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Extreme Gamer Rage: NJ Man Charged W/Attempted Murder After Flying To FL & Attacking Rival W/Hammer

The Shocking Case of Edward Kang...

We all know people are insane and all, but this one takes the cake. A bizarre and disturbing incident blurred the lines between virtual and real-life conflicts just took place. 20-year-old Edward Kang from New Jersey took an overnight flight to Florida to physically attack his online rival with a hammer, as reported initially by the Nassau County Sheriff's Office.

The Incident: A Timeline of Events

According to Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper, Kang's journey began at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, where he boarded an overnight flight to Jacksonville International Airport in Florida. Kang's purpose, however, was far from innocent.

He had informed his mother that he was visiting a friend in Florida, masking his true intentions of confronting his online adversary. Imagine getting on an airplane with the sole intent of traveling to inflict IRL pain to an online rival. YIKES.

Kang checked into a hotel in Florida around 2 a.m. on Friday. The next day, he visited an Ace Hardware store, purchasing a hammer and a flashlight—items that would later be used in the attack.

In the early hours of Sunday morning, Kang allegedly broke into the victim's home in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Dressed in black and equipped with gloves and a mask, Kang snuck into the house and attacked his rival with the hammer.

The victim's stepfather, awakened by the sounds of struggle and cries for help, intervened and, with the help of his stepson, managed to restrain Kang until authorities arrived.

The Motive: Online Gaming Rivalry

The root of Kang's violent outburst appears to be an online altercation that occurred while playing the multiplayer online game ArcheAge. Ironically, ArcheAge shuts down as of June 27, 2024. The following message appears on their site:

Dear Inheritors,

As a publisher of games, it is our mission to provide our players with great and enjoyable gaming experiences, so it is with heavy hearts that we announce the official closure of our ArcheAge servers, effective June 27, 2024. 

After discussing the performance of ArcheAge with XL Games at length, we have concluded that we’re no longer able to provide the MMORPG we envisioned. The declining number of active players means the game’s content is no longer accessible in the way it used to be, and the experience of it is different from what was originally intended. In light of this, we’ve made the difficult decision to terminate the live service of ArcheAge in Europe and North America.


... Anywho, Sheriff Leeper noted that the suspect had expressed anger towards the victim during the game. This conflict escalated to the point where Kang felt compelled to take drastic and dangerous action.

“When he went to see what was going on he found his stepson on the ground struggling with the attacker, who was in possession of a hammer.”

Per NBC15 News, when questioned by authorities, Kang admitted his hostility towards the victim, describing himself as a "bad person online." He also inquired about the potential jail time for his crimes, indicating a lack of remorse or understanding of the gravity of his actions. Sheriff Leeper remarked, “I would say, Mr. Kang, it’s gonna be a long time before you play video games again.” It kinda goes without saying here, but hey let's address the elephant in the room. This isn't about gaming. It's about mental health, and how Kang should be in a padded room for a long time. It's so sad to see.

The Aftermath: Legal and Social Implications

Kang has been charged with burglary and attempted murder and is currently being held at the Nassau County Jail. The victim, though suffering severe head wounds, is expected to recover. This incident isn't the first IRL thing to happen from gaming, but it serves as a good reminder about the serious consequences that can arise from online interactions, particularly when they spiral out of control.

This case serves as yet another reminder of the potential dangers of online disputes and the importance of addressing them before they escalate into real-world violence.


This incident doesn't necessarily highlight the need for better mechanisms to manage and mitigate online conflicts, as much as politicians would take that stance. In reality, it puts a spotlight on how unhinged some folks in society truly are.


Bring mental institutes back, please.


~Smash

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You could easily grab him and zip him into a carry on luggage.

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Not totally surprised that this has happened at all. There has been so much negativity & constant waring online and it's due to the civility online that has pretty much been thrown out the window,but what do you expect from that. The net is pretty much like the Wild,wild west- anything pretty much goes, even though governments out there are wanting to try to police the net with there so called laws,but I'm sorry to say here that their Shit ain't gonna fly because most out there have NO trust for Authoritative Bullcrap

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Now that is maximum gamer rage I guess I should think twice before teabagging someone

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