A few years ago a very controversial game hit the shelves at local game stores worldwide. Grand Theft Auto San Andreas. I wanted it, I needed it, and I had no problem shelling out $55.00 for the PS2 game.
addicted, playing the game day in and day out. Blasting my way through
civilian's, and taking shots at virtual cops with my rifle, throwing
bombs, knifing street walkers, and best of all though was having gang
wars with rival gangs.
In the game my rivals wore all purple, so they were easy to pick out while cruising up and down the streets in my car.
I became obsessed with taking over their territory, which was marked
on a map using the color purple.
It showed me where to find them, and in
order to take over their territory I had to knock em' dead. It was fun,
funner than I had expected.
However one sweet day my boyfriend and I were cruising our town and I
had spotted a purple wearing person, who in my mind resembled the rival
gangs I had be killing in the GTA game. In my mind I was brought back to
my game, and jokingly I said to my boyfriend... hey look! A rival gang!
We should run him down!
Now of course this was all joking, but the reality was, the man
wearing purple made me think of violence, harm, and destruction... and
he was a REAL man doing nothing but minding his own business, not some
virtual character carrying a gun waiting to shoot at me when I drive by.
Now thankfully I have a pretty good grasp on reality and virtual
reality. For some though, when video games begin to take over and merge
in with their reality, it can be/become a deadly game- but for real.
One story I remember hearing about was about an older man whom gave
his account password to a friend to play an online game called Legend of
Mir 3. the friend than decided to take his weapons (or what have you- I
never played the game), and sell them for a real life profit. When he
discovered that his friend sold his WOW weapons, he reported it to the
police. Seeing how the weapon was not a real object, the man decided to
instead stab the man to death.
Another incident involving WOW, which is short for World Of Warcraft
involves a young girl who died after playing the game for several days
straight. She became supposedly so enthralled with gaming that she did
not eat or sleep, which in turn allegedly caused malnutrition, and
A similar story involves an older man from South Korea who actually
quit his job to play his video game of choice. He played his game in an
internet cafe for 3 days straight where he eventually died.
Another story involves a young 13 year old boy whom was stabbed to death over a video game controller.
One truly disgusting story which bothered me most was a story
involving a father who's 17 month old daughter accidentally pulled the
chords of his video game console out by accident. He became so enraged
that he punched her in the face, causing her death.
One tragic story that I actually watched on a documentary involving
video games and death involved a young man who became obsessed with
another female character on WOW. The two got along fine (in the game),
but when the man asked for her hand in marriage, she denied him, so he
killed himself over it.
Another death associated with the popular WOW game was that of a young
13 year old Chinese boy who literately jumped out of a window from a
tall building. His suicide note read that he wanted to join with the heroes from the video game he worshiped. The parents are actually trying to sue the game makers over his death.
The stories go on, and one does not have to look far to read up on
more accounts of death that somehow were linked to video games. A quick
google search and you will find some pretty disturbing things.
forums that are basically support groups for people trying to give up
the game. Some sad stories involving men and women loosing jobs, their
family, and money over their gaming obsessions.
Some forums where people discuss things that will downright sicken
you. From not caring for their children because they were in the middle
of an important battle/party online. To loosing everything- all for a
It is a shame that some people do not know when to cut virtual reality
out their real lives. Some claim their sessions with gaming become some
obsessive that it is like a drug, and you cannot give it up. Like a mind
controlling substance, one can not turn away from. Some of these people
seek help in finding a way out of these virtual games, and others they
succumb to them.
For me though, as hardcore gamer myself... one has to enter with self
control. If you are loosing things in REAL life, over a useless little
virtual world... than apparently its time to say GAME OVER. A Virtual GAME OVER, not a real life one.