Have you already heard of Combat Arms, an online multiplayer first-person
shooter (FPS) free-to-play game, released this past July and already over one million players
- Combat Arms Features
- Personalized Characters,
- Various Combat Modes,
- Combat Arms Offers A High Level Of Socialization,
- Web 2.0 Community Tools,
- Buddy Lists,
- Clan Systems,
- And An In-Game Messenger System.
Combat Arms is developed by Doobic Studio and published by Nexon based on South Korea
which is a world leader in free-to-play, multiplayer online games,
Another game from Nexon called Bounty Hunter casts YOU with a bounty
on your head and you must escape all the other players in order to
survive and earn in-game money. Good luck with that!
Incredible as it sounds, it’s true. A Canadian teen ran away from home
on Thanksgiving becaue his parents took his Xbox away from him. They
said he was spending too much time on it and it was adversely affecting
his school grades and other activities.
For two weeks, the police and hundreds of volunteers combed the woods near
where 15-year-old Brandon Crisp’s bicycle was found. Finally, some deer
hunters came across his body. So sad. To die for this.
Police have assured residents to stay calm because, base on what they know
so far, there is no sign of foul play. Police forensics specialists, police
officers on all-terrain vehicles, and the coroner were on the scene where
the body was found.
I wonder how guilty the parents feel? In fact, when Brandon threatened
to run away, his father helped him pack his bag. His father figured Brandon
would be back in a few hours.
A week after his disappearance, the temperature dropped to minus -2C, about
28 degrees F, and snow fell. Hard to survive in that!
It’s not a boot camp to TRAIN for online gaming, but rather to
kick the online gaming obsession.
Inside the boot camp compound in Mokcheon, South Korea is obstacle
courses with drill instructors, rehab center with counselors, and
even the more peaceful workshops on pottery and drumming for therapy.
One of these bootcamps is called the Jump Up Internet Rescue School.
S. Korea is not the only country with these bootcamps, but S. Korea
is probably the most wired country in the world. Ninty percent of
homes connect to cheap, high speed broadband. Online gaming is actually
a professional sport in the country. And internet cafes, called “PC
Bangs” are a dime a dozen and sit on just about every corner.
But all this success in wiring the country has come at the high price
of having it’s youth hooked on online gaming so much that it is a
national health issue as millions of kids can not bear to tear
themselves away from the screen.
Up to 30 per cent of South Koreans under 18, about 2.4, are addicted!