Tantrums involving video games are nothing new, particularly when they involve children losing their gaming privileges. However, when the tantrum is thrown by a young adult, it becomes something that's, well... sad. That's exactly what happened to the Yang family in Chongqing last week.
Yang Yang (pseudonym) was at home playing video games all day last Wednesday. Unhappy that her son was gaming all day, as well as worried for his well-being, Yang's mother wanted him to take a break.
After a failed attempt by the her mother to get Yang Yang to relax, Mr Yang became fed up with his son's attitude and barged into his room. Seeing his son's room covered with snack wrappers and empty soft drink bottles, Mr Yang asked Yang Yang how long he's been playing. He flippantly replied "not long".
Angered by his response, Mr Yang seized Yang Yang's keyboard and smashed it to the ground. Shocked and angry, Yang Yang gave his father a death stare only to be told by his father "The heck are you looking at? Time for dinner."
As soon as Mr Yang left Yang Yang's room, he locked the door.
Yang Yang, a man in his twenties, locked himself in his room, inside his parents house, for a whole night, refusing to eat or drink anything. He exited his room the following day, but, according to his mother, he still wouldn't consume anything, causing his mother to worry.
Yang Yang started playing online shooters at home. Once his home setup became outdated, he started spending a lot of time at internet cafes, which worried his parents. Mr Yang purchased a new PC for Yang Yang, hoping his son would spend more time at home. Unfortunately for Mr Yang, Yang Yang just took his gaming habit to the next level, playing day and night.
Concerned about their son, Mr and Mrs Yang attempted to try to convince Yang Yang to eat. Yang Yang replied "I refuse, I'll eat when you return my game."
Living on the eighth floor, and seeing how unreasonable their son was being, the Yangs feared that Yang Yang would do something stupid, so they called the emergency services. When the authorities finally showed up, they were able to convince Yang Yang to eat something. Despite finally eating, Yang Yang still harboured a resentment towards his parents.
Hoping to reconnect with his son, Mr Yang has purchased a new keyboard for his son.
Personally, I would think Mr Yang should just confiscate the computer, bolt down the windows to Yang Yang's room, hide all the sharp objects and cook delicious smelling foods outside of his door. Eventually, Yang Yang would crack.
成年男子与父亲斗气：要我吃饭可以 先还游戏机 [Chongqing Daily via People's Daily]
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