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Posted January 30th, 2011 at 7:43 PM by Her

My brother is scarily addicted to Black Ops, to such a sense that he doesn't do anything but eat, sleep, drink and play Black Ops. Copy+pasted below is the typical daily schedule that happens

~a typical day~
(i have a lot of time on my hands during summer js)
i play for an hour or so, i have to go to work. this is at about ten in the morning and work starts at eleven. from the second i leave the couch, my brother jumps on. i get home at about three-fourish depending on if people show up or not, i like the extra money i get. my brother is still sitting there and when i ask to get on (i love how i have to ask even though it's my xbox and my game, lol) i get screamed at about how 'he hasn't had enough time today' and sometimes starts whimpering. me, being the amazing brother that i am, let him have a few more games and get on the computer. out of curiosity, i look at what he's looked at (if anything) while i've been out. what i usually find is something along the lines of;
'black ops secret cheat FLOATING APPLE'
'HACK -gun name here- CHEAT PLAYERS'
'MODERN WARFARE 2 IS BETTER THAN BLACKOPS' - by the way, it seems that my brother has commented/flamed quite a lot of people who like modern warfare 2 more
and so on
i go out again, go see friends etc and come back at around eight/eleven, depending what we do that night
i swear to god that he will still be there and when i tell him to get off and go to sleep, i will get a screaming that pierces the heavens
i take out the plug, get screamed at even more, wait for him to go to sleep and play for an hour or two, and most likely i'll be playing gta iv or something
He's 12, by the way. And yeah, I know he shouldn't be playing it, but I hide the game anyway and tell him constantly that he should not be playing, with no help from my parents who believe he is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ.

Now, I tried to interfere with this and attempt to get him outside for at least a couple more hours and breathe the fresh air (by the way, he keeps the doors/curtains closed and since it's summer it's a sauna when I open the door). First I did this by taking the game to work, but he went to a friends house to play on his copy so that didn't work. Next day though, I hide the batteries and let him play until they run out. Granted, a bit of a dick move, but still, you should see the anger in his eyes if he gets interrupted. Now naturally, I'd expect some complaining, pleading for lenience (I was lenient up until now), but accepting that his time for today was up and go play outside or something. But what I got was for different. After the initial yelling and screaming, he runs through the house and searches everything for the essence of his life, batteries. He finds some, I wasn't going to interfere with the other equipment. What I didn't know was that the batteries he found were almost out of juice, so when they ran out...justifiably, he smashes the controller into the wall, creating a whole and proceeds to tear down my library (which I meticulously organised and am going to kill him for when I next see him again). He tried to smash my radio but I stopped him and (with late timing), used my persuasion skills to get him to sulk. While I'm cleaning up the mess, I hear a window smash and catch him trying to get out of his room, saying "I'M RUNNING AWAY FROM THIS HELLHOLE, I'M GOING TO RUN AND PLAY BLACK OPS AT A FRIENDS HOUSE. AND IF I CAN'T DO THAT, THEN I'LL LIVE AT BOTANY (local shopping centre) AND PLAY BLACK OPS FOR FREE!!!!" I have to admit I laughed at that, but then he storms out and proceeds to gather his things and run to his friends house. By the way, my parents aren't home yet because otherwise I'd be copping so much yelling you wouldn't believe.

Anyway, I give him ten minutes and then I go to his friends house and try to take him home but he runs again and goes to a different friends house. I gave up then and waited for him to come home to dinner, but he doesn't come home.

Next morning, I call, tell him to come home and this time take the xbox to work and leave a note saying he can play the ps2 if he wants. But when I come home, guess what I found.
Ps2 smashed on the ground outside (I bought two just in case one died so thank god); Window smashed; Hole in wall even larger; clothes strewn on the floor, same with my games/cd's (which all work hallelujah), a huge gash in my bed and to top it all off, a huge dent in the side of my computer. Yay. I assume this is him trying to look for the xbox and when he can't find it, his form of revenge. He isn't home and I can't even look at him right now, so I organised for him to stay at a friends house for a couple of days. My parents, for the first time ever, agreed with me for once and are banning him from all forms of electronics for the next three months + he has to pay for all the damage from his bank account. Which comes to a total of about $800 dollars.
I did mention he was 12, right?

