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Dad Hires In-Game 'Assassins' To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

Soulskill posted about 2 years ago | from the dad's-got-game dept.

It's funny.  Laugh. 338

An anonymous reader writes "An irritated father of a 23-year-old gamer hired 'In-game assassins' to attempt to make his son quit playing video games and have him get a job. 'Feng's idea was that his son would get bored of playing games if he was killed every time he logged on, and that he would start putting more effort into getting a job.' While the son recently had a job at a software development company he quit because he decided he didn't like the work."

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Just kick him out. (5, Insightful)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 2 years ago | (#42478495)

No need for that, just kick him out.
He will find a job when he needs a place to live and food to eat.

Re:Just kick him out. (4, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | about 2 years ago | (#42478567)

Yes, finding a job when you don't have an address, money, food or means will be a snap!

The US street are littered with kids whose parent did that instead of actual get professional help.

.

Re:Just kick him out. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42478629)

If the dude has the skills to get a job as a software dev, he can work as a gas station attendant, which would give him enough money to room up with someone and eat. From there, it's his problem.

Re:Just kick him out. (4, Insightful)

omnichad (1198475) | about 2 years ago | (#42478755)

Not always - it's the curse of overqualified.

Re:Just kick him out. (5, Funny)

codewarren (927270) | about 2 years ago | (#42478815)

Indeed, how will he ever conceal the fact that he can write software? He's doomed.

Re:Just kick him out. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42479253)

If they find out he lied about his education or experience, they can fire him for that - even if he chose to downplay his education and experience.

Re:Just kick him out. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42479307)

And since when is "education or experience" required for software development?

Re:Just kick him out. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42478763)

If the dude has the skills to get a job as a software dev, he can work as a gas station attendant, which would give him enough money to room up with someone and eat. From there, it's his problem.

Clearly you never tried living on your own on a gas station attendant's wage.

Re:Just kick him out. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42478813)

If the dude has the skills to get a job as a software dev, he can work as a gas station attendant, which would give him enough money to room up with someone and eat. From there, it's his problem.

Clearly you never tried living on your own on a gas station attendant's wage.

Clearly you never tried reading the post you are replying to that specifically stipulated *rooming with someone*. But you are correct even 40+ hours a week at a gas station (almost impossible to get since they prefer part-timers) is barely enough for rent, gas, and a little cheap (unhealthy) food. It sucks.

Re:Just kick him out. (5, Informative)

Dahamma (304068) | about 2 years ago | (#42479231)

If the dude has the skills to get a job as a software dev, he can work as a gas station attendant, which would give him enough money to room up with someone and eat. From there, it's his problem.

Clearly you never tried living on your own on a gas station attendant's wage.

Clearly you never tried reading the post you are replying to that specifically stipulated *rooming with someone*. But you are correct even 40+ hours a week at a gas station (almost impossible to get since they prefer part-timers) is barely enough for rent, gas, and a little cheap (unhealthy) food. It sucks.

And clearly neither of you actually RTFA, which said it was in China. I'd wager you have no idea what a "gas station attendant" makes there, how much rent or food is in his town, or what the hiring preferences of Chinese gas station owners is.

Re:Just kick him out. (2, Informative)

geekoid (135745) | about 2 years ago | (#42479121)

No one will hire you when you don't have an address.

Re:Just kick him out. (4, Insightful)

superdave80 (1226592) | about 2 years ago | (#42479237)

I'm pretty sure the dad would let him use his address if it meant getting a job. Sheesh, I wish people would think for more than five seconds before posting 'problems' like these...

Re:Just kick him out. (5, Insightful)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about 2 years ago | (#42478693)

This was in China though. And the Dad evidently gave up after the kid said "No, I'm STILL not going to look for a job." Sounds like the problem may have been lack of tough love. Furthermore, h4rr4r's suggestion doesn't need to be an immediate and total severing of all ties and support.

"You have a month or two to find a job, after that time you'll either be gainfully employed and enjoying your hobby on your off hours, or you will be sleeping on the concrete and won't have a computer."

