Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

June 24, 2010 -

Unlocked! What do you do when you are playing videogames and your girlfriend's son rudely slams the door on you? Threaten him with a weapon.

What do you do if your boyfriend is being hauled away by the cops on Father's Day for threatening your son with said weapon? Spit in the face of the police officers, be combative and go with your boyfriend to jail.

This is just what happened when Vernon Connecticut police showed up in response to a 911 call. Here's more from an AP story:

Connecticut authorities said a 54-year-old man and his girlfriend were arrested after a dispute over a noisy video game erupted into a Father's Day struggle with police officers. Vernon police say the man, George Stein, was playing video games Sunday night when a child annoyed by the noise shut the door to the room Stein was in.

Apparently Stein ascribes to "spare the rod, spoil the child" or some other doctrine that involves using objects to beat children with. The mother is no prize either. She suddenly became unhinged as the police slapped the handcuffs on her boyfriend. According to police, "42-year-old April Devaux became combative with officers, refused to let go of a front porch post and spat in an officer's face."

Devaux was charged with assault on a police officer and other undisclosed crimes, while Stein was charged with threatening. Both posted bail. You know a kid doesn’t think you are his dad when he has you locked up.

Source: AP (achievement generated using JUSTACHIEVEIT.COM)


Comments

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

This article and many of the comments seem to be rather "Gamer guy who has more video games than friends."

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Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

Crack is nobody's friend. Sure the story didn't mention it but I'd bet a year's salary that crack and/or meth was in their home. Just sayin'.

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

the People of GP were all supportive and welcoming at the changing of the guard but seem to have gotton increasingly jaded and hostile with the new guy. I realise the guy probably has a different bias but whats got everyone up in arms did I miss something?.

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

I don't think people are up in arms.  I think it's legitimate criticism.

It's possible to be supportive of the editorial staff while still questioning some of their editorial decisions.

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

How about just f!cking crazy!

What we got here is failure to communicate!

What we got here is failure to communicate!

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

How often are you going to read about the kid complaining about the parent playing games too loudly?  ;) 

 As for the site in general, I just figure the biggest difference is there aren't daily stories about the latest crazy thing JT did--the feud he and Denis had was the stuff of legend, and was probably responsible for a lot of the original site traffic.  No JT = no easy target for the readers to vent about, so people wander off looking for the latest thing to be outraged over.  :P

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

I don't mind these articles (which, as stated before, Dennis used to post) because they are humerous, involve games, and take up the time between "true" political stories, since those don't happen every day.  Filler stories, yes, but they take up the down time between other stories.

In short, stop whining like spoiled children.  GP has always posted plenty of stories like this to pass the time between other stories (Present day AND with Dennis).

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

Again, how's that relevant?  "Dennis did it too" really has nothing to do with the substance of the complaints.

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

interesting original article, terrible Kotaku style humor..

not gonna slam GP's new stuff really but the downslide in quality is noticible and i fear the possible drop into the garbage pit kotaku's in where they seek attention through such terrible shameless jokes and panty shots..

yeah GP's had a few dumb ones in the past, but tbh i can't think of one i've read that was that lame..

then again i'm seeing more and more "thanks kotaku" posts than ever before too..

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

Relevance to GP?

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

This kind of news are not strange to this site. What´s wrong with the humoristic aproach? There are already plenty serious-tone notes here.

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Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

The same as the dozens and dozens of similar articles posted on GP over the last several years.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

I think the difference is that while there were a few questionably relevant articles under Dennis, there's one nearly every day under the new 'leadership'.

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

If you've always considered stories of people getting in trouble with the law while playing or arguing about video games irrelevant, that's fine but the fact remains that this type of article has been a staple of GP's content since the site's inception.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

I think we all know that there has been a noticeable uptick in the number of stories that seem to be from neighbourhoods further and further away from the corner of Gaming Dr. and Politics Ave. I think it's pretty intellectually dishonest to say that because Denis used to do it that somehow it's the exact same thing as it is now. There tend to occur far more often and seem to be even more stretched in terms of relevance now than ever before.

Fine. I'm just a reader, I have no say in how it works, but let's be realistic about it; The relationship is hardly even between what Dennis used to do and what's being done now.

I used to come here every single day, often many times during the course of the day. I come here far less frequently now, partly because my focus has shifted a little, but also largely because the news here is so diluted with stories like this. Let's be fair, this is a story about domestic violence, not videogames, and it sure as HELL has nothing to do with politics. So, I go elsewhere.

I'm a reasonable guy, this isn't my site, I'm not saying that anyone's doing anything wrong, but let's be frank; There is much less focus on the site now. Gamepolitics.com used to be the 60 minutes of Gaming news, and lately it's become Inside Edition.

That's just my take on it.

I still come here, I will continue to do so, but it's less to do with news and coverage and more to do with scratching that itch I feel to flip through People Magazine while standing in the grocery store waiting for my turn at the cash.

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

Again, this guy was playing a 'game' and the police - part of the government and therefore 'political' - got involved. How much more 'gamepolitics' can you get?

Yes, sometimes it's a slow news day and sometimes stories get published that are only barely relevant, but this isn't one of them.

But in the end, whatever you think, it comes down to this: as with any other news story on any site, if you don't want to read it, don't click on the link.

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

And if you don't want to read people complaining about it, don't scroll down to the comments.

"How much more 'gamepolitics' can you get?"  How about ANY?  How about a story where the game was actually somehow INVOLVED?

It reminds me of an old Adam Sandler sketch...

 

M1: Hey, there's a pizza place.  It smells awesome!

M2: It reminds me of the time I used to work in a pizza place.

M1: It reminds me of my first date with this girl named Ginger, I TOOK her to a pizza place.

