Warcraft 3 Trash Talk Leads to Broken Fingers

If you thought that trash talk and a real-world butt-kicking were only byproducts of first-person shooter gaming, then think again. As one Warcraft III gamer has discovered, RTS fans can be just as passionate and aggressive.

The Vancouver Sun reports that secondary school student Eric Hamber was confronted and beaten down during lunch by a group of boys. They forced him to kiss their feet, and then broke his fingers by bashing his hand with batons.

Vancouver police constable Lindsey Houghton confirmed on Thursday that the group of assailants had tracked down Hamber after playing against the victim and his friends during a round of Defense of the Ancients for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos the night before. Hamber’s group won the round and proceeded to taunt the losers.

Houghton said that the losing opposition didn’t care for the trash talk. "It's very unusual," Houghton said. "Something that is exceptionally rare, given the number of people who play video games. Most people can separate reality from online fiction."

"I guess some people take these things exceptionally seriously,” he added.

Currently there haven’t been any arrests, however the Vancouver police youth squad is investigating the assault. Hamber and witnesses said the group comprised of four or five assailants being in their late teens.

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  • nativeson8803
    Damn they broke his fingers! What the hell man!
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  • blazeorangeman
    in related news: the Mafia's youth recruitment seems to be yielding successful results through Battle.net
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  • ColMirage
    WhySoBluePandaBearWow, Canada really are full of French.


    Herp Derp Stereotypes.
    Vancouver is nowhere even close to Quebec. And if you associate the French Canadian population as being of the same baggage as the France French I suggest you spend a little more time learning about us. You'll see that despite the language we both speak we are very different.

    In before massive downvotes.
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  • nativeson8803
    Damn they broke his fingers! What the hell man!
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  • blazeorangeman
    in related news: the Mafia's youth recruitment seems to be yielding successful results through Battle.net
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  • ghnader hsmithot
    i sometimes wonder what police do..because sometimes i have lost hope in law enforcement..my bad experience i guess..
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