Father says son only plays video games, hasn't left home in 6 years

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Mar 11, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

Another sad tale of gaming gone wrong. 

Often when we talk about obsessive gaming, the stories can end in violence and, on occasion, death. But this particular news item reminds us that there are sometimes things worse than death.

Chinese father Ye Yuming has reached out for help. Six years ago, his 27-year-old son, Xiao Jiang, took a turn for the worse. In 2007, Jiang bought a computer, left his job and began playing online videogames. The rest, it seems, is history. Jiang's life has fallen into disrepair -- he forgets to eat meals and often goes many days without bathing or changing his clothes. Eventually, JIang began to cut off communication with the rest of his family entirely.

But as Xiang slept all day and gamed all night, his father was trying to find a solution. He hoped that by writing a plea for help, someone would, perhaps, have a means to get Xiang out of his rut. But reporters taking on the story and turning up to the house didn't help and, clearly, this is more than a rut.  When faced with news crew, Xiang actually picked up a knife to keep them out of his room.

According to a psychological expert, Xiang is suffering from more than just game addiction and has extended into what seems to be extreme paranoia. We hope that, in the long term, Xiang's father's call for help will see his son find a way to emotional wellness.

(via Kotaku)