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Counter-Strike Gamer Hunts Down, Stabs Man

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.

  • JerseyFirefighter
    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
    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
    Agreed, 2 years is ridiculously disproportionate for that crime.
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  • krynn73
    what is this world coming to?
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  • Onus
    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
    I wonder if the other guy had a white flag on him at that time. Its France after all.
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  • FUtomNOreg
    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
    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
    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
    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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