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HBO debuts gaming-addiction documentary tonight — watch the trailer

Above: A shot from HBO's "Love Child."

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In September 2009, a South Korean couple left their baby at home to play games overnight at an Internet cafe. The child died, and now HBO is using that event to explore gaming addiction.

Love Child is a documentary that looks into the story of how the South Korean couple, Kim Jae-beom and Kim Yun-jeong, let their real-world baby die while they raised a virtual child online. Director Valerie Veatch uses that story, as well as the pair’s legal defense, to look at online gaming and addiction. While the movie revolves around this single case, it makes an argument about the negative societal effects of online-gaming addiction. Veatch’s documentary will also include interviews with experts who will talk about the perils of an over-connected society.

The film debuts at 9 p.m. (your local time) tonight on HBO in the U.S., and you can check out the trailer below:

Based on the trailer, the film looks like a serious take on the subject, but some early reviews have voiced some issues.

“Valerie Veatch’s documentary tries too hard to be lyrical and important, incorporating images of role-playing games in lingering shots that have about as much as subtlety as being whacked over the head with a consolet,” Variety critic Brian Lowry wrote in his review. “Ultimately, there’s a story here worth seeing; it’s only too bad the film doesn’t fully do it justice.”

It’s also unclear how well the film will make its argument while only talking about one incident, but we’ll reserve judgment until we’ve seen it ourselves.

HBO has also released a quick clip of the film, which should give you an idea of the somber tone the documentary strikes:

http://t.co/4Pwq6A2Iv2

 

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45 comments
Andy Tran
Andy Tran

This is real folks.


The hours spent on games in Asian countries and the US is obscene. Ask a gamer not to play games three days straight and they will tell you that's impossible. That's addiction. That's being a slave.


Rohan Bhammar
Rohan Bhammar

Wtf why do you think I would like something so bizzare and dark and horrible

Raffael Schmidt
Raffael Schmidt

Valentin Berg wir hatten es doch gestern erst mit den Koreanern ;)

Meerali Patel
Meerali Patel

Tracy Bruns I feel like we discussed this recently

Thomas Chenhall
Thomas Chenhall

Videogames are amoral overall in that they attempt to market virtual social capital and thereby cause people to throw away their real social time. I think that we're all robots. The most complex artificial intelligences in the world would not disagree with me.

Jeff Woelker
Jeff Woelker

Kip Burgess Jamie Kaye Burgess Marq Hwang - crazy

Gary Hughes
Gary Hughes

omg nooooooooo wtf are you serious, I've only read the first bit but no this can't be true, are you kidding me

Clayton Griffith
Clayton Griffith

Yes and wat of the virtual pet epidemic of 2004. Finally answers

Debra Phelps
Debra Phelps

WTF!? Love Child is a documentary that looks into the story of how the South Korean couple, Kim Jae-beom and Kim Yun-jeong, let their real-world baby die while they raised a virtual child online.

Robert Orozco
Robert Orozco

I have video game addiction, seriously I've smoked cigs and honestly putting down a controller was harder than stopping smoking.

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