Adam Lanza Was Addicted To Violent Video Games — Report

Thu, December 20, 2012 11:42am EST by 33 Comments

According to a new report, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter locked himself up in his basement for ‘hours on end’ to play violent video games. Did this affect his mental health?

One week after the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., victims are being buried and the schools are reopening. Yet, no one in the devastated community is any closer to understanding why 20-year-old Adam Lanza would violently murder 26 people, including 20 young children. A new report says that Adam was a very anti-social person, and that he spent hours in his basement lair playing gory video games such as “Call of Duty”, and the walls were decorated with posters of militia and guns.


The Lanza family’s former plumber spoke about Adam’s reclusive behavior. “It was a beautiful house, but he lived in the basement,” says Peter Wlasuk to the New York Post. “I always thought that was strange.” The report notes that Adam sat for hours on end in his windowless basement den, where he studied images of guns, and obliterated virtual victims in his video games.

Is this a sign that Adam was unhinged?

His former barber also confirms that he was anti-social. Bob Skuba says that Adam’s mother Nancy Lanza answered all his questions for him, and that Adam was always silent. “He would just be looking down at the tiles… the whole time.”


Nancy and her former husband Peter divorced three years ago, and according to a family friend, Nancy struggled as a single mother. Adam is said to have suffered from Asperger’s syndrome, a type of Autism that is not normally associated with violence.

“It was really hard for her as a single mother,” says Rich Collins, a family friend. “It’s hard enough raising an autistic child.” He continues, “I think it’s important to get that part of the story out – that an unmarried woman was trying to raise an autistic child on her own. I think she needed more support.”

Prior to the massacre, Adam killed his mother in her sleep. He later killed himself.

The massacre has been noted as the second deadliest school shooting in American history, and it looks like the families of the victims will be looking for answers for a long time.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Adam’s addiction to video games had anything to do with the attack?

– Eleanore Hutch

More Sandy Hook News:

  1. Adam Lanza Worried Mom Would Have Him Committed Before Shooting
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  3. Adam Lanza: Disturbed By His Parents’ Divorce?

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Idan More

Posted at 7:23 PM on February 5, 2013  

Don’t let online gaming take over your entire existence. There have been stories of some people who have committed suicide over certain online games. It is important to know when you are becoming too addicted to a game for your own good. You may not get thrown over the edge so to speak, but don’t dedicate yourself to gaming all hours of the day.

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Heywood Jablowme

Posted at 8:52 PM on January 11, 2013  

“The Lanza family’s former plumber spoke about Adam’s reclusive behavior. “It was a beautiful house, but he lived in the basement,” says Peter Wlasuk to the New York Post. “I always thought that was strange.” The report notes that Adam sat for hours on end in his windowless basement den, where he studied images of guns, and obliterated virtual victims in his video games.”

That paragraph cracked me up… really? How much time did you spend at the Lanza house to know that he played CoD for “hours on end”? Were you the plumber or is that just title Adam’s mom gave you so you wouldn’t suspect the “games” they were playing upstairs?

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Posted at 5:24 PM on January 8, 2013  

If you ask yourself a couple question you will know the truth to this Tragic situation .
How does r us military ready r troops for killing another person?
How did the 9/11 terrorist learn to fly airplanes?
How did this kid learn how to become a killer?
How does NASA train astronauts ?

Answers through hours of simulation. Ie flight simulators and video games
So if our military and NASA can use these devices for training why can’t a kid do the same thing.

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Posted at 1:28 PM on January 23, 2013  

Here is the oral answer to all of your idiotic questions
(by the way its are, not r)
Anyone can learn anything if they look hard enough, They could have used books or videos online. Both the kid and the terrorists had/have issues. The kid had aspergers and the taliban are religious freaks. Call of duty sells in the millions after only 24 hours of coming out and one kid did something flat out crazy and now everyone wants to point out it’s the game’s fault. If it was don’t you think there would be a lot more shootings? To adress your third questions, it’s not hard to become a killer, go out, buy a gun with some bullets and pull the trigger, how hard is that?

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Posted at 5:13 PM on January 8, 2013  


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Posted at 10:18 PM on December 29, 2012  

Video gaes have nothing to with this, quite people ten to be ore adventurous than they seem, I have friends who love violent video games but cringe at seeing blood, adam was sick, lonely possible depressed and felt like video games were what kept him distracted, but let’s not to forget who exposed him to guns all his life for him to take uninterested.

