World of Warcraft Argument Leads to Violent Dispute

Some people tend to get very obsessive, World of Warcraft clearly among this group of games that players cannot put down. However, at times this line of obsession can boldly be crossed as a form of addiction. James Swan proved this point just a few days ago, when he was playing World of Warcraft and doing some heavy drinking.

Just a note, I believe you can pin most of this on the alcohol.

The dispute took place at about 10 p.m., a reasonable time for younger children to be in bed. James Swan is not a young child, he is 27-years-old, but he does live with his mother and younger siblings. While the five children were trying to sleep, James was getting a little too loud in his WoW session. Reasonably, this led to the mother asking him to quiet down so others could sleep.

When Swan refused to be quiet, his mother asked him once more, leading to the beginning of the dispute.

James Swan grabbed his mother by the hair and threw her on the bed, doing the same to his younger brother when he attempted to see what was amiss. After the mother had regained her form, she quickly ran to call the police. James did not accept this course of action and decided to rip the phone from the wall, proceeding to smash his head into the area the phone formerly rested.

The dispute escalated to the point where Swan began choking his mother, threatening to kill her. When Grandfather checked in to see what was going on, the mother was already losing consciousness. The grandfather then attempted to intervene, at which point Swan threatened his life as well.

Swan’s grandfather was not going to take death threats sitting down, so he went into his room and picked up a gun. When Swan saw this, the two wrestled over the weapon, ultimately leading to the bullet bouncing off Swan’s head, and going through a nearby window.

Swan was only wounded by the bullet, and was taken to the hospital where he refused treatment and was arrested.

James Swan Chokes Mom, Smashes Head Through Wall, in Argument Over World of Warcraft [TrueCrimeReport]

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21 Comments on "World of Warcraft Argument Leads to Violent Dispute"

  1. Reaver February 17, 2010 at 23:22 - Reply

    This is why i stopped playing WoW after 4 years, the kids kill it, the old people cry about it and the other teenagers are insane cuz of it lol.

  2. keller32 February 17, 2010 at 23:21 - Reply

    What a fucking retard, why would you even do this to your own family?! You should know when your too much addicted to the game.

  3. Franco February 17, 2010 at 21:02 - Reply

    I bet anyone &500 that games will be the first goddamn thing guilted, the fact he was drunk had nothing to do with it!

    • Kreyg February 17, 2010 at 21:11 - Reply

      ohh of course. Tovan even notes that it was more than likely the alcohol that fuels his rage more so than World of Warcraft. Just wait till tomorrow sometime. I am posting something that might actually put games in a positive light for once.

  4. Kreyg February 17, 2010 at 20:50 - Reply


  5. Dafatmofo February 17, 2010 at 20:28 - Reply

    normally when my guildmates get drunk they ruin a raid….not their faces with a bullet

  6. Agustín Franco February 17, 2010 at 19:06 - Reply

    Grandpa: “Boom! Headsh… aww dammit!” lol

    WoW + Alcohol = NOT good…

  7. MrTastyDDR February 17, 2010 at 17:38 - Reply

    remember, dont get drunk while playing a crappy graphic MMO, or you’ll end up like this guy.

  8. Radar38 February 17, 2010 at 16:23 - Reply

    Wow, that is just crazy. This is what you call an addicted gamer. This guy just makes the people who say Video games make people killers seem more right. In my opinion, the guy should have listened to his mother because he will have to learn eventually that others are around him. Trying to choke his own mother leads me to believe that he needs some help. Hope the gun was registered, but the grandfather should have called the local authorities instead of taking things into his own hands. He could have killed his grandson. This just escalated too far.

    • Jomann February 17, 2010 at 17:21 - Reply

      I think he wanted to get rid of him after choking his wife, old style thinking of older people is, you don’t mess with my wife or its your head. But if he had taken out his grandson nothing of value would have been lost.

  9. cynicalbrit February 17, 2010 at 13:36 - Reply

    I assume when we say the bullet bounced off his head we mean it glanced off of the side and changed direction very slightly.
    Also, people should be more f**king responsible with alcohol at all times, especially in a house full of children.
    I think we can be pretty safe in thinking that most sensible people wont try to blame this on the game.

    • Tovan February 17, 2010 at 13:42 - Reply

      Yes, the bullet did not literally “bounce” off his head, it just didn’t hit him close enough to cause any terminal damage.

  10. Tyrand February 17, 2010 at 11:54 - Reply


  11. dragonquestking February 17, 2010 at 10:57 - Reply

    The Bullet Bounced off his head. OMG i never heard of that before.

    • Rocker2791 February 17, 2010 at 13:59 - Reply

      People that abuse alcohol annoy me.