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Parents' Guide to

Love Child

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Docu explores gaming addiction related to infant's death.

TV HBO Educational 2014
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The story of Sarang's tragic death sets the stage for a rather disturbing glimpse into the all-consuming world of virtual gaming and its implications for players' real lives. Some experts suggest it's an addiction equal to those of alcohol, drugs, and gambling and should have similar recognition among those proven to carry mental illness status. Others disagree, particularly in the case of the infant's death and the consequences her parents face. The movie doesn't set out to prove one side or the other; rather it provides viewers with copious factors to consider on both sides of the discussion, shared by psychiatrists, journalists, police detectives, and self-identified gaming addicts.

If you've never thought too hard about the effects of the online virtual gaming culture, that's sure to change after watching Love Child. It's easy to see how what starts out as a hobbyist's escape from real life can take on a life of its own in a place where reinvention and reincarnation are the reality. On the other hand, one has to consider the benefits of our access to others through the Internet, even when it comes to online gaming. This methodical documentary touches on all these points and then some in a poignant effort to connect the dots between the explosion of access to mobile technology and the surge of addiction related to virtual gaming.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: January 17, 2014
  • Network: HBO
  • Genre: Educational
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 26, 2022

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