Earlier this week, four students were killed in a mass shooting at Oxford High School, Michigan. 15-year old Ethan Crumbley has been arrested and charged with both murder and terrorism, and his parents have been charged with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly giving their son access to the weapons used in the killings. They are also accused of not acting on warning signs that their son was planning a mass shooting, as when school officials reported Ethan for searching for ammunition, his mother is said to have responded with "LOL I'm not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught."
Despite all of these factors, sections of the US media are eager to move the focus away from rampant gun culture, and onto video games. Inside Edition's report on the shooting blamed "gory" video games for the shooting, horrifically misrepresenting Fallout 4 in an out-of-context clip, and even misattributing the phrase, "Now I am become death, destroyer of worlds" to Nick Valentine.
In a fact that a US reporter has no business not knowing, the quote is best known for being said by J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the witnesses of the first-ever Atomic bomb blast. It couldn't actually be more obvious that this is what Nick Valentine is referencing, as he dejectedly says the phrase when you set off a bomb.
While the line is often attributed to Oppenheimer, he was actually quoting holy Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. So it is almost definitely not best known for its use in a throwaway Fallout 4 line, which a lot of players would have actually missed unless they had Nick with them at that specific point in the story.
For those of you keeping count at home, this is actually the second time Fallout 4 has been blamed for real-life violence. For some reason, it featured prominently in ex-President Donald Trump's infamous anti-gaming violence video compilation that the White House uploaded to YouTube. Anything to shift attention away from the vice grip the NRA has on these politicians, I suppose.
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