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Mental Problems

Wednesday, August 6, 2008 | 01:19 PM | by
Whew, okay. So things are getting back to normal around here.

ConnectiCon was a blast, got to see a lot of friends that I don't see very often due to geographical reasons. Got to play a bunch of Soul Calibur 4 at my table and a few games of Warmachine. But best of all I got to meet some really great fans.

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by the table or came to the panel and said hello. We sold out of the Commandments of Gaming posters, so we raised a little over a thousand dollars for a good charity, which is great. We raffled off the original artwork, as well as a couple of extra video games I had lying around. There were a handful of CAD cosplayers, including Lilah and a full group of Player One through Four, which was really awesome. I also got to be a guest judge for the Rock Band tournament, and that was a lot of fun. Despite technical difficulties, those four bands did an outstanding job. Already looking forward to next year.

Came home and found out about this kid in Thailand who ended up killing a cab driver in the process of jacking the cab because he wanted to see if it was as easy as it was in GTA4. My favorite part of the new article is this line:

'Police said the youth, an obsessive player of "Grand Theft Auto", showed no sign of mental problems during questioning and had confessed to committing the crime because of the game.'

What? Really? Am I the only one who thinks it's a sign of mental problems the instant he decided to rob and kill a cab driver, game or no game? I mean there are people who manage to live their entire lives without killing someone else, no matter how many movies they've watched, games they've played, comic books they've read, or death metal they've listened to. So doesn't it stand to reason that perhaps something was just broken in this kid to begin with?

Anyway, time for me  to settle back into a regular work routine around here.