Skyrim and Oblivion, fantasy role-playing games, part of James Holmes inventory

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Among the documents released yesterday in the Aurora theater shooting case was a wide-ranging inventory of the contents found in accused killer James Holmes's apartment.

We've got the complete list below. But among the more interesting items are three video games, none of which are the sort of realistic first-person shooter games most people (including those eager to blame actual tragedy on pop culture) probably expected.

Two of the games are part of the Elder Scrolls series. Here's the Wikipedia description of its setting:

The Elder Scrolls world can be described as one of high fantasy with medieval, roman and Nordic influences. Like most works of high or epic fantasy, the Elder Scrolls games are typically serious in tone and epic in scope, dealing with themes of grand struggle against a supernatural or evil force. Other characteristics typical of high fantasy fiction are common themes in the Elder Scrolls, such as demi-human races including elves, orcs and dwarves (a now-extinct race known as Dwemer), magic and sorcery, mythical creatures, factions with their own political agendas, walled medieval cities and strongholds, and plot elements driven by prophecies and legends. In accordance with many literary high fantasy works, the world of The Elder Scrolls is known for its attention to detail including well developed lore and back story. This includes a vast amount of information such as names, dates, and places that constitute its history and the interconnected structure of its various societies, cultures, and religions. Lore including histories and legends are contained in dozens of readable in-game books that are scattered throughout the game world.
The first of the games Holmes owned was Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Here's an image associated with the game....

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...and here's another:

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This video should give you a feel for the game:

Also part of his collection was Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Here's one piece of Skyrim art....

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...and another:

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This is the official Skyrim trailer:

The third video game listed in the inventory, StarCraft, is something of a different breed from the Elder Scrolls titles, albeit one with fantasy elements at its core. It's a science-fiction game with a military bent.

Continue for more about the contents of James Holmes's apartment, including a complete inventory.


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Mr-Echo
Mr-Echo

Did he also have dvd's? Could we get a report on that too? A full run down of that might help us point fingers.


It would be great if the media would realize you are going to find video games in everyone's house these days. It's not newsworthy.

meerkat-manners
meerkat-manners

The purpose of this article doesn't seem to be for pigeon holing but merely pointing out some facts. Why do you all take such offense to being like minded? Great objective article that points out that holmes really isn't much different from any one of us especially those who are butt hurt over outdated skyrim images.

stuka1
stuka1

I used to play video games like James Holmes.

But then I took an arrow to the knee.

StillMM2
StillMM2

He had oxygen molecules in the air of his apartment as well.  He had this in common with every spree killer in history!  Wake up sheeple!

Darren Douglas Danahy
Darren Douglas Danahy

I heard people with skin become mass murderers. you have to watch those people with skin.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

I have guns and Skyrim.......

Nathaniel Grant
Nathaniel Grant

I have all five major games from the Elder Scrolls series. What of it? Are they supposed to make me violent? I'd like to point out that this series of videogames often has you finding diplomatic solutions to problems, not just violent ones.

Wesley Honegger
Wesley Honegger

Why doesn't the media ever address the fact that every mass murderer for the last few decades probably grew up in a home that, at least somewhere, had white FUCKING WALLS? There's a connection! Oh, and they all ATE SOME FUCKING CEREAL! Stupid.

KevinCrouse
KevinCrouse

Given that Skyrim has sold more than 10 million copies to date -- and Starcraft 2 some +nine million copies -- it would be hard to find many under the age of 30 years old who do NOT have a copy of these games.  This ain't really news, Mike, but it does show that you guys could use a youth culture analyst on the team these days -- at the least to ensure your sample artwork and videos are up to date, and at the most to prevent these kind of "stories" from even getting approved internally.  XO

Kevin Richards
Kevin Richards

This is what happens when you try and get the facts to match your predetermined position. How about looking into the mind-altering drugs the therapists gave him, that might have had a tad more effect on his mental state. As long as these drugs have been around, these types of incidences have risen. Those are some real facts that may have some real bearing on this.

Rick Treharne
Rick Treharne

What they didn't find? Parents that taught this motherfucker how to respect life and others.

Rick Treharne
Rick Treharne

Video games and posters kill people. BAN THEM!

