Many people know that video games are often based on fiction, so it may surprise you to find that some video games have inspired true crimes in real life.
Here are 6 games that inspired real life crimes. Some of the crimes more horrible than the next.
1. Halo 3 - Murder and Attempted Murder
Anyone who has played Halo 3 would never think that it could cause someone to commit any kind of crime. In this case though 16-year-old Daniel Petric committed a very severe crime and killed his parents. Daniel Petric ended up bedridden with a Staph infection after a snowboarding and soon turned to Halo 3 to keep him occupied.
Petric became unhealthily obsessed with Halo 3 which resulted in his Father preventing him from playing the game. This caused Daniel to exact revenge on his parents and he killing them.
2. Mortal Kombat - Murder
Mortal Kombat can be stomach churning with characters pulling spines out of bodies and steaming the skin off their skeleton. Gruesome, right?
One teen couple decided to act out some of Mortal Kombats gruesome scenes and it wasn't pretty. Not wanting to harm one another 16-year-old Heather Trujillo and 17-year-old Lamar Roberts decided to practice the moves on Heather Trujillo's 7-year-old sister, Zoe Garcia.
They both admitted to kicking and punching Zoe Garcia, breaking her wrist, tearing off her skin and causing internal bleeding in her neck muscles. This all resulted in the little girls sad death.
3. World of Warcraft - Stabbing
World of Warcraft is a massive online multiplayer RPG that can be very addictive.
World of Warcraft lover Justin Williams got into an altercation with another player in the game. This led to a lot of shouting and became quite loud and violent. Justin Williams neighbor came to intervene, telling Justin Williams that there was no need to lose his marbles over World of Warcraft because it was just a game. Well that's definitely not something you say to a gamer!
This was the tipping point for Justin Williams who told his neighbor it wasn't just a game, it was his life! Then Williams grabbed his neighbor by the throat, punched him in the face, and drove a knife into his sternum. It's not ever just a game and you cannot pause it!
4. Grand Theft Auto IV - Murder
Grand Theft Auto is one of the more violent video games, so it may come as no surprise when you hear about this creepy crime!
19-year-old Polwat Chino bought a knife at a local grocery store and ventured out to Bang Phlad district in the heart of Bangkok.
Chino came across a unnamed 54-year-old taxi driver and stabbed him ten times while attempting to steal the victim's car.
Chino was eventually caught with the deceased taxi driver in the backseat trying to steer backwards. He was also driving without a license. Talk about an epic fail of a night. This was probably a two star adventure and he got WASTED. Well, not really, but he did get caught! The taxi driver got wasted.
5. Counter-Strike: Stabbing
Julien Barreaux, 20, from France was quite a fan of Counter Strike. He lost his mind when his character was killed in the online game and he decided to take matters further. By further, we mean really far. Like the farthest of far.
Barreaux Tracked down the guy who killed his online character over the course of 6+ months. One day he finally found the guy, named Mikhael, in Cambrai - just outside Paris.
Barreaux stabbed Mikhael in the chest in revenge for him winning online in Counter Strike.
Luckily Mikhael survived because the entered just far enough away from his heart. Any closer and he could have been stabbed in the heart.
6. Lineage II - Murder
Lineage II hit the spotlight for some very bad reasons in 2008 when two rival teams decided to take their online battles to the streets.
One Russian players in-game guild killed an opponents player and the two teams struck a deal to duke it out away from the keyboard. Sounds like fun, right? Not so fast!
This resulted in both teams kicking and punching each other. It was so bad that one unnamed 22-year-old man was injured so badly that he passed away on the way to the hospital.
Incidents like these are shocking, rare, and are usually the reason gaming gets its bad name. Only a few people really turn these games into violent situations. The majority of gamers understand that this is not real life. It's a form of entertainment. Someone could watch a movie and mimic something they see - then what? We ban all movies? Just because of a small minority of people take entertainment into the real world, that doesn't mean we should ever ruin it for the rest of us.
Have you ever come across someone who has taken a game out into the real world?