Competitive Gamer Arrested For Hitting Ex-Girlfriend

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I think it's France that has "Crime of Passion" laws for situations like these?

Anyway, nice click-bait title. How very Kotaku of you.

This whole scenario is crazy. It's like they acted out the script to a reality TV show but there were no cameras around. Who knew the competitive gaming circuit was just like Jersey Shore?

He entered the suite? As in a suite at a hotel? Didn't mention force so it's safe to assume he had a key... so it was his suite? Was he given any advanced warning she considered him an ex or was this the first he heard of it?

luvd1:
Wow. Just like a real sportsman. Competitive gaming must be seen as real sports now.

This was exactly what I thought when reading this...

Phrozenflame500:

Andy Chalk:
Competitive Gamer Arrested For Hitting Ex-Girlfriend

Andy Chalk:
High-ranking fighting gamer

Am I a horrible person that I find this funny?

Yes, you are. And even worse for making me laugh at it too, damn it!

martyrdrebel27:
Is it really his fault that his girlfriend didn't know how to pull off a C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!?

is it Chris Benoit's fault that his family was stubborn and wouldn't tap out?

is it Chris Brown's fault that Rihanna makes bad music?

if you ask me, in all three cases, they all had it coming.

(not really, relax)

I just realized. His last name is Brown

Well, seeing as he thought the relationship was ongoing...I'm with him, screw that other guy.

She is a liar and a coward for not telling him and leaving it up for him to discover them in the act. Seriously, that's low. Maybe if she was not so cowardly he would not of been so shocked and did what he did?

A guy having sex with someone elses girlfriend should totally see a beating coming.

It's kinda crass, but no one is going to make the joke that a fighting videogame taught him how to hit people, and that thee violence of the game made him violent? <.<

Or did I miss it?

TekMoney:

The7Sins:
Seeing as she was cheating on him I have 0 sympathy for her. Honestly she deserved much much worse like a bullet to the head. The dude she was fucking if he knew she was in a relationship also needs to be shot. If he legitimately did not then a beating from the offended party as he received is wrong but understandable.

You're a well adjusted human being.

Also, note the "Ex-Girlfriend" part of the title.

Now she's an ex, they were seeing each other when the incident happened.

MeChaNiZ3D:
Well, seeing as he thought the relationship was ongoing...I'm with him, screw that other guy.

His girlfriend sure did! Oh snap!

Father Time:

TekMoney:

The7Sins:
Seeing as she was cheating on him I have 0 sympathy for her. Honestly she deserved much much worse like a bullet to the head. The dude she was fucking if he knew she was in a relationship also needs to be shot. If he legitimately did not then a beating from the offended party as he received is wrong but understandable.

You're a well adjusted human being.

Also, note the "Ex-Girlfriend" part of the title.

Now she's an ex, they were seeing each other when the incident happened.

Nonetheless, I think most well adjusted human beings can probably agree that cheating isn't a misdeed which merits getting shot in the head.

People who walk really slowly in front of me and block the whole pavement though...THAT'S the kind of offence where heads need to start rolling.

San Martin:

Father Time:

TekMoney:

You're a well adjusted human being.

Also, note the "Ex-Girlfriend" part of the title.

Now she's an ex, they were seeing each other when the incident happened.

Nonetheless, I think most well adjusted human beings can probably agree that cheating isn't a misdeed which merits getting shot in the head.

Oh yeah I agree.

That said, I can sympathize for hitting someone for cheating on you (don't think it should be legal, just that I sympathize). But instead of hitting the girl he hit the other guy who might not've known she had a boyfriend.

Thanks for reinforcing my stereotypical view of competitive gamers.

[/troll]

Seriously though, people like this guy need court-mandated mental treatment.

faefrost:

Before this story did any of us even know there was a competitive ranking for Marvel vs Capcom 3 players?

Even light delving into the gaming world one would know that. Really, it is common sense through simple observation. Such multiplayer games are by nature, competitive. Competitive things that are popular, like popular games, will have a competitive community scene, and in such communities there will be rankings.

Starcraft, Starcraft 2, and League of Legends(really most popular even some less popular RTS and MOBA games have competitive communities and leagues with teams and such). Even Pokemon has its championship events.

We live in a world where Major League Gaming has been a thing for several years.

Fighting games are one of the big gaming competition scenes with games in the Marvel VS. Capcom, and Street Fighter series.

The7Sins:
Seeing as she was cheating on him I have 0 sympathy for her. Honestly she deserved much much worse like a bullet to the head. The dude she was fucking if he knew she was in a relationship also needs to be shot. If he legitimately did not then a beating from the offended party as he received is wrong but understandable.

Looking for the shock factor I see. You can't be for real. If so, then I'm thinking that if someone takes candy from a baby, that person needs to have his fingers ripped from his hands and his mouth stitched closed, am I right?