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

I just played some Madden, now I can't stop running button hooks. When will the madness stop?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Religion = Delusional Fantasy

So Holmes killed a few people in a theater based upon his delusional fantasies, and G. aWol Bush killed 100,000+ innocent Iraqi civilians and a few thousand hapless U$ dupes based upon his delusional fantasies.


Maggie Nichols
Maggie Nichols

you expect better of westword? You haven't been paying attention.

Chris Sanford
Chris Sanford

None of that is the least bit interesting. At all.

Devin Pitts-Rogers
Devin Pitts-Rogers

Viva Pinata made me ruin many a birthday party. Actions in video games are 1-to-1 with real life.

Steven Siller
Steven Siller

Oh shit guys, did you know that because I play swtor I run around thinking I can choke people with my fucking mind?

Dominica Hagelberg
Dominica Hagelberg

My brother used to try to beat me up after playing Mortal Kombat. :P

Curtis Scott
Curtis Scott

*BZZZT* This doesn't qualify as news, or even useful information. Try again, you hacks!

Mindy Hulin
Mindy Hulin

I motion that we ban all video games because in the wrong hands, they cause mass homocide! Why is it that every time these tragedies happen, the media tries to make something of every single aspect of the suspect's life?

Janine Brown
Janine Brown

I guess Im such a dumb minded cow that I can't tell the difference from a video game and reality and playing so much Assassins Creed makes me want to jump from building to building and throw knives at people.. It's 2013, are we really going here again?

Naethen Johnson
Naethen Johnson

Emily, you are correct as always. First off, an insane person isnt going to know the different between Real Life and Fantasy because it would be blended together. And Secondly, you all run from the problem that is mental health. We need to help those people rather than throw them out for the world to eat up.

Ed Haas
Ed Haas

Skyrim does make me want to slay..........dragons.

Marc Babel
Marc Babel

Such a pointless article. Did he also have a Nintendo 64? Ohhh no!

Noah Nethero
Noah Nethero

We must ban houses that have more than ten rounds of video games. Just like guns...

Stephen Hanna
Stephen Hanna

Of all the games....skyrim...really?? Mabye he had really bad OCD and stopping every 5 seconds to doubleback and pick a flower drove him around the bend!

Dave Mayer
Dave Mayer

They also found clothes, and toothpaste, and food, and wire hangers and AA batteries and dryer lint. For fuck's sake, Westword, I expect better of you.

Steven M Palmer
Steven M Palmer

Please... They tried this type of crap with Harris and Kliebold - Blaming everything from Doom to Marylin Manson. When is the PERSON going to be held responsible?

Brad Morrow
Brad Morrow

Westword, you continue to amaze me how insipidly idiotic your publication is. Now go back to what you do best & post 50 pictures of drunk college girls at a bar.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

So he bought some of the best selling video games that have come out in the past ten years world wide? That must be the signs of a psychotic if I've ever heard it

Emily Schneider
Emily Schneider

Video games do NOT make someone violent! *face palm* Me and my group of friends would be serial murderers if that was the case. Oy vey... The idiocy that they really thought they needed to bring up a game that CLEARLY fantasy *there's fucking DRAGONS in Skyrim. * is the media, once again, blaming everything other than the accused perpetrator. Choices. Video games don't make choices. HUMANS do.

flightsimulator
flightsimulator

LOL at the "Skyrim Art" included by the author, who somehow managed to get the official Skyrim "Dragonborn" in the header image, and replaced it with some poor fat schlub posing in the "Art" section. Or it could have been on purpose. Either way, hilarious. 

Timothy Black
Timothy Black

I know after playing Morrowind I began casting Destruction spells around town. These games must be banned.

Luke Jonathan
Luke Jonathan

skyrim is a saint and dont you ever speak otherwise!

Nathen Garcia
Nathen Garcia

Please don't tell me he had mustard in his fridge. ANYTHING BUT MUSTARD!!!

Timothy Black
Timothy Black

Skyrim AND Oblivion?! MADNESS! almost as mad as Sheogorath...

Wesley Honegger
Wesley Honegger

I really wanted to chop people in half after playing those games. It's not his fault, video games are to blame.

Sarah Rowan
Sarah Rowan

So what you're saying is... he... WAS ALIVE?!?! OMG!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Kevin Richards ... I blame Marilyn Manson ...

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Ed Haas Well put, Ed. Thanks for the post.

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