Richard Spencer on the latest Alt Right podcast: “You can make the same argument about porn — we should watch porn all day long so that we can raise the fertility rate.”
Panelists: “Weed is worst.”
Richard: “Video games are the worst because they give a false sense of masculinity through heroism and honor. Weed is just an intoxicant.”
“These are all phenomena of escapism. In Japan, South Korea, this has reached levels that should not be possible. A couple was feeding a digital baby on a video game while their own kids started to death.”
South Korean police have arrested a couple for starving their three-month-old daughter to death while they devoted hours to playing a computer game that involved raising a virtual character of a young girl.
The 41-year-old man and 25-year-old woman, who met through a chat website, reportedly left their infant unattended while they went to internet cafes. They only occasionally dropped by to feed her powdered milk.
“I am sorry for what I did and hope that my daughter does not suffer any more in heaven,” the husband is quoted as saying on the asiaone website.
According to the Yonhap news agency, South Korean police said the couple had become obsessed with raising a virtual girl called Anima in the popular role-playing game Prius Online. The game, similar to Second Life, allows players to create another existence for themselves in a virtual world, including getting a job, interacting with other users and earning an extra avatar to nurture once they reach a certain level.
“The couple seemed to have lost their will to live a normal life because they didn’t have jobs and gave birth to a premature baby,” Chung Jin-Won, a police officer, told Yonhap. “They indulged themselves in the online game of raising a virtual character so as to escape from reality, which led to the death of their real baby.”
Richard: “The shut-in culture…of men who never leave the house, never have sex, order everything in, have no connection with the outside world. This is where we are.”
Evan McLaren: “This is exactly where I was when I was in this phase in 2010. I was phasing away from Alt Right activity. I could almost relate to someone who had never had contact with the Alt Right. I felt like there was no one I could talk to and there was nothing that could be done. All the things that plague us and upset up still hit me but there was nothing to do about it. The effort that Richard was putting in hadn’t born fruit. I was in this hopeless stage. It’s not a good place and it shouldn’t be promoted.”
Eli: “I was smoking weed when I got out of the army and then when I found this, I stopped.”
Evan: “It’s revealing that when you find something interesting to do, you are less interested in smoking weed.”
Richard: “I’m from a family where I can’t name an alcoholic or a teetotaler.”
Greg: “So you think if people shoot people in a video game, they’re less likely to do it on a battlefield?”
Panelist: “Videogames are to violence as porn is to sex.”