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Chinese Couple Sells Children To Support Online Game Addiction

samzenpus posted about 4 months ago | from the think-of-the-children-no-really-think-of-the-children dept.

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hypnosec writes After several controversies arising about in-app purchases, a Chinese couple has done the unthinkable by selling their sons to buy in-app items. An unmarried couple, A Hui and A Mei, severely addicted to online games, were accused of selling their sons and were arrested. In an interview with Guangdong TV, they revealed that they chose to sell their sons to child traffickers. A Hui said A Mei is fond of playing online games and likes to buy game items. As he could not give up his in-app purchases, he was not able to support his first son and they sold him to Fujian-based child traffickers. When the wife bore another son, they felt they would not be able to support their second child either, and they again sold him to the traffickers.

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title (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443307)

spelling plz, we aren't all Onlione yet

Re:title (0)

Noah Haders (3621429) | about 4 months ago | (#47443817)

I'm not addicted to Onlione, but am a huge fan of online soup

Re:title (1)

Cryacin (657549) | about 4 months ago | (#47444359)

Seriously? Sold their children because of gaming addiction? Talk about getting exercise by stretching the truth and jumping to conclusions!

Re:title (1)

Soulskill (1459) | about 4 months ago | (#47444031)

Fixed it. Thanks.

Re:title (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47444971)

I just assumed it was the new "Highlander Online" game, where there can be Onlione!

send them to the usa (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47444889)

We will take these poor destitute kids and give them to our children's perversion services (cps) whose job is to take at risk kids who might be being molested by their evil nonconformist homeschooling parents and send them to a giant concentration camp where they are guaranteed to be molested. Social services depends on a steady supply of children to feed their bidget . No state senator or representative should have to spend a summer w/o the comfort of a nubile child. usian parents aren't having enough, so we need to import them from south / central america. President Obama has realized there is a crisis of not enough children so he is on the southern border to import more. It takes a village to molest a child, and the usian government is the village elders. The USA needs the worlds children.

Re:send them to the usa (1)

doccus (2020662) | about 4 months ago | (#47449763)

We will take these poor destitute kids and give them to our children's perversion services (cps) whose job is to take at risk kids who might be being molested by their evil nonconformist homeschooling parents and send them to a giant concentration camp where they are guaranteed to be molested. Social services depends on a steady supply of children to feed their bidget . No state senator or representative should have to spend a summer w/o the comfort of a nubile child. usian parents aren't having enough, so we need to import them from south / central america. President Obama has realized there is a crisis of not enough children so he is on the southern border to import more. It takes a village to molest a child, and the usian government is the village elders. The USA needs the worlds children.

Is a Bidget some kind of "usian" child eating monster? Like the German witch in the Black Forest that cooked up poor Hans with carrots and potatos?

title (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47447163)

You think editors here care about the literacy of submitted articles?

All that matters is whether they are friends with the submitters.

I guarantee you a much better written version was submitted before this one by a no-name and they rejected it.

If people were more aware of the practices of these idiots, this website would die a much needed death.

Onlione. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443311)

"Onlione."

It sounds kind of Italian don't you think?

Re:Onlione. (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443371)

Give him a break. He got the first six words right!

Re:Onlione. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443401)

"The hotel, the casino. The Onlione Family wants to buy you out." - "The Onlione Family wants to buy me out? No, I buy you out, you don't buy me out"

Re:Onlione. (0)

Grishnakh (216268) | about 4 months ago | (#47443827)

More of that high-quality Slashdot/Dice.com editing.

Re:Onlione. (1)

Safety Cap (253500) | about 4 months ago | (#47444101)

More of that high-quality Slashdot/Dice.com editing.

Is there any other kind?</snark>

Re:Onlione. (1, Interesting)

Ol Olsoc (1175323) | about 4 months ago | (#47445077)

More of that high-quality Slashdot/Dice.com editing.

Is there any other kind?</snark>

Well then you do it! Seriously dude you show thes asshat editors that make a spelling mistake and show them how a really smart person does it. I am looking forward to seeing many articles from none other than Safety Cap.

In a breach of playground protocol, I triple dog dare ya.

Now, now (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 4 months ago | (#47447847)

Now, now, be fair. The "editing" was bullshit before DICE took over.

Re:Onlione. (1)

doccus (2020662) | about 4 months ago | (#47450021)

I was-a eating a da spagetti with-a the onlion sauce so thought it was a recipe for-a how serve human.

Oblig. Monty Python (5, Funny)

Mister Transistor (259842) | about 4 months ago | (#47443321)

Well, that's it, we're broke. It's science experiments for the lot of you!

Re:Oblig. Monty Python (5, Funny)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 4 months ago | (#47443361)

medical experiments

'medical' is a good woody word. 'science' is tinny.

Re: Oblig. Monty Python (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443707)

Beats being raised by gamers.

Re:Oblig. Monty Python (2, Insightful)

asmkm22 (1902712) | about 4 months ago | (#47445323)

I think it's kind of messed up that an article about selling children results in the majority of comments either criticizing the editing of the summary, or making a joke of the situation. What a fucked up community.

