Videogames under fire, Hollywood lays low after school shooting
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The multi-billion-dollar videogame industry came under scrutiny on Wednesday after Hollywood cancelled, postponed or played down a slew of movies and TV shows with violent content in the wake of last week's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
In Washington, Senator John Rockefeller called for a national study of the impact of violent videogames on children and a review of the rating system.
Although investigators in Newtown, Connecticut, have given no motive for Friday's shooting rampage, some United States (US) media have reported that the 20-year-old gunman played popular videogame Call of Duty - in which players conduct simulated warfare missions - in the basement of his home.
The gunman, Adam Lanza, killed himself at the scene after gunning down 20 young children, six school employees and his mother.