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Counter-Strike Gamer Hunts Down, Stabs Man

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A virtual knife fight led to real-world bloodshed.

News of this sort was bound to surface. After all, who hasn't felt a little fear when other players take the game too far and threaten to show up on your doorstep? That's apparently what has happened over in France: a Counter-Strike in-game fight led to real-world bloodshed, not virtual globs of violet and red.

Twenty-year-old Counter-Strike gamer Julien Barreaux got into a virtual knife fight with another player known only as "Mikhael," The fight came to an abrupt end with Barreaux's character hitting the floor dead. Enraged, Barreaux spent the next six months tracking down Mikhael. He eventually discovered his nemesis living only a couple of miles away in Cambrai, a town two hours north of Paris.

As if mirroring the virtual knife fight, Barreaux armed himself with a real-life kitchen knife and went to the man's house. Once the door was opened, Barreaux whipped out the knife and plunged it into Mikhael's chest. The victim survived, escaping death by less than an inch as the knife passed next to his heart, missing its target.

Local police arrived an hour later and apprehended the irate gamer. Officials said that Barreaux admitted to his game-related motives behind the attack, saying that he "wanted to see his rival wiped out for killing off his character." Needless to say, Barreaux is now behind bars, serving a two-year sentence and forced into anger management therapy.

The judge behind his sentencing was mortified. "You are a menace to society," Judge Alexiane Potel said. "I am frankly terrified of the disproportionate reaction you could have if someone looked at you the wrong way in the street."

There was no indication of any smack-talk taking place during the Counter-Strike interaction.

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    JerseyFirefighter , May 28, 2010 6:56 PM
    Two years for attempted murder? I have to admit that I would've expected this a long time ago... but 2 years for attempted murder?!?!?!
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    DokkRokken , May 28, 2010 6:59 PM
    Two years? Really? After all the time and effort he spent tracking his 'nemesis' you'd think at least ten years confined in a straight-jacked is far more fitting.
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    FUtomNOreg , May 28, 2010 7:03 PM
    Holy ! Only two years? He missed the guys heart by a dang inch! Its his fault for...... at CS:S anyways.
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  • 38 Hide
    JerseyFirefighter , May 28, 2010 6:56 PM
    Two years for attempted murder? I have to admit that I would've expected this a long time ago... but 2 years for attempted murder?!?!?!
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    DokkRokken , May 28, 2010 6:59 PM
    Two years? Really? After all the time and effort he spent tracking his 'nemesis' you'd think at least ten years confined in a straight-jacked is far more fitting.
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    Rhynn , May 28, 2010 7:01 PM
    Agreed, 2 years is ridiculously disproportionate for that crime.
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    krynn73 , May 28, 2010 7:01 PM
    what is this world coming to?
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    Onus , May 28, 2010 7:02 PM
    This guy isn't worth two years' expense of food, clothing, and shelter; there are some 7 billion people on Earth; surely more than a few capable, competent replacements for this loser can be found. Stick his head in a bucket and pull the trigger. GAME OVER.
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    tommysch , May 28, 2010 7:03 PM
    I wonder if the other guy had a white flag on him at that time. Its France after all.
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    FUtomNOreg , May 28, 2010 7:03 PM
    Holy ! Only two years? He missed the guys heart by a dang inch! Its his fault for...... at CS:S anyways.
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    tommysch , May 28, 2010 7:07 PM
    He should have done what any CS/CSS player would do. When you hear the sound of a knife coming out of its sheath, take your handgun and aim for the head. Hooo wait thats France, they cant. lol
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    tainted_peak , May 28, 2010 7:11 PM
    Quote:
    Local police arrived an hour later
    Surprised that guy didn't bleed to death being that close to his heart.
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    flyinfinni , May 28, 2010 7:12 PM
    That was truly a premeditated murder attempt. How the heck can you possibly only get 2 years for something like that? 6 months of tracking and planning, to miss murder by an inch. If he'd been an inch over, and killed the guy, it'd be premeditated murder and life in prison, but because he missed its only 2 years. Wow- how screwed up is the justice system, and heck- its just a GAME, and its not like he "killed his character" for more than a few seconds- in CS you re-spawn with no harm done. Its not even like its an MMO where dying actually causes damage to your character- it doesn't even do anything. WOW.
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    Anonymous , May 28, 2010 7:21 PM
    Did he teabag him?
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    TechDude , May 28, 2010 7:21 PM
    Wow. This guy is a freak and is scary
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    Doommaker , May 28, 2010 7:21 PM
    Lol, noob got knifed. I bet he was camping behind an AWP and forgot to check his back.
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    the associate , May 28, 2010 7:22 PM
    That's spectacular, 2 years, in Europe?? One one end the gouv tries to pacify us with limitations and restrictions on what we can watch/play/do, then here we go, 6 month premeditated murder followed by attempted murder and the guy gets less jail time than I would get in canada for slapping a security guard as a JOKE when under the influence of alcohol....

    *please note I may have over exaggerated in my post :) *
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    gpace , May 28, 2010 7:28 PM
    News flash: Troubled people will do troubling things. Doesn't matter what the trigger was, troubled people will still be troubled.

    It's news like this that puts gamers in a bad light.

    As for the person, two years in prison and only anger management therapy? He'll need more then both to become mentally stable enough to be let out.
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    thegreathuntingdolphin , May 28, 2010 7:30 PM
    Wow France...2 Years and Anger Management for attempted murder?!

    FAIL
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    bfstev , May 28, 2010 7:32 PM
    Wait, they didnt even smack talk when it happened in game? Hell I could still have people searching for me then after I knifed them and just continued playing.
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    captjack5169 , May 28, 2010 7:34 PM
    Quick, call Jack Thompson, and get him on this we can have CSS removed from the planet, LMAO
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    CoryInJapan , May 28, 2010 7:37 PM
    Im pretty sure most if not all criminals play some sort of video game and or PC game.How come I never here madden thug rapes,kills,stabd,shoots.etc.

    They only mention the violent based games to make people think its the game.Its always much much more than just a game.Which I dount the game had anything to do with it.
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    sliem , May 28, 2010 7:38 PM
    Two years is enough, as he would be dead in prison before his first month. Lol. Crazy kid should get 10 years at least.
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