Back in the old days, curbing your gaming habit meant physically locking your console. Today, it means cutting off your hand. In China, a 19-year old teenager from Nantong in Jiangsu physically sawed off his left hand in an attempt to stop his gaming addiction, reports The Telegraph.
After doing so, he politely left this note for his mother to find: “Mum, I have gone to hospital for a while. Don’t worry. I will definitely come back this evening.”
The teen, known only as “Little Wang” managed to sneak a knife out from the kitchen so that he could perform the self-mutilation outside – the severed hand was later found on a park bench.
While the surgeons were able to later reattach the hand, they could not promise that “full mobility” would return. Clearly Little Wang knew what the outcome of a severed hand would entail, namely no more speed-clicking in League of Legends, China’s number one and most addictive game.
Look, kids, gaming addiction can get bad. It can get really, really bad. In 2007, one teen was so addicted to MMO World of Warcraft that he was clocking up to 40 hours per week playing -that’s 8 hours a day. Another man died after a 3-day no-sleep gaming binge in a Taiwanese games cafe.
While gaming addiction is real, and sometimes (but rarely) fatal, is self-mutilation the cure, and will we begin to see a trend of gaming addicts causing themselves bodily harm to relieve themselves of their addiction? It’s a strange, cruel world and anything’s possible.
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