Father Hired Assassins To Kill His Son In World of Warcraft
A worried father of an unemployed 23-year-old paid for World of Warcraft players to hunt down and kill his son in the online game.
Mr Feng, from China, thought that the amount of time his son spent online was doing nothing but harm and hoped that constant targeting from certain players would force him off for good.
A gambling and addictions expert from Nottingham Trent University told the BBC that they'd "never heard of that kind of intervention before.
"I don't think these top-down approaches work. Most excessive game playing is usually a symptom of an underlying problem.
"It's not going to do much for family relations," the Professor said. "I've come across very excessive players - playing for 10 to 14 hours a day - but for a lot of these people it causes no detrimental problems if they are not employed, aren't in relationships and don't have children."
The son in question eventually found out about his father's scheme after he simply asked the hitmen why they were repeatedly targeting him. Obviously they must have just told him the truth and an apparent fallout took place between the pair.
World of Warcraft expert Olivia Grace suggested that the fathers efforts were for nothing, as this is what happens constantly in this particular game. She said: "Being killed by someone happens all the time," and that people are "people are just like that online."
The dad's intentions were obviously of concern and although it may seem a little extreme, they were sincere. All he wanted to do was help his son to get focused on finding a job and such, and they have reportedly made up again, so at least they're on good terms.
Words by: Matthew McGladdery