Re:Oblig. Monty Python (5, Insightful)

Mister Transistor (259842) | about 4 months ago | (#47445781)

"Won't somebody think of the children!!" Cry me a river, then piss off. We all have plenty of much more serious stuff to fret over than a couple of losers that made a bad decision. The sheer stupidity and rarity of the action makes it ludicrous enough to be surreal - it makes a joke of itself.

Lighten up, Francis.

Re:Oblig. Monty Python (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47447301)

"Won't somebody think of the children!!" Cry me a river, then piss off. We all have plenty of much more serious stuff to fret over than a couple of losers that made a bad decision. The sheer stupidity and rarity of the action makes it ludicrous enough to be surreal - it makes a joke of itself.

Lighten up, Francis.

What a f*cking asshole you are Mister Transistor. More serious stuff to fret over? Like what? Weather or not to buy Diablo III for the PS4? What could be more serious than the fact that gaming has tech is consuming people's live so much, that a young couple will actually SELL THEIR CHILDREN. Think about that for a minute before you reply with what will no doubt me a smarmy or insulting remark. These children (which are both infants) are likely already dead from organ harvesting or currently being sexually assaulted by overweight, sweaty paedophiles. Imagine this was happening to your niece or nephew? Imagine it has have happened to YOU when you were born.

Then kind of comment you have made on this article is the reason I don't even visit slashdot any more. And look what happens the one day I do, I read vomit comments like yours. Go back to your more serious stuff, whatever the f*ck that is. I'll cry you a river alright, but you can do the pissing off.

Jesus, what a f*cking asshole! Go ahead, prove me right with a reply a f*ckwit, spineless troll would be proud of.....

Re:Oblig. Monty Python (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47447759)

Oh no. Two children may be dead now because of poor choices their parents made. Boo hoo.

Why aren't you bitching about the fact that 15 people die of starvation every minute? Why aren't you bitching about the abortion that happens once every 26 seconds in the USA alone? Why aren't you bitching about the ~3,300 human beings sold into slavery every day?

Fuck your cherrypicking.

Tech isn't the problem. Shitty people is the problem. Bitching about one somewhat-publicized example does nothing. I volunteer my time at a human trafficking call center, what are you doing to help solve the problems you so vehemently cry about?

Re:Oblig. Monty Python (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47447873)

Why aren't you bitching about the fact that 15 people die of starvation every minute? Why aren't you bitching about the abortion that happens once every 26 seconds in the USA alone? Why aren't you bitching about the ~3,300 human beings sold into slavery every day?

Because that's not what the article is about.

Just because you can think of something worse, doesn't mean the original situation isn't bad.

Re:Oblig. Monty Python (0)

Mister Transistor (259842) | about 4 months ago | (#47448383)

I just wish it had happened to YOU when you were born. Then I wouldn't have to deal with trolls like you. That's right, trolls. You dried-up-cunt type PC thugs are making it impossible for anyone to have a conversation of any kind without "offiending" someone like you in some way, thin-skinned douchebags that think the world should stop every time you sneeze. If you had your way, humor would be outlawed and/or impossible because it would always offend someone somehow. You PC assholes love to try and make people walk on eggshells, ready to cry foul as soon as someone missteps.

As I said, there is a LOT in the world that is wrong right now, even *gasp* things more important than YOU and your easily-offended sensibilities. Not some stupid gaming shit, perhaps that is the peak of your world worries. Is it bad, yes, of course, no fucking kidding, that's not the issue. We have a LOT worse to deal with. Real, important shit, like we are about to have a new old war in the Middle East, the USA govt is rampant and unhinged, Russia possibly even more so. I could go on, but it's enough to say that people are dying in real, large numbers and not just two unlucky infants in a pool of millions.

Just stay away from Slashdot entirely. If my humorous post so deeply disturbed your shit then some of the trolls here that are really trying ought to give you a sheer heart attack. And maybe, that would be a good thing. Good riddance to the likes of you. You make the world a worse place by your heavy-handed and misguided efforts to tilt the world view in your direction and to make sure that no one has ANY FUN AT ALL, WHATSOEVER.

I hope my diatribe lived up to your wildest dreams, sweetie.

Re:Oblig. Monty Python (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47448469)

But the much large number of people that sell their children to buy drugs are not a problem. Its teh evil gamez!

No, fuck you, sir. Fuck you.

Re:Oblig. Monty Python (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47451403)

What baffles me is: how is there a market for children? What are they good for? Their little arms and hands are terrible for manual labor. They're too dumb to do any creative work. You'd have to pay ME to take your kids off of your hands.

Re:Oblig. Monty Python (1, Funny)

h5inz (1284916) | about 4 months ago | (#47447555)

What? This got +5 insightful and when I posted a little joke about christianity it gets like BIGGOT! BIGGOT! -200. You are all catholics or what? Then this video would explain a lot:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com]
Eat your shorts hypocrites.

Re:Oblig. Monty Python (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 4 months ago | (#47447913)

What do you expect from Linux users? :popcorngif:

I sold mine too! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443325)

I sold mine to pay for my first post addiction!

Re:I sold mine too! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443699)

Did you get a refund?

