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James Holmes

OBSESSED With

Non-Violent Video Game

7/20/2012 12:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

James Holmes liked Guitar Hero
The man who slaughtered a dozen people and wounded 59 was obsessed with a video game that was anything but violent ... Guitar Hero.

We've learned ... one of James Holmes' classmates at the University of California at Riverside played Guitar Hero with the shooter all the time, and "for hours."

The male student is telling friends he is "shocked," never having had a clue that Holmes had a propensity for violence.

It's an interesting side note, because people with violent tendencies often act them out in various ways, and video games are definitely an outlet.

Another classmate of Holmes tells TMZ Holmes was never a trouble-maker.  The two of them were in virtually every class together yet he was so quiet she hardly noticed him.

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1.

Kevin    

If automatic assault rifles existed 300 years ago, would the Second Amendment have ever existed?

791 days ago
2.

reader    

There has to be more to it. It all does not make sence!

791 days ago
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myopinion    

This young man is mentally unstable....something Tragic had to happen in his life he had a promising future...SAD SAD SAD

791 days ago
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Detective. LaToya    

God he is ****ing creepy looking! Makes my flesh crawl just looking at him.

791 days ago
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Nydia    

Well, you know what they say about the quiet ones ...

791 days ago
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oink    

The US Government is too worried watching for a Terriorist from another country, they really need to look here at home more.

791 days ago
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Jac    

My mother always told me to watch out for the quiet ones... RIP to all of the victims.

791 days ago
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Kobe_No_Means_No    

UC Riverside... and PhD not DMD... this guy isn't that smart after all.

791 days ago
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DaveT    

Doesn't really say much either way though, as there is no evidence of any link between violent themed video games and real murder.

791 days ago
10.

Rick Rodriguez    

You have no business doing legitime news items. Yo cover Kim K's Lambo gift to Kanye and other tabloid ****. you are NOT journalists.

791 days ago
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D. Potter    

My Father told me when I was growing up, never fear what a man says, fear what he doesn't say; it's always the quiet ones...

791 days ago
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IceGypsy    

We could probably go on for days speculating what might have triggered this man to do this. Sadly we may never no the reasons behind it. All we can do is learn from it, and take steps to prevent it from happening again.

791 days ago
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Bruno    

We will most likey never know, nor understand, what caused this man to go off the rails. We can speculate. We can point fingers. We can blame. But it won't change what happened and it won't stop the next time.

791 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

they will blame the music on the game.no worries the liberal media will find something to blame

791 days ago
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Bridget    

Well I guess that theory some people were floating out there that violent video games are to blame is out...


Unfortionatly these things never come with clear answers. A good movie on the subject of shootings is "Bang, Bang, You're Dead". It is more on the subject of school shootings, but can apply here. It starts the movie by saying, there is not really a type, except normally they are young white males (no, I'm not starting a race thing). Some are loners...some not. Some from broken familys...some not. They have a variety of different interests. The only thing they all have in common is they told someone of what they intended to do and for whatever reason, that person didn't tell. I'm sure glad I am not that person right now.

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