If the kid chooses the latter, that's his fault.

Re:Just kick him out. (5, Insightful)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | about 2 years ago | (#42479303)

his was in China though. And the Dad evidently gave up after the kid said "No, I'm STILL not going to look for a job." Sounds like the problem may have been lack of tough love.

Sounds like it might be 421 aka Little Emperor Syndrome [wikipedia.org] at work.

Re:Just kick him out. (5, Insightful)

razorh (853659) | about 2 years ago | (#42478709)

The US street are littered with kids whose parent did that instead of actual get professional help.

Really? Where? Reference? Honestly, I've never heard that parents kicking deadbeat children out of their homes was a serious source of homelessness.

Re:Just kick him out. (3, Funny)

spiffmastercow (1001386) | about 2 years ago | (#42478911)

The US street are littered with kids whose parent did that instead of actual get professional help.

Really? Where? Reference? Honestly, I've never heard that parents kicking deadbeat children out of their homes was a serious source of homelessness.

They're all in Portland. Also, most of them deserve it and would not contribute to society in any meaningful way regardless of whether they're on the streets or in their parents' homes.

Re:Just kick him out. (2)

thomasw_lrd (1203850) | about 2 years ago | (#42479085)

Are they the ones walking around asking for money, with the big ass golden retriever, and the $300+ hiking backpacks? Those guys got on my nerves.

Re:Just kick him out. (-1, Flamebait)

geekoid (135745) | about 2 years ago | (#42479233)

Where did they get the backpack? was it given to them? was it a donation?

Haha, no you keep with your stupid ass concept becasue not thinking works so well. Jack ass.

You might want to look up what the fuck the Renaissance was. Cause you got nothing to do with that.

Re:Just kick him out. (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | about 2 years ago | (#42479245)

They might have been the ones sitting outside of the Starbucks on their 350lbs ass playing on their iDevice asking if you can spare some change while in the same breath asking if they can buy a smoke from you. Or possibly the ones asking if you can spare some change so they can get to down town on the train even though they are in the free zone for the train. I got real sick of the bums in Portland when I was there and thought about building a potato cannon and shelling them from my apartment windows. And these weren't the ones who should be in a state hospital but weren't they were the lazy ones who viewed pan handling as a career, I even heard the one fat ass woman who sat infront of Starbucks bitching to a cop one day when another bum set up shop up the street as he was "cutting off all my business and you need to do something about it" according to the regular bum.

Re:Just kick him out. (-1, Flamebait)

geekoid (135745) | about 2 years ago | (#42479189)

Coincidentally I am in Portland.

"most of them deserve it and would not contribute to society in any meaningful way"
Fuck you, you poor excuse for a limp wristed cum stain.

YOU and people like YOU are clueless fucks that would watch society burn to the ground to hold onto you belief instead of thinking.
They need help. Most haven't even been taught how to plan or work, then suddenly they are on the streets becasue they are lazy.
The do nothing parent scratch their head and can't figure out why ignoring a child for 18 years has lead to them being 'lazy'.

Re:Just kick him out. (5, Informative)

spiffmastercow (1001386) | about 2 years ago | (#42479305)

Coincidentally I am in Portland.

"most of them deserve it and would not contribute to society in any meaningful way" Fuck you, you poor excuse for a limp wristed cum stain.

YOU and people like YOU are clueless fucks that would watch society burn to the ground to hold onto you belief instead of thinking. They need help. Most haven't even been taught how to plan or work, then suddenly they are on the streets becasue they are lazy. The do nothing parent scratch their head and can't figure out why ignoring a child for 18 years has lead to them being 'lazy'.

I lived in Portland for many years. Hell, I hung out with some of those kids, and even had roommates who were one step up the ladder (renting a room in a shithole on 82nd street). The fact is, they're lazy fucks. There's all kinds of resources to get them food, shelter, and jobs, but they'd rather get high instead, and most of those programs require that you remain clean. Also, the vast majority of them simply go back to stay with their parents during the winter months -- notice you only see them around in the spring and summer?