Re:I sold mine too! (1)

unixisc (2429386) | about 4 months ago | (#47451455)

Could be a new source of income
  1. 1. Buy a bunch of online games
  2. 2. Kick up huge debt
  3. 3. Sell kid to traffickers
  4. 4. Pay off debt
  5. 5. Impregnate wife again
  6. 6. GOTO 1

Silly season much (3, Insightful)

Crashmarik (635988) | about 4 months ago | (#47443337)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/... [huffingtonpost.com]

From 2011

You might think this is getting to be epidemic in China or somebody over there takes advantage of gullible westerners ?

Re:Silly season much (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443363)

Hey, the nuns have been doing this for years - though not for on-line games - said someone who was sold as an infant by nuns in Pennsylvania and pretty much lost it watching Philomena.

Re:Silly season much (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443377)

2 documented incidents in a country of 1 billion people.... No it is not an epidemic.

On a side note, at one point in my life I was seriously addicted to gaming. It was all I did while I was awake. But the addiction was more of a coping mechanism. It did not 'ruin' my life, it was the only way I could face the day having almost no real prospects. Eventually I attacked it by attacking the cause of my depression, not the symptom. I suppose I am lucky to be smart enough to figure it out, and also lucky to get support I needed to get through the difficult period of my life.

Most vulnerable people to addiction like this are people in late teens and early 20s. By the time you hit 30 your mind should work normally, and you are a lot more rational. But the time between where you are treated like an adult by the world and when you actually feel like one is awful for people who get little positive support from their friends and family.

Re:Silly season much (2)

Crashmarik (635988) | about 4 months ago | (#47443417)

You miss the point, I am calling the story bullshit. Slow newsday made up crap meant to appeal to people's prejudices and fears leaving them with an undeserved sense of moral/cultural superiority. Crap like this is why "His Girl Friday", or "The Front Page" should be watched as documentary films not comedys

Re:Silly season much (2)

meerling (1487879) | about 4 months ago | (#47443525)

Doesn't China still have a 1 child law.

Re:Silly season much (4, Funny)

gnasher719 (869701) | about 4 months ago | (#47443785)

Doesn't China still have a 1 child law.

So? Who says you can't have a second child after you sold the first one?

Re:Silly season much (1)

Safety Cap (253500) | about 4 months ago | (#47444365)

Who says you can't have a second child after you sold the first one?

Peasant Han: "Honest officer! Our child was sold into slavery over a year ago!"

Officer Zau kicks over the wood stove, lifts open a patch of the tile floor and shines his light into the darkness below. A dozen eyes shine back.

Officer Zau (screaming): Zui cha. Chaqu. Yongyuan!

Officer Zau unholsters her Type 15 pistol, takes aim at Han and puts her finger on the trigger.

(fade to black)

Re:Silly season much (1)

wagnerrp (1305589) | about 4 months ago | (#47444517)

Officer Zau kicks over the wood stove, lifts open a patch of the tile floor and shines his light into the darkness below.

Officer Zau unholsters her Type 15 pistol, takes aim at Han and puts her finger on the trigger.

I think there's something more interesting going on here than simple population control...

Re:Silly season much (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47444701)

Officers Zau and Zau are a highly efficient partnership who do not let their marriage make problems in the workplace.

Re:Silly season much (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47446501)

nice save!

Re:Silly season much (1)

black3d (1648913) | about 4 months ago | (#47447015)

The law. In fact, even if your first child dies, you're still not allowed a second child. Doesn't stop people doing it, but those couples who lose a child early on to a medical condition, or being run over by a drunk driver, etc, and try to follow the law, aren't allowed a second child.

Re:Silly season much (1)

daremonai (859175) | about 4 months ago | (#47443885)

The 1 child law is being eased somewhat, but still, with unmarried parents, there would have been very strong pressure to get an abortion. Which is why I'm a bit skeptical about the story myself.

I watched the Chinese news broadcast, but, while it did feature prison interviews with both supposed parents, didn't really have a lot of details. Of course, there probably wouldn't be too many details given even if the story were true. Still, I found it less than convincing.

Re:Silly season much (2)

plasticsquirrel (637166) | about 4 months ago | (#47445933)

It depends on who you are and where you are. Ethnic minorities can have more than one child, so their ethnic group and culture do not become diminished. Rural villagers can also have more than one child sometimes, especially if their first child is not a boy. In some cases, they can keep having children until they get a boy. That is thought to reduce the incentive to engage in infanticide of female babies. Doctors are also not allowed to tell prospective parents whether their child will be a boy or a girl -- that is forbidden because it could also lead to infanticide. Finally, if the parents are wealthy, then they can simply pay the fine for extra children, and then it doesn't matter.

Re:Silly season much (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47446283)

Doctors are not allowed to tell the gender of the unborn child, but it's done anyway.

Source: I work in a Tier 1 Chinese city, my co-worker just found out and aborted what would have been a daughter.

Re:Silly season much (1)

Raseri (812266) | about 4 months ago | (#47448571)

Source:

Thanks for bringing some credibility to the discussion, AC. What the fuck is a "Tier 1 Chinese city?"

