"Gaming Community" Connected to Pipe Bomb Attack

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"Gaming Community" Connected to Pipe Bomb Attack

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Fingers are being pointed at the "gaming community" for a pipe bomb attack on a family of five.

Three men have been arrested following an attack on a home belonging to Jeanne Bezarra of Monroe, New Jersey. The incident began when a pipe bomb was "launched" into Bezerra's teenage daughter's room, followed by a second bomb that came through the window of her own bedroom.

"So we hid in the closet because then we heard another explosion," Bezerra told CBS New York. "While we were on the phone with 911 the fire alarms went off and the emergency person was telling us to leave the house, but we said we think we're under attack, and we're afraid if we leave the house we are going to get shot."

A third bomb was launched at the house as the police arrived. Three suspects, Michael and Jonathan Cavallo and Matt Debski, were arrested and now face 21 charges; eight unexploded pipe bombs were also recovered. It's an unfortunate and obviously rather bizarre story, but our interest comes not from the attack itself, but from the alleged connection between it and the "gaming community."

What community is being talking about, whether it's a wigged-out World of Warcraft guild, people who take Call of Duty a little too seriously or just all them crazy videogamers in general, isn't made clear, but the family - and, by extension, CBS - believe "the attacks may be related to their oldest son's involvement in a videogame community." The basis for the belief is similarly unclear.

If there is anything to the idea that videogames were somehow involved, it will come out once the matter goes to court; in the meantime, we've also reached out to the Monroe Township Police Department for clarification and will update if and when we can.

Source: CBS New York

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What the HELL does being involved in a gaming community do to cause you to throw PIPE BOMBS into a house with CHILDREN inside?!

Those idiots must be severly disturbed! Being in a gaming community does not make you disturbed!

And it pisses me off that that woman and her family have to deal with some bastards throwing bombs into her house and the media trying to make this about gaming instead of caring about her suffering. They're trying to take what should be a simple case of finding justice for this woman and trying to spin it into "gaming is bad!" That's horrible!

Why do I feel like these people would be less than 3 degrees from Jack Thompson? How does a pipe bomb attack point fingers to gaming?! That's like blaming someone for killing someone's pet because they live near a slaughterhouse.

I'd like to know what the basis of the accusation is, the mental state of the bombers, and what they say their motivations were.

Yeah! Let's blame something other than the individuals involved! *picks up a pitchfork*

But seriously... if I burned down a building and said it was in the name of Mashed Potatoes, what would happen?

This is by far the most pathetic attempt I've seen to try and blame video games for violence I've ever seen.

I'm curious as to what the older brother's involvement was.

"My boy would never do this. Those devil video games made him do it." Classic parent who doesn't want to see reality. These parents are the worst kind, and never catch problems with their children before they end up in jail with a criminal record. Then they go and claim that something or other did something to their baby and it's not their fault. And of course CBS is all over the video game claim...

Vausch:
How does a pipe bomb attack point fingers to gaming?! That's like blaming someone for killing someone's pet because they live near a slaughterhouse.

Even that makes more sense than this drivel.

Nasrin:
Yeah! Let's blame something other than the individuals involved! *picks up a pitchfork*

But seriously... if I burned down a building and said it was in the name of Mashed Potatoes, what would happen?

i blame the potato industry !

Glad to see the Black Scottish Cyclops there.

And this story? Just "The gaming community"? The whole thing? Is that even a thing? Because that's a damn massive and diverse community.

I blame the god-awful traffic here on the people who read books.

As much as I sympathize with the family for having to go through that by these assholes.. for fuck sakes lady, leave fucking video games out of this! Seriously, she only added that for increased media support and appearance, not out of any actual relevance to the crime.

"My older son has been in high-speed races before, that must be related to the crashed car through my living room owned by some drunk stranger at the moment! It all makes sense!" Equally as stupid.

Screamarie:
What the HELL does being involved in a gaming community do to cause you to throw PIPE BOMBS into a house with CHILDREN inside?!

Would it be different if there were just adults inside? Why the need for the emphasis on "children"?

Guys, it says a video game community. Like people who meet and and do a LAN party or something.

Maybe the son played with those guys and beat them so badly that they decided pipe bombs were the only option.

The IRA makes videogames now?

So where's the game that teaches you how to create simple homemade explosives, pick completely random members of the public's windows to launch them through and convince your totally and completely sane friends and family to help you do it?

Sounds like a blast, I hope it's in the Steam Sale.

Yes blame computer games for idiots, it's more convenient than actually discovering the truth. Oh by the way, Rock & Roll is the Devil's music, and there has been a sad decline in witch burning.

