A serious addiction grips you like nothing else, and that is especially true for video games in the 21st century. On one hand, they provide an excellent means of entertainment and learning, while on the other, they can incite aggressive behavior in the players. However, as it happens, they can also give someone a reason to kill, as demonstrated by a 15-year old whose love for PUBG compelled him to murder his brother.
Player Unknowns Battle Ground (PUBG) is a popular mobile game that needs little introduction; having been downloaded a massive 400 million times as of last month, it clearly exhibits a huge fanbase. This is all the more surprising considering the attempts that have been made to ban it in some countries, while the National Child Rights Commission in India went so far as to suggest that the game inspires children to become psychopaths. As it happens, they were definitely on to something, as this horrifying case in the country goes to show.
Hailing from Thane, Mumbai, a 15-year old boy ended up brutally killing his older brother simply for scolding him for playing PUBG Mobile. According to senior police inspector Mamata D’Souza, the teenager apparently got enraged when his brother, 19-year old Mohammad Shaikh, demanded that he stop spending such a ridiculous amount of time playing the game on his mobile phone on Saturday morning.
The PUBG-loving boy proceeded to allegedly bang Shaikh’s head before stabbing him repeatedly with a pair of scissors. Shaikh was subsequently rushed to a government hospital, where he was unfortunately pronounced dead.
Unsurprisingly, a case has been registered against the teenage murderer under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. While this incident looks like it has popped straight out of a serial killer movie, it is worth noting that PUBG has been responsible for several terrible cases, including a boy committing suicide in Guwahati after he was not allowed to play the game.
These incidents simply reinforce the significance of either taking steps to make the addictive game a more responsible endeavor, or cracking down on it altogether.