Russian Lineage II player beats rival...to death

Massively multiplayer online gamers have developed an unsavory reputation in the eyes of many over the years due to their fanatical devotion and often rabid fan base. That untoward perception was enhanced this week, when Russia Today reported a Moscow man was murdered after a real-life...

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Massively multiplayer online gamers have developed an unsavory reputation in the eyes of many over the years due to their fanatical devotion and often rabid fan base. That untoward perception was enhanced this week, when Russia Today reported a Moscow man was murdered after a real-life confrontation between two rival Lineage II guilds went sour.

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After the man's guild reportedly killed a rival's character in-game, the two guilds agreed to have it out in real life. The ensuing brawl left one so badly injured he subsequently died from his injuries in route to a local hospital. The Russia Today report did not indicate whether official charges had been filed, though it did indicate that a 22-year-old man has confessed to the beating.

Russia Today, the English-language service of the government-controlled state news agency RIA-Novosti, also mentions several other recent game-related acts of violence within Russia. A man from Moscow was reportedly recently beaten to death by a gamer from Ukraine in a similar situation of rivals meeting up, and a 20-year-old gamer killed his grandmother after she apparently announced it was time for dinner.

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SDSkarface

Open world pvp without restrictions + being able to chat to the enemies (even while dead) + 4% exp loss on death+ chance to drop hard earned gear = very competitive and hardcore playerbase.. no other game has been able to reproduce such emotions and bring out the competitive spirit in its gamers like Lineage 2 did.. i wonder why MMOs that came after it didnt follow this gameplay model.. look at all the RL deaths.. and not because of lack of sleep because they were raiding for hours like the WoW deaths ..these deaths are murders by players this is what the game brought out of you.. and this is what made the game so awesome.

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O13LIVION

I always thought "It's time for dinner" was a good thing.

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jknight5422

Why is it that I can see so much crap talk in these comment sections, but when I say something I get a warning & a ban on my comments? All I said was something about the Russian being uncultivated. Isn't it true? Or did I give offense to people who like to kill their grandmothers in Russia? It may be time to give up on this site due to the ridiculousness of these unexplained, no-one-to-reply-to warnings. I don't need you, gamespot.

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Tebbit

Who kills their grandma when she offers you food!? Thats bad on so many levels.

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KojiOsita

Its amazing to think that people would take a game that seriously O.o Yep im taking a small break from MMORPGs, before someone decides to send a hitman after me or something stupid like that >.

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DarkCoyote

Yeah after playing Pokemon I had the urge to go outside and try and shove my Guinea pig into a tennis ball cut in half o.- No really..its just a game. I play WoW and Lineage2 But I don't go around trying to kill people irl just becauss I died for the upmost time.

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Eclipse_ShinRa

I knew this would happen one day.. But shocked it happened in L2.. I thought it would be WoW if any MMO..lol..

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Jedilink109

Dude, I wouldn't be killing my grandmother for telling me it's time for dinner I'd be saying WOOOHOOOO!!!! Either that woman was an insanely horrible cook or this kid obviously had some heavily deep rooted problems going far beyond gaming...I think I'll go with the latter.

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thelordofmayhem

Another statistic added to the infamous world of video games. We are all turning into homicidal maniacs.

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High-Res

This is why MMO's are for losers. They aren;t about how good anyone is, they are all about Time spent playing. Just not like a FPS where you either kick ass or get your ass kicked. Th eplayer who plays 60 Hours a week will always be better than the player who puts in 20 Hours a week. This is what leads to the whole nutto thing and people being consumed. By the way, I suck at MMO's!

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galduke

Don't know if someone said this already but... IN SOVIET RUSSIA, GAME PLAYS YOU! And if you say they aren't soviet, well guess what? Since everything is backwards there, Non-Soviet Russia = Soviet Russia, so there, I win.

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AvIdGaMeR444

Maybe he didn't like the tone of grandma's voice when she announced it was time for dinner...so the logical, rational response was to kill her...

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super_slonik

Being Russian-born and lived there for 18 years (thank god, now I'm Canadian :P), I can assure all of you guys, it was not JUST over the game. I am sure, it was because of serious trash-talking (and by that i mean, really serious). I feel a little bit of shame for these people, but well, nobody is perfect...

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Jonathan007pc

wow ..just unbelievable..

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osamabinsmoK1NG

Owned now thats what i call PvP!!!!

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PumpkinBoogie

Wow, to say that this particular level of game devotion is EXTREME would still be a gross understatement...... Beatin' dude to death because he 'killed' your online brethren is seriously retarded.... But beatin' Grandma to death for announcing it's dinnertime is just plain sick and pathetic.....might I suggest a instant firing squad for this loser?