From reading all the articles I will honestly say what happened at Sandy Crook was all adams mothers fault, not video games
She did not from what seems to be said try to acknowledge her son much
She is the one who exposed him to guns at a young age to where they became a part of life.
The guns were hers.
She was the one who made adam feel unloved and made seem as if she loved Sandy Crook more than him.
Rather than letting him gain confidence she didn’t even try in helping Adam be more social
From I hear he never got counselling either
She was trying to send her son away rather than talking to him about his problems, he burned himself so she just tries to shove him in a medical ward
She made him feel like an outcast to the point where he killed the people she loved.

People who blaming video games,shoul acknowledge the fact that why Adam did what he did was all because of his mother, his mother is more responsible for what he did than video games.

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Posted at 6:15 PM on December 27, 2012  

This was an unspeakable tragedy for all, including Adam. We need to look at him with love in our hearts too. It seems no one in his family wanted to address his anti-social and introverted behavior. Mom apparently felt he was troubled and claimed he had mild aspergers but there are no medical records to indicate that she or her husband ever attempted to get him help. She left him alone to go on holiday for 3 days before the shooting — no calls, no interaction at all as she was frustrated with his lack of career or school focus. Really? Maybe she should have addressed these concerns before he was 19. Adam was a lost soul. Apparently still is as his remaining family has yet to claim his remans. He was a troubled child who could have been anyone’s son. We need to improve mental health care in this country so we don’t lose more souls like this one.

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paul j provencher , london ontario

Posted at 1:07 PM on December 22, 2012  

Who owned the guns ? Guns are like automobiles ,they have to be locked up and well secured if needed .
Only the owner is responsible for their safety . I remember Dad showing us how to handle guns .
He told us that guns were always loaded ,no matter what . Dad was one of the boys along side Sergeant York .
Plus he took a bottle of beer and a loaded rifle and told us that both these weapons are loaded and can kill .
pj .thanks

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Posted at 12:54 PM on December 22, 2012  

I think it a dam shame, no one in this kid life to recover the body, what kind of man is his dad, where someone has to tell him take his son and bury him reguardless, what hes done. whats this world coming to. That tells me kind of man he is! so sad! Please someone bury that boy! in his families duty read the bible it will to do what right.

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Posted at 12:25 PM on December 21, 2012  

how do you know he played video games all the time?were you there?

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Posted at 12:07 PM on December 21, 2012  

I think when you have a mentally unstable child, teach him to shoot guns over time and let him be unsocialized and play video games, this can be the outcome. Unstable children need not have guns in the house. Maybe the divorce of his parents turned him more inward, who knows how a person thinks. Video games do teach children to unsensitize violence. Video games are also for people who have nothing else to do. We as parents should make more efforts for our children to exercise their mind and body away from computers and more in the gym.

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Linda B.

Posted at 11:08 AM on December 21, 2012  

We need to be OUTRAGED at what game developers are turning our children into.
It is obvious the videos primed the horrific deed he did. You can’t begin to think, spending hours on end killing things, in a profoundly realistic game, won’t affect a mind. If you don’t think training hours upon hours to kill people had a part in this… YOU are in denial and just defending your own addiction.
I challenge gamers who reject the concept that violent games are harmful to stop playing them. Just go cold turkey… Leave them behind and have a real life… Leave behind the faceless people you will never meet in person, Leave behind the virtual killing campaigns. Have a real life, with real people… get a girlfriend… or a boyfriend… LIVE…

Do your research… These companies make these games intentionally to be addictive… They intentionally target kids who aren’t outgoing … Give them a virtual group of virtual friends they never have to meet face to face in awkward exchanges. Just like an alcoholic… These kids and parents have no idea the games are going to be a problem until the first game is played… You’ll either be able to walk away , or you’re doomed to hours on end, locked away from reality.

And if your thinking it’s the Parents responsibility … Think again… Turn off their internet connection… they jump on a neighbors connection. They don’t have that available… they purchase a wireless card… Take away the computer they use the schools laptop… they all know how to get around their website locks… How do I know this?

Because I have children that are lost to this thing too… They are now over 18 and I can’t do a thing… the previous mentioned measures didn’t work… Now it’s up to them but there is no sign of any desire to. I don’t see wives in the future…nor a family… Just this horrific make believe world they can’t give up because they think it’s no big deal!.

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Lars Anderson

Posted at 5:49 PM on December 21, 2012  

Well I’ve spent hours killing people in profoundly realistic games and I have yet to kill anyone.

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Josh A.

Posted at 9:31 PM on December 21, 2012  

Linda, I challenge you to have an open mind. I am a gamer, and have played many hours of “violent” video games, and to be honest I don’t think I could even properly load a gun. I live a long distance from many of my friends and online gaming allows us to keep in touch and unwind as a group of friends. Even if we cannot see each other, we all get to talk and enjoy a game or two.

