I am a gamer, well at least I consider myself to be a gamer. I love playing video games, a lot. Would I say I am addicted? No, I think extremely involved sounds better. Now, there are lots of activists, politicians, parents and others out there that think video games are a waste of time and something that should be outlawed or restricted, never mind the fact that it provides hundreds of thousands of jobs to working Americans as well as a very steady income base.
Some people even see video gaming as something similar to a drug. Something that young kids and teens, and even some adults, can become unhealthily addicted to and something that can cause serious problems in a person’s life. However, despite all the tirades against video games and the people who play them, albeit religiously sometimes, there has really been no convincing evidence that would cause video games to seem like little more than interactive entertainment, until now.
Now I’ve read all the stories about video game “addiction” and whatnot and I’ve even pulled my fair share of all-night video game sessions with my buddies, but never have I ever considered anybody I know or read about to be considered addicted, until now.
According to Sanxiang City News, a Southern Chinese news agency, a Chinese couple was reported to have sold off their three children in order to fund their obsession with playing online video games at Internet Cafes. According to reports, the couple met back in 2007 and quickly grew fond of each other via their mutual hobby.
Just one year later, their “hobby” was already affecting their parenting abilities. It was in that same year that the couple gave birth to their first child, a son. Only a few days old, the couple decided to leave the baby at home, unattended, in order to play these online games at an Internet Cafe about 20 miles away. We aren’t talking about a toddler here people, we are talking about a newborn infant, only a few days old!
Fast forward another year and things have only gotten worse. In 2009 the “parents”, who were only 21 at the time, gave birth to their second child, a baby girl. This is where things took a turn from bad to unbelievably obscene. After the birth of their daughter, the couple got the bright idea to sell her for $500 USD in order to pay for their online gaming.
After that miraculously worked, they must have thought “hey, it worked the first time, why not try it again? Because these games are way more important than these living human beings we brought into the world.” It was at this point the couple decided to sell their first born child for $4,600 USD. After that, the couple had their third child and sold it for another $4,600 USD, all so they could fund their online gaming.
Now you must be wondering how this all happened and nobody found out about it. Well, a family member discovered what was actually going on and reported the couple, known as Li Lin and Li Juan, to the authorities.
If anything, I would be curious as to what the parents thought about what they were doing. Well, when asked if whether or not they would miss their children, the couple stated, and I quote, “We don’t want to raise them, we just want to sell them for some money.” The couple also claimed that they did not know that what they were doing was wrong.
I’m sorry but this is just one HUGE “wtf” moment. First off, I am astounded at how these so called parents thought it would be o.k. to sell their children for video game money. Second, I am bewildered as to how not a single person discovered what they were doing until all three children had been sold. Seriously? Nobody noticed when suddenly some of the kids stopped coming around? Also how could a gaming life be so expensive!? Why not just enjoy the millions of free games available instead of selling your children?? something like a roblox hack could have saved one or two of the kids at least!
All in all, I actually think that selling the kids was the best idea. It got the parents arrested and probably put in jail so they can’t have kids, at least for a long time, and it allowed the kids to be given to somebody who, hopefully, actually loved them, cared for them and actually wanted to have them.
My heart goes out to these children. I only hope that they found a better home and better parents then those “people” that were raising them.
Source: Game Politics – Chinese Parents Sell Children for Internet Games