Re:Just kick him out. (2)

geekoid (135745) | about 2 years ago | (#42479157)

Lettered was probably the wrong word. I did not mean to imply its a serious source, but I use to help those kids. So the idea that you can toss someone out and that will fix it annoys me.

Re:Just kick him out. (4, Insightful)

MightyYar (622222) | about 2 years ago | (#42478713)

The US street are littered with kids whose parent did that instead of actual get professional help.

No, they aren't. They are littered with people who have schizophrenia and other mental illness, but cannot be compelled to take their meds. This dude isn't hearing voices, and he doesn't seem to be self-treating his "illness" with alcohol or heroin.

Re:Just kick him out. (1)

Forty Two Tenfold (1134125) | about 2 years ago | (#42479263)

He's too far out to self-medicate.

Re:Just kick him out. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42479319)

yes. they are. NEETs are fucking everywhere in the US.

Re:Just kick him out. (1)

philip.paradis (2580427) | about 2 years ago | (#42478731)

Owing to my own stupid decisions as a teenager, I've had to obtain a job without a fixed address and about $10 in my pocket. The guy was working as an IT professional, and obviously wasn't overly concerned about his finances, as he simply quit because he didn't like the job. I'd give the kid 30 days to find a job or go couch surf somewhere else. The US is littered with people whose parents coddled them into adulthood and have no idea how or desire to deal with real life. It's time for the school of hard knocks: there's the easy way, and there's the hard way. The kid can take his pick.

Re:Just kick him out. (4, Insightful)

tnk1 (899206) | about 2 years ago | (#42478757)

My parents let me stay at home between college and my first (post-college) job. That was a total of one week. They probably would have let me stay for longer, but I didn't want to. I like them just fine, but how precisely was I ever going to be an adult, have good relationship with women, and learn to take care of myself if I kept living with them? I love video games, but not so much that I can stand to play them all day, every day. After work and on weekends is more than enough time for that.

If this kid doesn't like his job, he needs to do what every responsible adult does: work it until you can get a better one somewhere else. You're never going to get a good job unless you're really lucky or you work through the bad or mediocre ones first.

I haven't liked every job I have worked. Some I downright hated, but they were a means to an end. Now, I have house, cars and family of my own, and my parents get to enjoy the rest of their lives without me hanging around mooching off them.

That is not to say I am not in favor of using your parents as a springboard to get you there. If you truly can't find a job, you need to do what you have to do. There's no shame in living at your parents' home to get back on your feet, just as long as that is what you are trying to do. In this person's case, I'm not sure he's being an adult.

Re:Just kick him out. (2)

ArhcAngel (247594) | about 2 years ago | (#42478777)

At 23 it is no longer the parents responsibility to provide anything.

An eagle tosses it's young out of the nest not to kill or out of malice but to teach them how to fly on their own.

This guy has all of the things you list but isn't interested in employment if he is playing games instead of looking for work. And since he is 23 his parents can't force him to get "professional" help.

Re:Just kick him out. (1)

h4rr4r (612664) | about 2 years ago | (#42478783)

I would assume he has friends and some money in the bank from living at home.

I did this, so can he.

Re:Just kick him out. (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 2 years ago | (#42478957)

At some point you need to realize that work is less fun than games, but you still need to do it. The kid in the article can find a job, he just doesn't like it. He said, "I'm not looking for just any job, I want to take some time to find one that suits me."

Find a job you don't like, then while you have a positive cash flow, look for a job that better 'suits' you.

Re:Just kick him out. (1)

jjsimp (2245386) | about 2 years ago | (#42479111)

What kind of help do you get for a lazy, mooching bastard? Therapy? I think tossing him out on his ass would be a lot cheaper. If he wants to get a job and save up for a place, I would have no problem (if he was my son) letting him stay with me. The job comes first. He has obviously overstayed his welcome (5 years after HS).

