Judge of the Day, Video games

Judge of the Day: Call of Duty Calls Judge to Miss Duty

Call of Duty modern warfare 2 judge.JPGHow many people out there are mainlining Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2? I’m not. Apparently, I need to practice for my upcoming Soul Calibur demolition of ATL commenters. But I’ll probably pick COD2 for the holiday season.

A British judge didn’t have my sense of patience:

Now, as the story has it, a county judge in Britain with 15 years of service (who will remain anonymous) went out and waited an hour in-line for the midnight launch of Modern Warfare 2. The 48-year-old said he was “like Charlie waiting outside the chocolate factory”. That’s a pretty intense statement from a district county judge with a wife and two kids at home.

When he finally got his copy, he did what any other 14-year-old person would do, he played it. All night long.

Obviously, that made showing up for work the next day a little bit difficult.

If you have ever spent all night playing a video game, you know what happens at work the next day. You don’t show up:

The judge was so excited that he played “long into the night” and was obviously too busy trashing every 13-year-old who dared cross him to remember his obligation to society. So, like any good gaming-addict, he called in sick to work.

I wonder how the judge reacted to the COD2’s already infamous airport scene? Did he gun through the level, killing civilians with unmitigated glee? Or was he somber and reflective, holding his fire for the women and children but wasting the men who were asking for it?

Something tells me that this won’t be the last legally related story arising out of COD2.

In any event, some people weren’t too happy that the judge called in sick:

The issue here is how his irresponsible actions probably wasted county taxpayer money and time. It’s one thing to be a kid and do this and another to be a 48-year-old judge and do it.

Grow up, man.

You know what, I do not want my judge to be presiding over my fate after he spent thirteen hours gunning down Russian terrorists. I don’t want it for the same reason I don’t order Chinese food after my Asian land war strategy fails (again) in Civilization IV. I don’t think that video games ever made anybody do anything, but all things being equal, I’d rather have a judge that has had a little time to adjust back into real world after his virtual killing spree.

Judge Plays Sick To Game Modern Warfare 2 All Day [Joystick Division]
Meet the secret gamers [Times Online]
Reflecting on Modern Warfare 2’s Airport Massacre [True/Slant]

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