True Crimes That Were Inspired By Video Games

People often like to make connections between video games and violence. While the majority of people are able to play games without issue, some people are negatively influenced by the games that they play, according to Some people have even gone so far as to commit crimes after playing a game.

These are their stories. Yes that is a Law and Order reference!

The GTA Grandmother Murder

In September of 2013, a woman named Marie Smothers was shot in her own home. The culprit? The woman’s 8-year-old grandson. The child had played Grand Theft Auto 4 frequently, and had become obsessed by the violence displayed in the game.

The Grand Theft Auto series is aimed at players who are 17 or older, and it certainly was not designed with children in mind. This brutal crime is a harsh reminder that parents should pay attention to the age recommendations listed on video game boxes.


The DotA Stabbing

DotA, a massive-multiplayer game, is one of the most popular titles in the entire world. Unfortunately, this game has inspired at least one horrible crime.

In 2014, an 11-year-old boy allegedly hacked the DotA account of an older teenager. The teenager retaliated by murdering him. He was stabbed more than 40 times.

The Slenderman Murder

Many young children are fascinated by the character of Slenderman. Slenderman appears in numerous games, and is the subject of a number of creepy stories.

Two young girls became obsessed with Slenderman and wanted to find a way to join him. They attempted to murder their 12-year-old friend so that they could impress Slenderman. Thankfully, the young girl lived. You can hear her incredible story here:

It’s important to remember that video games have helped a lot of people get through rough times. They can also be an excellent educational tool. With that said, it is important to remember that video games can negatively influence people. Children who play games should be monitored by their parents.