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Friday, 07 January 2011 09:51

Computer addict jailed

Written by Nick Farell

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Played 22 hours a day and beat his wife
An Italian bloke who was so addicted to playing online computer games has been jailed after beating up his life for telling him to stop.

According to Italian press reports, the bloke who has been identified as “Nino C,” hails from Canegrate and spent 20 hours a day playing an online roleplaying game. It got so bad that he started to lose jobs and then, when his wife tried to keep him away from the PC, he started beating her up.

The man was stopped by agents of the Commissioner of Legnano following the complaint lodged by his wife, who finally decided to put an end to the abuse that lasted over a year. Although the fact that he also appeared to be having an online affair with another player did not help.

The family took off only holiday to Sicily for him to detoxify, but that just made him worse. He suffered from illnesses including seizures, until he was forced into a psychiatric hospital in Legnano. However soon after he was released he beat up his wife so badly she ended up in hospital and the cops were called.

The harrowing case is being touted in the Italian press as an example of the dangers of online gaming.


Nick Farell

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+37 #1 Exodite 2011-01-07 11:26
While it's a sad story indeed it always grates me that it's blamed on the triggering event, ie. online gaming, rather than the afflicted individual's addictive personality disorder.

A person with these issues would simply have found another trigger, commonly drugs or cause evangelism, if this particular one hadn't been on the table.
 
 
+24 #2 Stewox 2011-01-07 12:14
lack of sleep make your mind go crazy
 
 
-22 #3 EVOXSNES 2011-01-07 12:15
Quoting Exodite:
While it's a sad story indeed it always grates me that it's blamed on the triggering event, ie. online gaming, rather than the afflicted individual's addictive personality disorder.

A person with these issues would simply have found another trigger, commonly drugs or cause evangelism, if this particular one hadn't been on the table.


I'd normally agree with you but at this point in my life i feel like being a prick.
 
 
+27 #4 thaad 2011-01-07 13:31
Dear, Nick Farrell

"has been jailed after beating up his life for telling him to stop" ;-)
 
 
+18 #5 inaphasia 2011-01-07 14:25
Quoting thaad:
Dear, Nick Farrell

"has been jailed after beating up his life for telling him to stop" ;-)


Human brain's a funny thing. Mine autocorrects (to "wife" in this instance) only to go back and see it really DOES say life. Shocks me every time:)
 
 
+7 #6 12Marshall 2011-01-07 21:49
Where is the link to the actual story?
There appears to be no references.

If the story is true, obviously the guy is a loser but addiction to RPGs is real. I know people who play World of Warcraft every day for hours and hours. They have no idea that their lives are empty.
 
 
+5 #7 deadspeedv 2011-01-08 03:05
He used the word bloke a fair bit. I didnt know Nick Farrell was Australian :o
 
 
0 #8 TechHog 2011-01-11 04:37
Am I the only one cracking up at how poorly written this story is?
 

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