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The Most Absurd Human Rights Violations (42): Child Starves While Parents Play Computer Game

Kim Yoo-chul, 41, and his partner Choi Mi-sun, 25 (not in the photo), fed their three-month-old baby only on visits home between 12-hour sessions at a neighbourhood internet cafe, where they were raising an avatar daughter in a Second-Life-style game called Prius online, police said.

Leaving their real daughter at their home in a suburb of Seoul to fend for herself, the pair, who were unemployed, spent hours role-playing in the virtual reality game, which allows users to choose a career and friends, granting them offspring as a reward for passing a certain level.

The pair became obsessed with nurturing their virtual daughter, called Anima, but neglected their real daughter, who was not named.

Eventually, the couple returned home after one 12-hour session in September to find the child dead and called police. The pair were arrested on Friday after an autopsy showed that the baby died from prolonged malnutrition. (source)

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One thought on “The Most Absurd Human Rights Violations (42): Child Starves While Parents Play Computer Game

  1. Almost unbelievable… and an apt example of what can happen when human beings lose touch with nature and reality. For many thousands of years mankind lived by sun and season… until just a few decades ago, when clock and calendar took over. Now it seems that “virtual reality” has taken this disconnected abstraction to another level entirely.

    Sad, and prophetic, methinks…

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