Re:Silly season much (1)

flappinbooger (574405) | about 4 months ago | (#47447665)

It depends on who you are and where you are. Ethnic minorities can have more than one child, so their ethnic group and culture do not become diminished. Rural villagers can also have more than one child sometimes, especially if their first child is not a boy. In some cases, they can keep having children until they get a boy. That is thought to reduce the incentive to engage in infanticide of female babies. Doctors are also not allowed to tell prospective parents whether their child will be a boy or a girl -- that is forbidden because it could also lead to infanticide. Finally, if the parents are wealthy, then they can simply pay the fine for extra children, and then it doesn't matter.

What? Infanticide is discouraged?

Those savages! Don't they know it's a woman's choice? Gasp! China is a such primitive backward society!

Re:Silly season much (1)

s0nicfreak (615390) | about 4 months ago | (#47473591)

Doctors are also not allowed to tell prospective parents whether their child will be a boy or a girl -- that is forbidden because it could also lead to infanticide.

I would think that would lead to abortions, which would greatly reduce infanticide...

Re:Silly season much (1)

DavidMZ (3411229) | about 4 months ago | (#47447713)

Doesn't China still have a 1 child law.

Not exactly, it depends on the number of siblings you have:
- if both members of a couple are single children, they are allowed to have two kids.
- if at least one of them is not a single child, they are not allowed to have more than one kid.

There is also the possibility to pay for the "right" to have additional children, and I think that you then also have to pay for their education and medical expenses (whereas those are free for the 1st child).

Actually, if you look at the demographics of China, the success of the one-child policy results in a quick aging of the population which forces them to revise this policy.

Source: My Chinese ex-girlfriend, when we were talking to have kids together....

Re:Silly season much (1)

fightermagethief (3645291) | about 4 months ago | (#47443743)

Mod parent as insightful, please. I immediately thought of all the situations where people are probably selling their children for drugs/vice in the USA, and TFA makes it sound like this is only a problem in 'furriner' nations. Atlanta is a recognized hub for sex/child trafficking, but you have to look for yourself. It doesn't make the headlines, usually.

Re:Silly season much (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 4 months ago | (#47444017)

It's almost certainly BS, and you are spot on regarding those movies.

I assume you're referring to the 1931 Lewis Milestone version and not the (also pretty good) Billy Wilder version from the '70s.

Re:Silly season much (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443649)

I too would describe myself as addicted to computers at one point in my life (not specifically gaming, mainly IRC and an imageboard I won't name but most people can probably guess).

And I too got out of it the same way you describe, by attacking the root cause and not the "addiction" itself. In my case I had decent prospects career wise, but my social life went from very minimal but still present while I was in school, to completely non-existent out of school. Browse the web or hang out at work were pretty much the only two things I had going on, and I had no idea how to make friends outside of work, so I just kinda went with it for years.

Eventually I managed to expand my social circle a bit, and then it expanded from there, but it certainly wasn't as simple as just "getting off the computer", that was the easy part, the hard part was the "and then what".

Re:Silly season much (1)

Anrego (830717) | about 4 months ago | (#47443687)

Life also becomes a lot less turbulent once you are done school and into a career.

Yes there are still big problems later on in life, but the major stress drivers you find while still in school/starting your career are mostly resolved by that point (for better or worse).

Silly season much (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443469)

you can get alot of money giving chinese babies to white americans. all i'm saying

Re:Silly season much (4, Informative)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 4 months ago | (#47443583)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/... [huffingtonpost.com]

From 2011

You might think this is getting to be epidemic in China or somebody over there takes advantage of gullible westerners ?

ok, I'd like to argue your point. You seem to think online gaming addiction isn't a "Thing"
First you'll have to accept that "Gambling addiction" is real and causes people do these same sorts of things. If you don't that's a different argument.

Then I, of course, am going to say that Online Gaming addiction is one and the same as Gambling addiction. And not that they are similar to or trigger similar things in the brain... no, it's that online gaming has turned into true gambling.

As an example I'm going to cite "Neverwinter Online"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N... [wikipedia.org]

It's not the only one like this, but it's a good example of what I mean. They've taken strategies strait out of casinos and applied them to an MMO.

First, they have so many currencies that are so confusing you can never keep track of what you have. There are dozens, if not over 100 of them:
http://neverwinter.gamepedia.c... [gamepedia.com]

Secondly, you can BUY one of these currencies with real money. Zen:
https://billing.arcgames.com/e... [arcgames.com]

Then you can turn around any buy a whole host of items with this Zen in the game.
But, those items are expensive. But, you can buy "Keys" that open magic boxes that drop like rain in the game.
Those boxes have completely undisclosed "odds" that can change at random.

This is where it gets interesting...

You can then sell the items that you got in those boxes at a profit in their online auction house.
Then use the money you get from the sales to buy more keys
Open more boxes
You're getting the idea...

