Another “Bad parents blame video game for son for taking speed and being up all night” story by a dirty tabloid. (Side note: The Mirror describes itself as “The intelligent tabloid”. chuckle)
There’s 2 stories here. On about the 17 lad who tried to kill himself - which frankly sounds a bit BS because of the extremely poor journalism. The other is about a 10 year old who plays too much.
I quite like the quote: “Each time you’re killed you’re automatically dropped back into the battle zone, so it’s like being on an endless loop, and all you want is to move up the rankings for more rewards and better status.”
You mean like every other FPS game, ever?
This is all nothing new. When we were younger, we’ve all been through a period of outrageously long sessions. I can think of many times where we’d play BF2 and such til the early hours of the morning.
The thing I don’t get, is that when I was 17 - I didn’t need sleep. I certainly didn’t need anything to keep me awake - not even energy drinks or coffee, certainly not drugs. I used to have a nightshift job and go to 6th form the next day. Batteries were permanently full. Wish I was like that now!
It all comes down to parenting… or lack of it. You buy your 10 year old an Xbox to keep them out your hair instead of having to engage with them, and you wonder why they become more connected to a virtual world than the real one.
Those kids have other issues.