Maybe it was bound to happen. I still remember when a rash of violence broke out with people citing "Natural Born Killers" as a reason for the crimes.
Now, as reported at MMOGameCentral , a UK newspaper published in Norfolk has told the story of a trio of murderers mentioning the survival/horror franchise, Resident Evil , in association with what the judge called a "sadistic" crime.
Andrew Brown, 42, Ricky Roys, 20, and Helen Cooke, 19, pleaded guilty to the murder of 44-year-old Derek Blake, who was found in the tub at his apartment in Great Yarmouth on May 24. Each of the guilty will serve a minimum of 18 years, and one of the killers apparently compared the alcohol-infused attack to Resident Evil . The murder included acts of violent mutilation and torture using a claw hammer and a boning hammer, and Judge Peter Jacobs said:
"This was a murder involving sadistic conduct. This went far beyond a punishment beating and the infliction of this many injuries confirms you intended to kill him."
This is just another black mark for the game industry but these days, any form of violent media is fair game for those seeking a reason or excuse. I won't get involved in the debate; I'll just say this- While I'm an advocate of the rating systems in entertainment and do not believe children should be subjected to such material, I'm also fairly certain that one has to be unbalanced to begin with to even be capable of such acts. That's where I'll leave it 'cuz I don't like talking about it.