Couple allow baby to starve whilst caring for virtual child
The Telegraph has run with the very sad story that a Korean couple have allegedly allowed their baby to starve to death whilst they played in an Internet cafe.
Police have commented that Kim Yoo-chul, 41, and his partner Choi Mi-sun, 25, only fed their three month old baby on quick visits home between mammoth twelve hour sessions at an Internet cafe, where they were raising an avatar daughter in a game called Prius online.
Prius online is a fantasy MMORPG. It has been labelled as an ‘emotional’ game, and features a young girl as a companion who grows as the player progresses. This girl also grows stronger the more you bond with her.
The pair were said to be substituting their real child – who was born prematurely – with this online avatar. They returned one day after a twelve hour session to find their baby had died. An autopsy showed the death was caused by prolonged malnutrition.
A police spokesperson had the following to say;
“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.
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.”
This is a truly tragic story, and shows the power that games can have on people who aren’t emotionally stable.
Saying that, we are sure there are so many better ways this could have panned out – such as family counselling.
To allow your child to die is simply unforgivable, and we hope that this message gets heard above the “games killed our baby” outcries.