For Jason Della Rocca, the Dawson College shootings hit close to home. The president of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) grew up in Montreal.
Della Rocca was interviewed on CTV about the rampage and also posted his thought on his Reality Panic blog, where he wrote:
"When I first read the headline... there was a wave of shock (and of course a concern for those hurt). Growing up in Montreal, I have many friends/family who went to Dawson and still know a few teachers there."
"Then as a read the ongoing coverage - and the usual link toward game playing, music tastes and Goth culture were starting to be made -- I knew my phone would be ringing... Prepping for this one was tough, given my personal proximity. I wanted to come across as respectful while also dissuading folks from finding a false sense of security in pointing to games as the easy scapegoat."
"...Also, later in the broadcast, CTV did an interview with Katherine Newman, author of Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings. Unfortunately, I can't find the link to her video clip. She was quite insightful and informative. I'm gonna pick up her book."
(GP, by the way, is an IGDA member).