Official Declaration (Trumpets sound) "We need some more good ol' fashioned witch burning"

And no you can't date my sister

...she's mine.

I remember the old days when people could just be crazy and do stupid insane things because they were insane. Considering how many people play Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and anything else that could relate, wouldn't there be more things like this happening if the games were the cause of it?

Crazy people are just crazy.

How vauge can you be?

It seem like they think we all live together in one secret underground society and plot the downfall of the surface world. Come to think of it that would be kinda cool. We could form tribes based on genres!

*rushes to kickstarter*

Had it not occured to them that their older son might be quite a bit of a dick? There have been plenty of examples of trolling gone too far, it was only a matter of time before a troll pissed off someone who then went on to physically retaliate.

Whole WoW guilds fall apart because of petty politics or even because someone didn't get the item they wanted. Then there are the thieves. If indeed it turns out that he is the "cause" of the alleged attack then it's reasonable to assume that he's probably done at least one of these things or similar and done it to the wrong person.

Nasrin:
Yeah! Let's blame something other than the individuals involved! *picks up a pitchfork*

But seriously... if I burned down a building and said it was in the name of Mashed Potatoes, what would happen?

They would blame Cooking Mama. Obviously.

throwing pipebombs into a family's house through the windows because of (allergedly) some kid probably trolling in a video game...

well....

It's pretty much guaranteed to be a load of shit but if true...$5 says that he shit-talked the wrong psycho in League of Legends, lol.

Wasn't there a story a while back where a guy traced someone through XBOX Live and went to his house?

Hmmm, well I think people are being too reactionary without enough information. People don't generally place blame like this after an attack like this one, without reason.

People decrying the blame being placed on video games aren't putting much effort into thinking about how a gaming community could be involved in this, which is pretty easy to see.

To be honest at times like this people tend to forget that there is a lot of real money involved in games right now, virtual items with real cash values are being bought and traded, and people have ebayed things for games like "Diablo" for huge piles of money. Then there are EVE Plex stockpiles, Second Life property developments, and other things. Not to mention the big business of selling game currency for real money. Organized crime, including syndicates on an international level, have gotten involved in things like gold farming, and using video game currencies and exchanges to pass real money around.

There have been plenty of incidents of real violence over video games through the years, with people attacking each other at cons, people hunting each other down over scams, and other assorted things. You hear about them once in a while, but it's generally not a big deal, and nothing close to being on this level. That said, gaming has been becoming bigger, and it's a matter of time.

People will perform drive bys, bombings like this, etc... in the ghetto over a few hundred dollars, turf concerns, or even just selling drugs on the wrong street corner.

I could see a number of situations where some kid could be playing a game where making real money gets involved, and he costs someone a lot of dough, or scams the wrong people, and has to deal with retaliation. Like it or not when you set out to make an example, you generally don't just go after the person involved, attacking the family/loved ones is done because it makes other people seeing it afraid of what could happen to them. People tend to be a lot braver with themselves, than their families. Threatening to kill some guy might not be as persuasive as say threatening to kill his kids, rape his daughter, or whatever. I could see enough people being aware of a situation like this where lobbing pipe bombs into a family home would be a powerful message, especially if the people doing the lobbing aren't the ones who are going to be calling the shots (so catching them doesn't matter, the guy giving the orders has made the point he can just have someone else do the same thing to those who cross him).

If this kid was involved in a domestic gold farming operation and skimmed and/or did personal sales on the side, stole a bunch of Plexs (for sale or otherwise), scammed someone out of property for real money, or even just cost someone an account for one of the bigger Korean games with thousands of dollars invested in it, I could see this happening. People have killed for less.

I'll also say that I expect things to get far, far, worse than this. Believe it or not I saw this kind of thing developing years ago when we started to see all of these microtransactions and FTP games, and the development of a class of people who were making real money off of these games (other than tournament prizes). Once that happened it became a business, and one outside of the general channels of regulation.

Honestly, I think it will only be a matter of time before we start seeing murders over this kind of thing becoming increasingly common (with increasing amounts of money involved), various guilds and online syndicates becoming the equivilent of street gangs, especially multi-game player associations with a leadership interested in the financial aspects (since you already see people setting up what amount to pyramid schemes that amounts to a lot of virtual property... and sales, going to higher up in guilds. With people doing this accross a number of games... it can really add up). I also feel it's inevitable we're going to see a high end game manager or two killed within a couple of years. At some point the guys running these things are going to ban the wrong person. The guys running the financial schemes in these games tend not to be the nicest guys in the world, and are in many cases violating game policy or cheating in one way or another. At some point a guy making thousands and thousands of dollars is going to be banned, lose his money and a revenue stream from one game, while having others bring it in and decide to make an example out of the mod/manager/company that did it. It sounds insane now, but give it time, when real money gets involved, and games become a tool for making money, they cease to really be games anymore.

