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Warcraft player throws mom across the room, rams head through wall, gets shot....

kamspy
02-17-2010, 10:36 PM
....by his grandpa.


Authorities say this 27-year-old man, angered when his mother asked him to quiet down while playing Warcraft, choked her and rammed his head through a wall before his grandfather finally shot him. He wasn't seriously wounded. Nerd rage'll do that.

James Swan (pictured) of Manatee, Fla. was drinking and playing World of Warcraft around 10 p.m. on Feb. 11 when his 50-year-old mother asked him to pipe down, as her three grandchildren were trying to sleep at that hour. Cops say Swan ignored her, and when she put her hand on his shoulder, he flipped the f—- out.

The Bradenton Herald got the police report, and it says Swan grabbed his mother by the hair and threw her across the bed. She managed to get to the kitchen phone to call 911, but he tore it out of the wall, rammed his head through the hole where it had been, then threw her on the ground and started choking her. That's when his grandfather - mom's dad - got a gun from a gun closet. Still holstered, the gun misfired in a struggle and Swan was grazed behind the left ear.

Before you get huffy, no one's pinning this on the game, although it would boost MMOs' street cred considerably. Pretty much everyone can point the finger at the demon likker. Meantime, Swan is in the slammer, probably pissed that his raiding party hasn't formed up to bust him out.



Source:

LOLTaku

oops. Broken link.

venomxr8
02-18-2010, 12:00 AM
Wow.

and lol at "nerd rage"

its just a shame that the bullet only grazed him instead of going right through his brain. One less car in front of me in traffic to worry about.

junehhan
02-18-2010, 12:48 AM
Wow.

and lol at "nerd rage"

its just a shame that the bullet only grazed him instead of going right through his brain. One less car in front of me in traffic to worry about.

Do WoW addicts even drive? It is a shame when someone lets a game turn into that kind of addiction. I tend to avoid MMO's like the plague simply because I tend to have a slightly addictive personality when it comes to peer pressure type games where other people depend on you.

venomxr8
02-18-2010, 01:39 AM
Do WoW addicts even drive?.

:lol:good point
they usually fly around atop mythical beasts or something dont they

pearl-drum-man
02-18-2010, 06:40 AM
Seems to be a trend:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YersIyzsOpc

railven
02-18-2010, 06:48 AM
Man it's funny how different articles word this.

The game bias posters put forward the heavy alcohol consumption this guy was under.

The anti-game bias posters put forward how alcohol was there, but had nothing to do with the guys actions.

In the end, we all know how alcohol works. If this guy was angry, alcohol just made him angrier.

I was shit faced smashed last Sunday at my WoW raid. By shit face smashed, seems I had 3/4 liter of Vodka and 1/2 liter of Banana Schnapps (or however its spelt.)

I was the Raid Leader, haha forgot the second half the raid during my well deserved hang over but no one got hurt, and from what I hear it was the most fun raid as I was making jokes all night.

Oh well, us WoW addicts need to stop drinking and smacking mom's up.

Heads up on addicts and shit, seems Gaming Addiction is being looked at for review for acception into the 5th edition of that book that tells us who's crazy. One of the articles I read mentioned - symptoms such as gaming for more than 2-3 hours straight, and taking personal days for the sole purpose of gaming. WTF!?

drbrosco
02-18-2010, 07:09 AM
My niece's son got into that WoW game a long time ago & now he is turning 19 next month & has never worked, just now learned to drive & has absolutely no goals at all other than being the "Master" of WoW or whatever he is playing on the PC now. About two years ago I had her bring him over here to shovel my snow cause I'm disabled & the 16 year old boy did not know how to shovel snow :eek: that is no joke. And it is because he plays that WoW every waking minute, wich is not the game's fault it's his fault.

And he also has a xbox 360 hooked up to a very nice HDTV in his own room & he hardly ever turns it on. That WoW game must be something else, I have never seen it myself.

railven
02-18-2010, 08:15 AM
My niece's son got into that WoW game a long time ago & now he is turning 19 next month & has never worked, just now learned to drive & has absolutely no goals at all other than being the "Master" of WoW or whatever he is playing on the PC now. About two years ago I had her bring him over here to shovel my snow cause I'm disabled & the 16 year old boy did not know how to shovel snow :eek: that is no joke. And it is because he plays that WoW every waking minute, wich is not the game's fault it's his fault.

