Girl Ran Away From Home, Found a Decade Later Living in Cyber Cafe
How one woman lived on nothing but CrossFire for ten years!
Do you like video games? Do you like internet cafes? If so, you may be a perfect match for Xiao Yun, a woman who essentially faked her own death so she could play the game CrossFire non-stop. Of course, this story is more nuanced than that and there are twists and turns that explain her motives better. Here's how one girl spent ten years hiding in the shadows of video games and internet cafes.
Meet Xiao Yunhad
A 14-year-old girl named Xiao Yunhad had an argument with her parents in Zhejiang, east China. As oft to happen with teenagers and parents, Xiao decided to run away. Xiao had made this threat before, so her parents barely noticed when she stormed out the door.
When it quickly became apparent Xia wasn't "playing chicken," her parents went on a massive search for her. But everywhere they looked turned up empty. Eventually, they had to give up the search and accept that their daughter had probably died.
Meanwhile, Xiao was living her entire life inside a Cyber Cafe in the Chinese town of Hangzhouin. She knew that her parents were looking for her and even contacted her mom through e-mail once (her parents assumed it was someone pranking them).
If you're wondering how Xiao afforded to live in a Cyber Cafe at 14, the answer is easy...playing the first-person-shooter game Crossfire. She made most of her money teaching other players how to win the game, coaching them to become better players and giving away tips and tricks. She also sometimes relied on donations and did some cashier work at those same outlets.
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