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Man arrested over murder of online video game acquaintance

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Police in Tokyo have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of killing a male acquaintance in his 30s.

The suspect, Yusuke Sakai, of no fixed occupation, turned himself in at a police station in Shin-Koiwa on Friday, saying he had killed a man by stabbing him in the neck at his (Sakai's) sixth-floor apartment at around 5 a.m. that day, Kyodo News reported.

Police said Sakai told them he had known the victim for about two years after they became acquainted through playing video games online.

Sakai was quoted by police as saying there had been money trouble between them and that the victim had assaulted him on a number of prior occasions. He said he was threatened again and stabbed the victim out of fear for his own life

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Should have kept it an online and remote game. You simply cannot be killed through data in your LAN cable. But playing too long is again dangerous, as even some gamers, also young ones, just break down and die because they play too many hours or days without breaks.

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Did he go to the cops and report the previous assaults? If not, it’s just his word which might very well be a made up story to justify his gaming lunacy.

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Should've just SWAT the guy

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Well, at least he admit it. Police might have a hard time pinning the murder on a online acquaintance. Do the crime,do the time.

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The downside to interactive gaming is interactive reality...

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Did he just happen to have a knife on him at the time of the murder?

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Did he just happen to have a knife on him at the time of the murder?

...he was at home. Don't you just happen to have a knife at home?

Did he go to the cops and report the previous assaults? If not, it’s just his word which might very well be a made up story to justify his gaming lunacy.

What "gaming lunacy"? Nothing in the article states that the crime had anything to do with gaming, that's just how the two met years ago. But nice assumption and implication that gaming leads to violence, which has been debunked many times over the last decade or two.

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**Sakai was quoted by police as saying there had been money trouble between them and that the victim had assaulted him on a number of prior occasions. He said he was threatened again and stabbed the victim out of fear for his own life **One would only suspect money was the motive, but saying he was threatened and he killed his friend for fear of his own life does not prove self defense. There's a lot of unanswered questions the only problem is a dead man can't talk!

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There is not enough information reported.

Right now it's heresay since there are no witnesses to the killing and it is not known if there are any witnesses that can vouch for the previous assaults claimed. And if he he did report being assaulted then this will would go in his favor.. Maybe.... And the reason I say maybe is because we also don't know if the other person was the only aggressor - in other words he too could have assaulted the other person for the same reason.

But for now we have to give him the benefit of the doubt. In the end, a situation escalated to where someone died which is unfortunate.

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When nerds get hard.

If they have mid-game contact fights within E-Sports battles, then they'll have a winning product.

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