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A man has been sentenced to life in prison after killing his partner, who’d become hooked on Grand Theft Auto. Carol Cannom, 46, from Lincolnshire, installed a 37in plasma TV in the couple’s bedroom and would regally stay up to the wee small hours playing the game on a PlayStation 3, night after night. But Cannom’s relationship …

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proof at last

violent games make people violent

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King sized bed?

Regally stayed up? exactly how does one do that?

Paris because she's been regally seen to

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Queen-like behavior?

You mean 'regularly', I think.

Friday's liquid lunch consumed a little too keenly, was it?

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how do you play GTA like a king?

that is all

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Regally?

Sorry to get all typo-Nazi but shouldn't that be "regularly"?

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Regally or regularly?

Although either works in this context, I suppose!

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Pretty strong evidence then ...

.. that playing violent computer games can be harmful to your health.

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The question is...

...how's Jack Thompson going to spin this one then?

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What happened to the lesser charge

of impersonating a monarch?

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Not Playing GTA Turns Men Into Murderers

How can this be?

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Regal eh

It's bad enough playing GT from a throne while wearing a crown, imagine how mad he would have been if she'd played the game regularly.

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Hmmmm

It'll be interesting to see how GTA4 takes the blame for this one, as it was quite clearly at fault - the violent scenes in the game caused her to lose it and "go postal" on her husband.

Oh wait, that wasn't what happened at all was it... Carry on!

Woohoo, it's Friday!

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more proof...

...that video games make people kill people.... obviously he subliminally took in the "evil kill-people suggestions" whilst sleeping as his partner played.... so the solution is obvious, ban violent video games!!!!!!

My pro-gaming agenda aside, I really feel sorry for the kid, nobody should have to go through that... on top of that the poor kid is probably in care now too... which sucks.

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Spelling

Did she regally sit up playing GTA, or regularly sit up playing GTA?

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Regally

Sir with this AK - 47 your really spoiling us.

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Regally?

Did she really play the game in the manner of a monarch? Or do you mean "regularly"?

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Fated

As sad as this story is - my sincere condolencies to the family of the deceased - I can't help but wonder what the anti-violent-game lobby will be saying. Are we to expect messages warning us that playing GTA (or similar) may seriously endager OUR lives?

If gamers state that the victim was harmless and only amusing herself the retort will be along the lines of: 'Oh, come on. This is an isolated case! It has no bearing on gamers being in danger.'

We'll just have to wait and see what is said now the boot is on the other foot.

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And yet

'frequently' would probably be the word they needed.

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Poor tactics

I'm surprised he called the police. All he needed to do was get in his car, then drive outside of the flashing red/blue detection zone and he would have got away with it.

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Hmm

Playing games *in the bedroom*, all night? Sleep depravation is linked to mental disorders in recent studies. He could have just moved the screen to the living room though.

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OMFG!

Nutter kills somebody. Ban games! All of them!

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Anti-proof at last

Since the culprit here was the one not playing the game, clearly we have here evidence that *not* playing violent games causes violent behaviour..

Steve.

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Looking for an excuse?

Look, if my missus wanted to stop up all night playing games I'd deal with it, if I really got sick of it i'd leave. This guy must have had something else on his mind in order to murder someone!

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Whatever happened to diminished responsibility?

Look, I don't want to condone stabbings, but haven't we heard a lot about sleep deprivation in all the news about Guantanamo Bay?

Sleep deprivation causes irritability, delusion and aggression. The man must of gone a fair time without a full night's sleep -- surely some leeway should be given for this...?

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Blimey

So now violent computer games are SO realistic they make an unconscious person lying next to you go on a murderous rampage?

Shame she wasn't playing the PC version. They would have had 3 more children by now.

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Regally..

ah more engrish speaking learnt from Kim Jong-il off Team America - World Police.

arh erro!

*\. yeah I would of stabbed her too, Saints Row 2 is a much better game.

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Addiction

Goes to show how addiction can be bad for your health....

Anyone notice the age difference?

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Adverb?

Regally used as an adverb. i.e. she stayed up in a regal manner?

Still, more proof of violent games being 'bad' for oneself. Ban them all, we should all be playing with furbies!

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Good Behaviour.

If he behaves himself in prison he'll get a Playstation in his cell.

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Another one bites the dust

Addiction claims another life.

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Regal confusion

Maybe she held the joypad with her pinkies sticking out?

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Regally played GTA IV?

She gently waved to the assembled crowds before ordering her guards to steal their wallets?

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i can see the warnings ....

Playing this can affect the people around you ........

lol

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Violent games my ar*e

@ D@v3

Although it was the non-player of the game that comitted the crime, so by that understanding everyone should be playing games to better themselves?

A bit of Grand Therapy Auto, or Or maybe a line in Niko (tine) patches to beat the cravings

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you must enjoy

trolling the typo-tards..

that aside, get counceling or play co-op.. don't be a 1-st person voyuer.. it'll end in tears.

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She probably...

...preferred gaming to sex, if we are to take yesterday's article seriously. That gives her hubby/boyfriend sufficient motive to bonk her in the more literal sense, yeah?

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It was the other person you stabbed the person who was playing Dave you muppet

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Well that's a shock

Y'know, I figured it'd be the woman killing the man. Isn't it usually, in stories like these?

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I clear cut case of...

...NOT playing violent video games turning you into a killer.

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Attacked with two knives?

Surely he could have waited for the next mission and he would have got the Uzi.

errr maybe I'm confusing GTAiv life with real-life :-\

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@ D@v3

What's your evidence for that? The sweeping and pretty baseless conclusion one could draw from this is that playing computer games increases your chance of being murdered (indeed, this case will have increased the statistic by 1).

All I can sweepingly draw otherwise is the opposite of your conclusion - that *not* playing computer games make you violent. Either read the article properly, or shut up!

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How considerate...

“The couple’s son called for an ambulance, but Palmer grabbed the phone and told emergency operators: “I’m sorry. I think I’ve killed her.””

“Let me just make sure, we don't want to be a burden on the ambulance service...”

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Review Finder

I love the way the review finder defaults to gaming for this story. No sense of irony whatsoever.

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Why didn't she just use...

....headphones? Back when I lived with my folks I had a big-ass set of very high quality headphones (still have them, actually). I could play F.E.A.R. until the sun came up and they wouldn't hear a thing.

Well, unless I shouted "OW! EAT LEAD YOU FUCKER!" of course.

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@Arron and Martin Glenn

Read again...

"violent games make people violent"

Doesn't say that..

Playing violent games, makes the players violent.

Think.

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proof?

Thus proving that GTA and other violent video games do, in fact, cause people to become violent.

Just not those playing them.

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Threesome!

"Cannom ordered her partner out of the bedroom while she played on the PS3. Painter retreated to watch portable TV in a cold conservatory, the BBC reported."

Her playing was so bad that the third person in bed went to another room. Cannom, Palmer (hubby/boyfriend) and Painter!!

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How considerate

As a GTA4 addict it's how she would have wanted to go.

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And is this all?

From the article: "Palmer, who admitted to the murder, will spend at least 14 years behind bars before being considered for parole."

14 years for killing another human being? Seems a bit cheap, doesn't it?

How about: "You get out as just soon as she's no longer dead."?

No wonder people do things like this.

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well

come on guys, you're slacking, you should know there is *always* a way to twist any story to fit with a government agenda:

if this game had been banned then she wouldn't have been playing it so this incident would never have happened and another life would have been saved, therefore banning violent games will save lives, think of the women!

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