hitman Man hires in game assassins to kill sons game character

A Chinese man hired digital assassins to kill his son's player character in an online game in efforts to get him to stop gaming so much, according to a report by The Telegraph.

 

A Chinese man hired digital assassins to kill his son's player character in an online game in efforts to get him to stop gaming so much, according to a report by The Telegraph.

 
23-year-old Xaio Feng quit a software job after three months and since then spent much of his time playing video games instead of looking for another job, resulting in his father becoming concerned about his apparent addiction, though Xaio claims his gaming habits were being exaggerated.
 
His father became so exasperated by the situation that he resorted to a very unorthodox solution: hiring in-game assassins to constantly target his son's character to make the game a lot less fun to play. Xiao grew suspicious after a while and confronted his virtual attackers, who admitted that they had been paid by his father to add him to their hit list.
 
hitman Man hires in game assassins to kill sons game character
 
It is not clear what game was the focus of the dispute and subsequent digital murder, but it was likely an MMO with an open world active player-versus-player experience or a first-person shooter.
 
The bizarre case highlights a growing phenomenon of internet and gaming addiction, particularly in Asian countries, where new laws have been passed in recent years to address the issue. Some of these have involved questionable or unethical approaches, such as the use of electroshock “therapy” in China, while others have involved enforcing internet curfews, like one implemented by South Korea.
 
Xiao has since reached a deal with his father to look for a new job. Presumably the hitmen have been called off as a result.
 
Source: The Telegraph
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