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A typical Chinese Internet cafe  (Source: Reuters)
Another reported death in China from too much gaming

Chinese media is reporting a 30-year-old man fainted and died after a three-day video game binge at a Chinese Internet cybercafé.  Paramedics who arrived at the cafe tried to revive him but were unsuccessful after multiple attempts.

Authorities did not release which game the man or which Internet cafe he was playing in during the three-day gaming stint.  More than 100 people witnessed the man's death, but they "left the cafe in fear after witnessing the man's death."

The man's name has also not been released to the public.

"Police have ruled out the possibility of suicide," according to a state media article published on Monday.

Dehydration and exhaustion deaths related to gaming have been increasing over the years, especially in China. The country has the second most Internet users, trailing only the United States, and has one of the largest markets for online video games, with millions of players taking the plunge.

The problem is serious enough that several Chinese cities were forced to open clinics and outpatient treatment centers for people addicted to gaming.

Even though other games are popular, MMO has often been in the spotlight of gaming controversy, with real-life murders and deaths being linked to the game.  Although I don't like writing articles and blogs like this one, you can likely expect to read about more game-related deaths in the future.



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Harsh but true
By Misty Dingos on 9/18/2007 1:58:56 PM , Rating: 5
This is nothing more than Darwin at work. The gene pool just got a little cleaner.




RE: Harsh but true
By kattanna on 9/18/2007 2:52:17 PM , Rating: 1
only if he hadn't had the opportunity to succesfully breed.

and being a 30 year old man.. most likely he already has.


RE: Harsh but true
By d33pblue on 9/18/2007 3:22:38 PM , Rating: 2
Assuming he didnt reproduce before he died:)


RE: Harsh but true
By johnsonx on 9/18/2007 3:42:26 PM , Rating: 5
dude spent 3 days playing a game at an internet cafe. Women probably aren't on his RL agenda.


RE: Harsh but true
By RU482 on 9/18/2007 11:51:16 PM , Rating: 2
I bet alot of men die due to gaming.
Their wives kill them


Hmm
By Murst on 9/18/2007 1:51:20 PM , Rating: 2
Although its terrible that the guy died like this, it kinda makes you wonder....

Every day, there's so many people dying from starvation, crime, etc... This has got to be at the top of the list of the better ways to die (well, if you enjoy MMOs that much, anyways).

Its kind of like older people dying from a heart attack while having sex. At least they die with something they enjoy doing.




RE: Hmm
By darkpuppet on 9/18/2007 5:29:49 PM , Rating: 3
I personally wouldn't be standing up at the pearly gates saying, "gee, I'm sure glad I DIED doing what I liked doing most".

Because the thing I enjoy doing most is living.


RE: Hmm
By Murst on 9/18/2007 5:59:32 PM , Rating: 2
We're all going to die someday though. I'm of the opinion that some deaths are probably more pleasant than others. :)


RE: Hmm
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 9/19/2007 12:02:02 PM , Rating: 1
Absolutely. When your doing to die, make the best of it.


RE: Hmm
By HaZaRd2K6 on 9/19/2007 7:29:32 PM , Rating: 2
I think Jeremy Clarkson said it best when he said the best way to die would be sliding through the pearly gates in a fireball while driving a supercar. But hey, that's just me (and Jeremy Clarkson).


RE: Hmm
By hrah20 on 9/20/2007 5:02:48 AM , Rating: 2
if I knew when I'm going to die, I'm pretty sure would choose to die having sex, you would have to close my coffin because of my cynic Joker face!!!


Simply put...
By novacthall on 9/18/2007 2:33:42 PM , Rating: 3
I think Blizzard sums it up quite well in one of the "Loading Screen Tips" when it says:

Remember to take all things in moderation (even World of Warcraft!)

I echo this sentiment to just about all of my friends who ask if they should get into WoW. I first point out that it can be many things, not the least of which is a commitment, and as such is certainly not for everyone. Invariably the conversation finds its way to people who waste away their lives in online games, going for hours and days without so much as stopping to use the restroom. There is no logical defense for this sort of play behavior. The game needs to be something you do on your time, on your terms.

Gaming always needs to be a choice, never a compulsion. It's regrettable that this man died, but let's keep this in perspective: at the end of the day, it's only a game.




RE: Simply put...
By bluebohemian on 9/18/2007 3:03:22 PM , Rating: 4
I can't blame Chinese for immersing into MMO for days having experienced the country. Overcrowded, depressing and of course an oppressive government trying to control you... I'm surprised it is not a worse epidemic. If somehow I woke as a Chinese person one morning, I'd be in the ocean swimming to get out of there. Escapism just has it's latest form. From opium now to MMOs, apparently it can be just as deadly and addicting if you're not careful.


RE: Simply put...
By cheetah2k on 9/19/2007 12:54:01 AM , Rating: 2
I know that people rated this comment down, but after living in Hong Kong, Macau, and visiting the greater half of China for the last 6 years, there is truth in what Bluebohemian wrote - although i beg to differ in that if i woke to find out i was a poor chinese worker earning US$10 a day in Foxxcon's PCB fab plants, then i would commit suicide instead of in the ocean swimming to get out of there.

This is just the drawback of being trapped in a developing, central government controlled, socialist, communist republic.


RE: Simply put...
By Fenixgoon on 9/18/2007 3:19:14 PM , Rating: 3
baldur's gate 2 had a slightly more humorous anti-addiction message during loading screens:

"Remember to eat. While your characters in game may not need to eat food to stay healthy, YOU DO!"

or something to that effect, anyway :0


Well...
By excrucio on 9/18/2007 2:36:47 PM , Rating: 3
You cannot blame everything in gaming like many do.