On occasion you'll get a "winner" and get some fantastic item that sells for a lot.
Often you'll lose a "small" amount and on occasion a LOT
To get back into the game you have to buy more Zen...

and it goes on like this. This is clearly gambling in my eyes. People are being used an manipulated. The fact that they hide the odds should be a red flag, but it's still going on. And before you argue that this isn't gambling because you don't get real world cash out of it... you can. There are plenty of people that will buy your currency for real money if you're selling cheaper than the game is. They make no attempt at all to stop it. There are a lot of people that make their entire living in markets like this. Ironically, most of them in China.

So yes, I think it could get as crazy as these articles suggest. I don't propose banning it or anything. But more disclosure on odds... less pretend bullshit that this is anything less than what it is: Gambling... would do us all some good.

Re:Silly season much (1)

vux984 (928602) | about 4 months ago | (#47443667)

I would have picked something more mainstream; its very nearly just as bad: Diablo III for example.

Chest drops, valuable rare farming, AH selling... its all there. And some people are just as obsessed for exactly the same reasons.

It applies just as well.

Re:Silly season much (2)

CronoCloud (590650) | about 4 months ago | (#47444085)

Diablo III for example....AH selling... its all there.

What is this "AH" you speak of? The version of Diablo 3 I play never had it.

All PS3 version related snark aside...the PC version doesn't have it anymore either. It was shut down on March 18th...didn't you get the memo?

Re:Silly season much (1)

vux984 (928602) | about 4 months ago | (#47444227)

didn't you get the memo?

Lol, evidently not. I don't play D3. Good on them... i guess.

So now you have to use a 3rd party site? Has anything really changed, other than to make the whole situation a bit less offensively in ones face to the people who don't want to engage in that "meta-game"?

Is it still the case, that if you want to be 'competitive' that you will engage in that sort of play-style? After all, just because blizzards not hosting the AH, doesn't mean its not still there, or that its not still the "best" way to advance in that game?

Re:Silly season much (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47445423)

They made all items worth using "soulbound", meaning you can't trade them. So no, there's no 3rd party item selling. You can only use what you find.

Re:Silly season much (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 4 months ago | (#47447829)

They made all items worth using "soulbound", meaning you can't trade them. So no, there's no 3rd party item selling. You can only use what you find.

Interestingly, STO (Which Charliemopps complains about being too much like gambling) has done the same thing. All of the best items are character-locked, let alone account-locked. Also, in STO you earn dilithium ore for just playing the game, you refine an amount every day, and you can trade it for Zen (locked to STO) on the exchange.

Researchers have found that given access to alcohol, monkeys are approximately as likely as us to behave the way we do; that is to say that teetotalers, social drinkers, lushes, and outright alcoholics appear in about the same proportions in studied monkey populations as in human populations. Addiction is simply a thing. It would be nice if we could have some addictive games that helped fold proteins to "cure cancer" or whatever, though. Right now, at best they are a fuckoff waste of time. Sometimes that has personal benefits, but anything can be taken too far.

Re:Silly season much (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | about 4 months ago | (#47447661)

Is it still the case, that if you want to be 'competitive' that you will engage in that sort of play-style?

No, they changed how loot is dropped, a part of it is called Smart Loot and was first revealed in the console version (the console loot system is nicknamed Loot 1.5) The PC version has what they call "Loot 2.0". So Playing self-found is viable.

  http://www.diablowiki.net/Smar... [diablowiki.net]

http://www.diablowiki.net/Loot... [diablowiki.net]

Re:Silly season much (2)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 4 months ago | (#47444033)

You have enumerated the reasons I will never, ever play a "Free 2 Play" game.

Ain't nothing free.

Re:Silly season much (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 4 months ago | (#47444245)

My favorite thing about free to pay games is that so many games (FtP or otherwise) are only really fun during the buildup phase, and then they get a bit samey. You can go through all that without actually spending any money. You lose the time either way. Then you move on to the next game. Along the way, if you're feeling generous, you might file some bug reports. That is an awful lot like actual work, however.

Re:Silly season much (1)

nhat11 (1608159) | about 4 months ago | (#47455579)

Eh "Ain't nothing free" even if you try to get a game in a store.

Re:Silly season much (4, Interesting)

kesuki (321456) | about 4 months ago | (#47445797)

