Exasperated Chinese dad hires online hitman to get son off video games
Father says he hopes his unemployed son will tire of gaming if he's continually virtually killed
There's an odd brand of human being who forsakes real life altogether to plunge themselves into the world of video games. There was the case of a British mother who allowed her children to starve and their family dog to decay long after death due to her dedication to the World of Warcraft. Now, an end-of-his-tether Chinese dad has hired a virtual "hitman" to stalk his son's virtual world in order for him to seek employment.
Professor Mark Griffiths, gambling and addictions expert at Nottingham Trent University says that he has come across players who dedicated up to 14 hours a day video gaming.
Living with his son in the Shaanxi province in central China, Mr. Feng has hired high-level players to kill his son's character every time he went online to play.
He hopes that his son will tire of playing games in which he is always killed, and tire of his gaming lifestyle.
Mr. Feng told reporters that his son had begun playing online games in high school, after which his grades plunged. Feng Jr. has struggled with keeping a job since. His son at one time found a job at a software development company but failed to keep it for more than three months.
Unfortunately for Mr. Feng -- it appears his plan has failed! Feng Jr. eventually asked his 'murderers' why they kept targeting him, and he found out the truth.
Instead of encouraging him to get hired he told his father "I can play or I can not play, it doesn't bother me.
"I'm not looking for any job - I want to take some time to find one that suits me."
A gambling and addictions expert says that these types of interventions may do more harm than good to family relations. In most cases, gaming addiction is a symptom of an underlying problem.
Professor Mark Griffiths, gambling and addictions expert at Nottingham Trent University, told the BBC he had not known family members to go to such drastic measures before.
"It's not going to do much for family relations. I've never heard of that kind of intervention before, but I don't think these top-down approaches works. Most excessive game playing is usually a symptom of an underlying problem."
Griffiths says that he has come across players who dedicated up to 14 hours a day gaming. He says it only has a detrimental affect if it impacts on their work or family life.
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