Gaming is a way to entertain yourself. With time the games became more realistic, sometimes related to real events, and possible upcoming events, you just flat out sci-fi.

If a person has an addiction to game, that person should or should be forced to seek help. Gaming is there to make you enjoy your possible free time or etc.

If a person plays 3 days in a roll, no sleep, sitting all 78 hours straight, that person has some serious problems.

One you must stretch every 30 minutes. Hydrate your self. Just because your sitting doesn't mean you don't lose water.
Eat healthy. AND GET SOME REST!!!!!! Close your eyes, jesus.

I as a professional gamer, have my own techniques to improve my focus in what i do, and that takes alot of rest.

Take Quake 4 for example, the game is 15 minutes long usually best of 3 maps. In between map change you can get a sip of water, and stretch.

During a MMOrpg or MMOrts you can always take a time to stretch between fights. It's sad that people that don't take care of them selves have given a bad name to gaming. Where parents will use such an event to tell their sons and daughters that gaming is bad and will not help you, when on the contrary it DOES help you. It makes you focus, depending on the game it will stimulate your mind to grow smarter and out side of the box.

that's my two cent on what i think...

sadly this guy did not follow much of the simple things and he fainted.




RE: Well...
By Murst on 9/18/2007 2:47:47 PM , Rating: 2
Somehow I doubt that him stretching during downtime would have helped him much after 72 hours. One might even argue that exercising would have shortened his lifetime in this circumstance.


RE: Well...
By 3kliksphilip on 9/18/2007 5:39:21 PM , Rating: 2
What I don't get is how he doesn't REALIZE that he hasn't moved for 72 hours. I mean, I can go on my PC for up to about 10 hours at a time. I consider that pretty extreme, but I know when to eat, drink, go to the toilet, go to bed etc... was he in absolute agony after a while? Didn't he think 'OOH I'm really thirsty / tired, lets have a break! Why have I been sitting in this place for 3 days solid? Shouldn't I be at work?' Or something similar? I believe that the culture over there is very different.


RE: Well...
By Murst on 9/18/2007 5:55:59 PM , Rating: 2
The same stuff happens here in the US. I used to be addicted to MMOs (haven't played one in 2 years though). I remember a PoH raid in EQ about 9 years ago or so where the raid took us somewhere around 32 hours (yeah, we were newbs). I felt like I was going to pass out the second half of that though... and so did most people - the second half of the raid was us getting our corpses back cause we were making stupid mistakes left and right. Luckily, some other people crashed the nite before and got back from their jobs the next day and helped us. :)

That was more of an exception rather than the rule though. However, it was fun... I still can't imagine 72 hours though.


<no subject>
By Scabies on 9/18/2007 2:03:29 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
The country [China] has the second most Internet users, trailing only the United States


Per capita, I wonder?




RE: <no subject>
By johnsonx on 9/18/2007 3:47:52 PM , Rating: 2
No, absolute, not per capita. China has 140,000,000 internet users, the US has even more than that. Almost everyone in the U.S. is an internet user in some way, while there are no doubt vast swaths of the Chinese population who have barely touched a computer much less been on the internet.


RE: <no subject>
By Larrymon2000 on 9/18/2007 11:48:02 PM , Rating: 2
That's true, actually. Much of China is still undeveloped, so you have a large amount of people who don't access to technology in rural areas.


RE: <no subject>
By Pythias on 9/20/2007 9:00:05 AM , Rating: 2
Vast amounts of people. More people than the entire population of the United States. More nice people per capita too. :)


MMO? where did it say that?
By Quiksel on 9/18/2007 6:08:04 PM , Rating: 3
Michael, i'm not trying to call you out here, but this is not the only place i've read of this guy dying, and NONE of them, including the article you link to, mention anything about an MMO being the type of game this fella was willing to play for 3 straight days.

More than likely, you're right that it's an MMO, but again, no article I've read so far goes that far to say what game he was playing.

Please do us all a favor and keep this article from reaching too far just based on a presumption. A couple quick word replace operations and I'm completely fine with your article.




RE: MMO? where did it say that?
By Michael Hoffman on 9/18/2007 7:18:36 PM , Rating: 3
Quiksel, I welcome you to call me out if/when I deserve it! ;) Thanks for pointing out that I definitely jumped the gun a bit, and everything is now fixed.

Best,

Michael


RE: MMO? where did it say that?
By MatthewAC on 9/18/2007 7:43:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, good thing you fixed it, now, get me some chicken!


South Park
By kyleb2112 on 9/19/2007 3:08:42 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds like another case of life imitating South Park:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FGSRf0eLF8




RE: South Park
By Nimbo on 9/19/2007 9:59:21 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks! But it is in Spanish. Here is a link for the English speakers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuGcR6JrWjA


huh.
By nekobawt on 9/19/2007 11:51:33 AM , Rating: 3
Ok seriously, am I the only one whose first thought was to wonder which game he was farming gold from?




RE: huh.
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 9/19/2007 12:02:45 PM , Rating: 1
My money would put it on Lineage 2.


I really don't understand
By quickk on 9/19/2007 3:31:24 PM , Rating: 2
Didn't the guy feel hungry or thirsty?




RE: I really don't understand
By dsumanik on 9/19/2007 4:03:04 PM , Rating: 2
Um i was more thinking... didnt he have to take a turd?

No way i could squeeze my cheeks for 72 hours, maybe he brought diapers?


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