For South Korean Couple, Virtual Baby Takes Precedence

Posted on March 8, 2010

Stories of video games taking precedence over one’s health are not entirely uncommon. As tragic as it is, however, you can’t deny the irony involved with a couple inadvertently starving their child to death because they spent upwards of twelve hours a day raising a virtual daughter online.

For South Korean Couple, Virtual Baby Takes Precedence picture

After losing their jobs, a South Korean couple, consisting of a 41-year old father and his 25-year old wife, spent all of their time playing the popular game Prius Online in an internet cafe. In the game, they devoted their time to raising their virtual daughter Anima and to “escape from reality.”

Cited as having “lost their will to live a normal life” following the loss of their jobs, their baby was often only fed once a day, which ultimately led to her death due to malnutrition. Compounding this was the fact that their daughter was born prematurely.

The couple was ultimately arrested in Suweon, which is just south of Seoul. By this point, their baby, who was three-months old, had already been dead for five months.

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beats by dre store
beats by dre store

Turn the drawer to find a night cream, the wife asked me why then, do not lift my head to answer: find a Mobo

lol
lol

OH THE IRONY MAKE IT STOP!!!!!

File Craft
File Craft

how awful! this is a diagnosis already( like drugs, alcohol addiction... but what's even more horrible is that such people ruin not only their life, but also the lives of people near them, like in this very case. mental decease or physical, it must be cured! after the punishment of cource.

Tia Hall
Tia Hall

I think she killed the baby in the womb cause she was malnourished. Still born maybe.

Jan
Jan

Such idiots should be sterilized.

Adol_Ysmith
Adol_Ysmith

One tragic event in a Ocean of Millions of Humans in S. Korea does not demand more despotic government regulations imposed on the rest. This is no stranger or tragic than a women leaving her child in a car with one barely opened rear window in the Summer afternoon while she boozes up in a bar in America.

@token7
@token7

They've lost their self control. I think they didn't want to make baby, but want to make love. There is not poor people, there is poor mind.

Boodle
Boodle

They need to call in digital Social Services to take custody of their electronic baby as well. That poor, poor real baby. Its at times like this that I wish that it was harder for all humans to conceive so people like this wouldn't be able to have a child.

Deli
Deli

"By this point, their baby, who was three-months old, had already been dead for five months." Was there a rift in the space-time continuum? I'm so confused.

starboykb
starboykb

Feel sorry for the new born baby die just like that.

Crystal Awards
Crystal Awards

what a tragedy! Hope their virtural baby live a happy live forever!!

Paulina
Paulina

I agree. Like.. Cycles should be once every two years.. it would be much harder to get a child, and if it happens still and people still neglect them.... Well there IS such a thing as BAD LUCK D:

Michael
Michael

It means the three month old, had died five months prior to the arrest, unless it is a translation error.

witch
witch

I guess it means that the baby died when the baby was 3-months old. And by the time they are arrested, it has already been 5 months away from the baby's death time