An angry gamer has avoided jail for attacking a teenager who mocked his online gaming skills after he was gunned down in Activision's Call of Duty: Black Ops. Unemployed Plymouth resident Mark Bradford, 46, admitted one count of assault by beating and was given a suspended prison sentence over the attack, The Daily Mail reports …
as I tell people...
if you provoke people until they hit you then you will have been hit...
doesn't matter that it's "not right" and "illegal", it will still have happened
If you insist on trolling
...don't be suprised when your arm gets ripped off by an angry great white shark..
Is this further evidence that aggressive games cause angry behaviour
Or is this a case of El Reg baiting it's readership. Cue all the angry rants about gaming taking gamers to new levels of innner peacefulness never before known and unlikely to be achieved by other means.
It's evidence that pent up frustration from hours of having the piss taken out of them can push a person with "mental health issues" to violent reaction.
Any conclusions reached beyond this are just supposition and unsubstantiated theory.
Further more, have you not noticed that The Reg always baits its readership? It's like a spoiled child craving attention in the form of comment. In most cases though, the baiting is a little more subtle than calling its readership dickheads.
"Or is this a case of El Reg /baiting/ it's readership"
Well they are masters of it...
Slow reactions beyond 40 = no point
At 46, give it up as a lost cause that you are ever going to beat a teenager.
I'm 40 and the bitch-slapping I receive on Call Of Duty free-for-all really shows how slower my reaction times are from my teenage years.
Or it may just be that I'm c**p, but I blame 20 years of drinking.
Try a different game oldies can win.
48 and I went 26-6 on a match in Killzone 3 very recently
Picked up most kills, longest streak (12) and best KDR and our team won. I also consider myself as pretty poor at online games.
So why did I do so well? And normally on winning team?
Know the map, and know where you will get shot from. Experience can override reactions a lot. Oh and I use Move!
I would not even try COD, too many irritating children, like that 13 year old.
<-- only icon with red eyes!
At 41 I have no problems pwning teenagers. The thing that blows me away about them is if you camp in a room they keep coming back to get you - all I do is change the corner I'm in and then kill the same kid 5 times in a row.
Age and treachery will ALWAYS beat youth and enthusiasm.
....and still winning games online, CS I win about 20% of games with ~15 real players (PC), so better than the odds, saying that I took a kicking at XBox Halo until I got a keyboard and mouse (some would say that's cheating... meh, no thumb muscle memory I guess!)
I'm 35 and I pwn.
It's not difficult to outsmart some spotty faced, snot nosed teenager at a computer game.
Just don't try to play like them.
camping only works against kids and the french
The only time I ever have any problems taking out a camper is if my own team is garbage and the camper has lots of clan buddies in the area to interfere.
Great fun isn't it
Good job he's got a game to play during those long arduous hours stuck indoors at night...
By the sounds of it....
The curfew won't make any diference!
It's evidence that you shouldn't live in Plymouth.
Rule No. 1
Respect your Elders...
I disagree that the act of violence commited was justified but I do find younger/immature gamers really annoying when playing online. It's amazing how brave prople are hiding behind a gamertag.
Also, Isn't this game rated 18?
or a car window.....
13 year old victim?
I thought CoD had a 18 certificate?
Don't get me started on THAT!
I tired of trying telling my NINE year old son why he can't play online with his friends when they're on CoD etc :-\
AND been playing all day. Well that just rosy then
Don't forget the three little helpers.
Has the bairns for fetching his slippers, crips, and the remote too.
Incidentally, what's this "tennager" of which the first line speaks --- Tennant's drinking teenager or so? Sounds plausible for the neighbourhood, with people named after UK beauty spots.
Now where's my little Slough with my fish lunch? Bet he's been goading Preston to steal Bexley's g-strings again.
breaking the law??
Doesnt Call of Duty have a PEGI rating of 18?
I seem to remember seeing this on the COD BO box:
BBFC Rating: Suitable for 18 years and over Suitable for 18 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 18
did the kids mum get prosecuted? were social services called? was he banned from xbox live?
think of the children please......
I wish I could punch smack-talking teenagers through the telly every now and then. A lot of these young kids spew out more nonsense than Eyjafjallajoekull.
Right, and clearly only *they're* at fault and in no way are you partly responsible for continuing to put yourself in a position where you interact with the snotty little ballbags. One bad experience is unfortunate, but repeated bad experiences of the same sort is a masochistic refusal to learn your lesson...
Link their gamertag to their parents' bank account - maybe the threat of little Timmy clearing out the account every time they mouth off might bring them into line! Maybe people could get paid £1 a time for being nice and complimentary about their fellow players. Cue really really friendly teenagers falling over themselves to be as nice as possible.
I play a game called Heroes of Newerth and the community for that game makes CoD seem like its filled with sweet, kind and considerate angels.
And yet I keep playing it. Why? Because I *enjoy playing the game*. Why should my gaming habits be decided because someone else is a mouthy little shit?
Avoid the scrotes?
Hmm.. Maybe I'll send a few to hang round outside your house and throw abuse at you.
Hey, time for you to move. Have them outside your work too? Get another job..
They hang round the places where you go to unwind, and throw even more abuse at you? Stay in your hidden hovel, do nothing, close the doors and windows, and have no life..
Or, you could call them out on it, make them face the consequences of their actions, and have a life.
Actions have consequence; I certainly knew that by my teenage years. If I'd kept yelling abuse at an adult, I'd have expected a clout. I didn't throw abuse, and I didn't get the clout. Fair deal as far as I can see.