Re:Just kick him out. (2)

PRMan (959735) | about 2 years ago | (#42479117)

My parents coddled my brother and he was a live-at-home deadbeat until he was 37 years old. And he took money from my 70+ year-old retired father until he was 43. I finally told my dad that if you want him to grow up, you have to just cut him off. Tell him he's done in 6 months and that you are reducing the amount you give him by 1/6 every month until it's zero.

Amazingly(?!?), my brother got a job (a really good job) and is now on his own doing great, by far the best ever in his life. And he's growing up and showing the kind of maturity that most people show in their 20s. But hey, better late than never.

Another friend of mine had his parents kick him out of the house at 21 when he dropped out of a semester of college. He was super angry, but I told him that he really didn't want to be like my loser brother anyway and that in 5-10 years, he would thank his parents for kicking him out. Sure enough, he is second in command for security for a large corporation and doing great.

The problem isn't kicking your kids out (unless they have mental illness). The problem is that most parents give their kids everything they want and protect their kids from every bad situation in life and then are surprised that they get discouraged when the real world doesn't work that way.

Re:Just kick him out. (1)

Achra (846023) | about 2 years ago | (#42479295)

Yes, finding a job when you don't have an address, money, food or means will be a snap!

The US street are littered with kids whose parent did that instead of actual get professional help.

.

Actually, they aren't. At least, not here in downtown Seattle. Maybe the middle-class-kids-living-on-the-streets scenario is only relevant in your particular area?

Re:Just kick him out. (2, Insightful)

capoccia (312092) | about 2 years ago | (#42478571)

probably mom wouldn't let dad kick him out.

Re:Just kick him out. (1)

Nutria (679911) | about 2 years ago | (#42478829)

+1 Insightful.

Re:Just kick him out. (2)

The MAZZTer (911996) | about 2 years ago | (#42478997)

Does mom also manage the router settings? Cut him off.

Re:Just kick him out. (1)

PRMan (959735) | about 2 years ago | (#42479167)

This is EXACTLY what happened to my brother.

Re:Just kick him out. (5, Insightful)

jjsimp (2245386) | about 2 years ago | (#42478593)

It is just so simple, but parents these days are just so stupid. My dad gave me three options when I graduated from HS. Join the military, go to college, or GTFO. And for the current teens/twenty somethings I do not hate my father. In fact I respect the man.

Re:Just kick him out. (2)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 2 years ago | (#42478711)

Works great when you can, doesn't work so well when you can't. Like say, housing prices ensure that at best, you can rent some terrible squalid place and you're still paying 3/4th of your paycheque for it (or spend two hours commuting from next town over).

For many, the "GTFO" option is "Start paying rent" (which can be a pretty sweet deal when you figure what's actually included).

And really, that's the best option - pay the damn rent. Else no electricity and especially, no internet. (Really, why is the father not unplugging the PC and disconnecting the internet? Both aren't especially skilled solutions - the latter just involves cancelling your internet service).

Re:Just kick him out. (1)

SJHillman (1966756) | about 2 years ago | (#42478741)

Mine was much the same way. I was allowed to live at home as long as I was going to school/college. Once I was done with my education, I had six months to move out. It worked well for both of us and it's the same thing I'll probably do when I have kids.

Re:Just kick him out. (1)

MightyYar (622222) | about 2 years ago | (#42478747)

My dad didn't mention the military, but essentially I was given the same options.

Re:Just kick him out. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42478857)

It is just so simple, but parents these days are just so stupid. My dad gave me three options when I graduated from HS. Join the military, go to college, or GTFO. And for the current teens/twenty somethings I do not hate my father. In fact I respect the man.

As far as going to college, who exactly is going to pay for that, or is the definition of "success" today still somehow defined as a 22-year old human walking around with $80,000 worth of debt and still jobless...

As far as the military goes, it's not quite as easy these days with 10 million other kids equally as qualified to do the same no-experience-necessary job. The world isn't exactly stable either.

As far as the GTFO option, I've not heard of too many success stories that started out that way. I'd also challenge the average parent to actually put boot to ass and do this. It's an easy thing to talk about and a very hard thing to actually do.

