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Offline Lyubov

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Father hires assassins to stop his son from gaming
« on: January 07, 2013, 02:00:32 AM »
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Chinese father pushes son to kick gaming addiction by hiring virtual assassins to kill his MMO character

It’s practically a cliché at this point: An angry father gets fed up with his lay about son playing video games all day instead of looking for a job. But Kotaku reports that one father in China went outside the box when thinking of ways to get his son off the computer: He hired a team of virtual assassins to repeatedly kill his son’s favorite character in a popular online role-playing game. According to Kotaku, 23-year-old Xiao Feng had been in and out of jobs for years while pointedly telling his father that he didn’t want to work for a living. Even after his father ruined his online gaming experience by having his character die numerous times, the defiant Feng told his father that he was still “not looking for any job” and that he wanted “to take some time to find one that suits me.” So let this be a lesson to all you crafty entrepreneurs out there thinking you can make a fortune by creating a virtual Dark Brotherhood to take out game addicts’ MMO characters: This sort of intervention apparently isn’t all that effective.

http://news.yahoo.com/chinese-father-pushes-son-kick-gaming-addiction-hiring-000015498.html
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Re: Father hires assassins to stop his son from gaming
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2013, 02:30:32 AM »
Wow. It looks like the virtual hitman industry is kicking up!
 

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Re: Father hires assassins to stop his son from gaming
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2013, 02:53:10 AM »
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Re: Father hires assassins to stop his son from gaming
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2013, 03:34:33 AM »
The online gaming world has some surprisingly complex goings-on.

Virtual economies, organizations, etc have become very in-depth.

Hiring assassins (or paying anyone) is a bit extreme.

There are ways:

 

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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2013, 03:37:45 AM »
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Re: Father hires assassins to stop his son from gaming
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2013, 11:04:47 AM »
Any gamer worth his salt would be able to figure out what the WiFi password is.

Or reset it.
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Re: Father hires assassins to stop his son from gaming
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2013, 01:07:52 PM »
Wow. It looks like the virtual hitman industry is kicking up!

Guessing you've never heard about the high-profile Eve Online incident?

Check this out for some info - http://www.computerandvideogames.com/180867/features/murder-incorporated/?site=pcg
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Re: Father hires assassins to stop his son from gaming
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2013, 01:22:23 PM »
EVE is probably my favorite MMO, just because of all the ridiculous high-profile stories that come out of it.
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Re: Father hires assassins to stop his son from gaming
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2013, 02:38:29 PM »
Any gamer worth his salt would be able to figure out what the WiFi password is.

Or reset it.

"Gamers" play games and occasionally have knowledge of the hardware and software necessary for gaming.

And I think the disciplinary action for compromising the property of a parent would be greater. That letter is obviously assuming there is no great conflict.

When it comes to children, I have a philosophy of not giving them any ground. They will not condition me, and I will not explain myself to them as a condition of obedience. They do it or not, and not doing it has consequences.
 

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Re: Father hires assassins to stop his son from gaming
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2013, 02:55:58 PM »
Any gamer worth his salt would be able to figure out what the WiFi password is.

Or reset it.

"Gamers" play games and occasionally have knowledge of the hardware and software necessary for gaming.

And I think the disciplinary action for compromising the property of a parent would be greater. That letter is obviously assuming there is no great conflict.

When it comes to children, I have a philosophy of not giving them any ground. They will not condition me, and I will not explain myself to them as a condition of obedience. They do it or not, and not doing it has consequences.

This is a good philosophy.  If a large number of parents would act accordingly, the "crisis of authority" that has reined for half a century might at least lessen in intensity.

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Re: Father hires assassins to stop his son from gaming
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2013, 03:23:36 PM »
This is a good philosophy.  If a large number of parents would act accordingly, the "crisis of authority" that has reined for half a century might at least lessen in intensity.

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It is not just philosophy for those thinking that I would change if I had to deal with kids.

I do watch kids and I see how they act. And I was a child once. I have seen kids use the "saving" excuse to play another round or level of a video game when their parents are in charge. When I am watching them, I say it is time to stop or give a time when they are expected to stop, and if they are not, I just turn off the system.

They do not dilly-dally with me.

Also, if it is not a matter of safety, I do not actively enforce what I say. If they do not do it, well, the next time they ask for something, I say "no". The first few times they were surprised.