What would you do if your son or daughter was so addicted to playing video games that it was affect their school work, their job and their social life in general? Would you take their game console away, send them to a boot camp like the ones started in China in 2009 or try something a little more drastic. One father, Mr Feng, decided to do the latter and took matters into his own hands or more accurately into the hands of expert gamers.
According to China's Sanqin Daily put up with years of his son play video games as his grade suffered. Then when his son quit his job at a software development company after only six months it was the final straw. That was when Mr. Feng came up with his plan to have his son's character assasinated over and over until his son gave up on the game.
"I think...this way, he will probably lose interest in the game, thus turning...attention to finding work," Mr. Feng told a Chinese news website.
Mr. Feng quickly tracked down the best players in the game his son enjoyed playing. He then arranged for them to kill off his son's character as soon as he logged on to the game. At first it seemed to be working just the way that Mr. Feng hoped and he expected that soon his son would throw away the game controller and look for a new job. His plan though took an unexpected turn when his son figured there was something going on.
"There was never any bad blood or animosity between me and [the master game players who were killing me], so I knew there was something strange going on," he said.
To find out what that something was Xiao Feng, Chinese for little Feng, set out to do some detective work. He talked to all of the gamers that were killing off his characters. They told him why they were doing what they did and he quickly put the would thing together. Once he had the pieces all put together he confronted his dad.
According to gaming news site Kotaku, he was quoted as saying "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."
That wasn't the result his Mr. Feng was hoping for but he was “relieved” to hear his son say that he was still looking for something better.
If you were Mr. Feng would you be satisfied? Would you have tried something different?
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