Psychosis and Bad Internet Connections Do Not Mix

Posted by | October 13, 2009

In a grand display of a lack of self control—the type that Jack Thompson and his ilk would have loved—a teen in Sweden went berserk and stabbed a girl when he couldn’t connect to Starcraft.

An 18 year old Starcraft player has been reported as attacking a 15 year old girl. The gamer became angry when his internet connection wouldn’t work and picked up a kitchen knife and headed into the street. When there he came into contact with a 15 year old girl who was on her way home from a party and laughing with a friend. He attacked her with the knife but despite several stabs her injuries were not life threatening.

The troubled teenager has now been sentenced to psychiatric care by the Nacka court for these actions, his first offense. The gamer’s thoughts apparently grew dark as a result of his internet connection problems not allowing him to play Starcraft. The prosecutor, Jennie Söderberg, attempted to have him tried for attempted murder but the court classified the knife attack as attempted manslaughter as the case had a psychiatric component to it and he apparently did not leave his house with intent to kill the girl. The incident took place on the 9th of August.

Link, via Hot Blooded Gaming, original article [Sweedish.]

1 Comment so far
  1. Dracul
    October 13, 2009 2:04 pm

    Wow thats horrible. You ever watch that WoW kid freaking out on youtube? it kinda makes you think about games like these. As fun and as addicting as they are, people should get so addicted to them to where they do things like this or get seriously upset when they cannot connect to their favorite server or any server at all.

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