Entries in Video Games (4)


Cambodian Teen Chained to Pole for Playing Video Games

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Police in Cambodia are searching for the father who chained and locked his 13-year-old son by the neck to a telephone pole as a punishment because the teen skipped school to play online video games at an Internet cafe.

According to the UK Sun, the 40-year-old dad fled the scene after chaining the boy up. It took two hours before someone noticed him and called the cops to free him.

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In Japan, Teenage Boy Stabs Mom over Video Game

Hemera/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- A teenage boy was arrested Sunday in the Japanese city of Ichinomiya after he allegedly stabbed his mother when she tried to confiscate a video game he bought without her consent.

The Mainichi Daily News reports the 14-year-old admitted to the crime, telling investigators “[W]hen I bought a video game without permission, my mother took it off me, so I got angry (and stabbed her).”

Police say the teen stabbed his 50-year-old mother in the back, piercing her left lung and leaving her seriously injured.

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Chinese Couple Sells All Three Kids to Play Online Games

Comstock/Thinkstock(DONGGUAN, China) -- A young Chinese couple has sold all three of their children in exchange for money to play online games at Internet cafes, reports a southern Chinese newspaper.

According to Sanxiang City News, the couple met in an Internet cafe back in 2007 and bonded over their obsession with online video games.  A year later, the parents -- who are both under 21 -- welcomed their first child, a son.  Days after his birth, they left him home alone while they went to play online games at an Internet cafe 30 km away.

In 2009, Li Lin and Li Juan welcomed their second child, a baby girl, and came up with the idea to sell her for money to fund their online game obsession.  They did so, receiving RMB 3,000 (less than $500), which they spent entirely shortly after.  The couple then proceeded to sell their first child and got 10 times as much for him -- RMB 30,000, or about $4600.

Upon having their third child -- another boy -- the parents followed in their previous footsteps and also got RMB 30,000 for him.

They were finally turned into authorities when Li Lin’s mother found out what her son and his girlfriend had done.

When asked if they missed their children, the parents answered, "We don’t want to raise them, we just want to sell them for some money.”

Sanxiang City News reports the couple didn't know they were breaking the law.

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Australian Teens Play 60-Plus Hours of Video Games for Charity

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ADELAIDE, Australia) -- Toby Zerner, Brodie Syrus and two of their friends are playing 60-plus hours of video games in the name of charity.

Their goal is to raise $10,000 for the non-profit organization "charity: water," which brings clean and safe drinking water to developing nations, by broadcasting their "struggle through some of the worst games released in history."

"They are mostly old games. One of the most well-known ones is Superman on Nintendo 64," said Zerner. "It's a really, really good cause. About one in eight people in the world don't have access to clean and safe drinking water, which is something we take for granted."

The four teenagers had about 15 hours to go and had raised $6,400 as of Friday evening. On their website, supporters can participate in a continuous chat, watch a live-stream of the games being played, see how much money has been raised, how much time is left, and donate to the cause.

"One-hundred percent of public donations go directly towards water projects and all the administrative costs and credit card fees and things like that are covered by private donors," said Zerner. "We can assure all of our viewers that all of their money is going to where it is needed the most."

Zerner and Syrus are no strangers to this strenuous test of endurance and finger agility. Last year in a 72-hour gaming marathon they raised $4,186 for World Youth International.

They say they were inspired by other marathons like and Mario Marathon so they created their own. On their website they encourage anyone interested in doing the same to contact them.

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