A man in China hired virtual “assassins” to hunt down his son in online video games and kill off his avatar, according to local media. The man, named by the Kotaku East blog as Mr. Feng, was concerned about the amount of time his 23-year-old unemployed son was spending online.
He hoped his actions would deter his son from playing the games, he is reported to have said. His son eventually asked one of the gamers why they kept targeting him. The truth came out.
Father and son are said to have reconciled but World of Warcraft expert Olivia Grace said she did not think Mr. Feng’s actions would necessarily act as a deterrent.
“Being killed by someone happens all the time,” she said.
“People are just like that online.”