March 02, 2021

Just Ten More Minutes


Just Ten More Minutes
This is what kids are playing these days, right? Nelo Hotsuma, Wikimedia Commons

One pro gamer met his match last week: his own father.

20-year-old Danil Chechnyov of Ulyanovsk, who goes by the screen name "OLDIS," had his internet interrupted in the midst of an online Apex Legends tournament with $16,000 (1.2 million Russian rubles, a very large sum) on the line. His dad, apparently, had turned off the internet in the hope of getting his son to call it quits.

A tweet after he and his team lost a match read, in English: "Well. On the last game my dad turned off the internet for me. And we were immediately killed. I seemed to speak softly, but through the walls you can still hear everything. My parents don't understand my interests."

Older gamers were quick to provide support, sharing their own experiences. Especially in those old Russian apartments with thin walls.

And if nothing else, you can always tell your folks that gaming can be educational.

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