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A Chinese Dad has come up with a unique way of persuading his game-addicted son to turn engage with the real world: hiring gaming pros to destroy his morale by hunting him down online. The frustrated father had apparently seen his 23-year-old offspring become obsessed with online games to the point that he had no interest in …

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Short Sharp Shock (In meat space)

You know they're gonna kill ya. So, like... if you give 'em a quick short, sharp shock, they don't do it again. Dig it? I mean he got off light, 'cos I could've given him a thrashing – I only hit him once! It's only a difference of right and wrong, isn't it? I mean, good manners don’t cost nothin', do they? Hey!

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Re: Short Sharp Shock (In meat space)

There is no dark side of the moon really - as a matter of fact, it's all dark...

That's today's playlist sorted then.

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Business Opportunity

This sounds like a business opportunity to put together online goon squads that are hired out to parents (or others). Probably could automate it too.

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Re: Business Opportunity

Too late ;;-)

Best Regards and Wishes to the family

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Re: Short Sharp Shock (In meat space)

cruxifiction - best thing the Romans ever did for us

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Love the Dad's thinking!

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I do it myself

If junior is overdoing it, I take on him mano a mano Doom with monsters set to nightmare on the house LAN. Or a strategy game of his choice. He is quickly reminded exactly how much does he yet have to learn which usually has the desired effect for a couple of months - namely him doing his homework first and games after that.

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WTF?

Re: I do it myself

erm... he's 23. Dopubt he's got any homework to do.

How about just kick the lazy bastard out of the house to make the point?

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Re: I do it myself

Alternatively, replace his video card with a model from 2005, and drop his framerate down to slideshow levels of performance. When he gets a job he can buy his own hardware, and restore his framerate.

Well, once he replaces his "new" 1ghz single core CPU as well...then there's the matter of his "new" 2.5" drive with no cache and tiny rpm rate...then there's the new internet and LAN hardware, as the original has "mysteriously" slowed to 56k modem speeds and latency...and there's the new RAM sticks, after his previous versions "mysteriously" develop a timing incompatibility...

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hmm...

That treatment would have gotten me more involved, to make sure I beat my assassins.

That is just the biggest carrot for me to play, beat those who did beat me. But then I do dislike most "war" games, with one exception the original Halo, and hmm Marathon, that's 2 exceptions.

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Re: I do it myself

What happens when he's able to kick your arse and tea-bag your (virtual) corpse? Does this end with him putting out his own eyes?

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Re: I do it myself

Going off on a tangent...I'm still trying to work out why on a 20Mb connection COD lags, when way back when on 56Kbps I used to have great games of Quake.

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Re: hmm...

Yes, but a headshot to the back of the head upon respawn from a teammate is pretty hard to dodge. It might get you banned from the server, but the dude was paid to keep up the fight, so yanno, dedication.

Dad's intention: Make kid ragequit for a few months. Maybe then he'll get off his ass.

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"Although physical violence was banned as a treatment back in 2009..."

How forward-thinking of them.

I mean, what bright spark was it that said to himself, "Hey, these kids - they're addicted to video games. You know what might work? Beating the snot out of them!"

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> Hey, these kids - they're addicted to video games...

I'm not sure that aged 23 you can still claim to be a kid.

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Re: > Hey, these kids - they're addicted to video games...

Mental capacity of a kid, perhaps...

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Re: > Hey, these kids - they're addicted to video games...

Well the USians might... They canna even drink until 21! damn that was a rude shock when flying at 18 and they wouldn't give me wine with my meal...

In china though, 23 I am sure he ain't a kid, even if he's acting like one...

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"I mean, what bright spark was it that said to himself, 'Hey, these kids - they're addicted to video games. You know what might work? Beating the snot out of them!'"

Yup: If you've got a awkward, shy and insular individual who avoids face-to-face human contact and prefers to be alone in their room, the best way of getting them to venture out and engage in person with other people is to get people to kick the crap out of them.

There's totally no way that'll drive them further from society and make them want to spend time murdering the feck out of people in a virtual world!

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Lucky it was only war games

I can't imagine what would have happened if he had been addicted to porn ................ He might not have been able to sit down for weeks.

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Re: Lucky it was only war games

ordering a new keyboard - spill resistant this time

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It's not an illness

He has a choice, he's just choosing to be a bum...

Beer: Because the dad deserves one for the amusing approach to solving the problem :o)

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Re: It's not an illness

Video games might not be physically addictive, but the psychological effect should not be ignored. Humans are pretty weak and easy to manipulate, and online games are designed to hook you and keep you playing.

Still, yes, +1 to the parent's original thinking, although I'd probably just have taken his PC away (or cut off the broadband).

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China Syndrome

You play one war game, then half an hour later you need another.

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Would you like to play a game?

The only winning move is not to play.

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Assassins who snitch on their client?

Failing to complete a contract or making a mess of it may be forgiveable, but breach of confidentiality is not.

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Re: Assassins who snitch on their client?

I was thinking - heck those guys must be truly low paid and totally unprofessional, c'mon they told not only they are pro assassins but also revealed who has hired them.

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Re: Assassins who snitch on their client?

If the 12 yr old gamers that constantly whip my ass in MW3 are anything to go by, their ego's will be hyooooooj. They won't be able to help themselves and will openly boast about being hired 'assassins'.

