Whether you chalk it up to the hyper-realism of today’s video games or an overzealous neighbourhood watch program, it’s hard to blame the Swedish police for its response to what sounded like a brutal massacre. The 10-man team raided the apartment to find a group of teenagers in the midst of a gratuitous and abhorrent bloodbath. Just another friendly night in playing Call of Duty.
After being forced outside by what must have essentially been a SWAT team, the boys were able to explain that the gunshots were entirely virtual and the cries for help merely came when the character of one of the boys (let’s call him Sven) was shot several times and left lying on the floor. Sven’s alter ego had, presumably, been put out of its misery by the time the police arrived.
Eventually, the police admitted the mistake and left without filing any charges, as the boys’ stories aligned and there were fortunately no physical wounds. Sven, however, may never be quite the same. [Geek-O-System]