A UK man has admitted to a count of assault after choking a 13 year old boy, who was taunting him during a game of Call of Duty: Black Ops. The attacker, 46 year old Mark Bradford, actually hunted down the kid after his constant taunting online got to a point where it drove Bradford over the edge.
Despite the fact that Bradford is now likely to become a social pariah in the media, in reality, he did the one thing that gamers have wished they could do for years: teach an annoying, snot-nosed punk that shouldn’t be playing an M-rated game in the first place an important lesson in internet manners. Physically.
Bradford, an unemployed father of three children, reportedly had been playing the game for most of the day. During the whole time, the offending kid, whose name hasn’t been released to the media, was continuously taunting him and generally being an annoying prick, as children tend to do after discovering the anonymity of the internet. After he had reached his breaking point, Bradford then went over to the kid’s house personally and began choking him on the spot. The assault ended when the child’s mother came in and pulled the adult off, who then simply left the house without another word.
“I'd been playing the whole day and he was baiting me and baiting me and just would not shut up,” Bradford 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.”
Bradford admitted to one count of assault, and probation officers are currently checking his background for any past offenses before they can book him.
Now, I’m expecting the usual blowup of news pundits going “herpa derpa video games create violent people,” but for the moment, let’s think about what this also means. This man did what his parents were obviously incapable of doing themselves, instilling some goddamn discipline onto the little brat. Maybe he went a bit overboard, but the fact remains that he accomplished what most people could only dream of doing, and that alone took some massive cahones.
So, here’s to you Mark Bradford. You may likely have a bad rep in your neighborhood as a result of all this, and Sean Hannity will likely say something stupid about video games on Fox News. But for all us gamers out there who have been combating the troll menace since day one, we salute you.
*UPDATE* Bradford has apparently admitted to having mental health issues in the past. According to The Escapist, Bradford and the kid are "loosely-connected friends" of family, which explains how he was able to find the kid's residence, and the two have since patched things up. Though I imagine the child has still learned a valuable lesson about keeping his trap shut.