So yeah, there's this annoying Chinise sociologist that says that it's 4chan's (teh intarwubs) fault that their kids are killing themselves and stuff
. They say that addiction to electronic online gaming causes their youth to have a lower IQ. Whatever.
Since they're sociologists and all that, perhaps they should take time to consider how their culture in general handles agonizing frustration and defeat. Here's a nice precept to start with: they tend to kill themselves or people they know because their "honor" or their "face" has been defiled. Here's another one: their adolescent females are starting to get so materialistic that they see no problem with selling themselves for monetary advancement, even if they aren't experiencing monetary problems (not in poverty).
Scrap those last two presumptions. Maybe their social life just sucks so much (I wonder why), that when their virtual one (presumably the one in WoW) goes sour, they go batshit insane.
Yeah, I know I'm going with stereotypes here
, but stereotypes permeate for a reason. Here's what Tracy Spaight, project writer for the MMORPG documentary Alter Ego, had to say to someguy named Max at a gaming news aggregate
(made to milk advertising revenue):
"In Asia, few people were willing to talk candidly about what their avatar meant to them, or to discuss what they found so compelling about life in virtual worlds. Many didn't want to be photographed because they feared their parents, teachers, or colleagues would see them and disapprove."
Oh, and if in case you're not convinced that they're capable of doing crazy stuff (I'm not saying that western folks aren't capable of doing the same, look at them crazy Germans), here's a little more from Spaight:
"We wanted to interview the guy who killed his friend over a virtual sword in China, but the Chinese authorities weren't too keen on us visiting the prison to interview him, so we decided to drop it."
Perhaps a Chinese Destructoid would help all the asian gamer-crazies
blow off some steam. STFUAJPG won't help them since it seems that that's all they get to do
All play and no fun, turns you crazy son. read