Re:Just kick him out. (0)

AK Marc (707885) | about 2 years ago | (#42478915)

. Join the military, go to college, or GTFO.

How do you live at home in the military? How many students live at home while in college full time? Sounds like it was *and* GTFO, not or. GTFO, no matter what you do. It wasn't an option, it was the required result, slipped in to seem like an option.

Re:Just kick him out. (1)

jjsimp (2245386) | about 2 years ago | (#42479089)

Going to the local college you could live at home. Yes, there are some colleges that make freshmen stay on campus. Of course, you can not join the military and stay home. There was the other option I neglected, but it was essentially GTFO after 1 year : Get a job, save up money, and GTFO as soon as possible.

Re:Just kick him out. (1)

Golddess (1361003) | about 2 years ago | (#42479229)

Maybe it was the ultimate GTFO? As in "if you chose A or B, you are welcome back any time. Otherwise we never want to see you again".

Re:Just kick him out. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42478595)

Yep, my thoughts exactly. We may sometimes not like what we do, but there is at some point a need for self sufficiency.

Re:Just kick him out. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42478609)

We all know where this is going. The "kid" will just start drugging the parent's nighttime milkshakes in order to sneak in at night to game.

Re:Just kick him out. (1)

Synerg1y (2169962) | about 2 years ago | (#42478799)

Still... a really creative way to dish out punishment for being a slacker. I sense a motivation poster pending.

A low tech ass beating (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42479007)

'nuf said.

WTF? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42478505)

How does this crap get on Slashdot? Seriously! Can we possibly have some tech related news that promotes some form or interesting and educational discourse?

Please!

Recruitment Ad (1)

alexander_686 (957440) | about 2 years ago | (#42478943)

Take a look at Slashdot’s demographics. You have people with time on their hands and tend to be good at games. This is obviously a recruitment ad - thinly disguised as a news story.

Welll, Now i know my new carruier (4, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | about 2 years ago | (#42478535)

in game assassin. 200 bucks a day, plus expenses. I can even see the misspelled gold lettering on my office door.

Re:Welll, Now i know my new carruier (1)

alexgieg (948359) | about 2 years ago | (#42478805)

in game assassin. 200 bucks a day, plus expenses. I can even see the misspelled gold lettering on my office door.

And the professional association of in game assassins would be "The Assassins' Creed".

Re:Welll, Now i know my new carruier (1)

richpoore (925284) | about 2 years ago | (#42479161)

Maybe he could find other dads wanting to take the same approach . . . There's a job he'd be more likely to commit to.

Re:Welll, Now i know my new carruier (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42478917)

Wait until you spend enough time at your new job that your parents decide they're sick of it, and unwittingly hire your coworkers to handle you.

Re:Welll, Now i know my new carruier (1)

Artifex (18308) | about 2 years ago | (#42479091)

Wait until you spend enough time at your new job that your parents decide they're sick of it, and unwittingly hire your coworkers to handle you.

$25 an hour (if he works 8 hour days for that $200) is not bad at all if he lacks better opportunities. U.S. federal minimum wage is $7.25.
In fact, his parents might ask him for jobs, if they're retired. He could become head of an online crime "family."

Just pay the son (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42478575)

Because he thinks his son should make money instead of game all day, he hires someone to make money by gaming all day?

Re:Just pay the son (2)

Golddess (1361003) | about 2 years ago | (#42479069)

Do you continue to pay your assassins long after they get the job done? Because I don't.

If you kill him.. (5, Funny)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about 2 years ago | (#42478577)

If you kill him, he will become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

Re:If you kill him.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42478697)

But.... If he dies it might mean the end of the world... of warcraft.

Re:If you kill him.. (2)

tnk1 (899206) | about 2 years ago | (#42478785)

Only if the game gives you death perks on respawn.

Useless (4, Insightful)

Blindman (36862) | about 2 years ago | (#42478605)

At best, you would be encouraging him to find a different game. Presumably, he would find one without player kills.
People generally find jobs because they need a job--not because they are too bored to do something else.

