In Counter-Strike, it’s the ultimate diss to get knifed by your opponent in a game primarily dominated by shootouts and nades (that’s grenade spamming for all of you not in the know). When a knife fight occurs, the spectators will laugh at the losing side – and this led one man to want revenge for his loss. Unfortunately, his revenge took place in real life instead of de_dust2.
Julien Barreaux, a 20-year-old Counter-Strike player, informed police he wanted his rival “wiped out” after he lost a virtual knife encounter online. Instead of moving on or getting some virtual payback, Julien told the courts of Cambrai in Northern France that he planned his revenge for 7 months before committing the attack.
It took time for him to scope out his opponent, going by only the first name of Mikhael, who lived 7 miles from Julien’s home. Now folks, here’s the scary part – he knocked on the door, and when Mikhael answer, Julien plunged a kitchen knife into his chest, missing the man’s heart by a single mere inch. He then made a hasty escape, leaving a shocked Mikhael bleeding on the ground. Julien’s time of freedom didn’t last long: The police officer who made the arrest stated that “Barreaux was arrested within the hour and told us he had wanted to see his rival wiped out for killing off his character.”
The judge is sending Julien to the french-slammer for 2 years, having nailed him for Grievous Bodily Harm. Julien must also see psychiatric testing for mental conditions while he attends anger management classes. If you ask me, this guy got off really easily. Quote the judge:
“You are a menace to society. I am frankly terrified of the disproportionate reaction you could have if someone looked at you the wrong way in the street.”
You can bet it wouldn’t be a banana the guy throws at you if he lost at Mario Kart. Hopefully, a real Counter-Strike team won’t have to be called in on this guy later in life.
What do you think of this guy, or the event in general? Have you met some genuinely scary gamers?