Conflict simulation, peacebuilding, and development

Familial loyalties and online gaming

chickennativityWell, this BBC news item is just too good to pass up:

A man in China hired virtual “assassins” to hunt down his son in online video games and kill off his avatar, according to local media.

The man, named by the Kotako East blog as Mr Feng, was concerned about the amount of time his 23-year-old unemployed son was spending online.

He hoped his actions would deter his son from playing the games, he is reported to have said.

His son eventually asked one of the gamers why they kept targeting him.

“It’s not going to do much for family relations,” Prof Mark Griffiths, a gambling and addictions expert at Nottingham Trent University told the BBC…

My own experience is rather different—I was once abandoned in World of Warcraft somewhere in the wilderness of Kalimdor by my own daughter after she complained that my weaker combat skills were “just slowing her down.”

One response to “Familial loyalties and online gaming

  1. David Becker 07/01/2013 at 9:26 pm

    So it is not true that the family that fights together sticks together…

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