A lot of people are posting the link to this with comments like "Yeah! Father of the year" and "Way to go dad!" but the video and those kind of comments just make me sick.
What's shown in the video is the exact opposite of good parenting. In fact, everything about this video describes how to completely fail at being a parent.
No, I'm not saying the son should be allowed to spend all of his time playing video games, so don't even go there. In and of themselves there is nothing wrong with video games nor with letting your child play them.
But how did it get this bad in the first place? If the son doesn't have a job then how did he afford hundreds of dollars worth games, not to mention the hundreds or more dollars for the equipment he plays them on? If the son did pay for it all himself then the father just stole from his son and should be charged. If the father paid for it all then he's financially encouraged his son to this point and needs to include himself in the blame.
Part of a father's job is to teach his children how to maintain a proper balance of life: Balancing intellectual with physical, work with play, socializing with time for self.
Not only has this father has failed in teaching this, but he let it build to a point where gaming has become his son's only real passion.
"But I'm REALLY good at it!" screams the son but the father doesn't care about the achievement he has encouraged his son to make simply because it's not an achievement he chooses to recognize. And so the father takes the one thing his son is passionate about, the one thing his son feels he is REALLY good at, and laughing destroys it while his son watches on deriding his son the whole time, essentially saying "It's not good enough that you're REALLY good at something unless it's something that I, your father, see the value in it."
My son's best friend on the world is his bunny, Esther. What effect would it have on him if I stole Esther out of his room, waited for him to come find me in the backyard, and then burned his most prized possession in front of him? Would you nominate me for Father of the Year? Would you tell me what a good job I did raising my son?
What should the father have done differently? Any number of things, but it all should have started with talking to his son and treating him, and his possessions, with respect. Discuss the issues and what he thinks his son should be doing and encourage the change in behaviour by supporting him. If the son isn't willing to compromise then the father could tell him he needs to contribute $XXX towards the household expenses each month or he needs to limit his use of those expenses (ie electricity).
Regardless of whether this was staged or not, to me, this video says more about a fathers lack of parenting skills than it says about the son and no one should be praising a father who cares so little about the feelings of his children that he would destroy something they are passionate about, regardless of what that something may be.