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Korean baby dies as parents Kim Yoo-chul and Choi Mi-sun raise virtual bub

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posted on Mar, 4 2010 @ 05:47 PM
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Korean baby dies as parents Kim Yoo-chul and Choi Mi-sun raise virtual bub


www.news.com .au

A COUPLE addicted to computer games let their real baby starve to death while raising a virtual daughter online.

Police said the couple spent up to12 hours a day at internet cafes, leaving their three-month-old daughter home alone at their apartment in Suwon, South Korea.
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posted on Mar, 4 2010 @ 05:47 PM
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This is disgusting.

As a gamer myself, i cannot stand people with no common sense and who find no way to monitor themselves while gaming.

Is this more evidence of our world going far too virtual OR is this simply a case of poor parenting. I am unsure of the answer, however, i know of one thing, there is no way this is the only case of neglect in the world right now due to video games.

I had many friends lose their girlfriends over their addiction to computer games.

I don't think it is the violent nature of some computer games that is affecting the world. It is the lack of understanding of how to live a real life, with REAL relationships.

www.news.com .au
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Mar, 4 2010 @ 05:57 PM
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What a shame, the poor child. /shudder.

I am a gamer, I have a wife and 2 wonderful children.. and no matter how fun the games are, be it a MMORPG, or a FPS.. they never compare to the fun I have with the kids and my wife outside the games.

Are people so enthralled with interactive pixels that their lives in the game become more important then the world outside?

Just as in all things.. moderation, moderation, moderation..

Too much of anything is unhealthy, and yes, even constant CT is unhealthy.

Take a few minutes to walk away from the computer and hug your kids, take a walk outside, go see a friend, or spend time with your siginificant other..

Peace,



posted on Mar, 4 2010 @ 06:07 PM
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I think this is a very important article that you have brought up. I myself am a gamer, and have been since I was old enough to walk. Do I let that hinder my social life? Absolutely not.

I think what these parents did is deplorable. How can one not realize that there is a difference between the virtual and the real worlds, especially with a young child? This is another case that makes the rest of the gaming world look horrible.

S&F for you OP, as this is an important issue that needs to be discussed.



posted on Mar, 4 2010 @ 06:10 PM
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Does South Korean do the whole 'One Child Policy' thing...or is that just bollocks?

Maybe its a case of the parents not wanting a girl child, preferring a boy (if the One Child Policy is still around), but not wanting to outright kill her, look after her or adopt her out?

So...by their actions they do eventually *kill* her, but I'm sure in some way within their obviously warped brains its not their fault directly this way...

...either way: Shoot these idiots. Right in the head. Double-tap just to be sure.



posted on Mar, 4 2010 @ 06:13 PM
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These stories always get me. My husband and I are avid gamers. If we are online playing a multiplayer game, well, the people we are playing with are crap out of luck when it comes time to pay attention to my son. I mean, I love gaming, but I love my son and husband waaaay more. I feel so sorry for the baby



posted on Mar, 4 2010 @ 06:13 PM
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I grew up with computer games and as I get older I have AIM and SKYPE but I dont talk that much. I know its not good for me. Today i did a good thing, I did a try-out for a soccer team as a goalie and made it. Now every Monday, Wednesday and friday I play.

But aside from that I have friends that play non-stop, they say when they play they do not have a track of time and sometimes they say their eyes burn from playing to much games



posted on Mar, 4 2010 @ 06:16 PM
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Blaming idiotic actions on video games is so anti-"Deny Ignorance".

Only idiots kill their offspring, or allow them to die. Gaming has NOTHING to do with bad parenting. If they didn't give a crap about the kid, surely they woulda found something else to keep themselves occupied while ignoring the kid.


No offense, but stupid people will always do stupid things. Most of us can enjoy video games, while not causing death and destruction in the real world.

Idiots will be idiots, regardless of what technology is available to them at the time.
Gamers are NOT horrible people. Most of us are as responsible and intelligent as anyone else. So, don't suddenly look at all gamers like cold-blooded murderers... just because there are idiots in the world. Stupidity is honestly nothing new.



posted on Mar, 4 2010 @ 06:25 PM
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I don't think any of us said gamers were horrible people. I just stated the fact that the gaming world has taken another hit by yet another set of ignorant idiots, and these ignorant idiots have made the entire gaming world look bad again.



posted on Mar, 4 2010 @ 06:26 PM
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Edited out....


Sorry, not trying to offend anyone.


Thank you for agreeing, most gamers are real people in every way, just like everyone else....


[edit on 4-3-2010 by LostNemesis]



posted on Mar, 4 2010 @ 06:53 PM
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I sincerely hope the rest of lives are given to incarceration.
They should die in prison. No excuse for this type selfishness and lethal neglect of a child. Heartless.



posted on Mar, 4 2010 @ 06:56 PM
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Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
I sincerely hope the rest of lives are given to incarceration.
They should die in prison. No excuse for this type selfishness and lethal neglect of a child. Heartless.



