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Dad Hires In-Game 'Assassins' To Get His Son To Stop Gaming 338

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from the dad's-got-game dept.
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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Dad Hires In-Game 'Assassins' To Get His Son To Stop Gaming

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  • Just kick him out. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by h4rr4r (612664) on Friday January 04, 2013 @02:10PM (#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.

  • WTF? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 04, 2013 @02:10PM (#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!

  • by geekoid (135745) <`moc.oohay' `ta' `dnaltropnidad'> on Friday January 04, 2013 @02:15PM (#42478567) Homepage Journal

    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.

    .

  • by capoccia (312092) on Friday January 04, 2013 @02:15PM (#42478571) Journal

    probably mom wouldn't let dad kick him out.

  • Just pay the son (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 04, 2013 @02:15PM (#42478575)

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

  • by jjsimp (2245386) on Friday January 04, 2013 @02:17PM (#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.
  • Useless (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Blindman (36862) on Friday January 04, 2013 @02:17PM (#42478605) Journal
    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.
  • by interkin3tic (1469267) on Friday January 04, 2013 @02:25PM (#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.
  • by razorh (853659) on Friday January 04, 2013 @02:27PM (#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.

  • by MightyYar (622222) on Friday January 04, 2013 @02:27PM (#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.

  • by omnichad (1198475) on Friday January 04, 2013 @02:29PM (#42478755) Homepage

    Not always - it's the curse of overqualified.

  • by tnk1 (899206) on Friday January 04, 2013 @02:30PM (#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:Useless (Score:5, Insightful)

    by AK Marc (707885) on Friday January 04, 2013 @02:48PM (#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.
  • Spoiled. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MaWeiTao (908546) on Friday January 04, 2013 @02:56PM (#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.

  • Re:Seriously? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Beorytis (1014777) on Friday January 04, 2013 @02:57PM (#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).
  • by superdave80 (1226592) on Friday January 04, 2013 @03:03PM (#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...
  • by Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) on Friday January 04, 2013 @03:08PM (#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.

  • by Achra (846023) on Friday January 04, 2013 @03:28PM (#42479565) Journal

    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'.

    You can always tell the people who don't have kids, because they think they know everything about how parenting should be done. Not based on anything as grossly boring as books or other reference material, no... just based on "it stands to reason" and ad hominem attack. I salute you and people like you, sir. I'm sorry that your parents ignored you for 18 years and now consider you lazy. Your arguments are valid and justified!

  • by Hoi Polloi (522990) on Friday January 04, 2013 @03:40PM (#42479721) Journal

    Don't give him internet access at home and don't give him any money to spend at the cafes there. If he wants to play his games he came pay for them himself.

  • by VortexCortex (1117377) <VortexCortex@Nos ... t-retrograde.com> on Friday January 04, 2013 @03:49PM (#42479853)

    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.

    Have you ever been homeless? I suspect not because that's a load of bullish. I have been homeless. The streets are littered with unfortunate souls who for one reason or another wound up on the streets and either can't get a foothold back into modern civilisation. There are the deranged, lazy, addicts, etc who won't work, but these are a SMALL portion of the homeless population. I guess you think "all niggers are lazy thieves"? No, of course not, that's racist? Then why the fuck would you think in much the same way about homeless people?

    I couldn't get along with my abusive step dad. Out on the streets at 17, despite having been running a software business since age 15 (selling my wares on Compuserve and other online services), I found it near impossible to get a job doing ANYTHING, even cleaning toilets. Homeless are thought to be thieves, murderers, rapists, etc -- They must be really horrible people if they have no place to live, they did something to deserve that life -- WRONG. Maybe some have, but it's not the majority. The majority I've encountered made bad financial decisions, or specialized in a field that became obsolete, simply had a home foreclosure while being laid-off and unable to find work. Entire families may seek help from other relatives, even giving legal guardianship of their kids to relatives until they themselves are homeless. Sometimes they have no one to turn to, the shelter is full of folks like this. What did I do to deserve homelessness? What dysfunction caused me to live on the streets? I provoked an abusive man to keep him from abusing my two younger brothers. My mother finally wised up when he started abusing them, originally thinking that I was just an ungrateful problem child, and thus was the black sheep of the family. My other relatives thought it would be better for me to live on the streets and learn "tough love" than to give me refuge.

    In short: Get bent you ignorant prick, you're pulling shit out of your arse, typical slashdot armchair sociologist, you're worse than any homeless person I've ever met.

  • by 0111 1110 (518466) on Friday January 04, 2013 @04:09PM (#42480147)

    Some managers don't like to hire people who seem overqualified in any way because they figure you will just end up quitting very soon when you find something better. They'd prefer someone like a recent immigrant who doesn't speak much English because they are less likely to be upwardly mobile or whatever. In any case they prefer to hire someone who seems like they will stick around for awhile after they have been trained and have figured out how to do the job. I think it's also helpful not too seem too intelligent.

  • by CanHasDIY (1672858) on Friday January 04, 2013 @04:37PM (#42480597) Homepage Journal

    I think it's also helpful not too seem too intelligent.

    23 years old, lives at home, and does nothing but play video games.

    Yea, something tells me being seen as 'too intelligent' not a risk for this particular waste of space.

  • by StillNeedMoreCoffee (123989) on Friday January 04, 2013 @06:43PM (#42482507)

    The problem is loosing your child. China's one child policy has left much of the country with families with one child (little emperors) that know that they can just leave there parents which for a Chinese family is a horrible idea, unthinkable, especially a son. So you have children that know they have presure that threat to disown their parents as extreme leverage. So the "Just kick him out" is truly a scary , not to be considered because of the consequences action. No wonder the father took indirect steps to make his son want to stop game playing. The Chinese do things indirectly and communication is an art in a way that we don't fully understand. So assuming the same value system, and behaviours we would take in the West have any resonance in the East.

  • by LordLimecat (1103839) on Friday January 04, 2013 @06:47PM (#42482559)

    I guess you think "all niggers are lazy thieves"? No, of course not, that's racist? Then why the fuck would you think in much the same way about homeless people?

    From [pbs.org]:

    What are the greatest causes of homelessness? ...
    For singles, the three most commonly cited causes of homelessness are:
      * Substance abuse
      * Lack of affordable housing
      * Mental illness

    Guess PBS is racist now?

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