Violent “hacker, slasher” video game mentioned in Sydney murder trial

Supreme Court NSW

By on November 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm

An unnamed, violent video game has been mentioned in the murder trial of Viengsavanh Phanekham, a resident of Ambarvale in NSW, in the Supreme Court today.

Crown prosecutor Gina O’Rourke said in court that Phanekham was playing a “violent action hacker, slasher” game prior to the his murder of his neighbour in June 2012.

Phanekham has pleaded not guilty. The prosecutor didn’t go so far as to say the game directly caused his actions, but it seems the intent was to imply a causation, or at the very least to use violent video games as a way to impugn his character.

We’ve applied to the Supreme Court to have the name of the game released and will let you know what we discover.

The trial is ongoing.

Source: NineMSN (Thanks, Alex)

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It could only be Uplink, it’s got all sorts of hacker related stuff.

 

vcatkiller,

That would also account for the slashing.

 

Russacky,

On more levels than you can possibly realize.

 

*sigh*

I feel ashamed to be living in NSW right now.

 
Nasty Wet Smear

The defendant was wearing pants at the time of the killing, was that mentioned? Did you know that over 99% of killings are done by people wearing pants?

 
Lord_PorkSword

He must have gone into one of those “capped at 30FPS” rages.

 

Dark Souls on PC, calling it now.

 
Nasty Wet Smear

slazza:
Dark Souls on PC, calling it now.

You guys wanna start a pool? We can all put in $10.00 and the person who guesses the right game would win!

THIS THREAD CONTAINS TALK OF GAMBLING, AND IS NOW RATED:

… Well crap.

 

Huh. Kinda stupid for a prosecutor to try and deflect responsibility/culpability to a video game. I thought the defendant’s lawyer would be more likely to pull that out of their arse.

Incidentally I was having having dinner with a former Judge and asked him whether video games had ever been mentioned in the juvenile cases he dealt with. The short answer was, “NO.”

 
Nasty Wet Smear

ralphwiggum:
Incidentally I was having having dinner with a former Judge and asked him whether video games had ever been mentioned in the juvenile cases he dealt with. The short answer was, “NO.”

So young people have performed violent acts without video games being involved?! This throws my world view into question!

 

nastywetsmear,

It’s a little known fact that video games existed during the rise of the Roman Empire. The foul influence of pixellated violence spreads far back in time.

 

100% of everything is committed by people who have been exposed to air and water.

 

Murray Hibble: 100% of everything is committed by people who have been exposed to air and water.

^ LOL, i love this :D

 
Nasty Wet Smear

Murray Hibble:
100% of everything is committed by people who have been exposed to air and water.

I’m hereby calling for the government to slap an R18+ rating on air and water. I don’t want to see anyone under the age of 18 exposed to the dangers of either of these toxic substances!

 

PalZer0:
*sigh*

I feel ashamed to be living in NSW right now.

why!? because we’re the only state in the world that has had a crazed killer :O lol

curious to what game they mean.

 

ralphwiggum:
Huh. Kinda stupid for a prosecutor to try and deflect responsibility/culpability to a video game. I thought the defendant’s lawyer would be more likely to pull that out of their arse.

+1 – Curiouser and curiouser….
It may have made sense if it were in South Oz, but ;)

 

ralphwiggum:
Huh. Kinda stupid for a prosecutor to try and deflect responsibility/culpability to a video game. I thought the defendant’s lawyer would be more likely to pull that out of their arse.

Incidentally I was having having dinner with a former Judge and asked him whether video games had ever been mentioned in the juvenile cases he dealt with. The short answer was, “NO.”

That’s exactly what I was thinking when reading it, normally it’s a defense tactic to try and show reduced responsibility for actions. Unless they are making the claim that because he was able to cut people up in a video game he is able to do the same thing in real life. If that’s how it works I’m going to blow the dust off a copy of Tony Hawk and dig out my old skateboard.

 

schrapple: That’s exactly what I was thinking when reading it, normally it’s a defense tactic to try and show reduced responsibility for actions. Unless they are making the claim that because he was able to cut people up in a video game he is able to do the same thing in real life. If that’s how it works I’m going to blow the dust off a copy of Tony Hawk and dig out my old skateboard.

If I was the defending team, the FIRST thing I would do is ask the prosecution to produce an expert witness to provide evidence of the link between violent behaviour and violent video games. Given there is no definitive studies showing otherwise, the prosecutor would just look stupid and pulling BS out of her arse.

 

What hacker slasher games even exist?

Manhunt?

 

My guess is Splatterhouse on Xbox360.

 
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