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Re: Assassins who snitch on their client?

All of this presumably is happening because Chinese internet users are required to register in services with their real name.

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WTF?

Re: The mind absolutely boggles ...

My Clue meter is reading zero.

Does it need more coffee?

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Re: The mind absolutely boggles ...

I wrote something along the lines of: "My dad taught me how to raise pigs & make bacon and sausages. My mom taught me how to make pasta and grow tomatos."

I retracted mine because i kinda figured that all y'all wouldn't understand :-/

I'll try again ... I taught my daughter about the real world. She is doing well.

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Instead of 'hiring gaming pros to destroy his morale by hunting him down online', why not just hire some 'pros' to remind him of the pleasures of the real world?

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That reminds me of a line out of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" that goes "Once I learned the value of a hard-earned dollar..."

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Should have played EVE Online

I know a number of highly unsavory individuals that would be more than happy to grief someone repeatedly, often completely free of charge too, especially if there's lulz involved.

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Re: Should have played EVE Online

".....completely free of charge......" We'll, it's not like he created a game account in a girl's name, created an avatar with enormous boobs, then entered the forums and chat rooms asking for "help from any brave, manly warriors in dealing with a ganking clan", and implying such help might be rewarded with sexual favours, that kind of thing just wouldn't work with the average, socially-inept, male gamer.....

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Lol

Id find this funny if the guys son was a more skilled player than the would be assassins and kicked their asses and carried on as normal :)

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Re: Lol

Reminds me of that South Park episode.

"This can mean only one thing. We are dealing with someone who has... no life."

"How can you kill that which has no life?"

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Better choice than a possibly badly run addiction centre, I wouldn't trust any kind of addiction camp in the USA or UK with my sons, let alone one in China, no matter what rules they put in place, you can expect them to be broken no matter what the consequences.. I doubt they are trained psychologists, more likely thugs that saw an opportunity to make money if they beat sense into people...

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Coming soon to youtube...

"Angry Chinese Kid"!

... I'll get me coat.

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Career opportunity...

Perhaps the son could become a professional online assassin.

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Only 23?

My nephew is 27 and still lives with his parents. He works enough to buy his weed and then plays Counter Strike for hours even when he could be out surfing or enjoying the sunshine. Sad!

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Re: Only 23?

hmm, maybe time for his parents to take their responsibility?

Find a apartment for him, kick him out, pay one month of rent. Make sure he has one bed, one chair, one table, one spoon, one fork, one knife, one plate, one glass, one roll of toilet paper.

The clothing he can pack with him of what he want's to keep. Store the rest 3 months in the garage, then burn or give away, if he hasn't picked it up before then.

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Re: Only 23?

Interestingly that sounds like the opposite of taking responsibility to me, a lot more like "washing their hands of the problem."

So what happens, if they fail to adjust to society they go onto job seekers allowance, maybe they fail at that due to being socially inept and just end up sofa surfing and then living on the streets...

Doesn't sound like a very responsible approach to me.

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Re: Only 23?

The job of a parent isn't to coddle their children endlessly, it's to teach their children to be self reliant and able to cope and indeed thrive in the real world. If someone without severe disabilities is not capable of managing that by 27 something has gone wrong and something should really be done. Booting out does seem a bit harsh but that sounds like a problem case. Anyway if the counterstrike playing pothead is shocked into at least attempting to cope on their own then following up with a bit of parental support wouldn't go amiss.

If a bird is going to fly for the first time it has to be kicked out of the nest

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Re: Only 23?

"...one roll of toilet paper."

He probably doesn't have a girlfriend. Better make it two.

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Birds.

Most actually leave the nest instinctively, some are eaten by birds of prey......

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Re: Only 23?

Yeah, there should be a law forcing people to grow up. Ironing shirts, sitting in traffic, paying bills, much more fun.

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I like the dad's thinking on this one but i'd have just removed the plug.

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This is the real up and coming issue with games, not violence, but complete apathy towards real life.

There are lots of problems, a person starts not doing to well in society (failing school, bullying, can't get a job, etc) so they start to move towards other things they are good at, e.g. a certain game, this gives them a purpose and they start to disengage entirely. Not making friends, not getting jobs / studying, not washing, etc.

The more disengaged they become the more difficult it is to reverse.

A lot like the Japanese "Hikikomori"

Fortunately for me, no matter how much my life sucks I can't fall into being a perpetual game player as I suck.

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Legal issue?

Just some musings as I read this, and I'd be interested in any considered replies:

IIRC, in some (real) jurisdictions a value can be ascribed to a virtual asset in respect of the cost/time spent building up, for example, a character. I don't think it's gained much traction yet, and I may be incorrect, but I seem to recall this has been found in law somewhere or other.

Now leaving aside the issue of this asset being destroyed, or at least reasonably put at risk, by willing participation in the game, and also the particular jurisdiction in this case (I know nothing of Chinese law, and my premise is based on a laymans knowledge of UK law, with US taints) is there an avenue by which some future lawyer might have a shot at the father (and possibly others) for in effect conspiring to destroy the property of another? In this case the fact that the son (or it could be another person) is being targeted in a way beyond the expectations of a normal player might be the deciding factor. If so I am sure another lawyer would have a pop at the service provider for failing to protect the son's assets as well.

Could such a course of action alter online gaming as you know it?

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