I have gambled many times many ways and it is nowhere near as addictive as gaming is. i have played video games since i was 5 i think, i am currently 36. in my 31 years as a gaming addict there never was enough time to game... oh i learned a few other hobbies but gaming was always the excuse for someone to get me to read or do other acts besides the gaming. portable gaming just made the problem worse, and i started to have money -- to rent games. so i rented. my grades in school suffered because i always had to have that gaming fix. when i skimmed through school and finally got a job, i used that income to you guessed it game. i had 14 credit cards and an inability to hold down a job -- because it interfered with my gaming. had i hit rock bottom? nope i got a bankruptcy and eliminated all my debt all $35,000 of it and with nothing to show for it, because i lived off cash advances when i couldn't hold down jobs just to keep all the bills paid. and that wasn't rock bottom not yet. i had had problem in years past with starcraft, and broke, living with my parents i found the sequel to a game i had played years ago, the old game being warcraft II. warcraft III was way more addictive and when it's expansion came out i played it for a long time warcraft III The frozen throne is a game i literally played 8,000 ladder matched games plus countless thousands of non ladder games such as DOTA. this was rock bottom for me. i would play a good 14-16 hours a day into just one game i read this website and other while waiting for matches or when i felt the game was lost and stopped trying. i was having issues sleeping at night and i wasn't on any drugs not even caffeine since i had no funding to pay for it. i basically cracked and developed PTSD but it went unnoticed and i finally got help i needed, for other issues that were not related to the gaming but perhaps were increased by it. i had to quit games cold turkey as in hospitals it is very hard to game seriously because everything with a cord is prohibited and i only saw people using handheld games, like a hand held poker game, for example. nothing even as close to as addictive as the warcraft 3 game. tbh i even occasionally play games but i set pretty strict rules about when and how much i can game. fortunately i like to read and watch movies, and it no longer is 'instead of gaming' but rather because i don't dare game more than a few times a day (currently playing League of Legends a dota clone, which was spawned from warcraft to keep up micro skills of ladder players.) it is a free to play game, and is slightly easier to play than regular warcraft 3 tft. but even with all this addiction i never bought in game items (and there are plenty of them to buy) though i can see how people can be addicted to that like gambling. the adrenaline rush of playing a game is way more addictive than drugs or money, because there are ways to find cheaper fixes that are just as addictive. money is nice don't get me wrong, and yes chemicals can make you feel good but, dude an AAA video game is $60 a computer to play it starts around $400, for decent parts, my personal rig cost me $1100 in parts, including os cost, and it plays everything out there. how much heroin can $1,200 buy you? whereas between renting and internet research finding the game that addicts you most can take you down a long and windy road that only requires a little bit of electricity compared to drug costs to get the same effect.

Sleep issues (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47446313)

Sleep issues can be caused by microwave radiation -- i.e. wireless / wi-fi / cell phones / etc. Mine were.

I imagine if you were gaming that you had wireless networking around. Very high levels from wireless routers.

Also, take melatonin...

Re:Sleep issues (1)

kesuki (321456) | about 4 months ago | (#47470841)

spending 3 hours lying in bed reliving the games and mistakes i made that cost us wins kept me up. it was not something i needed a pill to fix, at least i didn't need a 'sleeping' pill also i was using wired lan. wifi was pretty lame back then, now that you get 96 megabytes per second with low packet loss is pretty good, and oh i lived in private homes not apartment complexes either.

Re:Silly season much (1)

LordLucless (582312) | about 4 months ago | (#47446695)

Gaming also apparently interfered with your ability to use linebreaks. What, enter was never hot-keyed in any of those games?

Re:Silly season much (3, Insightful)

baka_toroi (1194359) | about 4 months ago | (#47448849)

This in in the first line. This is the second line. And this is the third line, with an empty line in between.

Except it's not, because Slashdot is a piece of shit and requires you to use the break html tag, which not everyone knows about. Maybe it's been fixed in Slashdot beta, I don't know.

Re:Silly season much (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47449215)

Of course, you don't have to post as html in the first place then
lines can have line breaks.

Re:Silly season much (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47449323)

Preview. Plain Old Text. HTML features are unused most of the time.

It
just
works.

See?

Re:Silly season much (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47444119)

More hypocritical pot calling the kettle black.
As if children are not given/taken away everyday by parents or authorities the world over.
It's called you can't afford to raise your child.

In any case, the caption in Chinese on the techienews screen capture says: "(they had) no intentions of procreating a child"
Verified also by this in the businessinsider "After each of the unplanned pregnancies, the couple decided to sell their newborn infants to child traffickers"
Sounds like more of a case of failure to exercise proper prophylaxis than something more sinister that the story is being spun as.

Re:Silly season much (1)

camg188 (932324) | about 4 months ago | (#47444899)

You might think this is getting to be epidemic in China or somebody over there takes advantage of gullible westerners ?

Just a slow news day.

Re:Silly season much (1)

Stargoat (658863) | about 4 months ago | (#47448245)

No, we're all just shocked that they sold their boys. If it was girls being sold, it would not have made the papers or attracted the attention of the Chinese cops.

Re:Silly season much (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47454123)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/... [huffingtonpost.com]

From 2011

You might think this is getting to be epidemic in China or somebody over there takes advantage of gullible westerners ?

Exactly, the first thing on hearing about this should be to check the veracity of the tale.

The good news? (0)

Arker (91948) | about 4 months ago | (#47443341)

It sounds like these two will soon be executed. Without being in favor of the death penalty it sounds like it may well have a silver lining in this case. If the facts are as presented, at least, it's probably a very good thing they wont be reproducing again.

Still, surgical sterilization would do the job as well, and unlike the death penalty, it is at least possible it could be reversed, should it eventually come out that the two were somehow framed and not really guilty.

Re:The good news? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443441)

At lease in China they harvest their usable organs first...

Re:The good news? (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 4 months ago | (#47444045)

Yes, but you can't buy World of Warcraft experience points with a kidney.

I tried.

Re:The good news? (1)

NormalVisual (565491) | about 4 months ago | (#47444577)

You don't use kidneys for leveling - they're only useful for raid gear, duh.

Re:The good news? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443471)

Please give some context before your code snippet.