M2: Hey, it also reminds me of the time I ATE a slice of pizza, and then went over to a 60-year-old man's house and...

 

The rest of the line is filthy so I'm not going to finish it.  Point being, just because you ate a slice of pizza doesn't mean your story is relevant to a conversation about pizza.

And the fact that police were called doesn't make it political.  There's no accusation of discrimination, there are no elected officials involved.  This is a story of a domestic violence call.  That's not political.

You know, when I was 18, I used to work for a local school district.  And I would go home and play video games at the end of the day.  I guess that means I was deeply involved in game politics.

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

I'm a reasonable guy, this isn't my site, I'm not saying that anyone's doing anything wrong, but let's be frank; There is much less focus on the site now. Gamepolitics.com used to be the 60 minutes of Gaming news, and lately it's become Inside Edition.

/Activating Comedian mode

Hey I post rediclous news on the ECA forums in the news section, That is just as bad as Blago Dropping 18, no well over 20 F-bombs and Calling himself a gutter mouth

But GP is only Guilty for nothing but Giving us LoL's to idiotic pols, Loony toon attournys, idiotic Experts like cooper lawerence, morons like the The couple mention in this article and the occoational flame war in the past between Jack thompson and GP members (don't deny that, because it was funny)

so Yes, everyone Makes totally Pointless and literally hilarious articles. heck dennis did it before as thomas mckenna said

/Deactivating Comedian mode

I don't want to get in trouble for this, but that's the hard truth

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

"I think it's pretty intellectually dishonest to say that because Denis used to do it that somehow it's the exact same thing as it is now."

I disagree.  I'd call it stating the obvious.  However, as I said earlier: "If you've always considered stories of people getting in trouble with the law while playing or arguing about video games irrelevant, that's fine..."

"The relationship is hardly even between what Dennis used to do and what's being done now."

That's a fine point of view and one that many agree with.  That said, sure, James's manner of presenting this story is different than how Dennis would have done it but that doesn't change the fact that the content of this article is no different than the ones Dennis frequently posted.  GamePolitics has always, regardless of editor, featured this type of story.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

"That's a fine point of view and one that many agree with."

It's not really a matter of opinion, though.  Does somebody want to try actually crunching the numbers and seeing if there's really been an uptick?

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

 Even with that, given that video games increasingly become common and mentioned in the media, the number of stories that mention games in some way will continue to increase.  When Denis was posting them, they were somewhat rarer.

So as the volume increases, it might be worth GP's time to filter them a bit more.

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

The guy was playing video games.  Stop complaining.  Re-quoting myself:

 

"Basically I'm tired of others complaining about this site.  Yes, Dennis is gone and things are a bit different now.  Go ahead and complain about that.  However, don't try and justify your whining with things Dennis did himself. 

 

Dennis stepped down Sept 14, 2009.  Here are some pointless articles he made:

http://gamepolitics.com/2006/12/22/minnesota-highway-officials-puzzled-by-pac-man

http://gamepolitics.com/2009/07/28/holiday-british-pm-plans-spend-gaming-time-sons

http://gamepolitics.com/2009/07/12/living-first-person-shooter-disease"

 

So again, if you want to complain about the new editors of the site, don't try and appeal to relevance.  Dennis also posted stories with questionable relevance.

 

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

"So again, if you want to complain about the new editors of the site, don't try and appeal to relevance.  Dennis also posted stories with questionable relevance."

And what's the relevance of THAT, exactly?

I'm criticizing the posting of a story that I believe is irrelevant.  "Dennis did it too" doesn't change that fact.

I like GP.  I read GP.  Feedback is essential to quality control.  I'm not complaining for its own sake, I'm complaining in the hopes that it will make the editors reconsider linking everything that flags their notifier for the words "videogame" and "violence".

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

It goes against the grain to agree with someone who's defending the folks in authority anywhere (and I've been as critical as anyone here of the current - and the past - administrations), but you're absolutely right here. Anyone who can't see how this is gamepolitics related must not understand what the words 'game' and 'politics' mean.

This guy was playing a 'game' and the police - part of the government and therefore 'political' - got involved. How much more 'gamepolitics' can you get?

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

The fact that he was playing games doesn't make it a games story (any more than it would have been a cooking story if the fight had broken out over dinner), and the fact that police were called doesn't make it a political story.

This is a story about somebody calling the police after a domestic violence report.  The fact that someone was playing a video game is incidental, and calling it political just because police are government officials is a real stretch.

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

 The reason these kinds of stories have ALWAYS been on GP is because these are the kinds of stories that end up playing a role in game politics. When politicans and the like come out to decry against video game violence these are usually the kinds of stories they end up quoting... not to mention that these kinds of stories can effect the public opinion on games; the voting public that can make or break the careers of anti-gaming politicans

essentially any story that can effect the public opinion, which in turn can effect the kind of laws and movements made by the gov't are relevant... that's why we also have stories that display good things games are doing even if they do not seem to be directly politically relevant. 

Re: Father's Day Achievement: Insane and Detained

But it's NOT being quoted.  Like I said on the dead kitten story: if Bill O'Reilly latches onto this as an example of how video games lead to violence, THEN it's appropriate to discuss on GP, but if it's just a story that has a video game in it, it doesn't have any inherent relevance in and of itself.

You'll note I didn't question the relevance of this morning's Moronic Story Ties Accidental Shooting to Videogames -- because it IS relevant, as somebody has already drawn a connection that isn't there.

This story, however, is the opposite -- GP is the one drawing a connection that isn't there.  You could just as easily headline it "Moronic story ties child abuse to videogames".

Yes, I'll grant the intent is different, and yes, that matters a lot.  But it's still someone jumping on a story just because it has the words "violence" and "videogames" in it, even though the one has nothing to do with the other.

 
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