Re:Useless (4, Insightful)

AK Marc (707885) | about 2 years ago | (#42479029)

If he can't hold a job because he's addicted, and he doesn't want to look for a job because he's addicted, then souring the high may work. They do it with alcohol, so his father was trying the online version of disulfiram. Now, if he's just lazy and fills his lazy with games, then he'll find a different game to fill his time.

And yes, some people find jobs because they are too bored to do something else. Lots of retired people get a part time job or something like that because they are bored. People plan all their life to retire, but don't plan what happens after.

Re:Useless (1)

Jeng (926980) | about 2 years ago | (#42479265)

I quit Everquest for awhile because I found doing over the phone dsl tech support was more fun. At one of those places that tell you you'll have two weeks of training, but they toss you on the phone after 2 hours of training.

It got old after awhile though and I went back to EQ.

hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42478619)

Prepay for 1 yr min, and I will be on it.... Alias AC.

It is hard to game... (1)

dtmancom (925636) | about 2 years ago | (#42478637)

When you can't sit due to Dad's foot in your ass.

Career (3, Interesting)

biojayc (856286) | about 2 years ago | (#42478647)

I'd love to see someone try to make a career out of this! Pick a game like WOW and then advertise that you will make the game hell for whoever for a fee in an attempt to get them to quit. Two main clients I'd image: dad's and girlfriends. Wonder how long before Blizzard or lawyers step in.

Re:Career (1)

Sperbels (1008585) | about 2 years ago | (#42479239)

I'd love to see someone try to make a career out of this! Pick a game like WOW and then advertise that you will make the game hell for whoever for a fee in an attempt to get them to quit.

Depends on the game mechanics. I don't play WoW, but I bet it's pretty hard to grief others. Most MMOs these days are like that. It would be easy in EVE though.

Re:Career (1)

Sperbels (1008585) | about 2 years ago | (#42479281)

Forgot to mention...in EVE there already are mercenary corps that do this sort of thing.

Re:Career (1)

Shinobi (19308) | about 2 years ago | (#42479243)

Already been done in lots of online games....

I know for a fact that there's been such things in EQ, UO, WoW etc. And well, there's EVE, where you have had entire mercenary alliances etc...

OMG good idea!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42478649)

Well, with the little money the kid made before he quit that software development job, the kid should buy the best in-game gear he can and PK his dad every time he tries to assassinate him! That would be so funny. Wonder what the dad would do as his next course of action?

Kid: don't forget to loot your dad's corpse if that's allowed in the game you play! Maybe some uber items will drop if he's red (high murder count).

Re:OMG good idea!! (1)

magarity (164372) | about 2 years ago | (#42479105)

Well, with the little money the kid made before he quit that software development job, the kid should buy the best in-game gear he can and PK his dad every time he tries to assassinate him!

The Dad isn't playing games; he's too busy working to support his deadbeat offspring.

Nice! (1)

briancox2 (2417470) | about 2 years ago | (#42478653)

To dissuade his own son from being a bum, he encourages other sons to be a bum. What a selfless man.

Re:Nice! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42479043)

They're not bums; this is a career!

Irony (4, Funny)

Nadaka (224565) | about 2 years ago | (#42478661)

What if his son is running a business by selling his services as an ingame assassin?

Re:Irony (2)

Terrasque (796014) | about 2 years ago | (#42479267)

Irony: What if his son is hardcore PvP'er and relish the new challenge? Or just curbstomps the assassins.

Attempted Murder? (1)

Supp0rtLinux (594509) | about 2 years ago | (#42478669)

Considering that a 1st grader just got suspended from school for making a gun with his finger and saying "pow" http://abcnews.go.com/US/maryland-grader-suspended-pointing-finger-shape-gun/story?id=18123294#.UOcsEaXstuo [go.com] , I can totally see the son pursuing his father in court for "attempted murder". And then he won't need a job. He can just sue and live off the money he gets from his father. Oh the irony...