Now, to be clear, I do feel guilty about the whole situation but I never did support him using MY xbox and MY games in the first place, let alone without my permission.

So guys, now what? I'm going to keep Black Ops, but it's only going to be used at night. What do I do when he eventually comes back? I can't exactly say it's all his fault, but someone needs to learn some respect. I'd take Live off, but I enjoy playing online + it'll waste my money so yeah.
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  1. Old Comment
    Nina's Avatar
    It is his fault. 12 is old enough to act normally in society.

    What should you do when he comes back?
    Tell him "no". NO. Get a lock on your door and tell him NO. Just- no. No you can't play my game, no you cannot touch my things, no. You have an anger problem and I cannot trust you.

    My first reactions to this. Reading it more I know it probably conflicts too much with your values as I'm sure in my family he'd get his ass whooped far before now, but if you'd like to read my thoughts on how I think something like this should be handled...

    He needs no connection to any electronics indefinitely. No putting time on it. He can just 'play nice' until the time is up. No, just say he won't get electronics until he can act like a non-psychotic human being. He should be doing every single chore there is to do in the house, doing all the yard work, not allowed to go to friends, nothing. Because, no. He can't play a game so he smashes everything in your room? That's just absolutely wrong and that kind of reaction and behavior will get him put into either a mental institution or in jail. 12 years old is old enough to function in society, and this is extremely frightening.
    Posted January 30th, 2011 at 8:10 PM by Nina Nina is offline
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    colours's Avatar
    Wow, your brother is seriously out of control. I'd say that you should urge your parents to ban your brother out of electronics indefinitely until he knows how to control himself without turning into Chuck Norris and roundhouse kicking your entire room into oblivion.

    So yeah, that's my suggestion there. Keep him as far away from electronics as possible.
    Posted January 30th, 2011 at 8:12 PM by colours colours is online now
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    Kura's Avatar
    Get him some counseling and convince your parents to start taking this issue and his attitude more seriously.
    He obviously has no regard for material possessions or others' property. I say he can never play with anything unless he grows up, smartens up, AND buys it with his own money after paying for all these other damages. Oh.. and no allowance money- he's gotta actually EARN it. Teach him some value and respect.

    Hell, here's an idea! After the 3 months, if he wants to use your stuff then put a renting fee on it!
    Posted January 30th, 2011 at 8:53 PM by Kura Kura is offline
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    Luck's Avatar
    Sucks that he couldn't get addicted to a better game.
    Posted January 30th, 2011 at 9:25 PM by Luck Luck is offline
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    Zet's Avatar
    your brother is worse than my brother... and my brother is 18 years old @[email protected] Though if something were to set my brother off more worse than your brother, he would probably end up killing people.
    Posted January 31st, 2011 at 12:40 AM by Zet Zet is offline
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    rockeymon's Avatar
    Dude get a lock on your door, if possible keep Xbox in bedroom and play in there at night (if you have a tv in there you can play on), and if you are nice enough to him and ever let him play only let him play whenever you are able to sit there and manage how long he can play (and if he fights you just Knock him a good one BUT ONLY after he hits you that way you can say that you did it in self defense), sorry about all the stuff.
    Posted January 31st, 2011 at 3:36 PM by rockeymon rockeymon is offline
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    Zeffy's Avatar
    Just like my little brother, and he's 8! But my mom took care of him and didn't let him do anything but eat, sleep, and study for a whole month! :)
    Posted February 1st, 2011 at 6:27 AM by Zeffy Zeffy is offline
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    Is it bad to say I was laughing to tears about this.

    But seriously I think it's sort of all your fault for letting him get immersed into it, not all of the blame goes to any of you though, and does he have an addictive personality?
    Posted February 25th, 2011 at 8:52 AM by インフェルノの津波 インフェルノの津波 is offline