First Person shooter video games rose in popularity in early 90’s pre-columbine 1999
You are near the truth, but not there yet. Why none of the gun groups have mentioned this is beyond me.
According to the Army, guess what percentage of soldiers fired their weapons the first time they were in combat during the Viet Nam war, and what percentage fired their weapons the first time they were in combat during the Gulf War?
And what happened in-between to cause this great improvement?
And what are we spending BILLIONS on to train soldiers with today?
Yep, realistic video simulator ‘games.’ And yes they work - big time. The difference is, the military spends a few hours with soldiers playing video games, and then many dozens of hours with soldiers being taught when it is appropriate for them to use the skills the games have taught them.
Nobody in the military is allowed to sit in a darkened basement and play these games on end for days.
And therein lies the biggest part of the cause.