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which some friends and acquaintances have described separately in the days since the attack.They are peppered with displays of misogyny.Mr. Loughner's posts don't mention Rep. Giffords, who is believed to have been the target of theattack, nor do they give any indication that Mr. Loughner was plotting a shooting. But severalmention mental breakdowns and violent thoughts. One post alluded to the Fifth Amendment, which aims to protect citizens against the government abusing its power in legal proceedings.Mr. Loughner posted the messages in a privateforum associated with the online game EarthEmpires. On Tuesday, the site's administrator ina public forum admonished members for sharinginformation with the media.In a separate forum, the administrator wrotethat he would cooperate with federal authoritiesif asked. "I want this information to get to theright hands, but I want to make sure it's donethrough the proper legal means," he wrote.Gaming appears to have been an important partof Mr. Loughner's life. In the 7th grade, he and afriend, Alex Montanaro, began playing the multiplayer online games Starcraft and Diablo, whichfeatured complex virtual worlds where players assume roles and play against other peoplearound the globe, Mr. Montanaro said in emails over the weekend and Monday. Around the 9th grade, recalls Mr. Montanaro, Mr. Loughner abandoned the old games andstarted playing Earth: 2025, now called Earth Empires, a text-based game in which playersassume the form of a country and develop its economy. Players form clans and battle other clans.The game includes social networks built around the clan alliances—private online forums in whichplayers conversed. In those forums at that time, Mr. Loughner often spouted conspiracy theoriesand got into heated debates with others, according to a forum participant who has been readingMr. Loughner's posts for years. Mr. Loughner originally played under the pseudonyms Cries andCry. At various times he also used the aliases Heroin, XTC and Erad, according to two peoplefamiliar with the matter, and played for various clans. Around 10th grade, Mr. Loughner began actingmore strangely and separating from his friends,according to Mr. Montanaro. Mr. Loughner took a break from the gaming world in 2008 butresumed a year later, says Mr. Montanaro. Mr.Loughner joined an online alliance calledSancTuarY/Collab. He wrote under thepseudonym Dare. After last June, he stoppedplaying, says the games administrator.Mr. Loughner seemed consumed with the outletthe private-posting world provided, says Mr.Montanaro, who was also part of SancT/Collab.Compared with the debates he had engaged in asa young teen, his postings were often nonsensical, say people who knew him in both settings. Mr.Montanaro described them as "weird poems coupled with 'logic' statements."
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