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US President condemns “gruesome” video games following US mass shootings – Hillary Clinton responds

Published: 5/Aug/2019 16:30 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 12:17

by David Purcell

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The US President has claimed that the United States of America must stop the “glorification” of violence in the video game industry, following a shooting in El Paso, Texas that saw 21 people killed. 

The businessman turned politician suggested that the violence in video games is a problem that must be reduced in the future, during a speech on August 5.

These suggestions come just days after a 21 year-old white male was arrested at the scene of an attack in El Paso, near the US-Mexico border, where the gunman opened fire on a number of civilians in Walmart on August 3. There was also another attack a day later in Dayton, Ohio where nine people were shot dead in the Oregon District.

PixabayFortnite Battle Royale is just one of many games that have faced scrutiny since the shootings in El Paso and Dayton.

“We must stop the glorification of violence in our society,” the President said in his speech. “This includes the gruesome and grisly video games that are now commonplace.”

He added: “It is too easy today for troubled youth to surround themselves in a culture that celebrates violence. We should stop or substantially reduce this and it has to begin immediately.”

Now facing a potential death penalty, the attacker has been charged with capital murder and claims their actions were a response to the “the Hispanic invasion of Texas” – according to quotes from the BBC. 

The President is not the only one to have turned their focus towards issues of video game violence since the news unfolded, though, with former FBI agent Maureen O’Connell claiming that perhaps popular games such as Fortnite Battle Royale could be part of the problem during an appearance on FOX News.

Epic GamesFortnite Battle Royale was brought into the debate by O’Connell on Fox News.

She said: “If I were a betting man, I’d say that he probably logs six to eight hours a day playing one of those, you know, Fortnite or one of those video game where you’re doing nothing but dehumanising people by blowing their heads off one after another, after another.”

However, in response to these claims, esports consultant Rod Breslau took to Twitter to respond. “Fox News, others in the media, and politicians are already blaming specifically video games and FPS games including Fortnite of all things for yet another awful multiple mass shootings here in America,” he tweeted. “Video game guns don’t kill people, real guns do.”

This sentiment was also echoed by the 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who refused to accept The President’ss comments following the shootings and instead appeared to identify guns as the problem.

“People suffer from mental illness in every other country on earth; people play video games in virtually every other country on earth,” she tweeted. “The difference is the guns.”

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Police hunt for suspect after hoax hostage situation at Ubisoft Montreal

Published: 13/Nov/2020 19:45 Updated: 14/Nov/2020 0:37

by Theo Salaun

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Reports indicate that there is an ongoing hostage situation involving dozens of people at Ubisoft Montreal’s headquarters in the Mile-End neighborhood of Montreal, Quebec. There have been no confirmed injuries.

Update (7:35 p.m. ET): Ubisoft Montreal have released a statement regarding the hostage situation. “We are extremely relieved this was resolved without incident and we’d like to thank you all for your support and kind words.”

No injuries were reported at the offices. Montreal Police are launching a full investigation into the call.

Update (5:04 p.m. ET): All of the Ubisoft Montreal’s building occupants are being safely evacuated by Montreal’s police force and the police have joined local news in suggesting that the situation was, in fact, a hoax perpetrated by a call within the Ubisoft headquarters. No suspect has been identified or apprehended at this point, but the SPVM are actively investigating.

Update (4:04 p.m. ET): While local news outlets are reporting that the hostage situation was a hoax, Montreal’s police force have indeed confirmed that there appears to be no active threat and that the building’s occupants are being evacuated.

Update (3:33 p.m. ET): Little is known about the police force’s ongoing activity in attempts to enter the building, but CTV News reports that Ubisoft’s employees have been told, via company memo, to “hide in an area that locks and to keep quiet.”

Update (3:00 p.m. ET): Heavily armed Montreal police tactical units are approaching the building and preparing to make entry. Dozens of employees remain on roof and no injuries or negotiations with the suspects have been reported thus far.

Update (November 13, 2020 at 2:49 p.m. ET): Police appear to have barricaded off the daycare at Ubisoft Montreal’s headquarters, at least 50 employees have barricaded themselves atop the building’s roof, and tactical police units have blocked off surrounding streets and appear to be preparing to make entry. Current reports indicate that there have been no injuries thus far, according to local news on the scene.

With numerous reports and tweets from local news and Ubisoft Montreal employees, respectively, it appears that a hostage situation is unfolding at the company’s headquarters but that all employees are safe. 

In the afternoon, it was reported by Quebec’s TVA Nouvelles that dozens of hostages were being held at Ubisoft Montreal’s building on Saint Laurent Boulevard. This ongoing situation was echoed by Montreal’s police department, who put out public announcements to avoid the area due to the police’s efforts there.

Shortly after, numerous employees, including Programming Project Lead Gavin Young and a Production Marketer for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, tweeted that they were indeed safe and sound despite what was happening in the building.

Although ‘Valskuiken’ tweeted that they would be going home, it appears that a large conglomerate of employees have made their ways to the building’s roof and have barricaded themselves up there by blocking off the door to the exterior.

Further, reports from TVA Nouvelles indicate that a ransom request has been made by the suspects, but it is unclear what has come of it as police continue to operate in the vicinity.

At present, it appears that numerous employees are safe but it is unclear what is precisely happening with the situation given the multi-floor building’s space and large occupancy. At least 50 employees have made it to the roof, wherereports show they are holding up safely. However, in anticipation of the police force making entry into the building, it seems that ambulances and a tactical police force are arriving to the scene.

As reports indicate, the tactical forces approaching the building include numerous police officers, tactical police units, and heavier vehicles. There have been no indications of injuries thus far, so it appears that the ambulances are predominantly a precautionary measure.

We will be continuing to update this page with updates as they come in and as the Montreal police force and local news provide information to the public about the current circumstances.