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Parents and online game Intervention January 7, 2013

Posted by wastedspacer in Games I'm Playing, The Fun Stuff.
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http://kotaku.com/5972406/father-hires-in+game-hitmen-to-deter-son-from-playing

The perceived addictive potential for online games has prompted at least one parent to take extreme steps in an attempt to deter their son from playing excessively. Given their son is unemployed I wonder if a move to destroy enjoyment of  the one remaining “occupation” is the right approach? One can only assume that the father is otherwise supporting the son so I can certainly understand the parent’s distress. Maybe rather than hiring in-game assassin’s there’s a opportunity for online counselors who can use some local interaction to get overly afflicted players to exit the game and back to reality? I suspect that would depend on whether the online game supports sophisticated peer discussion. Other tools such as total playing time monitors and ergonomic monitoring utilities may be of use but it all boils down to the player themselves desiring a change away from excessive time in game.

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