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Lord_Regnier

Why are people doing this? Over a GAME!

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akhorahill

Don't be so fast to judge the kid. You don't know how bad his grandma cooked.

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emmm78

How retarded is this: -Hey, man let`s see how much damage u can take in real life, f...kin elf... or: Gramma: Dinner is ready! Psyhopath: Shut up, **** I`ll pwown u! ...?

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RockySquirrel

How do you say "I am rubber you are glue!" in Russian?

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mastermind1177

0_o

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Arkatsson

Wow, thats cruel, killing your grandma when its dinner time. I would never do that, that person must of been getting some epic loot or something.

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Jenova_Flare

Lol

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Suiranev

we really need to kick it old school, no electric chair, no lethal injection, old school purging aka burn em alive.

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Standing_Shadow

In Russia videogame plays you.

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auntlover

Makes me want to tell my grandmother how much I love her.

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necroreborn0001

good thing i play wow.....

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cdodder

you know how good his grandma's dinner would have been. Now he will be eating mac/cheese and rammen noodles forever. What an idiot.

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jahoousa

Wow killed over a game I never heard of..... I'd like to see these guys play madden shoulder to shoulder.. I wonder if they'd finish....

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schoeffmaster

To be honest, I laughed at the dude getting killed in the game. I have played a bit of Lineage (Not much anymore though) and getting killed by players happen all the time. However, getting killed is half the fun of MMORPGs. He should be used to getting killed by players on that game. Advice: Try not to take games too seriously. Especially to people who kill their grandmothers because they weren't hungry.

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whereismycouch

I'm going to tell Grandma how much I love her.

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coochie_kuta

youre not hardcore if youre not willing to die for it...no matter what IT is.

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dj_b02us

well russians are pretty crazy to begin with so though this is shocking its in no way really surprising.

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Timex2020

WOW, these stories keep getting better and better. Remind me to never have dinner at his house.

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maki0129

At last, the world was safe and it's greatest foe defeated ________(insert lame hero name here) stood before a fallen _________(insert villain's name here). His armor stenched in blood, he took a last good look at his long time enemy, before lifting his sword. "Goodbye..." he said, as he prepared to swing down. "Sweetie, time for dinner?!!" grandma yelled. And thus the drama died. I would have probably freaked out, it's true. But in the end, my grandma's cooking is way too good to lose over a videogame. Maybe this guy's grandma didn't cook so well...

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Lazdude

This kind of thing is getting out of hand. People need to learn to take gaming less seriously in their lives.

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thebubbleprince

OMG... ITS A GAME... WHY FIGHT OVER IT?

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Dixteel

Rediculous!!! People are dumb and crazy. Before they like cold wars, now they like gang wars. Get a life, Russian.

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Bench_Scientist

In mother Russia...Game beats you!

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Fiotwo

Let me see if I understand this... They killed his character in game, Right? So they Kill the other guy in real life? I think i misread the article because that jsut makes no sense.... Damn and who the hell calls a raid on ones grandmother? I hope wiped...

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rbenns2

I'd love to see the defense lawyer's argument on these.

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never-named

So what? I nearly beheaded my dog after SIX HOURS of God of War...just kidding! Most of these dudes are real whack-jobs, killing their grans.

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OBTRYCEE

TALK ABOUT TAKING GAMING THE NEXT LEVEL, THE REAL WORLD LEVEL...SOME PEOPLE REALLY DON'T NEED TO BE PLAYING GAMES, CAUSE THEY GET REALLY, REALLY, REALLY MESSED UP IN THE HEAD. HOW CAN YOU KILL YOUR MOM CAUSE SHE WAS TRYING TO FEED YOUR ASS.

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Lightzy

Give em a break they were just LARPing :>

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MKHavoc

These people need to realize that it's just a game.

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Pastehunter

Poor granny :P Man , I should be sad , but the last line cracked me up :P

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Peter_147

someone should tell to those people that there is a difference between real live and game

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It's probably less of a gamer thing and more of an Eastern European thing, to be honest.

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Nomandas

Don't you all see the big picture here?! Its our own true nature to it, just transcended from Video Game Virtual World into real one... The nature to fight, the nature to conquer, the nature to control, the nature to KILL. Its human nature to destroy themselves... And this just proves the fact that stimulation of video games to some individuals can result such acts in real life! When you loose the grip in real life of what is right and wrong and act upon only your emotions it results to unspeakable things! Same with video games, when people forget that video game is JUST a video game, and that it intention is only the simulation and entertainment, but by no means stimulation for such ACTS!!! I think its clear what technology brings to our world... Now, its only matter of time when people will be the slaves of their own technology, ''The Matrix'' fate awaits. PEOPLE CONTROL YOUR EMOTIONS!