, another "killerspiele" opponent died this year, even before Werner Hopf : https://www.wirtrauern.de/traueranzeige ... mk-fischer
According to her bibliography
, She first attacked "killerspiele" in 2000. She reiterated her attacks in 2002
, after the Erfurt Massacre. Then in 2007, she was interviewed by Rainer Fromm in a Frontal 21 report, Töten am Bildschirm. Shortly after, she wrote or co-wrote, on behalf of the GwG psychotherapists association, a press release
calling for a ban on "killerspiele", calling them "landmines for the soul". This incendiary press release immediately stirred up controversy. In the early 2008, she wrote a seminal article, "Menschenbild und Mediebildung"
, which became a reference among the "killerspiele" opponents for years. She, indeed, joined forces with some of them (Werner Hopf, Rudolf Weiß, Günther Huber, Rudolf Hänsel...) to form the association Mediengewalt e.V. And last but not least, with her colleague Maria Mies, she wrote the Kölner Aufruf Gegen Computergewalt
. After the Winnenden amoklauf in 2009, she gave an interview to Focus.de
in which she reiterated her anti-"killerspiele" claims.
And that was almost all (except one or two interventions). But that was much. So much, in fact, that in my opinion she was the main theorist of the anti-"killerspiele" movement. She gave not only the arguments, but also the tone and the mindset. "Thanks" to her, any discussion about violence in video games was perceived solely as a crusade of Good vs. Evil. I pay tribute to the person, because she was a fundamentally good one. But in my opinion, her contribution to the "killerspieldebatte" was the worst one can imagine : she radicalized most German opponents of video game violence into one full-frontal, take-no-prisoners assault, the Kölner Aufruf, which turned out to be their final assault and swansong. Soon after Winnenden, this parody of debate was dead and gone.
So yeah, she was brave and courageous... as well as the French knights in Agincourt. For a similar result.