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A British man has been arrested for choking a 13-year-old boy over a PlayStation game. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

A man who is 46 years of age has been arrested in Britain for assaulting a 13-year-old over a video game. Mark Bradford was found throttling the boy because the child had “killed” Bradford’s video game character and taunted him.

Unemployed man has mental health issues

A 46-year-old man in England has been arrested for trying to strangle a 13-year-old boy over events that transpired while both were playing “Call of Duty” online, according to the Daily Mail. Mark Bradford of Plymouth had his video game character killed during an online multi-player match. The boy who killed him was playing the game just down the street from him.

The boy, whose identity is being kept anonymous, was taunting Bradford, as gamers frequently do. Bradford claims he “lost it” and went to the house where the boy was playing video games with a friend and confronted him. He put his hands around the kid’s neck, and the teen’s mother managed to pull Bradford off of him.

Bradford pleaded guilty to a count of assault. Bradford, an unemployed father of three, is said to have a history of mental health issues.

Game associated violence

This was far from the first instance of violence associated with video games. According to CBS, the makers of the “Grand Theft Auto” series were sued in 2005 for inciting Devin Moore to shoot three people to death in 2003, two of whom were police officers. Moore had played “GTA” games for “hundreds of hours.”

According to CNN, a 17-year-old English boy in killed a younger classmate in Leicester with a claw hammer in 2004. It was alleged that his obsession with the game “Manhunt” inspired him to commit the crime. He pleaded guilty to murder.

In October of 2010, according to the Wichita Eagle, 22-year-old Luke German was struck in the head several times with a metal pipe following an argument with two friends over a game of “Madden NFL” on the PlayStation. He was found unconscious, and died from his injuries after several days in a coma.

Even board games lead to violence

A recently released study, according to USA Today, found that people with “certain dispositions” may become more aggressive if they play violent video games. However, violent or aggressive tendencies were enhanced because of the competitiveness of the games, not the content. Card games and the outcome of sporting events can also lead to violence.

Ian Stuart Wood of Naples, Fla., according to ABC, was arrested on Sept. 24, for beating and choking his wife during a game of Yahtzee. Police said he “reeked of intoxicants” and was extremely uncooperative. According to, a study was released earlier this year that showed incidences of domestic violence rose by 10 percent whenever a persons’ favorite NFL team lost a game.


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