Re:The good news? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443581)

Actually, its the traffickers that would be executed, not neccessarily the parents who sold their children.

Re:The good news? (1)

misexistentialist (1537887) | about 4 months ago | (#47443875)

If the kids are being "trafficked" to adoptive families it's not really much of a crime.

Re:The good news? (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 4 months ago | (#47444185)

Without being in favor of the death penalty it sounds like it may well have a silver lining in this case.

No, the murder of two people does not have a silver lining, especially mentally ill people.

Why didn't they sell these kids to adoption agencies? The kids would have been better off. Is there some law that prevents the sale of children to adoption agencies such that they turned to slavers instead?

Re:The good news? (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 4 months ago | (#47445131)

You can't sell your kids to an adoption agency.... you can give them up for adoption, but it's quite thoroughly against the law to have any monetary transaction accompanying it.

One missing detail: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443353)

Which game was it?

Re:One missing detail: (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443435)

'Onion game addiction' = Parappa the Rapper?

Which (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443391)

Children got too expensive or game got too expensive?

Re:Which (1)

cheesybagel (670288) | about 4 months ago | (#47443443)

Somehow I remembered the panels where the guy goes to the ATM and sells his family when I read this news:

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/a... [theoatmeal.com]

A good news story? (2)

hirundo (221676) | about 4 months ago | (#47443393)

If these parents preferred in-game geegaws to their children then even going to Fujian child traffickers there's a fair chance that the children would end up in more caring homes than they started in.

The real world isn't pretty (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | about 4 months ago | (#47444919)

So long as the child traffickers sell them for adoption into family homes... and not to those who will raise them for prostitution, or raise them for farm labor, or raise them to cripple them and set them to begging, or...

How much did they get? (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 4 months ago | (#47443399)

What are Asian babies going for nonwadays. I cannot imagine very much. It does not cost that much to feed a person for a year of conception, and you might get two or three children out of one birth

Re: How much did they get? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443431)

What's the going rate for teenagers ? Or do you have to pay for someone to come and take them away ?

So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443409)

What game was it, so we can judge them?
I swear if it was a mobile game...

Re:So... (1)

Delarth799 (1839672) | about 4 months ago | (#47443427)

It says in-app purchases, so I'm going with a yes on it being mobile games.

Re:So... (1)

asmkm22 (1902712) | about 4 months ago | (#47445309)

If you read the article, it mentions things like him spending all night out at the internet cafe playing online games. You have to realize that desktop F2P games are still the dominating force over there, and the internet cafe keeps it going. Every time we hear about someone dying after playing some MMO for 36 hours straight or whatever, it happened in one of those cafe's.

Slashdot editing standards (0)

prehistoricman5 (1539099) | about 4 months ago | (#47443461)

Have they fallen so far as to ignore proper spelling in the title?

Re:Slashdot editing standards (0)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 4 months ago | (#47443505)

You must be new here.

Re:Slashdot editing standards (1, Offtopic)

itsenrique (846636) | about 4 months ago | (#47443517)

No, no, no. Its about the Onlione Game. You play an Online Lion.

on the bright side ... (1)

YoungManKlaus (2773165) | about 4 months ago | (#47443485)

they were obviously not so much addicted as to not even sleep with each other any more ;)
nah, seriously, lock those people up good and take away all gadgets.

These folks need drugs. (1)

itsenrique (846636) | about 4 months ago | (#47443503)

In all seriousness, is this what happens when you make drugs punishable by the death penalty?

Re:These folks need drugs. (1)

slart42 (694765) | about 4 months ago | (#47445515)

In all seriousness, is this what happens when you make drugs punishable by the death penalty?

I don't think so. Actually, drugs seem to be very easy to come by in China (At least that was my impression in Beijing earlier this year).

While the death penalty for drug trade exists on paper, according to wikipedia, it has not been applied in over a decade: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C... [wikipedia.org]

Re:These folks need drugs. (1)

slart42 (694765) | about 4 months ago | (#47445537)

Replying to myself: My Google skills mislead me, that wikipedia link referred to the Republic of China (Taiwan), not mainland China (which does seem to have capital punishment on drug trafficking, no idea how commonly it is applied).

Won't someone please think of the children?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443527)

Soon Candy Crush will make us sell all of our children to work in the gumdrop mines so we can keep buying coconut wheels.

Video Ad for the kids (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443541)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5hL3eeTdCg

Scare story (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443553)

Why not something even more sinister, like "Toothless United States junkies sell children for meth"

Re: Scare story (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443591)

Why their teeths fall out?

Re: Scare story (2)

mark_reh (2015546) | about 4 months ago | (#47444015)

Their "teeths" fall out because of multiple factors. They don't take care of them, they tend to drink a lot of soda and eat a lot of candy bars instead of eating actual food. They are often subjected to violence that results in traumatic damage to teeth. Other than trauma, the damage occurs over a period of months to years and they can see what is happening in a mirror as it happens, but the attraction of the drug is so powerful they can't stop. I occasionally see them and extract some or all of their teeth. Their visit is usually precipitated by pain or by an attempt at rehabilitation.

