It’s been more than a decade since the release of Counter-Strike, and it’s still one of the most played first person shooters of all time. Subsequently, it’s also a game that people are still very obsessed with, evidenced by a recent attempted murder of a Counter-Strike player as an act of revenge by another. Take that, WoW addiction.
But snarky remarks aside, the guilty party is 20 year old Frenchman Julien Barreaux, who hunted down, found, and stabbed his counter-strike nemesis in a bout of rage and revenge. Oh, and in case that sentence rings as logical and normal, it was in real life! In custody, Barreaux told French police that the incident occurred after his online rival managed to kill his created character in Counter-Strike died in a virtual knife fight. Barreaux explained how he plotted revenge for nearly seven months after the online “killing” of his character last November, leading up to a not-so-virtual knife fight that he hoped would see the other player “wiped out.”
The victim, only identified by his handle, Mikhael, lived only a dozen or so miles away from Barreaux, presumably making it easier for him to acquire information on Mikhael’s whereabouts. According to the testimony of a French police officer, Barreaux’s plotting culminated when he appeared at Mikhael’s house unexpectedly last week. When the victim answered, Barreaux “plunged a kitchen knife into the man’s chest, barely missing his heart.”
As a result, Barreaux has been sentenced to two years in prison for causing grievous bodily harm, and was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluations and anger management classes while there.
Judge Alexiane Potel told Barreaux upon sentence:
You are a menace to society. I am frankly terrified of the disproportionate reaction you could have if someone looked at you the wrong way in the street.
So, what do you all think of this incident? Another instance in which the unfortunate presence of video games around naturally unbalanced people is being given a negative spin? Or an example of the increasingly ridiculous behaviour on the part of gamers?. No registration is required to comment.