It's not like we needed more ammunition but nevertheless, here it is.
Call of Duty has become such a phenomenon, and it has generated such emotion from gamers, that it's not really helping our "games aren't socially disfiguring" and "games aren't addictive" arguments.
Death threats sent to the developers have been more common than we want to admit, and now comes an even more ridiculous example of rampant immaturity: "Swatting." According to the New York Post , a gamer from Long Island called police over Skype and told them he was Rafael Castillo, and- "I just killed my mother and I might shoot more people."
Long Island police dispatched helicopters and emergency vehicles to the address; all told more than 60 officers were on site, including "elite members" of a special operations unit. When they arrived, they found Castillo's mother in the kitchen, unharmed. It took authorities 20 minutes to get Castillo to come out of his room, but only because he had headphones on and couldn't hear 'em. As it turns out, the original call had come from a prankster who used Castillo's IP address to nail down where he lived, and then called the police.
The worst part? This has happened before; it even has its own name: "Swatting." No, it's not funny. It's pathetic and sad and a big reason why gamers will never be taken seriously, and might end up being feared more than ignored.