During a round of Call of Duty: Black Ops, 46-year-old Mark Bradford (pictured) was snuffed out during an online match by a 13-year-old player. Instead of respawning and trying to avenge himself in-game, Bradford went to the boy's house and choked him.
"I'd been playing the whole day and he was baiting me and baiting me and just would not shut up," said Bradford, an unemployed father of three.
According to the Daily Mail, Bradford "lost it" after the teenager called him a name. Bradford stormed into the boy's nearby house and began choking the 13-year-old with both hands.
"It's pathetic that a grown man would attack a defenceless child like this," said the boy's 33-year-old mother. "If you can't handle losing to a child then you shouldn't be playing games."
Bradford, who apparently has mental health issues, said, "He went on and on and I just lost it. I hold my hands up, I lost the plot. In a moment of madness I went round to his house. I didn't know what I was going to do."
"It wasn't malice," Bradford said, continuing. "I just grabbed him. I've seen him since and apologised. We've played online too. He's actually a decent kid."
The boy's mother pulled Bradford off her son. His neck was red, and he was scratched during the altercation.
"We'd had a bit of a joke and then he stormed in and grabbed me," said the boy. "I didn't know what was going on."
Bradford pleaded guilty to one count of assault, and he is currently waiting to be sentenced. Apparently, he is a family acquaintance of the 13-year-old.
When PlayStation turns nasty [Mail Online Thanks, James!]