When it comes to getting your couch potato out of the house, it is not a game!
Via Daily Mail reports:
A Chinese man concerned about his unemployed son’s gaming addiction hired online hitmen to ‘kill’ his avatar.
The man, named as Mr Feng, blames his 23-year-old son’s love for online role-playing games for his unemployment and found a radical way to get him into gear.
Mr Feng, who lives with his son in the Shaanxi province in central China, hired high-level players to kill his son’s character every time he went online to play in the hopes that this would see him tire of playing.
Mr Feng told Chinese newspaper Sanqing Daily that his son had begun playing online games in high school after which his grades deteriorated and Feng Jr. has struggled with keeping a job since.
He said he was annoyed that when his son finally found a job at a software development company he failed to stick it out for more than three months.
The 23-year-old, named by blog Kotaku East as Xiao Feng, eventually asked his ‘murderers’ why they kept targeting him, and 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.’
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.
He said: ‘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 work.
‘Most excessive game playing is usually a symptom of an underlying problem.’
He said in his 25 years experience he had come across players who dedicated up to 14 hours a day gaming.
But he said it only has a detrimental affect if it impacts on their work or family life.
Kotaku East reported that the pair had made up after Xiao confronted his father but it is not clear if he has now found work.
Wait, how can you possibly spend 14 hours a day gaming and have it NOT impact work or family life?
Do you think Mr. Feng had the right idea and just didn’t properly execute it or was this a stupid idea to begin with?
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