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A man allegedly stabbed his neighbour in the chest over a dispute about the popular World of Warcraft online role-playing game.

A man allegedly stabbed his neighbour in the chest over a dispute about the popular World of Warcraft online role-playing game.

 
21-year-old Justin Williams faces possible jail time over the bizarre game-related incident, which left 20-year-old Jordan Osborne in hospital.
 
Osborne claims that he heard an argument in his neighbour's apartment, where Williams was fighting with fellow gaming friends over his headset. Osborne said he went over and told Williams to stop freaking out over World of Warcraft, adding “it's just a game,” to which Williams allegedly responded: “It's not just a game, it's my life.”
 
At this point Osborne said Williams grabbed his throat, punched him in the face, and then stabbed him in the chest. It is not clear if Williams was holding a knife for the duration of the verbal confrontation or went off to get it. Details like this will likely be raised in court.
 
jordanosborne wound Man stabs neighbour over World of Warcraft dispute
 
“Like they say, it takes over your life, man,” Osborne said, showing the scar from the stab wound to local media.
 
The incident shows the potential for obsession and addiction to get out of hand, though it is likely that there was an underlying psychological problem in this case. The vast majority of gamers enjoy their hobby relatively peacefully, and any disputes that do occur usually do not end in such a violent manner.
 
World of Warcraft, developed by Blizzard, has over 10 million subscribers, making it the most popular massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) to date. Its latest expansion, Mists of Pandaria, is expected to release later this year.
 
Source: Canoe News
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