Mafia Boss Arrested While Playing Godfather Xbox Game

from the more-fun-on-screen? dept

There have been plenty of "mafia" or "mobster" related games available these days: on gaming consoles, on mobile devices and (especially) on social networks. It kinda makes you wonder what real mobsters think of them all. Well, at least in one case, we have an idea. Glyn Moody points us to the news that Gerlandino Messina, described as "Sicily's no.2 boss," was arrested last weekend and when police showed up to take him away, he was playing The Godfather game on his Xbox. The game, of course, is based on the movie of the same name and is all about the mafia. You see, in the virtual world, you don't actually go to jail (or get shot). Seems safer.


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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 7:38am

    Games as tools

    Business modeling anyone?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 7:43am

    and tha game was made by

    another maffia....

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 7:44am

    i hear the game company hired him

    as a beta tester

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 7:44am

    I can see it now. Those brave cops surrounded his house with 30 cop cars, 10 helicopters, and a hundred guns. On their megaphone the brave cops announced, "We have you surrounded. Come out with your hands up." The very dangerous and unarmed mafia boss came out with his hands up. The superhero cops arrested him.

     

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    Pickle Monger (profile), Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 8:26am

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    Yes... those poor Mafia bosses... They are so unfairly maligned by the police.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 8:39am

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    I'm not saying they don't deserve it, just that the police waste resources overreacting to minor things. I've seen Cop episode from other countries and they don't nearly overreact like the cops do in the U.S.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 8:43am

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    (and then you wonder why every city keeps complaining that they don't have enough cops. When you send your whole police force to get a cat out of a tree, what do you expect?)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 9:35am

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    More like the mafia boss went, "SHIT! This game is REALLY realistic! It's like I'm IN the game!" Then he continued his mission, and upon unlocking an achievement, was snapped back into reality because there's no annoying synthetic pinging noises in the real Mafia, nor are there bubble messages.

    By this time, it was already too late to run, so he saved his game and stashed his hard drive so that one of his nephews wouldn't come over and delete his save file while he was in jail. I would have done the same.

     

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    raelalt (profile), Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 10:23am

    Overreacting US police?

    Anonymous Coward:"I'm not saying they don't deserve it, just that the police waste resources overreacting to minor things. I've seen Cop episode from other countries and they don't nearly overreact like the cops do in the U.S."
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    ??? This was in Sicily.

     

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    interval (profile), Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 10:39am

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    It would be uncanny if he was watching the game cops knocking down the doors and windows of his game hideout while they were actually knocking in the doors of his real hideout. Then, just like Clark Duke, the boss is playing the game in his jail cell when his lawyer come to see him; "Just a second, I've got to get ready for a court date..." and he's fingering the game controller like mad.

     

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    Danny (profile), Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 10:39am

    Art imitates life

    Finally. Inconravertable evidence that violent crime leads to video game playing!

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 12:12pm

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    Not only that but he's using a cracked, pirated copy of the game!

    Another charge! By far the most important of the bunch!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 1:16pm

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    There's a big difference between a cat out of a tree and going after an actual mafia boss. It's not exactly hard to imagine them having quite a few armed people ready to defend, if need be.

    A sting on a local crime boss is not, in fact, a minor thing.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 1:23pm

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    It wasn't meant to be that serious of a post. Lighten up a bit.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 1:25pm

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    You know what they can do to make the game more realistic. Insert lawyers into the game.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 2nd, 2010 @ 1:25pm

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    (that would not only make the game more realistic. It would make it terrifying as well).

     

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    Jose_X, Nov 3rd, 2010 @ 5:18am

    That is correct

    Crime is not as fun.

     

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    Jose_X, Nov 3rd, 2010 @ 5:37am

    Re: That is correct

    Sorry to have added seriousness to the parade, but since this issue is currently up before the Supreme Court, let me clarify parent comment by saying that game playing, no matter of what, offers a release mechanism to someone that otherwise might have contemplated or "needed" more seriously the topic of the particular game play.

    Of course, game play also makes it easy to get away with living in a surreal world without the risks or damages involved in trying to create a similar reality. It can be such cheap painless fun that it clearly becomes a very different thing than the reality. Of course, this is related to the psychology of people requiring the thing to truly be different enough and not *that* close as to confuse.

    As someone that has shot, squashed, and even dismembered a great many things on the screen back in the days, I can say that the more games I played, possibly the more harmless I became.

    What we need now is an easy way for people to digitize the image of those that bully them to place in a game where they get to beat the crep out of them.

     

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    you outghta know, Nov 4th, 2010 @ 8:24am

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    There was no megaphone, the italian special forces combed the wall, came down, and busted down the door. And Messina WAS armed with 2 guns,but was blinded by this special light the force uses and couldn't see what was in front of him. No mafia boss comes out EVER with his hands up.

     

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    you oughta know, Nov 4th, 2010 @ 8:28am

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    This is the sicilian mafia. Messina has been Italy's #2 most wanted. Very very powerful and rich man. On the run for 11 years. It was not local police that broke down his door. It was Italian special forces, specially trained for mafioso.
    This is not any cat out of a tree. You obviously are ignorant to Italy/Sicily and how the mafia operates.

     

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    you oughta know, Nov 4th, 2010 @ 8:32am

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    ...and you do understand this wasn't in the US. It's in Sicily. The mafia is entrenched in every hole of every wall in Sicily. It is no waste of resources for Italy to spend every dime to get these mafioso. They are special units, squadra mobili, not street cops.

     

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