Man Claims ‘Silent Hill’ Made Him Power Down a Hospital
We’ve all heard your typical “Mortal Kombat made me eat my neighbor, or “Grand Theft Auto made me a serial killer” blame-the-video-game excuses, but this is a new one to me:
“Jan infiltrated the basement of Sophia Hospital in the Netherlands last April, where he shut off the power and forced a blackout for forty-five minutes. People were trapped in elevators and doctors had to manually keep intensive care patients breathing. Fortunately, nobody was hurt.
Amazingly, he was found not guilty in a trial last week as the court ruled Jan had “no idea of the true consequences of his deed.” Jan claims that, during his warped state of mind, he believed that shutting off the hospital power would allow him to acquire a toothbrush as part of some convoluted Silent Hill puzzle.”
To be fair, flipping a switch in the basemen of a hospital DOES sound like a Silent Hill puzzle, but I’m going to go ahead and blame psychosis rather than a game for this misdeed. But I wouldn’t be half surprised if the Netherlands starts burning every copy of Silent Hill in the country as a totally proportionate response. I’m trying to think of other video game-inspired crime headlines we haven’t seen yet…
“Tomb Raider fan shoots up Mayan dig site.”
“Mario Bros. enthusiast robs bank of all gold dollars.”
“Diablo junkie slays entire field of cows.”