Online games require time. Time isn't something that 10-year-old Xiao Liu has. See, her mum has been limiting how long she could play online with her friends. That has made the girl upset. How was she to level up and keep up the pace with her friends?
Not having enough time to grind, Xiao kept throwing tantrums, which became more and more of a problem. Mrs. Liu decided to make a compromise with her daughter. A highly unusual compromise at that.
"I play the game for my daughter," Mrs Liu told 10yan. "A few months ago she started playing this game with her friends and would play all the time, forgetting to do her homework."
While Xiao was studying, Mrs Liu would play and level up her daughter's character in online game Mole Manor. The game, which is quite similar to Animal Crossing, is a simple online browser game that's quite popular in China with children -- so much so that there's even a cartoon version, and at least one mother grinding through it for her kid.
Eric Jou contributed to this report.