Man Stabbed During Heated World of Warcraft Argument

July 13, 2012 -

There's probably two lessons to be learned from the following story: don't take video games too seriously and don't engage your neighbor when they are agitated and engaged in an active argument (call the police instead). According to a report in Canoe (thanks to TheSmokey for the link), a 20-year-old Peterborough (a town almost 80 miles northeast of Toronto, Canada) man found himself stabbed in the chest after interjecting himself in an argument with his neighbor over World of Warcraft. According to the report, the neighbor was having an argument with a house guest and with people over his headset while playing World of Warcraft. Concerned with all the yelling, Jordan Osborne went next door to see what was going on.

"I was telling him, there is no need for you to be freaking out about World of Warcraft. It’s just a game," Osborne said. "He said, 'It’s not just a game, it’s my life.'"

According to Osborne, his neighbor then grabbed him by his throat, punched him in the face, and stabbed him in his chest. Ultimately he was hospitalized for the stab wound to his sternum. The neighbor - 21-year-old Justin Williams - was charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon. Williams was scheduled to appear in court yesterday, but details on the case were unavailable at the time of this writing.

"I was sitting in my house today thinking 'should I be dead or shouldn’t I?'" said Osborne. "And it’s all over a World of Warcraft game."

Source: Canoe

"Male with a sharp knife in its hand" photo © 2012 Micha Klootwijk / Shutterstock. All rights reserved, used with permission.


Comments

Re: Man Stabbed During Heated World of Warcraft Argument

Imagine how much more common this would be if RealId came out.

Re: Man Stabbed During Heated World of Warcraft Argument

"I was sitting in my house today thinking 'should I be dead or shouldn’t I?'" said Osborne. "And it’s all over a World of Warcraft game."

No, it's all over putting your nose in the business of some member of society with poor anger management issues.

When I hear the bogans (redneck would be the American term) next door having a screaming argument, I don't go next door asking them to stop yelling. I sit in my house and ignore them.

Because I don't want to be shot, and it's none of my damn business.

Re: Man Stabbed During Heated World of Warcraft Argument

The number of crimes over video games might make an interesting anecdotal video game about violence in video games.  If done right, it could be fun, entertaining, and {gasp} educational.  If done wrong, it'll just have shock factor.

- Left4Dead Why are zombies always eating brains? I want to see zombies that eat toes for a living. Undead-related pun intended.
 
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