And he also has a xbox 360 hooked up to a very nice HDTV in his own room & he hardly ever turns it on. That WoW game must be something else, I have never seen it myself.

Your neice's son is lacking from a good parental figure it seems.

I dunno, here is an alternative:
I was working when I was 13 (under the table, legally at age 15), I learned to drive when I was 16 (my mother thought I was stealing the car since first time in the driver's seat I was driving great - I said it was thanks to videogames), I worked while in college, I have a 12hr day (8.5hrs work, ~3.5hrs commute) and while doing all this I played my eyes out. I'd say I'm addicted to WoW (due to being a Guild Master in a progressive guild) but not once have any of my responsibilities slipped, not once! Yes, I lose sleep due to a late night raid, but I've been losing sleep to games/movies/TV/homework since I was a kid.

This guy in the article was obviously disturbed. It's like the son who stabbed his father over a freaking FIFA (or was it PES?) arguement. I guess it was the game's fault, and no there was no substance abuse involved in that situation. People need to stop looking for excuses and fix what is really wrong.

eck979
02-18-2010, 08:32 AM
Your neice's son is lacking from a good parental figure it seems.

I dunno, here is an alternative:
I was working when I was 13 (under the table, legally at age 15), I learned to drive when I was 16 (my mother thought I was stealing the car since first time in the driver's seat I was driving great - I said it was thanks to videogames), I worked while in college, I have a 12hr day (8.5hrs work, ~3.5hrs commute) and while doing all this I played my eyes out. I'd say I'm addicted to WoW (due to being a Guild Master in a progressive guild) but not once have any of my responsibilities slipped, not once! Yes, I lose sleep due to a late night raid, but I've been losing sleep to games/movies/TV/homework since I was a kid.

This guy in the article was obviously disturbed. It's like the son who stabbed his father over a freaking FIFA (or was it PES?) arguement. I guess it was the game's fault, and no there was no substance abuse involved in that situation. People need to stop looking for excuses and fix what is really wrong.

I know you're trying to defend yourself here, but maybe you don't have a real problem w/ it, which is what I assume.. But there really are those that do... Check this out, shouldn't be blocked at your work: http://www.olganon.org/?q=forum/14

Some crazy shit in there, noones getting killed, but some crazy shit none the less.

Mase
02-18-2010, 08:53 AM
I'm with Rail, it sounds like there is some real enabling going on, the guy in the article is 27 and living with his mom??? The guy in Drbrocos post was 16 when he started, his parents could have and should have laid down some rules, its kind of what parents do... People can develop addictions to anything, games are no different, however games are not like alcohol where it can actually alter who you are while under the influence.. Most the people freaking out over games are already mentally ill, a sane person will do insane things under the influence of alcohol and other controlled substances..

Games are not the problem, people are, its just like the saying, "Guns dont kill people, stupid people with guns kill people".

railven
02-18-2010, 09:52 AM
You have to look at the bigger picture, not just what is on the surface. Most people who abuse something (drugs, games, sex) all tend to have an underlining issue which cause them to seek confort/satisfaction in what they abuse.

Also, addiction is common, it isn't a negative. We all have addictions. I'm as much addicted to Caffeine (not chemically...yet, thank god) as I am to videogames and computers. I long for that first cup of coffee, I read about video games every day, I price check computer parts for stuff I don't even need. But, I don't have migraines or get irritable if I haven't had my first cup of coffee, I don't skip work or a chance to hang out with my friends to play video games, and I don't fall behind on my mortgage and student loans to have the nicest computer.

People need to stop pointing fingers and really look at what the situation is. Kid shoots up his school, oh shit he played CoD:MW2 every single night that must be the issue, ignore that his parents are going through a divorce and his father was abusive. A kid would rather play WoW than sociallize with kids in his neighborhood, WoW must have a grip on him, but ignore he is socially awkward and kids tease him because of the way his parents dress him or his stuttering.

eck979
02-18-2010, 09:57 AM
I think people become addicted to certain things because they use them as an escape or a coping mechanism from/for underlying issues. I agree w/ you on that, fully. Just like the unhappy wife who becomes addicted to shopping.
A lot of these game addicts will go to serious measures to protect their addiction though, even violence. And will lie and coverup to hide it.. Just like the alcoholic or the methhead.
Obviously not everyone that plays games is that way, but a small portion of the population is.