, i blame non-existing gun control in USA, if anyone (even mentally ill person) can legally own a gun...well, you see the result of that. Welcome to The Wild West.

wexorian
wexorian

I bet he watched American horror story season 1 and many other violent things on tv,books,school and he was mentaly ill.  Still how he got gun that's interesting

Lazerith91
Lazerith91

The mentality of a criminal: I want to break in to that persons house, steal their stuff, beat them senseless, and finally kill them. Oh wait guns are illegal now? Damn looks like I'm out of luck. I'll just go get a job and be a responsible person instead.  

*And on a side note. WTF game has you shooting up a school?!

FIJIDAWG
FIJIDAWG

Please do list the fact he used handguns and that no automatic rifle was even there. That was immediately shown about in the media because they wanted it to be there, but there never was one at all.

Jinzo_111887
Jinzo_111887

I'm wondering if the game might have been planted just claim video games are evil. They don't cause violent behavior alone. I mean, take a look at how many CoD players there are. I doubt most of them are extremely violent. There has to be other factors. The article here mentions the guy had "significant mental health issues." Let's keep that fact in mind.

ad1x2
ad1x2

@justin01 It is possible, some people with a twisted sense of humor have modded regular games to mimic school shootings in the past few years. In 2005 a game called Super Columbine Massacre RPG came out, for example. You can read about it on Wikipedia.

Armysniper89
Armysniper89

If you play those games you become the biggest killer of all!! The killer of national economies. ;) Far more people effected daily and killed by big business than any serial killer.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Grenadeh One thing I never find on here are reader discussion polls or articles. Like you know asking us what are favorite games are or what we are playing for the holidays, etc.... Wish they would do something along those lines, but no. We are stuck with a lot of shitty journalism. Guess I could jump ship but I don't want to do that.

arbor_vitae
arbor_vitae

@tsunami2311 

This wasn't a kid, this was a grown man. He had access to anything he wanted. He also killed his mother before going to the school.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@sortajan The answer is self-evident, which I'm sure was your intent of posting that: they don't influence our behavior. Not normal people. People who are already mentally off, yes.

Saidrex
Saidrex

@wexorian actually that could be true, every game teaches us something. Not long time ago I read article about one study - that gamers handle crisis situations better and react faster comparing to people who don't play video games as much.

banderweir
banderweir

@Saidrex Yeah, this guy totally would have obeyed the law saying he isn't supposed to have a gun, just like he obeyed the laws against murder.

That logic is just wrong.  Blame the person, not the mindless implement.  If guns weren't available why wouldn't he just use something else? Crossbows?

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

@Saidrex I don't think the shooter owned a gun.  His mother did, and his father used to take him to shooting ranges, so he did have access to them, but it wasn't as if the Second Amendment put the gun in his hands.  At least, not directly.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Lazerith91 Thank you Captain Common Damn Sense. Because criminals give so much of a fuck about laws, like you said.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@FIJIDAWG There "was" one in the trunk of the car, that had not been fired. I say was in quotes because it was a long time ago and I don't remember entirely, but I know it was just bullshit with Holder and Pelosi and their propaganda machine, I mean MSM, not the propaganda bureau, trying to villain-ize the scary old AR15 because it is obviously capable of killing everyone in the country.

Do you remember the 90s? Remember when handguns were the major threat to safety? What happened to that? Now it's all about the scary "assault weapons", you know, a term that is entirely fabricated and means nothing because John Doe can't just go buy a full automatic rifle whenever he wants so there's no such thing as an assault classification of civilian firearms.

But you know, because the propaganda bureau told us to, let's ignore Class A, B, and C licenses, the taxes involved, the extensive government scrutiny involved in getting anything other than your standard pistol, shotgun, or rifle, and just focus on thems ARs.

gamerboy100
gamerboy100

@Jinzo_111887 I wouldn't be surprised. I have NEVER heard of a game with that name, and I am very knowledgable about video games. I checked MobyGames, GameFAQs, and other places to be sure and I can't find any game with that name.

sortajan
sortajan

@Saidrex when we're the only ones that know how to purify irradiated water and kill fifty-foot mutants they'll be begging for our help, just you wait

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@banderweir @Saidrex Yeah the rest of the world totally has stockpiles of Crossbows in their houses for when society falls......

rabbitcancer
rabbitcancer

And the u.s. has the highest gun crime per capita in the western world cause....oh dang it..

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Lazerith91 I wasn't being sarcastic or condescending, I was serious - thank you.