Plants vs. Zombies Addiction Leads to Prison Escape

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Plants vs. Zombies Addiction Leads to Prison Escape

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One of the best distractions to use on a prison guard turns out to be PopCap's Plants vs. Zombies.

A prison break in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines could have been avoided were it not for casual gaming. Five inmates were reportedly able to escape while a prison guard was busy trying to protect his home from zombies.

In Plants vs. Zombies, that is: A tower defense-style game that tasks players to defend their homes from waves of invading zombies with powerful plant defenders. The inmates said that escaping from the prison wasn't hard. The guard actually left the keys lying around while he became engrossed in a round of Plants vs. Zombies, which could potentially go on for quite some time if he was doing well enough.

I'm imagining quite the humorous situation, with the inmates tiptoeing behind the guard as he exclaims things such as: "Stop!" The inmates think they're caught, but he's only referring to the encroaching zombie attack, and they resume their slow, silent movements to make it out of the prison. That's how I think it went, anyway.

Four of the inmates were caught soon after the escape, but one still remains at large. It's said that he was fortunate enough to hide in the back of a garbage truck waiting for him once he made it past all of the prison guard's plants.

A word of advice to all you aspiring prison guards out there: Don't leave the cell keys within reach of the inmates. Isn't that pretty much Prison Guard 101? Once you follow that simple advice, it'd be perfectly fine to forget your troubles while you defeat zombies dressed in disco gear.

Source: GlobalNation via GamePro

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I'm not surprised, that game is addictive as hell.

so... who thinks the game will get blamed for this incident?

That's actually fantastic, although it sounds like someone might be losing their job...

Is PvZ really that addictive? Haven't actually played it yet. Never have really enjoyed a tower defence game.

tlozoot:
That's actually fantastic, although it sounds like someone might be losing their job...

Is PvZ really that addictive? Haven't actually played it yet. Never have really enjoyed a tower defence game.

I wonder how dangerous that one guy is...

Also PvZ is awesome, get the demo on steam if you can.

Looks like the prison needs more Tall-Nut and Chomper combos.

Watch: Video games will be blamed for it.

Not the gaurd. No, no, no; He was simply taken by the evil powers of video games.

Albert_Wesker657:
so... who thinks the game will get blamed for this incident?

*sadly raises hand*

Unfortunately, if Fox has anything to say about it, that's exactly what will happen.

Now they should try escaping through the backyard, or at night or from the roof.

i actually had to uninstall it from my computer so i could get work done i know sad

The game is hilariously fun. I do not blame the guard for it. I honestly don't.

As much as I want to berate the guard, I can still sympathize.

Plants vs. Zombies is addicting as hell. And just so awesome.

Casual games are insanely hard to tear yourself away from, as horrible it is for me to admit... I understand, but dang... you're on duty at a prison...

When life forces you to decide between zombies on your lawn, and criminals on the street, you know it's time to make some hard life decisions.

Hint; this guy did it wrong. (but oh so right.)

Oh wow...well played indeed! I...cant believe it!

So who here thinks there is now going to be a prison themed zombie in the next plants vs zombies?

Can't.....stop......laughing....good lord it hurts so much....LMAO!!!!!!!!!!

Macgyvercas:

Albert_Wesker657:
so... who thinks the game will get blamed for this incident?

*sadly raises hand*

Unfortunately, if Fox has anything to say about it, that's exactly what will happen.

*also raises hand*

There are people out there devoted to proving that video games are destroying the world I'm afraid.

OT: I know video games can get really addicting[1] but you are a guard. Your job is to make sure people don't escape. You should always know where your keys are. You should not be so engrossed in a game that you can't pause, look around and check on the prisoners every 30 minutes or so.

Bravo on the timing of the escapees. I mean, I hope that last guy gets recaptured but they obviously memorized this guards routine.

[1] I stayed up until 3 am to beat the final Russian Mission in Blitzkrieg 2 and paid for it at work today

Another reason I hate casual gamers.

Nah, I am just joking, I have nothing against them.
It's interesting, I wonder what has/will happened to the guard, and after how much time the caught three of four prisoners...

