Playing Halo is as addictive as heroin or crack cocaine, says judge in Halo killer case

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daniel-petric-halo-killer.jpgOr rather stopping playing Halo is as hard as giving up heroin or crack cocaine, according to the judge handling the case of Daniel Petric, who said “When you stop [playing the game], your brain won’t stand for it, just as it wouldn’t stand for it when you quit using heroin or crack cocaine” when summing up the case.

The judge ruled that 17-year-old Petric was guilty of killing his mum and attempting to kill his dad, after they tried to stop him playing Halo so much by confiscating the disc. Yes, really.

The judge pointed out that Petric’s 18-hour Halo sessions had probably “warped” the boy’s mind, saying, “I firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea at the time he hatched this plot that if he killed his parents they would be dead forever” – but that didn’t stop Judge Burge throwing out the claim of insanity put forward by the defence and finding Petric guilty.

(Via Xboxer)

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