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Kotaku brings us this weird story of an overly controlling Chinese dad who, annoyed that his son spent so much time playing video games, hired some in-game assassins to harass and kill his son’s character, thereby saving him hefty addiction camp fee.
Feng’s 23 year-old son, “Xiao Feng” (小冯) started playing video games in high school. Through his years of playing various online games, he supposedly thought himself a master of Chinese online role playing games. According to his father, Xiao Feng had terrible grades in school because of his gaming habit; he couldn’t even land a job. He, however, says he simply couldn’t find any work that he liked. Feng was annoyed that his son couldn’t even tough it out for three months at a software development company.
Unhappy with his son not finding a job, Feng decided to hire players in his son’s favorite online games to hunt down Xiao Feng. It is unknown where or how Feng found the in-game assassins—every one of the players he hired were stronger and higher leveled than Xiao Feng. 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.
Xiao Feng’s father reportedly relented when his son told local media that “I can play or I can not play, it doesn’t bother me. I’m not looking for any job—I want to take some time to find one that suits me.” Quite.