The entertaining part in online gaming, probably more so than the game itself, is the human interaction as you play these games. The trash talking, the jeering, and the ridiculing of other players as you snipe, dismember, or score on them adds a whole other dimension to the act of “gaming.”
Anyone who has ever gamed online will be able to tell you that these taunts, combined with other factors such as one’s own bad performance in said game, can anger a gamer very much. This has lead to online lingo such as “u mad bro?” and “rage quitting.”. However what happened in France recently might dissuade you a bit on taunting online opponents.
John Barreaux, 20, was playing a game named Counter Strike when he crossed virtual paths with Mikhael. John lost the virtual knife fight against Mikael and was “wiped out.” The 20 year old frenchman plotted revenge for seven months, tracked down the fellow gamer, and stabbed him in the chest.
The officer who located and arrested the aggressor mentioned, “Barreaux was arrested within the hour and told us he had wanted to see his rival wiped out for killing off his character.”
According to The Telegraph, John was imprisoned for 2 years on the charge of causing grievous bodily harm, forced to undergo psychiatric tests, and ordered to seek anger management therapy.
The same site reports:
Judge Alexiane Potel told him: “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.”
The knife missed Mikhael’s heart by less than an inch. The victim is currently working his way on his recovery. It’ll be interesting to see if he ever returns to online gaming.