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Warcraft 3 Trash Talk Leads to Broken Fingers

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You don't have to be a FPS gamer to get a good butt-whooping after spouting trash talk.

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 , October 23, 2010 7:24 PM
    Damn they broke his fingers! What the hell man!
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    blazeorangeman , October 23, 2010 7:28 PM
    in related news: the Mafia's youth recruitment seems to be yielding successful results through Battle.net
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    ColMirage , October 23, 2010 9:26 PM
    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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  • 27 Hide
    nativeson8803 , October 23, 2010 7:24 PM
    Damn they broke his fingers! What the hell man!
  • 25 Hide
    blazeorangeman , October 23, 2010 7:28 PM
    in related news: the Mafia's youth recruitment seems to be yielding successful results through Battle.net
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    ghnader hsmithot , October 23, 2010 7:32 PM
    i sometimes wonder what police do..because sometimes i have lost hope in law enforcement..my bad experience i guess..
  • 20 Hide
    afrobacon , October 23, 2010 7:43 PM
    They were just preparing for the next battle. Kind of hard to lose when your opponent can't use his keyboard.
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    whysobluepandabear , October 23, 2010 7:45 PM
    No arrests? WTF?! What do their police do? They already know someone got felony status assaulted ...they know the people, but they don't go get them?


    Wow, Canada really are full of French.
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    lemonade4 , October 23, 2010 7:49 PM
    The kid was from "Eric Hamber Secondary". Eric Hamber isn't his name.
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    mikey_11 , October 23, 2010 7:54 PM
    This is kind of sad...
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    SneakySnake , October 23, 2010 8:55 PM
    It's no different then me taunting you in any sport. You don't take trash talk personally, especially if it's from the other team
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    jerreece , October 23, 2010 8:57 PM


    I think the cop who made the statement was referring to Warcraft III as being online fiction. Not the trash talking part. I think the point was, "It's just a game. In real life, it doesn't really matter who is better at it."
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    NuclearShadow , October 23, 2010 8:57 PM
    Well at-least they didn't tea-bag him....
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    ColMirage , October 23, 2010 9:26 PM
    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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    Anonymous , October 23, 2010 9:32 PM
    teenagers nowadays don't understand reality from fiction anymore. It's all with the rise of the Teletubbies!
    It's their fault I tell ya!
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    2real , October 23, 2010 9:46 PM
    good to see a trash talker get beat up i support the kids the broke the other kids fingers
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    BoxBabaX , October 23, 2010 9:47 PM
    DOTA strikes again. DOTA and HoN probably have some of the worst communities out there, people hate on those games quite a bit.

    DOTA = defense of the ancients
    HoN = Heroes of Newerth (standalone dota clone)
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    beans4you , October 23, 2010 9:48 PM
    sounds like the asian mafia lol. BC = lots of asians and pot heads no offence, just clearing up stereotypes from a ontarians perspective.
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    Pengle , October 23, 2010 10:02 PM
    I go to that school
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    master9716 , October 23, 2010 10:16 PM
    Nice !!! you talk crap because you feel safe behind the internet this is what happens 2 you . DONT TALK CRAP ON PPL UNLESS YOU WOULD OTHERWISE DO IT IN PERSON .
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    Anonymous , October 23, 2010 10:23 PM
    As far as I can see, this is a case of someone that hides behind their online persona and trash talks when they win, why can't people win with grace?
    That is why I support real names being used online, if you have the guts to trash talk me then you should have the guts to say it to my face. I am sick of wussy little pips having power trips just because they are better at a game, but couldn't beat up a fly in real life.
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    Benihana , October 23, 2010 10:25 PM
    And Blizzard wanted to force RealID on everybody why?
    "If there was RealID, he wouldn't have trash talked."
    "Because of RealID, he got tracked and beat."

    Now there's a circular argument that would ensue...
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