I was reading an article related to that and someone who was familiar with the accused was quoted as saying the following:
“Sometimes during the lab when he was supposed to be reading a paper or something like that, I would see him playing online role-playing video games, like World of Warcraft, League of Legends,” he said, but nothing to suggest any serious violent tendencies.
It is really tiring to hear games like World of Warcraft be given negative connotations. I know that he goes on to say that this doesn't suggest violent tendencies... but I think that the implication is there and its pretty obvious. Additionally, I don't think anyone can deny that games like WoW, Guild Wars, etc. are pretty heavily stigmatized by people that do not play them.
What is it about these games that makes in any worse than hundreds of other activities and hobbies that people engage in? Is it just a societal misunderstanding?