Unpaid Internet Bill Leads to Game-Blamed Stabbing

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Game-blame news from Romania: a 15-year-old boy said to be "dependent" on video games stabbed to death his adoptive mother, after she refused to pay the Internet bill in hopes the disconnection would put an end to his Counter-Strike addiction.

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In the narrative of the attack the boy, Ionut Savin (pictured), stabbed his mother (on her 16th wedding anniversary, no less), then looted the home of its money and went to an Internet cafe to get his Counter-Strike fix. The woman's lifeless body was found by her husband, and Savin turned himself in to authorities quickly thereafter. He's now under armed guard at a psychiatric hospital.

This naturally has mobilized the Romanian media, because there's nothing worse than a kid with 200 absences from school and no friends snapping in such an unpredictable way. It doesn't justify a murder, but by their own reporting, the warning signs were plenty.

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DISCUSSION

There are so many things wrong in this situation that it's really hard to find a specific area to pinpoint. However, the incident could stem from 2 possible sources, one being heavy delusion and the other being severe mental retardation. Both would explain the the inability to understand social rules and boundaries(i.e. hurting/killing people is bad). Both would also explain the inability to perceive consequences of actions (i.e. hurting/killing people = jail time/confinement). Though it would be for 2 different reasons. Delusion would mean he knew of the consequences but somehow worked out that it proved insubstantial to his goal. Retardation would mean he could not process the consequences to his action and thus went ahead with the act. Though the one troubling thing is that he turned himself in which mean it's more likely delusion, but assuming that it wasn't a moment of clarity that brought him to give up, it could just be that he killed his mother over a small amount of money and thought he could get away with it....... In any event, the issue could be far greater than a video game addiction.