If the prisoners could literally just walk out, it probably wasn't a high security facility. Hopefully they were in prison for nonviolent crimes.

This is something straight out of a cartoon

manythings:

tlozoot:
That's actually fantastic, although it sounds like someone might be losing their job...

Is PvZ really that addictive? Haven't actually played it yet. Never have really enjoyed a tower defence game.

I wonder how dangerous that one guy is...

Also PvZ is awesome, get the demo on steam if you can.

Probably not that dangerous. I mean, if they were really dangerous, they'd probably be in maximum security, right? And "maximum security" would probably translate to "security that doesn't entirely depend on the competence of a single guard"...hopefully.

I have this game on my iPhone. It's like pixelated crack.

Rubashov:

manythings:

tlozoot:
That's actually fantastic, although it sounds like someone might be losing their job...

Is PvZ really that addictive? Haven't actually played it yet. Never have really enjoyed a tower defence game.

I wonder how dangerous that one guy is...

Also PvZ is awesome, get the demo on steam if you can.

Probably not that dangerous. I mean, if they were really dangerous, they'd probably be in maximum security, right? And "maximum security" would probably translate to "security that doesn't entirely depend on the competence of a single guard"...hopefully.

And unless the guy was a cool, collected, and cold-blooded sort, the temptation to beat/kill the guard would have been too great.

I blame the guard, he shouldn't have been fucking around at work.

Albert_Wesker657:
so... who thinks the game will get blamed for this incident?

It wouldn't of been a problem if he just PUT THE KEYS ON THE RACK.

I love the world.

Little Timmy World, why is my vase broken? Were you playing baseball (plants vs zombies) inside the house again?

Little Timmy "it's not my fault mom... my invisible friend (video games) Did it."

(canned 60's sitcom laughter)

Mom "Oh Timmy you know no one is stupid enough (except everyone today) will believe that."

Timmy "Gee mom guess you got me." (unless your a modern idiot who shouldn't of has a kid in the first place)

My first thought is that the guard might have been paid to let this happen, and he just has a lame excuse.

I know a bit about prison security, and I doubt they have our standards of humane treatment in The Phillipines. At any rate, contrary to what movies might show there isn't just one set of keys that will deal with all doors in any prison that relies heavily on lockdowns. The idea being so that this specifically can't happen, and one guy losing his keys or missing a door won't let them get out, they need multiple sets carried by people who aren't in the same area all the time to unlock multiple sets of doors.

If this was a minimum security type set up, where the prisoners are allowed more or less free reign within the prison grounds, and people on work details can flee (light sentences making the potential consequences not worthwhile), I could see it more easily however if the guy was distracted, but then again these guys could probably have walked away at any time in that case and the game probably had little to do with it in any genuine sense.

At any rate if they can trace it back to one guy, irregardless of the circumstances, I'd be looking into him being a willing accomplice.

On a completely unrelated note...wow, what an utter waste of sunlight in that screenshot.

Albert_Wesker657:
so... who thinks the game will get blamed for this incident?

Sad how true this is, hey? The uninformed masses will do anything to gripe at games, the ignorant bastards...

Manicotti:
On a completely unrelated note...wow, what an utter waste of sunlight in that screenshot.

holy crap you are right. By that point, he has enough sun to put a snowpea in each lane, and all active potato mines should have been used up.

I love me some potato mines. I ignored them the first playthrough because I felt they were useless, and then I decided to used them as a challenge on the second playthrough. It turns out they are possibly the most broken item in the game. My first pea shooters I deploy shouldn't be threepeaters.

OT: I honestly hope this guard burns for this. I've got no room to speak when it comes to video game addiction, but I know not to play recreation games while on duty at work AND I know when to stop when something is amiss. Leaving keys like that around is just pure irresponsibility.

I bet some ones getting fired (The guards)

Sad this happened, but quite hilarious to imagine a casual game sweeping up a guard's attention at a prison. Feels like one of those B movies where the prisoners can distract the guards with random ways so that they may escape.

Wow! More proof that games are bad and should be banned from society!!

No, not really. Games are great; and this story's funny as hell, as long as the escaped prisoners weren't murderers or rapists.

All I read was incompetent guard lets prisoners escape.

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