/ignore add bob
Do this the first time bob says something even remotely stupid and mute voice comms of anyone with an annoying accent, who plays music or offers obvious advice. It really spares a lot of grief, and it's often funny to see everyone else reacting to flames you don't see.
Just make sure you tell them your muting them so they can rage away to themselves.
Heh, Juillen, you're welcome to try - there's already a gang of *actual* scumbags known to loiter in my general area, but unlike this case, they're a real problem. As in, they're known to the cops and have records for involvement in burglary, dealing,etc.
So if you can exchange that for someone whose worst offering is a bit of unoriginal windup-merchantry, I'd be onto a winner.
My point is that not all gaming involves online gaming, and the fact that the guy in this case *knew* where his taunter lived suggests that he had chosen to remain in that same game for most if not all of his all-day gaming session. At which point I say, yes the 13-year old minor is acting like a little ballbag and could do with some re-education, but the 46-year old adult has shown even worse social skills and even less ability to deal with the world. Not exactly a win for all concerned.
Gaming is a hobby. I avoid online gaming like the plague, because I'm familiar with the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory. I'm not saying it's *right* that tons of bored teenagers are little ballbags in online gaming arenas, but I do acknowledge the fact of their existence and modify my behaviour to minimise contact with them accordingly. Because doing so is an absolute minimum of hassle for me, though thank you for playing at being an Internet Retard and trying to compare IRL harasssment that follows you to several locations with in-game harassment that can usually be circumvented by the cunning measure of *gasp* logging out of the game.
If you don't want to do that, it's up to you. If your idea of a good time is trying to play a game you enjoy but being continually interrupted to pursue some Quixotic quest to Show The Youth The Folly Of Their Ways, then good luck to you. I know where I'll be, and I suspect I'll be the less angry of the two of us as a result.
The kid was trolling and then shit got real.
The guy shouldn't have attacked the kid, but the kid now knows his actions have consequences too.
Its all fun and games until someone turns up at your front door.
Alternatively don't troll people who live just up the road from you...
Anyway the law won in the end.
The law didn't win. Once again the courts made a mockery of the law. A grown man attacked a 13 year old kid and got a suspended sentence. Makes you wonder what he'd have to do to go to jail.
"Its all fun and games until someone turns up at your front door."
Or as my old Nan used to say "It's all shits and giggles until someone giggles and shits!"
Some snotty little oik though it funny to make a prank call to a random number and tell the person that answered that they were going to kill him.
Unfortunately, that random number belonged to me. a seriously pissed 6' 5", 200lb phone company worker.
I'd like to think the kids might've learnt a lesson that sometimes your mouth can get you into serious crap!
And the guy that his fists can get HIM into some too.
The problem is, I'm betting the lesson this kid learned is that he now knows a way to make £80 and get some sad old git from down the road into trouble.
"The guy shouldn't have attacked the kid, but the kid now knows his actions have consequences too."
Yeah. The consequences are the kid just got £80. He got paid to mouth off. Buy, that'll sure shut him up!
"Yeah. The consequences are the kid just got £80. He got paid to mouth off. Buy, that'll sure shut him up!"
Not only that, but if he plays his cards right he can make a few hundred more from talking to the tabloids about that weirdo down the road who spends all day online gaming with little boys and then beats them up.
COD has a simple option to mute all players in the game, I use it everytime I play.
Perhaps the jobless guy should have used that too.
Who wants to hear the racist crap some little kid is shouting in your own home?
"No teenagers" filter for online games
This is why I am a member of a gaming community for older gamers. Playing with the great unwashed almost always guarantees meeting some kind of mouthy little sod who you want to slap, especially on a AAA title like CoD.
I actually enjoy my online gaming now that I know I can always join up with other older, cynical bar-stewards like myself. Our shooting-people-in-the-face abilities don't define us, it's purely a form of relaxation, hence a lack of agro.
A lot of online is like this
Even the children are well mannered on a lot of games.
Just keep away from COD.
I let my 11 year olds play Uncharted multiplayer and they chat along very nicely.
Rudeness is best dealt with by shooting them.
I find in general you get the odd bit of swearing but because you got hit, not aimed at the person.
Sometimes the odd "good kill" is warranted, friendly environment is great.
That sounds interesting, I'm hoping to get a 360 in the new year and this would be one of my priority titles. I'm normally quite happy making my way through the actual game but online stuff is always appealing, aside from the idiots you always get. Any chance on a heads up of this 'grown-up' community?
At 43, I'd love to be able to win now and again. Lack of juvenile swearing would be a bonus too.
Don't get a 360, get a PS3. The higher price point acts as a barrier to filter out some of the 'orrible toe-rags. There are communities for older players; search "mature gamers" and they come out. Both XMG and MPG are only open to over 18s.
This is the internet. Searching for 'mature' anything is going to end in severe fail.
Actually there’s a surprising number of community sites and clans out there for older gamers which cover all tastes and platforms, it’s just finding them can be a bit of a pain (as someone has pointed out, search results for mature anything can make your eyes water).
I found the one I am a member of by going to my console’s official forums and reading the clan recruitment thread. In amongst the depressing posts looking for BE$T GAMAZ EVA!!! you can find some really good ones. I won’t link to ours as I don’t want to flout the spamming rules here, however if you were to search for people who own a PS3 and could be described as Coffin Dodgers you might find us ;)
I've stopped bothering to even plug in my headset unless I'm playing with a group of friends. Makes it all so much more peaceful!
I expect that Daily Mail readers already have Google's SafeSearch turned up to maximum. For the rest of us, well, I'm an adult and I'm capable of discriminating search results from their descriptive taglines. Even with SafeSearch off, the entire first page of "mature gamers" is exactly what you would, I hope, be searching for.
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