But back to the real and sane world, when someone cheats on us, we either:

A.) Ask them why they did it and civilly work it out with them, if possible to stay together.
B.) Break up with them and walk away because at that point they are not worth dealing with if they are going to cheat.

Nowhere in a sane mind does murder come into play, and that is fact.

Phrozenflame500:

Andy Chalk:
Competitive Gamer Arrested For Hitting Ex-Girlfriend

Andy Chalk:
High-ranking fighting gamer

Am I a horrible person that I find this funny?

Anyways, assault is assault. While it sucks that competitive gaming's reputation will take a hit, getting assholes in trouble makes it worthwhile.

I find it sad that the first thing I asked myself upon reading the article was, "How many combos did he get?"

Rather than, "Are the other two okay?"

Captcha: Weylan Yutani

...Too soon, Captcha. The sting of Colonial Marines is still too fresh.

faefrost:

Me55enger:
Hope they throw the book at him.

So this is the face of Esports, is it?

Before this story did any of us even know there was a competitive ranking for Marvel vs Capcom 3 players?

Of course, it's a given that almost any game that has competitive play in it has global rankings in some form.

Pokemon, for example, still holds annual tournaments for the top players with the best Pokemon.

Virtually any decent fighting game has them like Soul Calibur V or Street Fighter 4.

Etc.

Keep up those totally misleading article titles, escapist?

Seriously, how many article titles have we all seen that are completely inaccurate in describing any part of the content?

Sonic Doctor:

The7Sins:
Seeing as she was cheating on him I have 0 sympathy for her. Honestly she deserved much much worse like a bullet to the head. The dude she was fucking if he knew she was in a relationship also needs to be shot. If he legitimately did not then a beating from the offended party as he received is wrong but understandable.

Looking for the shock factor I see. You can't be for real. If so, then I'm thinking that if someone takes candy from a baby, that person needs to have his fingers ripped from his hands and his mouth stitched closed, am I right?

But back to the real and sane world, when someone cheats on us, we either:

A.) Ask them why they did it and civilly work it out with them, if possible to stay together.
B.) Break up with them and walk away because at that point they are not worth dealing with if they are going to cheat.

Nowhere in a sane mind does murder come into play, and that is fact.

I'm not trolling if that is what your accusing me of. People who cheat on others need to die.

As for your guy stealing from a baby analogy I have said it before thieves need to be executed unless it is theft of something to save there's or another's life (like stealing food not to starve) and only if that occurs in a non violent way.

And I never claimed I'm sane. However what you call sanity I think is insane you allow people to walk over you like that that a sane justice system allows thieves to walk free. People like that need to die to make the world better for everyone.

Needs anger management? what bullshit. i would seriously be surprised if any man who found his gf with another guy didn't throw a few punches. i know i would. if you honestly think you wouldn't, than you must have never been in love.

The7Sins:
snipped for repulsivness

Yeah, not going to mince words here. While cheating and thievery are bad and deserving of punishment, to claim that cheaters and thieves should all be shot in the head is completely disgusting and, yes, evil.

You are a truly disturbing individual.

Legion:
The sensationalist title does not make me happy as it feels misleading.

That's Andy Chalk's articles in a nutshell.

On the subject, what's with the double standards surrounding physical violence? The guy who gets punched several times gets a fraction of a sentence but the cheating girlfriend that got punched once is entirely focused on. This doesn't help dissolve the notion that game journalists are all white knights.

The only thing this guy did wrong was allow 2 breathing human beings to exit his suite in anything less than 2 lumpy fluid filled body bags. There is no good or moral reason to ever allow people like these to continue living. Cheaters only go on to spread more misery and ruin more lives. Tired of people normalizing this kind of behavior. There is simply no excuse for it. There is no upside to the social contract to allowing cheating. We have way too many people on this planet anyway, and i cant think of a better criteria for weeding down our numbers a bit than seeing betrayers to an early grave.

And just so no one tries to accuse me of misogyny, i mean for this to be applied to both genders. A man cheating should also not live to see another day.

If you think i'm being too extreme then i challenge anyone to show one advantage to allowing cheaters to live? One net good to allowing this madness to continue that trumps all the harm done. How does allowing people to betray the most deeply held bonds of trust which are self-imposed of use to society?

If people want to break up, fine. If people want to get divorced, go ahead. People can do any of these things whenever they like. There is simply no excuse for cheating.

So videogames do cause violence after all. /sarcasm

Ohhhh, another first-world problems.
Lemme grab my cutlets and pickled cucumbers, and you can begin saying "girl is always right".

