Recently a missing Chinese woman by the name of Xiao Yun, was recently found by authorities in an Internet café in Hangzhou which is about 100 miles from Hengdian where she was originally from.
Yun, who went missing from the Chinese province of Zhejiang, was found because she was carrying fake ID.
But the real surprise was the amount of time that Xiao Yun was missing which amounted to 10 years.
She wasn’t abducted and then carried away for ransom. Instead, according to the report from The Star, when she was 14 years old, she got into an argument with her parents, which caused tempers to flair, causing her to run away.
She used whatever fake ID’s she could find, and spent much of her time feeding her gaming addiction throughout the days.
For the past 10 years, Yun played video games at whatever Internet cafe she could find, and often slept in bath houses and took handouts from fellow gamers occasionally. She admitted to being she loved playing CrossFire, a fps game.
These gaming cafes have been a major source of addiction for a lot of young people in Asia. Earlier this year, a man passed away at an Internet café, after 3 days straight of hard non-stop gaming.
It’s more of a regular thing in Asian countries than in North America, where these stories are all to common among young people.
Earlier this year, China had lifted its 14-year ban on video games, even though people in that country have been able to buy consoles secretly.
As for Xiao Yun, for the time she went missing, her family had presumed her dead. Her Mother told The Star:
I have a stubborn personality and a short temper, so I used to scold her. But it’s been 10 years and now she’s an adult. I will never scold her again
Yun, was fined by the authorities 1,000 yuan ($156.47USD) for possession of the fake identification and was able to get back into contact with her parents.
The video below shows surveillance footage of a video game addict with a meat cleaver at an Internet café in Guiyang city in China in September. He allegedly is upset because he is unable to get a 200 yuan refund on his online game top-up card.