State Media BS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443557)

The Chinese government has a history of decrying online games and making up ludicrous situations via the State-run media. Non-state news agencies that re-publish this practically define credulity.

Didn't they have... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443593)

...a grandmother?

DF? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443623)

What the fuck?! Selling your kid to become super badass on some shitty pay2win game... sigh I cannot think, that is just so fucked up... I hope they rape his ass with a chainsaw.

Samzenpus was sold by his parents! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443627)

Samzenpus was sold by his parents because he can't spell!

if this happened in America (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443647)

These parents would be consisered ideal/heroes, and placed on a pedestal to inspire other parents to do the same.

Onlione?! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443691)

What kind of fucking news site has Slashdot become?
You can't even spell your titles right!?

Where's CmndrTaco? This place is worthless now. I'm outta here.

Are you listening, Blizzard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47443763)

World of Warcraft needs an in-game auction house for children.

I thought the sons were keepers... (2)

Bob_Who (926234) | about 4 months ago | (#47443815)

Are we supposed to believe that people who sell their children can be generalized as especially evil if they are gamers, addicts, or Chinese? I mean what does that really have to do with it ? There are no good reasons for baby selling - its just bad for any reason. I bet these gamey baby sellers had a lot of other characteristics that were even more illuminating: like perhaps they were nuts or they had a spectrum disorder, or they were evil. Maybe they sucked at games and hate Chinese food. Somehow this headline smacks of "yellow" journalism. We always need to remind the west how shifty the majority population behaves. We believe in democracy as long as we out number them, but they don't get a vote if they are gonna sell babies for angry birds. Should we feel a bit superior because our gamers never have sex and therefore can't sell their children? Or perhaps that our baby sellers do it for better addictions, more cash, or porn? Somehow the story strikes me as a bad slant on China (sic) ...I mean everyone knows you keep the boys and sell the girls to desperate rich middle aged infertile Americans that will divorce before the child hits puberty.

Re:I thought the sons were keepers... (1)

easyTree (1042254) | about 4 months ago | (#47444427)

Somehow this headline smacks of "yellow" journalism. We always need to remind the west how shifty the majority population behaves.

Stop being so judgmental - it's not easy to replace the Russians overnight. Get with the program, commie/traitor...

Re:I thought the sons were keepers... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47446355)

Invade China, to kicked their eyes so wide it gets out of order then get game over for them.

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It was Don Onlione (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 4 months ago | (#47444039)

He made them an offer they couldn't refuse.

Sell Them? (1)

PPH (736903) | about 4 months ago | (#47444229)

We've got to get this news to Central America. They are sending their kids up to the USA for free.

biznat3h (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47444535)

SLASHDOT 'BSD IS so on, FreeBSD went this 4ost up. balance is struck,

How long before proven fake (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47444699)

This kind of news tends to end up debunked after a couple weeks. I'd take it with a grain of salt.
Specially when it's fake news about China. God damn we sure like to make them look weirder than they are.

Political (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47444831)

This doesn't sound made-up at all.

I call bullshit (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47446099)

This smells of urban legendese

Not unheard of. (2)

Rick in China (2934527) | about 4 months ago | (#47446107)

There have been worse stories than this - one gaming addicted couple (maybe 2 years ago) sold their child to pay for their gaming, and got pregnant with the intent of selling their new one to pay for gaming as well.. they were also arrested. I can't remember what happened with the baby. There are also stories of parents selling their children for Apple products. People here are seriously sick in the head for money - it's a common problem with a lot of younger people especially... there is so much 'new wealth' around, typically not hard earned, and I suppose it influences a lot of people who, in a society where their self-worth is largely determined by how much money they've got in relation to those they went to high school/university with, I guess it's inevitable. If you do some research on child abductions and missing children - also - there are tens of thousands of new children going missing every year, at least. That's not including the ones who were intentionally sold. Farmers can sell their children into essentially slavery at just a couple years old, and do so for as little as 5000rmb (less than 1k USD). These children are often put out on the street while they're that young to panhandle, carrying cheap little flowers to harass people outside of clubs to buy the flowers for their partners, or at restaurants, or wherever. When they're older, the boys typically go into thieving, and the girls a far worse fate. It's truly a terrible circumstance, and if you live here, you can _ABSOLUTELY_ see it first hand.

"Hui" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47447127)

"Hui" has a nice meaning in Russian :)

Re: (1)

kurkosdr (2378710) | about 4 months ago | (#47447687)

Some WoW addict read this as: "Procreation: A source of revenue to fund your WoW leveling"

Importance isn't gaming but ease of selling childr (1)

Koreantoast (527520) | about 4 months ago | (#47448397)

What gets me about this story isn't that they sold their children... you're going to have one or two parents out there in any society that are so screwed up in their heads that they'd contemplate such an option to fund whatever addiction they may have. The significance is that it's so easy to do so in China.

Correction (1)

toby (759) | about 4 months ago | (#47449195)

Apparently it's not "unthinkable".

Applies to anyone, I would think..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 4 months ago | (#47450367)

Would the headline have been less "clickable" if the nationality of the couple wasn't mentioned?
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