All FPS gamers have been there – you’re playing online and having a terrible set of matches. You can’t hit anything. You’re getting killed over and over by some punk who knows he’s the best. And god forbid you’ve got to also deal with the s**t-talking that goes on with online gaming. It gets bad. The cloak of anonymity makes normal people into jerks – and when one of these guys starts popping off calling you every name in the book (you know, Rand McNally’s “Book of Insulting Names”), you hit rage-level quick.
One guy in England was having a day like this – but instead of muting his adversary, he went the extra mile. Literally. Mark Bradford, a 46 year old unemployed father of three went a couple miles actually. Bradford was playing Call of Duty: Black Ops on his PlayStation 3 console, and playing online with a s**t-talking 13 year old. Bradford (somehow) found the minor’s address, drove to his nearby house, and choked him out. Bradford was stopped by the boy’s mother, who pulled Bradford off her son.
So, on one hand, Bradford is totally lame for assaulting a kid over a video game. He’s a father. I mean, for crying out loud, he’s a father. If he’s so quick to hunt down a person he met in a casual online game, you wonder what kind of violence he’s capable of with his own kids.
On the other hand, 13 year olds shouldn’t be playing any Call of Duty franchise game (it’s rated “Mature” in the US and “PEGI-18” in the UK). So – though my opinion of lameness would stand for Bradford if he assaulted an adult over a video game, I certainly think that the boy’s mother should be somehow reprimanded for letting her kid play a PEGI-18 game. Honestly, I just want to keep saying PEGI-18.
I mean, I’m not trying to say this is the boy’s fault at all – but hey man, you play an adult game, there’s adult consequences. Kidding. Probably.
BTW, Bradford admitted to one count of assault and he lost 5,000 XP overall.