Why do you play games? Pure fun? Narrative? Stress relief? All three are acceptable answers, but if you replied with the third, just how big a deal is that stress relief? Do you simply use games as a way to unwind after work, or are they the only catharsis in the world powerful enough to squell the seething rage which burns within you, spurring you on to destroy with every tormented second of your anguished life that passes?
I ask because a Japanese man who used to vent through games has just gone on a truck-wrecking spree instead. Albeit in a very specific way.
Godzilla-style trail of destruction? Smoking craters and burning wrecks scattered in his wake? Not exactly. Kenichi Moriai snuck into secluded car parks at night, sought out his prey and bent their windscreen wipers. The f*cking animal.
Eight trucks in the Yashio City area fell victim to his wrath, with a damage bill of over $2000. But while Moriai-san has been arrested for that, he may have commited even greater atrocities. "Besides this, I did a lot more", he confessed. Japanese newspaper the Yomiuri Shimbun has reported a wiper-bending spree of over 100 cases in Yashio and the surrounding area, which Mr. Moriai may or may not have been involved in.
And the reason for all of this madness and degradation?
"I was sick of playing fighting games and I did this to let out pent-up stress"
Stay on the games, kids. Your car will thank you for it.
March 9th, 2011