Not too long ago, the game developer Niantic announced that its wildly successful mobile augmented reality title Pokemon GO would be adding a friends and trading feature in order for players to be able to share their collections with one another. While the fan base is definitely excited about the new addition to the game, one father and son may not be free to enjoy the feature by the time it arrives, as the two were recently arrested on assault charges for attacking a PoGO competitor.
According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, a Kirkwood Police Officer Matthew Waggoner wrote in a probable cause statement that while playing Pokemon GO, the assault victim thought that Robert Matteuzzi, 71, and his son Angelo Matteuzzi, 31, had cheated by stealing his "gym" and then threw a Gatorade bottle into their car. This led to the elder Matteuzzi later finding the victim in another area, throwing the bottle back at him, and hitting him in the face. Then, all three men got into a fight.
During the altercation, a bystander filmed video of the encounter, with the footage depicting Robert Matteuzzi holding the victim down while his son hit the victim's head and face several times. According to Waggoner's statement, this attack caused the victim to suffer cuts to his face, a "traumatic" eye injury, as well as a broken finger tip.
On Tuesday, St. Louis County prosecutors filed charges Tuesday against both the elder Matteuzzi and his son, Angelo, with both facing one count of assault in the third degree. They were ordered held in lieu of $15,000 bail.
Taking all of this into consideration, while video games can be challenging and frustrating at times, one must always maintain the perspective that they're meant to be fun first. Sure, it's easy to get riled up over a real world quarrel related to a title like Pokemon GO, but there's never any reason to bring violence into the mix over a video game.
Pokemon GO is available now for Android and iOS devices.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch