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    Default Korean Internet Gamers Starve Baby To Enjoy Games

    This just about takes the cake for malpractice...
    Internet and gaming addiction is a serious problem in Asian countries. I think this is one of the worst cases i have heard about..

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    Internet addicts guilty of starving baby to death Module body

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    By Sangwon Yoon, The Associated Press

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    SEOUL, South Korea - A South Korean couple were convicted Friday of abandoning their newborn daughter, who starved to death while they addictively played an online game raising a virtual child.


    The husband, a 41-year-old taxi driver, and his 25-year-old wife were sentenced to two years in prison, but the woman's term was suspended because she is pregnant.


    The couple played at Internet cafes on average 10 hours every day and bottle-fed their baby only once a day, prosecutors said in an affidavit.


    The girl, who was born prematurely and weighed 5 pounds (2.25 kilograms), was often fed rotten formula and was beaten when she cried out of hunger, the affidavit said.


    They found her dead when they returned to their home in Suwon, just south of Seoul, after an all-night gaming session last September, the ruling said. They hid at a relative's home after a autopsy found the baby died of malnutrition.


    "This constitutes an inhumane crime where the defendants abandoned even the most basic responsibilities as parents, and is unforgivable beyond any excuse or reason," the Suwon District Court said in the ruling.


    The mother will avoid jail time if she stays out of trouble for three years. The couple, who have only been identified by their surnames, Kim, have seven days to appeal.


    The case shocked South Korea and raised concern over the severity of online gaming and Internet addiction in the nation of 49 million. The government says there are 2 million "Internet addicts" in the nation considered one of the world's most technologically wired.

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    I'd like to say shit like this surprises me, but I'd be a liar.

    Un-fucking-real. As a father, I just can't wrap my head around this. Letting their daughter die, to play a game raising a virtual child...

    Some folks just don't need to be breathing.

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    Oof, maybe NK should bomb them. The fact that they were raising a virtual child just makes it that much more heinous.

    Then again, the first thing I thought of was the American father who wouldn't leave his game console to check on his daughter - who had fallen into a crate in her closet and subsequently suffocated to death.

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    Can a mod please change the title of this thread to "Selfish Child Interrupts Parent's Social Life" to remove the Republican bias?

    Kthxbai.

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    Yeah, seriously, that baby was a DICK.
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    The world won't end in darkness, it'll end in family fun, with Coca-Cola clouds behind a Big Mac sun.

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    The cruelty all depends on what game they were playing

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    It only took 4 posts to blame the baby for requiring food. Good job, internet.

    The cruelty all depends on what game they were playing
    They were raising virtual children!

    You know, that leads to an interesting idea. Just take their kid and put it behind a computer screen. I bet she would've been raised perfectly and grown up to take over SE Asia that way.
    Last edited by Ajamil; 28th May 10 at 01:16 PM.

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    What?

    There just sympathetic to the parents point of view

    The parents past parenting experience proably came from online games and tamagochi toys; must have beleived it had a reset button.

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    Sad thing is they probably won't get a severe enough punishment and the stupid mother is pregnant AGAIN..

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    But if they go to jail, the virtual baby might die. We need to consider the virtual children.

    Before I opened this thread I was expecting it to be World of Warcraft.

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