Seriously, Haseo was one of the few characters in GU that I connected with. The only beef I had with the .hack series was that the characters took the game so seriously. Shouting and crying over getting PK'd, despite the explanation as to why getting data drained and the like were serious, just made me laugh.
But Haseo told it like it was. It's just a game. However, I kind of went with the flow when they explained that players were a) getting locked in the game and b) feeling the pain their characters felt. The latter was either added in the manga or the shitty anime, so I'm not sure if it's completely canon.