I am an avid sports enthusiast as well, which often involves downtime due to injury. I recently spent 4 months on the couch due to such an injury, and without video games, I would have been very bored and unable to socialize, which in my view discredits many of the points you have stated.

I believe all of us are responsible for our own lives, and all lives require variety. I don’t know much about the disability this young man had, but if it at all had a way to impede his ability to provide a proper balance of activities and hobbies, I would have to point a few fingers at his guardians. To pull him out of school(reducing socialization), allow him to lock himself in his basement for days on end, and training him to operate weapons, seems to be a recipe for destruction. Also keeping large amounts of guns and ammo in his home just adds fuel to the fire.

Before we go and blame people and companies that in no way knew who he was, how often he played their games, or that he was even an avid gamer, we should look at the whole picture and who allowed the situation to get to this point.

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Posted at 10:16 PM on December 23, 2012  

Wow Linda B. Who is in charge? You, apparently are not. I thought no means NO. Why are you playing BS little games and allowing such open defiance in your own home?

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Posted at 10:11 AM on January 4, 2013  

sorry but your wrong it does have to do with parents, because parents of this generation and my generation are terrible. Games have nothing to do with it, all studies confirm it doesn’t affect them and body says it does obviously watches to much fox news. I play video games and have since I was young, and yet still to this day I have gone and to my work place or my old school and shoot up the place. Also if it’s video games or media for example why does japan witch has some very violent and sexist media as well why do they have some the worlds lowest crime rate or even England. look at countries that don’t have some of this media like the middle east and Africa yet they have as much violence or more then us. When it comes down to it, it isn’t the media its society. The people you hang around are going to more influential then any thing in your entire life. Its called peer pressure. also not mention that guy obviously had mental health issues and his mom was the greatest as well so there you go. So if you believe the media is to blame then you look back at history to the 50 and you’ll see that the government did the exact same crap with the comic book industry when kids stared to change all of the sudden( witch we know now was just a change of culture with times), because parents back then couldn’t understand it. Also it happened again with rock ‘n roll. it’s called scapegoating. As I said all ready though I have played games most of my life I read comics and I like rock. I even watched “r” rated movies when I was a child, and my son might too because children look up to their parents but the thing is I will pay attention to what he plays and what he is around and i will be as a parent should be and take responsibility, witch nobody does now a days.

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Posted at 10:21 AM on January 4, 2013  

also to not to mention video games aren’t designed just for kids. hell, the average age group of gamers is actually 30, and I play online and I actually rarely come across kids on there the youngest person I’ve run across was in high school in the last 3 years.

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Posted at 8:59 AM on January 5, 2013  

I am a gamer and I am proud to be a gamer. I know violent video games are addicted and Adam Lanza actually had social and mental issues. Same thing with Columbine where the shooter loved Doom 3. And FYI, there was a entire campaign to put down violent video games for a day that almost every gamer did.

Know your facts before you go off on your rant.

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Posted at 5:59 AM on January 8, 2013  

hey dude probably should check your facts to and don’t listen to the media because that is false columbine happened in April 20th of 1999 while that game “doom 3″ was released august 3rd of 2004. My local news station tried that b.s. as well. and the columbine kids didn’t have issues the main kid was actually one of the popular kids while the other guy was his best friend. but when the shooting happened everyone was scared to admit they where friends with him. As to why he did he was pissy that he got trying to steal stuff out of a van and was given probation. so spoiled kid got angry start playing with real guns and decided to do the unthinkable. and all in all that incident could have been prevented.

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Posted at 6:12 PM on January 30, 2013  

Why don’t you do your research Linda! In video game plotlines today you cannot cause harm to any child character in the game. The game that adama supposed played call of duty is not about senseless violence. Usually the call of duty plotlines involve miltary soldiers try to stop terriorists from killing millions of people in other countries or the usa. There has never been a scene in video games that are produced by major retailers and rated by the entertainment software ratings board that would let you go into a school and kill all the children and tearchers in it. In fact alot of video games that feature gun violence or other types only make it essential to the plotline of the game and do not let you go on a senseless violent killing spree. So by some of what you and others said people should not read the book catcher in the rye or dc comic’s batman. This is was because john lennon’s killer mark david chapman said that he read that book alot before he killed him. Then there was the movie theatre shooter that shot and killed alot of people at the dark knight rises midnight screening. Finally just for your information, I am in the master’s program for psychology at the university of north carolina at charlotte. Video games are a hobby and not my life.