Re:Attempted Murder? (1)

kwiqsilver (585008) | about 2 years ago | (#42479195)

That happened in the US. Mr. Feng lives in a country that has more freedom: The People's Republic of China.

It is about time he got cut off (2)

genericmk (2767843) | about 2 years ago | (#42478679)

Sounds like the kid is living a good life at home; he's fed, he's got internet, presumably some pocket change. Time to cut off the internet, stop paying for the cell phone, etc. Kid needs incentive to get a job it sounds like; he needs to learn to appreciate what it takes to afford the life he's been living. Don't kick him out; that's draconian and it risks the kid winding up on a street with no food, etc. and no prospect of landing a job.

Re:It is about time he got cut off (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about 2 years ago | (#42479313)

I actually knew a guy who, like the 23 year old in this story, had one short lived job in his life so far. I don't know if he's serious about finding full time employment since he's currently 64.

I guess that's better than addiction camp (1)

slew (2918) | about 2 years ago | (#42478715)

Given some reports [latimes.com] , I'd have to say that getting killed by virtual assassins might be better than getting sent to addiction camp...

On the other hand...

Unhappy with his son not finding a job, Feng decided to hire players in his son's favorite online games to hunt down Xiao Feng. It is unknown where or how Feng found the in-game assassins—every one of the players he hired were stronger and higher leveled than Xiao Feng.

You've got to wonder how addicted the so-called assassins were to the game to get to a higher level than his addicted son (or perhaps how inept the son was at playing the game) and what the father's contribution to the assassins' addiction. I guess if it isn't specifically your problem, you don't care. Welcome to the wonderful new virtual social media world...

Daddy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42478723)

Wonder how did "dad" get the in-game currency needed to hire 24/7 assassins.

Bad Parent (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42478739)

This is exactly how you're not supposed to parent a child.

If you're assassinated in a video game... (1)

Supp0rtLinux (594509) | about 2 years ago | (#42478751)

If you're assassinated in a video game, what happens to your assets? I can totally see a new a career here. First, I play video games all day long and get really good at them. Then, I offer to assassinate other players with the stipulation that I get to keep all their goods. So I get real world cash for the hit and virtual world goods from the person I just wiped out. And all while sitting on my ass playing video games. Hmmm I think I need to take this idea to a good VC firm before Zuckerberg steals my idea and integrates it into Facebook.

Re:If you're assassinated in a video game... (3, Funny)

Sulphur (1548251) | about 2 years ago | (#42479093)

If you're assassinated in a video game, what happens to your assets? I can totally see a new a career here. First, I play video games all day long and get really good at them. Then, I offer to assassinate other players with the stipulation that I get to keep all their goods. So I get real world cash for the hit and virtual world goods from the person I just wiped out. And all while sitting on my ass playing video games. Hmmm I think I need to take this idea to a good VC firm before Zuckerberg steals my idea and integrates it into Facebook.

He'll make a killing.

Bullying (1)

MDMurphy (208495) | about 2 years ago | (#42478761)

If a dad tried this in the USA he'd probably find himself, along with the assassins, being charged with some cyberbullying statute. The kid would then sue successfully, making enough money to move out, get his own place and continue gaming full time.

Re:Bullying (0)

j_edge (20712) | about 2 years ago | (#42478863)

At best, or he could end up drugged by the child [slashdot.org] so they can continue without his meddling.

I did this myself back in the day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42478809)

When I was a professor, I knew my student's counter strike source servers. The night before a project was due / exam I would jump into their game and grief them until they went back to work (or more than likely went to a different server).
On rare occasion I would get caught up in the game myself....

Internet Connection (1)

neonv (803374) | about 2 years ago | (#42478825)

Just cut his internet connection ... a perfect incentive for the internet gaming addict to move out and find a job

Seriously? (5, Interesting)

roc97007 (608802) | about 2 years ago | (#42478927)

I think the father is overthinking this. I can't get at TFA from here, but if the son is living at the father's house, there are much better solutions. If it's a game console, disconnect it and donate it to the Salvation Army. If it's the son's personal property, fine, but if the son is living at the father's home, the internet connection probably belongs to the father. Login to router, disallow son's device. (And change the admin password.)

