A German gamer has been arrested near Frankfurt on suspicion of involvement in the death of a British student, Matthew Pyke. The unnamed suspect is believed to have had a disagreement with Pyke on Wars Central - a forum for fans of the Advance Wars series that Pyke moderated. Police allege that the 21 year old man traveled to Nottingham, UK, and gained entry to Pyke's flat where he stabbed the 20 year old student to death. Pyke's body was discovered last Friday by his girlfriend, also a site moderator. Computer gamer held over student's killing[Guardian]
This is sad... but the connection to gaming is weak.
I've seen stuff like these happening on forums around.
I remember at least one murder and a couple of murder attempts over discussions at some social network service... namely Orkut.
But that's why I keep my personal info away from the Internet, specially where I'm a moderator/administrator.
Unfortunately, I have some f*cking stupid friends who already gave my personal info to people who were almost complete strangers. Messenger, e-mails, personal cellphone, etc.
Yeah, unfortunally sometimes you can be as careful as you possibly can, there's always someone close to you stupid enough to give out your personal info...