WarCraft III Smack Talk Culminates IRL Beating

October 22, 2010 -

A Vancouver high school student was assaulted by a group of people on Monday, all because the victim and his friends reportedly trash talked opponents after a victorious WarCraft III skirmish.

The student in question was roughed up at Eric Hamber secondary school during lunch hour. The Vancouver Sun reported that the beating came following a WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos online battle in a Defense of the Ancients custom scenario, after which the winning team mocked the losers.

“Four or five assailants,” described as in their late teens, tracked the boy to Eric Hamber, and “made him kiss their feet before hitting him with batons, breaking his fingers.” No arrests have been made yet, though Vancouver’s police youth squad continues to investigate the assault.

Vancouver Police Constable Lindsey Houghton added, “I guess some people take these things exceptionally seriously.”


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Re: WarCraft III Smack Talk Culminates IRL Beating

...people still play Warcraft III?

Re: WarCraft III Smack Talk Culminates IRL Beating

And people still play Classic Doom. And then there are those who continuously play games that have no multiplayer feature such as Pacman, Wolfenstein 3D and Terminator 2: Arcarde. Just to name a few...


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Re: WarCraft III Smack Talk Culminates IRL Beating

There are people who prefer Starcraft to Starcraft 2. Just saying.

Re: WarCraft III Smack Talk Culminates IRL Beating

Yes.  Blizzard makes games that stand the test of time.  Use Warcraft III to log into Battle.net and you'll see plenty of people still play it everyday.

Re: WarCraft III Smack Talk Culminates IRL Beating

Pah, real WC3 fans spit on DoTA player anyway, whether they taunt us or not.

 

On topic; kind of agree with Dorkmaster somewhat.  While violence over computer games is not something to be condoned, it's true that people hiding behind the annonymity of the internet should be... "discougraged" somehow.

Re: WarCraft III Smack Talk Culminates IRL Beating

Yes, Big Brother needs to watch us so that no one is ever mean to anyone ever.  Because gloating is bad.  Everyone played therefore everyone won after all!
/end sarcasm.


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Re: WarCraft III Smack Talk Culminates IRL Beating

Quite ironic that you took the time to put "sarcasm tags" on your comment while clearly missing the humour in mine.

 

Re: WarCraft III Smack Talk Culminates IRL Beating

I can't tell how severe the "mocking" was after the match, but this is partly why I miss arcades.  If you taunted your opponent when you beat them the way a lot of people do online, you'd get your teeth kicked in.  Mind you, this sounds more like a violent group taking things way too far, but the fact remains.  Online multiplayer makes people dicks.  :P

Re: WarCraft III Smack Talk Culminates IRL Beating

True. Mocking in public will get you nuked. Plus, Arcardes are fucking awesome.

I guess no one knows who these gang bangers were but it's probably best to say they knew this kid. A gang of hackers who tracked the boy would seem unlikely. Not impossible, but unlikely.

And, if you're gonna devote that much energy into finding someone and beating them up, you might as well use it for getting better in the game instead!

noobs.

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Re: WarCraft III Smack Talk Culminates IRL Beating

Online multiplayer makes people dicks

Don´t say that, because there is plenty people who will love to use this incident as "evidence" of why videogames should be banned.

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Re: WarCraft III Smack Talk Culminates IRL Beating

Just had a particularly morbid thought: given that there have now been multiple cases where victims of cyber-bullying have committed either suicide or assault, how much longer until we get someone unhinged enough to do both over the same incident?

Also, I found the better quote from the constable was, "Most people can separate reality from online fiction." Kudos to that cop for having an actual brain in her head.

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Andrew EisenFirst of all, ONE person in the Shout box suggested an obligation to call harassers out on their harassing but only after YOU brought it up. Plus, Techno said "when you see it happening." If you don't see it, you're not under any obligation.09/21/2014 - 1:02am
Sleaker@Craig R. - at this point I don't even know what the hashtags are suppsed to be in support of. what does GamerGate actually signify.09/21/2014 - 12:21am
Sleaker@AE - Hyperbole for the first 2, but it seems like some of the comments in the shout are attempting to place blame on fellow gamers because they aren't actively telling people to stop harassing even though they don't necessarily know anyone that has.09/21/2014 - 12:16am
Andrew EisenSleaker - Who the heck are you reading that is claiming "all gamers are bad," we "need to pass laws or judgement on all gamers," that if "you self-identify as a Gamer, you're immediately the problem," or that gamers are "obligated to stop harassment"?09/20/2014 - 9:44pm
erthwjimhe swatted more than just krebs, I think he swatted 30 people http://krebsonsecurity.com/2014/05/teen-arrested-for-30-swattings-bomb-threats/09/20/2014 - 9:31pm
Craig R.Btw, the guy who swatted security expert Brian Krebs? He got picked up recently. It can be done.09/20/2014 - 8:55pm
Craig R.Such things are not done in a vacuum... hence why the 4chan and other logs show what fools you've all been, tricked into doing the trolls' work09/20/2014 - 8:49pm
Sleaker@Technogeek - How do you call someone out that anonymously calls in a SWAT team, or sends threats to people?09/20/2014 - 7:04pm
Technogeek"It also doesn't mean you're obligated to stop harassment from all gamers that are doing so." I'd say you're certainly obligated to call them out when you see it happening.09/20/2014 - 5:17pm
SleakerNow if you disagree with anything in my last 2 posts then we obviously have a difference in world view, and wont come to any sort of agreement. I'm fine with that, maybe some people aren't?09/20/2014 - 5:09pm
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SleakerJust to re-iterate: People getting harassed is wrong. Just because someone is harassed by so called 'gamers' doesn't mean that all gamers are bad. nor does it mean that you need to pass laws or judgement on all gamers.09/20/2014 - 4:56pm
SleakerAnd furthermore just because someone doesn't 'crusade against the evil' that doesn't make them the problem. You can have discussion with those around you. There's a thing called sphere of influence.09/20/2014 - 4:54pm
Sleaker@Conster - one person getting harassed is a 'problem' only so far as the harassee's are doing it. Just because a select few people choose to act like this doesn't make it widespread. Nor does it immediately make everyone responsible to put an end to it.09/20/2014 - 4:54pm
james_fudgeno worries09/20/2014 - 4:15pm
TechnogeekI misread james' comment as "we can't have a debate without threatening" there at first. Actually wound up posting a shout about death threats and "kill yourself" not technically being the same thing before I realized.09/20/2014 - 3:59pm
james_fudgeDon't hit me *cowers behind Andrew*09/20/2014 - 3:20pm
ConsterYou take that back right now, james, or else. *shakes fist menacingly*09/20/2014 - 3:00pm
james_fudgeOur community is awesome. We can have a debate without threatening to kill each other.09/20/2014 - 2:50pm
 

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