What it comes down to is this: "It's my house. If you want to live as you please, go out and get your own place. You're old enough. And if you think you can keep an apartment as a professional game player, let me know how that works out for you."

We had a similar issue at my house. I was at work and missed the fireworks, but I'm told they were spectacular. Wife was absolutely addicted to a Facebook game, wouldn't get off the couch except to go to the bathroom. Daughter needed food, couldn't get wife's attention. So daughter went out to the garage and turned off the router. (Wife doesn't know a router from a coffee pot, didn't know what to turn on.) Whoo boy. Initially wife's reaction was "I'm not going to do anything for you until you turn the internet back on" (imagine that much louder and a bit hysterical). Daughter's response "you weren't doing anything anyway, so what have I lost?" I'm told that after shouting back and forth for awhile, and a half hour of sulking, wife finally got up and made dinner with very bad grace. As soon as the food was ready, daughter turned on the router.

Later, I got home, said "hi" got no answer. Said "Hello" a little louder, still no answer. Called wife's name, got "Don't. Talk. To. Me." Ooookay then.....

I tend to be self-correcting on games. I may have mentioned before, I was a Warcraft addict for awhile, and when I realized I couldn't stay away, I gave the disc to daughter and told her to hide it. A year and a half later, I still don't know where it is. But I have so much more time at home to actually interact with my family (when wife isn't playing facebook games) and do stuff around the house.

In yet another instance, I had a nephew staying with me, and when he quit college because it's "too hard" and decided he could make a living as a game tester if he just put in enough practice, it was time for him to find some place else to live. I hear he slept in his car for awhile.

Re:Seriously? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42479095)

Those are symptoms of a serious addiction and it will only get worse. Your wife needs professional help.

Re:Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42479139)

sounds like your life is a major cunt... do yourself a favor and get rid of that bitch

Re:Seriously? (5, Insightful)

Beorytis (1014777) | about 2 years ago | (#42479165)

I think you and your wife should prepare for the eventuality of your daughter kicking you both out. She sounds like the responsible adult in the house (though she probably could use a cooking course).

Bitorrent? (1)

dow (7718) | about 2 years ago | (#42479035)

I would just start downloading something via torrent. When his ping goes to hell and the rubber-banding makes it worthless playing, tell him that when he can afford his own internet connection he can have his latency back.

Texas moms (1)

kwiqsilver (585008) | about 2 years ago | (#42479125)

How long until moms in Texas [wikipedia.org] hire in game assassins as a means of removing their own children's competition?

Spoiled. (5, Insightful)

MaWeiTao (908546) | about 2 years ago | (#42479137)

This is a fairly common problem in Asia, and possibly more prevalent in Chinese speaking nations. Sons continue to be revered to the point of being spoiled rotten. So they go through school and enter the workforce incapable of handling the responsibilities and stresses of life. They expect everything handed to them and many have trouble being told want to do in the workplace. It's not fundamentally different than the entitlement culture parents are creating in the west, but it's a bit more focused in Asia and manifests itself a little different.

Where American youth expect they should be free to pursue a life of leisure young men in Asia have it in their heads that they're budding entrepreneurs. So they'll refuse to get a job because they don't want to work for the man. They leech off the parents and because of the strong sense of family and obligation parents will support them indefinitely. They'll even go as far as helping them start a business which doesn't improve their work ethic. For the guys with wealthy and connected parents they'll get a cushy, high paying job doing not much of anything. The irony is that the daughters still get the short of the stick, but end up being the responsible ones who in the end support the parents and the slacker brothers.

Of course, there is the subset who have no aspirations whatsoever, like this guy. So his father didn't kick him in the ass when he should have, let the problem persist and grow, and now is trying to do something about it when it's too late.

As someone in the comments section of TFA said (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#42479299)

"His son should get a job working for other fathers to kill their sons in online games"
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