I don't pass judgement on people. I only say that violence isn't an option when it comes to cheating. That said, if the relationship is null, one should consider why one gets angry enough to resort to violence over something that is no longer a "thing".
From what I can tell, this guy is in need of some therapy at the least.
I understand the point of view, if one is in a relationship and one is not informed (going hyperbole here because I have not the whole story) and one catches the significant other cheating, its best to walk out, walk away and wash one's hands of the whole affair (no pun intended).
Rational thought is difficult when it comes to emotions, thats why I have a standing rule when I get angry at my wife to walk away. If I ever caught her cheating, I'd be pissed for sure but I'd also bow out with grace and later feel I came out on top (again no pun intended) because I took the higher course.
Not everyone is set up to handle that, and it takes years of work on oneself to be able to walk away. I still find myself in situations sometimes where I forget my standing rule and continue to be angry. It never leads anywhere good.

The only justified bit of violence in this is the fact he supposedly hit her.

Striking a man for having sex with your girlfriend is unacceptable - he was not the one who was obligated to you in any way. All the violence should have been directed at his girlfriend.

rhizhim:
two questions:
so who is this guy and why did i never heard from him before?
why is this even news?

^ this!

must be a slow news day i guess, or twitter is now the daily mail

and yes, i made that comparison on purpose.

Wow, I feel like I just walked into some batshit insane Middle Eastern village where they stone adulterers, because that's pretty much what an uncomfortable number of people seem to be advocating. For your benefit, the comfortable number of people is zero, because holy shit what the fuck is wrong with you people?

Okay, if this is like that dumb spider man 3 scene when Mary Jane get's thrown like everyone else while Peter is being a douche, well, whatever. I don't think he meant to hit her. Still assault isn't that good of a thing.
(Seriously, if you're breaking up a fight, expect to get hit.)

Putting the point of him hitting a woman isn't helping the situation by making it seem worse in general. People will get more upset over a man hitting a woman, over a man attacking another man. When I opened this I expected it was about the woman being attacked, but her being hit/pushed was a side effect of what one man considered an affair and subsequent assaulted the 'other man'.

It's a shame in any case, but at least it could be told more straightforwardly. It has nothing to do with gaming in general, but headlines start with 'Competitive Gamer'. That has nothing to do with it.

Is this really even news? Unfortunately this happens all the time, is this just being brought to light because he's a "competitive gamer"?

Legion:
The title suggests this is a case of domestic abuse between a man and his ex

You do understand that the charges suggest that too, right?

Andy Chalk:

Noel Brown, a competitive gamer ranked among the top ten Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 players worldwide, is facing charges of domestic battery violence after an early-morning attack on a fellow Community Effort Orlando player over this past weekend.

Emphasis mine.

Zachary Amaranth:

Legion:
The title suggests this is a case of domestic abuse between a man and his ex

You do understand that the charges suggest that too, right?

You know damn well that by "domestic" I wasn't referring to the legal definition, but the social one. He got into a fight with a guy and is claimed to have hit his ex when she intervened. The title suggests he is just a woman beater.

LifeCharacter:
Wow, I feel like I just walked into some batshit insane Middle Eastern village where they stone adulterers, because that's pretty much what an uncomfortable number of people seem to be advocating. For your benefit, the comfortable number of people is zero, because holy shit what the fuck is wrong with you people?

Circumstances are a bit different in the middle east i would say. The fact that people are not given much agency in terms of being able to leave a bad relationship actually makes adultery a bit more understandable in their culture, despite the consequences. Those of us living in western civilization don't have any such excuse. The door is always there. The only reason not to use said door and instead cheat, is simply to illustrate how evil and spiteful they are. It is completely without justification.

Sometimes I wish this site didn't have a news section, this is one of those moments. I doubt there are many people who frequent here and keep up with the FGC. Like someone said earlier, how many people here actually knew who he was before this thread was made? Yes Noel Brown got into an altercation and many Chris Brown comparisons were already made. If you were watching CEO2013 on twitch, Noel Brown got old faster than "Arrow to the knee." This shouldn't have even become news really; the FGC is small and aside from the people who follow it, his name is something people will forget not long from now.

Wow Escapist...
I'd just like to say, for a gaming website and all, that title really doesn't help the image of competitive gamers.

Seriously, it had nothing to do with him being a gamer. He found his girl getting hot and heavy in his own suite with another guy... And so hit the guy. When the girl tried to intervene, he pushed her away. The title makes it seem like he was provoked due to some gaming reason and then beat his ex-girlfriend.

Not to mention that she was still his girlfriend when she was banging the other guy.

Seriously the whole focus on "violence against women" bothers me. He may or may not have hit the ex-girlfriend, but he definitely hit the guy. So why does the ex get mentioned? Oh yes, because a fight between men is not important, but if a girl gets hurt we make it a big deal. *Sigh* oh well...

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