One thing that has changed dramatically in gaming while I've been distracted has been the rise in livestreaming of games, and Twitch in particular.
And with it came a new opportunity for trolling – but with horrible consequences:
DeQuincy, LA — What many teenagers these days are considering a harmless prank, has landed one online gamer in more trouble than he could have ever imagined. In a Louisiana courtroom today, 15-year-old Paul Horner broke down in tears after a judge found the young man guilty on two counts of domestic terrorism and was sentenced to twenty-five years to life in federal prison.
Seems harsh, until you read on and find out what happened:
After obtaining the rival gamers information, prosecutors say Horner called police and reported a murder/hostage situation at the home. SWAT team then raided the house, shooting and critically injuring the “Livestreamer’s” father in the process.
UPDATE: Hoax, thank goodness.