Maybe I'm wrong and the victims here are off kilter, but I almost guarantee if we hear more about this, the guy and his family were probably targeted due to the kid having cost the wrong people money in some kind of online gaming business.

I'll also say this might have been a warning, as dramatic as it is. Pipe Bombs aren't the best weapon for what's being done here. Anyone who could have made the pipe bombs probably could have made firebombs (your basic molotov, or more advanced) and burned the house down
on them while they were asleep. That means this is probably intimidation (which goes along with my theory) and an effort to probably get money back. Anyone who got that far probably could have killed everyone in the house if that was their actual intention. Me, I would have sealed the front and back door at night, in the dark (a few ways to do it quietly) and then lit the place on fire, if I was so inclined, which I'm not (obviously). Looking at the possibilities and what could have happened.... it probably wasn't an attempted murder.

I feel we are missing major info on this one.

If this is all the info and there is no logical reason for logic it is just sad that we are this lacking for scapegoats. I mean we have drugs people we can blame those.

Nasrin:
But seriously... if I burned down a building and said it was in the name of Mashed Potatoes, what would happen?

We would blame the Irish? So maybe the US would then fight the IRA? At least we would have a new bad guy for the FPS games?

Looks like another one of the ever-despised Xbox Live meta-cunts set off someone who took it too far if you ask me.

Nasrin:
But seriously... if I burned down a building and said it was in the name of Mashed Potatoes, what would happen?

Being America it would probably impact the local sales of mashed potatoes for a year or so. And lead to a lynching of those who still bought mashed potatoes.

TheKasp:

Screamarie:
What the HELL does being involved in a gaming community do to cause you to throw PIPE BOMBS into a house with CHILDREN inside?!

Would it be different if there were just adults inside? Why the need for the emphasis on "children"?

I didn't say that. I just think you have to be a special kind of cruel to want to hurt and kill children.

There are some other reports out there that seem to indicate that the Son of the victim was a bit of a neighborhood problem, and tended to run with entirely the wrong crowd. I'm guessing this is not a World of Warcraft guild. More likely it is a crew of Meth dealers that had a falling out.

I blame the internet. Where do you think they got the directions to make a pipe bomb?

WTF??????? Did that kid try to become a real demoman and started spamming random pipebombs for the hell of it??

Because I see no relationship between the attack and video games

the only thing I can get from this is mabye an Xbox live/COD grudge....other than that...yeah, usually I dont care about thease things but the conection is weak at best

well, that's good enough for me! i'll locate gameing community headquaters, you get teh torches and pitchforks!

Nasrin:
But seriously... if I burned down a building and said it was in the name of Mashed Potatoes, what would happen?

Clearly it was the Mashed Potatoes that made you this way, we must ban them all to prevent their influence from spreading. The fact they are delicious isn't worth the risk of having our youth corrupted into becoming arsonists.

OT: So yeah, a horrible act of violence. Terrible yes but the fault of video games? No.

It's always like that, since the fucking dawn of time: some psychopath\idiot\horrible horrible person does something awful - and the media automataclly link it to the latest scapegoat to freak out the paranoid moms: Nowdays it's video games and social networks, before that it was the internet itself, or D&D, or rock music, or TV, or comics ,or moving pictures, or cave paintings.

I wish that one day all those idiots will look back on this history of scapegoats and realised that a game, or a genre of music, or Socrates didn't cause little Timmy to shoot down 12 kids - Little Timmy did, or his "friends", or bad education or his actual fucking life.

Using those kinds of horrible things to justify your own Techophobia is one of the most cynical, disrespectful things you can do.

Er... I think you're all this reading wrong.

What I think they're saying is the attack was caused because an argument or SOMETHING happened in a gaming community. The oldest son did SOMETHING to piss them off enough to attack his family. That's how I'm reading it, I don't see ANYWHERE on there how they're directly blaming video games for the attack, rather an involvement in a certain community.

Nasrin:
Yeah! Let's blame something other than the individuals involved! *picks up a pitchfork*

But seriously... if I burned down a building and said it was in the name of Mashed Potatoes, what would happen?

Clearly they were intending to pipe-bomb Randy Pitchford's house for his repeated "Duke Nukem Forever is just like Half Life 2, its so awesome!" comments! I mean Duke Nukem had pipe bombs, and could throw things, so obviously that's it!

Also, mashed potatoes are damned good, and the god of them would clearly save you a place in his sacred gravy bowl, as well as providing 72 virgin potatoes when you arrive. What's a virgin potato you ask? Hell if I know.

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