Chinese man dies after 3-day gaming session

Written by Joe Martin

September 18, 2007 | 09:51

Tags: #addict #addiction #css #dead #death #died

Companies: #china

A Chinese man has reportedly died from exhaustion after a non stop three day gaming session in a public internet cafe, according to FoxNews.

The 30-year old man has not been named, but had started a "three day gaming binge" at an internet cafe in Guangzhou. Paramedics were called to the scene after the man fainted at his PC in the cafe, but were unable to revive him and pronounced him dead at the scene. The Bejing Press later picked up the story, stating that he may have died "from exhaustion brought on by too many hours on the Internet".

Thankfully, nobody has been able to establish what games the man was playing and so nobody has been able to lead with headlines like "Counterstrike Kills Again".

It seems like barely a month goes by that another man doesn't end up dying from gaming addiction, a condition still unrecognised by many professionals as a serious problem for some gamers.

Strangely, the problem seems most prevalent in countries like China and Korea where MMO games are increasingly popular and 24-hour internet cafes are easy to find.

The news also again raises the question of why nobody thought to interrupt the man or to impose a maximum amount of time the PC could be rented for at a time.

Have an opinion on how internet cafes should regulate safe usage, or do you have first hand experience with gaming addiction? Either way, drop us your thoughts in the forums.
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