Gamer threatens suicide unless his Dad buys him some in-game swag

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Feb 11, 2013, 12:19 PM EST (Updated)

A micro-transaction should never be given more value than human life.

In a story similar to the man who starved himself over a broken keyboard, 19-year-old Chinese boy Xiao Zhou threatened to take his own life recently unless his father gave him the money to buy equipment for his character in an unnamed online game.  The cost for these items, coming in at 6,000 yuan (about $1,000),  was priced at about three times what the boy's father, a sanitation worker, actually makes in a month.

That, however, was not on the mind of Xiao Zhou when he climbed to the top of a second-story platform above his family's home and threatened to jump because his father was unable to come up with the cash.  Zhou was reported to have said, "You don't give me money, I'm not coming down from here today!"

Zhou's father managed to scrounge up 2,000 yuan, but his son was not satisfied.  Out of fear for Xiao's life, public security, firefighters, and neighbors all chipped in together to raise the remaining money.  Zhou's father allegedly showed his son the money, at which point the grown man who threatened suicide over a videogame was finally satisfied.  Onlookers were allegedly appalled by the flagrant indifference Xiao showed to his father's struggle.

(via Kotaku)