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James wolf

Posted at 11:43 PM on December 20, 2012  

Violent video games not for him because he was so cold and ugly didnt care for the welfare of other people “children”.

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Pablo Cree

Posted at 6:25 PM on December 20, 2012  

Of course it did. It created a Non-sensitivity to Killing. How else can you explain what he did, if he wasn’t on drugs?

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Alexander Laruso

Posted at 9:17 PM on December 20, 2012  

He was mentally challenged.

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Posted at 8:03 AM on December 21, 2012  

I play violent video games AND take drugs. There goes that theory.

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Posted at 5:35 PM on December 22, 2012  

Because he had MENTAL ISSUES. If all it takes for someone to kill 20 innocent children is violent video games, this would happen very often.

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Posted at 4:41 PM on December 20, 2012  

The plumber.

Hollywoodlife, this is my first time to your website, it’ll be my last visit as well.

“The Lanza family’s former plumber spoke about Adam’s reclusive behavior.”

Really? Their toilets that messed up that their “family plumber” has spent enough time in their home to determine his video game addiction?

Also, consider the parents divorce and the fact he has undergone treatment at a mental health facility.

Yeah blame games, what are you… 70 years old? Trash paper, just dropped by to let you know.

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Posted at 2:21 PM on December 20, 2012  

You’re a moron if you think the video game.and violent movie media scare tactics still work. Do you have any idea how many millions of people play Call of Duty? They must all really be killers according to this idiotic logic. Maybe you’ve never seen kids cartoons but they are filled with violence but that’s OK because they are cartoons, right?

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Posted at 1:35 PM on December 20, 2012  

Absolutely not. Just about all youth play games. The increase in gaming has not lead to an increase in violent crime as it has gone down while gaming participation has gone up. This is a moronic reaction. Plus, your article used the plural, ‘games’…what other games has he been alleged to have played?

I cannot believe this is even a discussion. There is no evidence to conclude gaming leads to violence. Since almost everyone games today, that is the equivalent of saying that since he has a toothbrush, this led to his outburst.

Didn’t the media already go through this with Catcher in the Rye leading to violence?

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Posted at 12:28 PM on December 20, 2012  

The father, Peter Lanza, and the mother, Nancy Lanza, are responsible for their son’s actions. If you don’t hold the parents responsible, then parents won’t take responsibility for their children’s actions. If, for example, a child has a beebee gun and he shoots out the neighbor’s windows, then should the parent of the guilty child pay for the windows???? Of course. It’s the same thing in this situation except to an extreme. The child of these two people killed people and his parents are responsible for the deaths just as if they themselves had killed those people. Peter Lanza, the father, should have done more to be a loving and caring father. He gave the mother, Nancy Lanza, a great deal of money, but obviously that wasn’t the answer to his son’s problems. The father is responsible for his son’s actions.

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Posted at 12:55 PM on December 20, 2012  

I agree, They knew he was dangerous, I don’t buy that this person had Aspergers. Seems like the police, and FBI are trying to put a label on why he did this? and what would cause a person to do such a horrible deed, a motive! And yes his father and mothers estate should be sued.

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Kayleigh Adams (@KayleighAdams3)

Posted at 7:03 PM on December 20, 2012  

Are you serious? At what point does a parent stop being responsible then? I mean, wouldnt the grand parents really be responsible? As they raised the parents, or maybe the great grand parents? This guy was 20, not 12. An adult. At what point into adult hood do you stop blaming the parents?

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David McCooey

Posted at 12:06 PM on December 21, 2012  

Probably about the time they are no longer living under their parents roof.

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Anica Nicorici

Posted at 9:44 PM on December 23, 2012  

@Keyleigh.I agree with you100% where you draw the line she” the mother” took full responsability for that monster , you people search and read and she took the money and DID NOTHING with him .She put the gun in his hand she deserved to get what she got ,instead of teching him compation and giving,buy him a pet ….instead of a gun ,take a cup of hot chocolate to the homless,not that they couldn’t afford it ,common people .He was mentaly challenge ,but he new how to destroy the evidence ,by crushing the dard drive and taking his brother’s ID .You as a parent have the responsability to correct that child’s life and thet is why he killed her because he new she wasn’t helping him . SHE was a spoiled divorcee and he was a spoiled BRAT.
Are you people serious ….about father …he Adam cut him off ! If I was his father I will cut him off too of my support period .At the age of 20 ….? take your mother by hand and go work for your living.
People do not put them selfs in his shoes just spit comments .

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