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Gamers Beware... Addiction could be Fatal

By captaincranky
Sep 18, 2007
  1. This was on Yahoo news, if there's any problem posting it here please delete it. It is sort of funny in a macabre sort of way though, is it not?

    BEIJING (AFP) - A man in southern China collapsed and died after a three-day marathon online session at a cybercafe, state media reported on Monday.

    The web-user, estimated to be 30 years old, suddenly collapsed in front of his computer terminal in Guangdong province, and emergency personnel were unable to revive him, the Beijing News reported.

    "According to preliminary findings, the length of time this man spent online might have triggered heart problems," the paper quoted a local hospital emergency medic in the city of Zhongshan as saying.

    The paper did not provide the man's name or the online activities he was engaged in.

    Worried about growing Internet addiction, China's government has taken steps to combat the problem, including forcing online gaming sites to dock the points of gamers who stay online too long.
     
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    lawls, i feel sorry for the poor guy. Longest I've gone in one session is about 50 hours, but I still ate and drank and...yeah well enough said.
     
  3. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 1,012

    poor man.... But he should have nevern been on his computer so much.

    He musnt of ate or drank lol.
     
  4. samjohnson

    samjohnson TS Maniac Posts: 238

    I heard about that like 2 years ago... I think it was 2 yrs ago. Could have been sooner but can't remember.

    My parents looked at me funny after telling me about it. lol
    I have never been playing games for that amount of time though. The longest I have been playing is probably only 5 or 6 hours at a time. I like my sleep. :D
     
  5. Dabears

    Dabears TS Rookie Posts: 35

    I remember two years ago a girl played WOW for 3 days str8 and croaked. What is it about these games that hold these people's interest for that long? I have played many games and none of them can hold my interest for 3 hours if not less, unless i'm playin games with friends that i know in real life.
    Also isn't it after 48 hours of staying up, you go into a state of Psychosis?
     
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,978   +362

    Hmmm. So one guy with a heart problem dies and millions of others who have not had any reported problems have to be restricted? Of course, I'm sorry anyone died in the first place but that seems an overreaction to me. Even the hospital spokesperson said the online activities MIGHT have triggered the heart attack. The poor guy MIGHT have died watching TV at home too. Maybe they would have restricted TV watching after that too.
     
  7. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    A man in korea flew to someone's house and pk'd him in real life, about a year ago. The guy took this drops in the game :(
     
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,704   +397

    Aug 10th, 2005 South Korean man dies playing Starcraft.
     
  9. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,160   +198

    The weirdest thing i ever saw was in world of warcraft. a alliance player died in real life and so an in game funeral was held, around 200 players turned up to witness the poor persons in game character walk in to a lake to signify their departure in real life.. However the horde side of the game found out about the funeral and shall i say crashed it.. killing all and sundry, Her parents and relatives were all online to watch aswell..

    Oh and they realeased a video..

    Video here
     
  10. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    I heard a similar story about a person who was addicted to a MMORPG, he sat for about 2 days nonstop and had a blood clot in his leg and he died.

    Personally, I been on the computer since I was about 5-6 years old, I never had a problem, it's if you NEVER get up and walk around, or eat or drink... So every other 30minutes - 1 hour and just walk around...
     
  11. LuckyM

    LuckyM Banned Posts: 66

    some games really spin me in! but hey how interesting was THAT game?! i want to try that want! ummm or better i don't...
     
  12. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 1,012

    Well i play alot of sports so im fit and healthy :D:D

    Regards Jase :)
     
  13. God Of Mana

    God Of Mana TechSpot Paladin Posts: 493

    Sounds like me playing GTA. :)
     
  14. KaosRevolution

    KaosRevolution TS Rookie

    Poor guy i go 5 days at times with only water and NO food, i guess it sucks to be hime, but 3 days of gaming, iss that possible, i sure a hell can only do 24 hours before i feel sick, or my net stuffs up
     
  15. VGDictator

    VGDictator TS Rookie

    But yeah, it's just too sad that he died. =[
    Game on, man. Game on.
     
  16. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    I guess the next best move should be recommending a Wii to all gamers. Now only if Nintendo could come up with a brilliant ad-campaign...;)
     
  17. VGDictator

    VGDictator TS Rookie

    We'll have heart attacks and death by exhaustion next!
     
  18. Jase123

    Jase123 Banned Posts: 1,012

    Yes i have a wii and it's a great invention. Your always on the move, also keeps your brain active. :)

    Regards Jase :)
     
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