This is no more sinister than re-creating your neighborhood in Sim-city. It's clear the purpose of the map was for novelty purposes only. I knew a guy that created a Doom 2 map of a place where I used to work. I never thought "Well, he's obviously has fantasies about killing us all".
I don't think the buzz-crew understands it because the game isn't about elves looking for magical biscuits so they can slay the troll lord. They obviously play lighter fare and I would submit they have a bias against FPS players based on their arguments. Mod-maps are all about novelty. It's not weird or crazy to want to recreate familiar places in a game. That doesn't mean your out for blood.
I'm having a hard time understanding why tom and company have such a big problem with a kid making a counter strike map of his school.
I mean to a gamer this is no different then making a racing map of your home town. your taking a place you know and making a map of it so you and your friends can go and PLAY in it. it's playing I don't think people understand that about games, I mean it's not a killing simulator it's a game in which people are thrown into a game together and they play fight. it's the same thing as running around in school pointing your finger and yelling bam as kids do(well littler kids)
it's not like he set up the school and placed students at there desks and ran around by himself pretending to kill them, it's a game with clear goals involving two TEAMS in which they try and track down and down the other persons charecter.
I think there is a MASSIVE social devide on issues like this, I mean teenagers and gamers really have a hard time understanding why people make such a big deal out of issues like this. And at the same time adults and girls(for the most part) think there must be something wrong with gamers if they find something like that fun.
I mean by the same logic kids who play counterstrike against there friends should be therapy because clearly soemthing is wrong with them if they want to kill there friends.
when it boils down to it your not killing your playing your playing a GAME in a setting that you find interesting because you know it.
and I think it was in poor taste to try and link this with the school shooting that just took place, this is so utterly unrelated and unconnected. I mean none of these school shooters have done anything like this, I don't understand how in anyway playing something like this could help you become better at killing.