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Couple Raises Virtual Child and Starves Real One 11

NeutronCowboy writes "According to CNN, a South Korean couple was arrested for allowing their baby to starve to death while they were out at an internet cafe. One of their activities there: raising a virtual child in the online game Prius Online. While a South Korean professor calls it a case of Internet Addiction, it's probably more a case of bad coping mechanisms. They were jobless and had apparently little to look forward to."


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Couple Raises Virtual Child and Starves Real One

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  • This article just broke my old irony meter!
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Flame if you like, but I, personally, don't think that Prius Online was to blame at all. I've played it a little myself - it's rather like SL meets the Sims but in Korean. To me, this seems like another case of general family neglect and not of IAD.
  • Since Korea is one of the most-wired countries in the world, one has to ask WTF were these (jobless) people doing going to an internet cafe to play an online game? That's almost certain to be more expensive than doing it at home.
    I bet that there is something additional going on to what the article describes : maybe the parents wanted to get out of the apartment and away from the child, rather than just "going to play their online game".
    Almost certainly a very much more complex story than the article makes o

    • I think it's more common to do fun game-oriented computing out in public areas like cafe's and LAN-party type places in Korea. It's more a cultural thing there than it is in the United States, or Europe, I'd imagine.
      • It's more a cultural thing there than it is in the United States, or Europe, I'd imagine.

        Possible, but I didn't see any "internet cafe" type places in the the couple of days I spent in Seoul last month.
        Admittedly, I don't speak or read Korean, so I might not had recognised the signs, literally. But I saw and recognised lots of other types of shops including plenty of computer/ phone/ tech types of shops, so I'm kind-of doubtful about how common they are. A room full of pasty-faced geeks looks pretty much th

    • There's a number of reasons why they might have gone to a PC room instead of playing at home, cost and sociability.

      The cost per hour for a PC bang was less than a dollar generally and sometimes less than 30c per hour according to http://www.allacademic.com//meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/1/7/0/0/6/pages170061/p170061-1.php [allacademic.com] .The reason is that the population density leads to a large number of vendors who compete with each other both making it more available and driving price down. They still make a profit

  • by elnyka ( 803306 ) on Tuesday March 09, 2010 @07:49AM (#31411860) Homepage

    They were jobless and had apparently little to look forward to.

    What about looking forward to take care of their baby no matter what? Jesus fucking Christ, there are people out the in Africa and Latin America that virtually find their food in garbage cans and still look forward to take care of their children no matter what. And these two e-tards that were jobless in one of the most affluent developed countries couldn't cope with being unemployed and couldn't look forward to take care of their child?

    It boggles the mind.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by adolf ( 21054 )

      Spoken like someone with true sanity about them.

      Unfortunately, not everyone is so blessed.

  • A game based on a hybrid with a sticky throttle? BOOOOORING!

The wages of sin are high but you get your money's worth.