A woman obsessed with the online game 'Small World' has been handed a six month suspended sentence and 75 hours of community service after she neglected her three children and allowed her two dogs to starve to death while she played the game for hours.
How disgusting! I don't know what’s worse; a parent who neglects her three children and lets the family dogs die or a legal system that only gives this person 6 months. Psychological assistance is required!
The board game "Small World" from Days of Wonder (that you used to illustrate your article) has nothing to do with the smallworld.com online game that the woman played with. Please correct your article and read the statement from Days of Wonder:
I can't help but think of the fat chick from The Guild when I read this. Except the person in this story is a truly sick SOB and needs to be removed from the rest of society. Poor kids and poor animals.
Its a terrible tragedy and she should be punished, but there needs to be a lot better mental health help in the United States to avoid people getting to this crazy addicted point.
A spiraling depression can really get out of hand. Given ease and instant access of any internet game... things that suck you in, sometimes crafted to suck you in.
Its a conundrum. How do you balance personal freedoms not to be tracked with parental responsibilities, with others rights to enjoy things responsibly and play fun engrossing games that for some are fine, but others with addictive personalities can't handle?