Unfortunately, this gives the "anti-gaming" world more ammo to work with, and I wouldn't be surprised if this ends up leading to some of our oh-so-glorious Congressmen coming up with some ridiculous ban in this country. *grumbles*



posted on Mar, 4 2010 @ 07:13 PM
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Originally posted by SilentShadow


This is disgusting.

As a gamer myself, i cannot stand people with no common sense and who find no way to monitor themselves while gaming.

Is this more evidence of our world going far too virtual OR is this simply a case of poor parenting. I am unsure of the answer, however, i know of one thing, there is no way this is the only case of neglect in the world right now due to video games.

I had many friends lose their girlfriends over their addiction to computer games.

I don't think it is the violent nature of some computer games that is affecting the world. It is the lack of understanding of how to live a real life, with REAL relationships.

www.news.com .au
(visit the link for the full news article)



Poor parenting



posted on Mar, 4 2010 @ 07:44 PM
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Originally posted by anonymousproxy
Poor parenting


I guess the fascinating conundrum we have here is that their virtual baby seems to be ok. So maybe as parents, they aren't that bad.



posted on Mar, 5 2010 @ 09:40 AM
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Originally posted by SilentShadow

Originally posted by anonymousproxy
Poor parenting


I guess the fascinating conundrum we have here is that their virtual baby seems to be ok. So maybe as parents, they aren't that bad.


lol or there virtual pet and so on lol



posted on Mar, 5 2010 @ 05:54 PM
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unfort just another MSM grab to push the voilent game agenda and its influence over people.....

Wouldnt suprise me if we start getting small info pieces on the evils of gaming and its effects on the public......

Headshots all round for that pair....



posted on Mar, 6 2010 @ 06:59 AM
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In response to your reply to my comment


Why am I having such a hard time believing this is true? something is not right, unless the parents were mentally disabled or severely mentally ill. I say severely so that it is not confused that I might mean depression or anxiety, even the most depressed person wouldn't do that to a newborn.
On the other thread that was closed, I just wanted to mention that I am a self professed MMO addict and a mother of 3 and I still can't see how this could happen. The maternal instinct is to strong to put a game before your children. Maybe the real issue is the diminished maternal instinct in some people.



posted on Mar, 6 2010 @ 07:25 AM
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wow, just wow. People really don't shock me anymore, and it seems some people cannot handle games at all. While I have played a few games, ( I am in no way even close to being a gamer, as I get bored of playing games easily) I was at one point addicted to The Sims. I did not however neglect my kids or my husband at all. It was play until the kids got home, or until my husband got home. After 6 months of playing almost all of my free time I had enough and quit the game.

My husband went through a period of game addiction but after a year decided it wasn't worth it. He also spent time with us and it was sort of family thing to sit and watch Dad play games all weekend long.

Now that we are in our 30's games seem to be childish and quite boring. I recently tried playing the sims but got bored after 20 minutes and quite the game.

Now I am a book reader and I would prefer to read an entire book all day long then waste it away on a video game.

I feel bad for the child involved and maybe the baby should have stayed with Grandma.



posted on Mar, 6 2010 @ 07:33 AM
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Below is what I basically wrote on another thread before I knew this was the first one lol

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Hmm, while this is pretty horrible and there's absolutely no excuse for what they did, I don't think it would help to judge and condemn them (for those that are, which I'm betting a lot of MSM readers will do). I somewhat agree with what another user - CosmicEgg - has posted in the thread (made after this one) about the same article here

I'm actually a gamer myself, so I know what it's like to want to keep playing a game and to really enjoy it. But... at the same time, I wouldn't ever trade my real life for a virtual one! There's too much to do in real life, so many things I haven't done yet (being only 21) and my family and friends! I really think this is a case of "we all need to spend more time together as a community" sort of thing. A lot of people need to realise what is important in life and remember what is REAL.

I believe that if we're ever to sort out our problems here on Earth, we've got to work together and be more community-orientated. IMHO, to condemn these people would be counter-productive, I don't see how it would help at all. We've all got our issues and problems, none of us are perfect, after all "let him who is without sin cast the first stone", so to speak. I just really believe that time and energy would be better spent figuring out how and why this happened and not just look at the end result and judge that, ya know? We need to look at the causes and not the symptoms.

There are a lot of people hurting in this world and I just think there really needs to be more of an effort to include people, though in REAL life not games or over the internet. And also, it would be good to approach these kinds of things with understanding and a level head. Yes, this was pretty horrible, but don't let emotions get in the way and be quick to judge, because that's how mistakes are made and freedom is lost (if you know what I mean). We need to start sorting things out as people, together, so that we can all learn to work together and know that each of us matter and is needed, so we can finally at least start to make this world a better place, which will hopefully lead to these kind of things not happening.



"The couple seemed to have lost their will to live a normal life because they didn't have jobs and gave birth to a premature baby," Chung Jin-Won, a police officer, told Yonhap. "They indulged themselves in the online game of raising a virtual character so as to escape from reality, which led to the death of their real baby."


I just wonder why they didn't seek any help? Or if there was any help to seek. Psychiatrist or Psychologist? Family or friends???


IMHO, It's a shame we seem to be so connected with the internet and all, but in reality we really aren't



IMHO



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