04 June 2011

The Game Of Death


I read in the news today that a 25-year old mother from New Mexico, USA is being sentenced to 25 years in prison for the death of her 3 1/2-year-old daughter. The mother apparently spent a lot of time playing the online game World of Warcraft and neglected her baby for most of the time until she just dies of dehydration and malnutrition.

This is not the first time incident like this happened. In many countries, there are many stories of young kids suddenly having heart attacks or seizures after playing computer games continuously not getting up to rest or eat. It is also not unheard of that some of these young kids left homes or worse, killed their parents after their computers were taken away from them.

I asked Mr. B. if he played any computer games. He told me he did but only casual games like the ones that solve mysteries, guess words, find treasure or deliver pizzas. He never bothered playing games that require strategies and such because he can get that at work. So for him, it was simply for entertainment.

Humans are strange. I don't understand why they can be addicted to virtual slaying of creatures in some fantasy world. Once upon a time, playing means going out of the house and getting friends together and running around. Now all you have to move are your fingers.

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