Chinese Gaming Addict Turns Grave Robber | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

Chinese Gaming Addict Turns Grave Robber

Desperate for cash, a young gamer trashes a mausoleum.

Image: 

One way to feed a habit Photo via

By Chrisanne Grise

12/18/12

| Share

A 22-year-old Chinese man faces serious repercussions after breaking into a mausoleum in search of valuables to fund his addiction to online gaming. The man, known until his trial as Xiao Hai, is so addicted to video games that he often can't distinguish between fiction and reality, sources claim. After moving from his home village to Fujian province, Hai's failed search for employment caused him to start begging and stealing. Eventually, he took up the potentially lucrative practice of robbing graves, which led him to the local village mausoleum, where he broke into funeral urn boxes, stealing jewelry and other valuables. According to police, he caused at least $10,000-worth of damage and left people's ashes scattered throughout the mausoleum. After his arrest, Hai told authorities that he had no remorse, because he’d do whatever he needed to get money for video games. Although the Chinese government has made attempts to limit gaming time and access for its citizens, online gaming addiction remains a serious problem throughout the country.

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
Sober Living
Suboxone: Trading One Prison Cell for Another

Suboxone seemed like a get-out-of-jail-free card, the answer to my opiate addiction. Instead, I had a new ten-year addiction, complete with thinning hair and lost motivation.

The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu
 
 
 
 
 

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery
 
 
 
 

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center
 
 
 
 

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 

Reflections
 
 
 
 

This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea
 
 
 
 

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu
 
 
 
 

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab
 
 
 
 
 

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv