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Another Man Dies After Marathon Gaming Session

ScuttleMonkey posted about 7 years ago | from the need-wearable-computing-to-multitask dept.

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loserMcloser writes "Another Chinese man has died after spending three days in an internet cafe for an online gaming marathon session. He apparently fainted and died at the cafe from exhaustion. 'The report did not say what the man, whose name was not given, was playing. The report said that about 100 other Web surfers "left the cafe in fear after witnessing the man's death."'"

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oblig. futurama (5, Funny)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | about 7 years ago | (#20639967)

Scruffy gonna die the way he lived

Re:oblig. futurama (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20640451)

This is not off topic!!!
Who's the mod without a sense of humor?

And the culprit is .... (5, Funny)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about 7 years ago | (#20639969)

... the lead paint on the game controller.

anyone else hear that (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20639973)

It's the sound of Jack Thompson creaming his pants

Re:anyone else hear that (3, Funny)

Esion Modnar (632431) | about 7 years ago | (#20640225)

No, that was him releasing his bowels.

Re:anyone else hear that (5, Funny)

sentientbeing (688713) | about 7 years ago | (#20640313)

Whats the problem?

He'll just respawn back at the entrance.

newsflash (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20640335)

Jack Thompson is not a chinaman

Only one thing to do then .. (4, Funny)

PriceIke (751512) | about 7 years ago | (#20639975)

Guess we'll just have to ban online gaming. How many more have to die??

Re:Only one thing to do then .. (0, Redundant)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | about 7 years ago | (#20640011)

And the children. Will someone please think of the children?! We do not want our children to die!!!!

Re:Only one thing to do then .. (2, Funny)

CloneBot (554877) | about 7 years ago | (#20640241)

Or do we? That would be the last thing they would be expecting.

Re:Only one thing to do then .. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20640421)

No, the last thing they would be expecting is the Spanish Inquisition.

Re:Only one thing to do then .. (3, Funny)

RingDev (879105) | about 7 years ago | (#20640085)

Funny, I thought China already had laws dealing with online gaming... Maybe they just need more laws. Laws will save us all! Yea laws! Because if it's illegal, no one will do it. We just need to make it more illegal.

-Rick

Re:Only one thing to do then .. (4, Funny)

mstahl (701501) | about 7 years ago | (#20640639)

It worked here for the war on drugs... oh wait.

Die with a smile (4, Funny)

BlowHole666 (1152399) | about 7 years ago | (#20639979)

All you need is a beer helmet and a chick giving you a blow job and you could die with all your bases covered.

$5 says... (1)

pieaholicx (1148705) | about 7 years ago | (#20639981)

He died playing WoW. Do I have any takers?

Re:$5 says... (5, Funny)

njfuzzy (734116) | about 7 years ago | (#20640055)

So technically that means he died at work? Go figure.

What? It did say he was Chinese, right?

What?

...I'm just sayin'.

Re:$5 says... (5, Funny)

slughead (592713) | about 7 years ago | (#20640165)

>He died playing WoW. Do I have any takers?

If that were true, I'd say his life just improved.

Re:$5 says... (4, Funny)

Farmer Tim (530755) | about 7 years ago | (#20640477)

>He died playing WoW. Do I have any takers?

If that were true, I'd say his life just improved.


Perhaps he thought his Second Life would kick in.

Re:$5 says... (1)

Farmer Tim (530755) | about 7 years ago | (#20640193)

The headline says it was a Marathon gaming session. I didn't even know Marathon was an online game...

Re:$5 says... (1)

dextromulous (627459) | about 7 years ago | (#20640305)

Well, he is not the only guy to die during a marathon [wikipedia.org]

Re:$5 says... (5, Funny)

Farmer Tim (530755) | about 7 years ago | (#20640409)

Actually, the first Marathon [wikipedia.org] was fatal.

Nobody ever learns from history.

Re:$5 says... (1)

wickedsteve (729684) | about 7 years ago | (#20640571)

Makes me wonder if he dropped any good loot.

Darwin for the Modern Era (1, Informative)

Durrok (912509) | about 7 years ago | (#20639983)

Kinda sad, but really guys there is a reason games/consoles have started reminding you to take breaks. I guess it's better then someone getting killed over ninjaing a drop though...

Re:Darwin for the Modern Era (3, Interesting)

kevmatic (1133523) | about 7 years ago | (#20640111)

Hehe, actually, it isn't that a new concept.

For instance, game console manuals have been reminding you to take breaks for many years. The Game Gear manual, I know, had it.

Earthbound (SNES), too, actively alerted you after like 3 hours that you should really take a break (your dad calls your cell phone). It also had billboards about it (Mothers against Obsession or something).

I remember playing Earthbound till it alerted me several times. It helped; I'd be like "Oh CRAP, I have been playing a long time."

Re:Darwin for the Modern Era (1)

Durrok (912509) | about 7 years ago | (#20640331)

Heh you know, I rarely played it in long enough stretches to get that warning but a few times. I always though maybe I was missing something whenever he called.

Re:Darwin for the Modern Era (3, Insightful)

Babbster (107076) | about 7 years ago | (#20640319)

This isn't a reason for games/console to remind players to take breaks. This is a reason to make even better games that will ensnare more of the world's obviously pathetic genetic material and flush it down the same toilet that this guy went down.

I've had VERY long gaming sessions, even ones where I (quite foolishly) remained sitting for 12 hours in a row. But, one of the reasons I've never gone much longer that is that there were warning signs that I should quit, from yawning to blurred vision. There's no doubt in my mind that people who die in this fashion suffer symptoms long before they keel over, and at the very least there are the symptoms that everyone suffers when they need sleep (like, you know, falling asleep).

Of course, there's plenty of blame to throw around to others as well. How about the staff of this cafe? What could possibly possess them to let this guy keep going? What was he ingesting in order to remain awake for that ridiculous period of time, and why didn't they either stop him ingesting it or stop serving him? Heck, after 24 hours I'd probably call an ambulance on spec! But, it's China, so who knows how people react...still, just the process of one human caring about the welfare of any other should have caused some reaction.

To reiterate my original point, though: Now that it's over, it's probably just as well that he's gone. Not only was he dumb as a half-bag of rocks, but the fact that he could do this to himself in a public place tells me that he's probably better off dead than living in his community.

Re:Darwin for the Modern Era (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20640457)

Actually you can die of exhaustion doing any activity for 3 days straight. If it was American we would be looking to close those dangerous Internet Cafe's and banning any marathon contests.

But whats really funny is everyone leaving the place in fear....wouldn't want to catch exhaustion!!!

But is it true? (5, Insightful)

cduffy (652) | about 7 years ago | (#20639995)

This is coming from state-run media, it doesn't contain enough details for easy independent verification -- and the state has indicated that combating "Internet addiction" is one of its goals.

There's a lack of truthiness here.

Re:But is it true? (2, Insightful)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | about 7 years ago | (#20640061)

There's a lack of truthiness here.

No, there is an overabundance of truthiness here. What's lacking is truthfulness.

Re:But is it true? (1)

cduffy (652) | about 7 years ago | (#20640649)

If there were enough truthiness, we wouldn't be questioning the story's truthfulness... would we?

Mod parent up (2)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | about 7 years ago | (#20640117)

Thsi is a very good point. Given the difficulties of controlling what people acess over the Internet, perhaps it's easier to just start subtly demonizing the whole thing.

In other news today ... (3, Funny)

u-235-sentinel (594077) | about 7 years ago | (#20640291)

The State has confirmed today that it has struck a deal with Comcast to provide monitoring services stating had Comcast's service been in place, no one would have died as their Internet service would have been terminated in time to save the victim.

Comcast has yet to release a statement about the deal however the President has been heard stating in the back "It's Comcastic!!"

Re:In other news today ... (0, Offtopic)

XenoPhage (242134) | about 7 years ago | (#20640461)

Oh how I wish I had mod points...

+1 Funny!

Actually.. I've never, to my knowledge, had mod points.. And if I suddenly gain them, how will I know? Hrm... Something to ponder..

Re:But is it true? (2, Informative)

sam0737 (648914) | about 7 years ago | (#20640321)

I have seen youths died/fainted/got heart attack for playing MMORPG (or other game like Diablo) for N hours/days straight and those did made newspapers headline.

It's not unimaginable that it happened in a Cyber Cafe, it certainly does happen and will happen.

Re:But is it true? (2, Informative)

ptelligence (685287) | about 7 years ago | (#20640623)

I guess there's also a risk of pulmonary embolism with players sitting still for so long.

And can the Internet really you? (3, Insightful)

Mjlner (609829) | about 7 years ago | (#20640541)

The paper said that he may have died from exhaustion brought on by too many hours on the Internet.
The article gives the impression that the Internet has something to do with his death. Exhaustion is exhaustion, regardless of whatever reason you have to stay awek. He could have just been gardening.
It would definitely be more relevant to know whether he was using any stimulants to stay awake.

Re:But is it true? (1)

querist (97166) | about 7 years ago | (#20640653)

I see no reason not to believe it.

What would the Chinese media or the Chinese Government gain from this?

There's no reason to release details. It would only embarass the gamer's family. Having an addiction is a weakness, and the media did (IMHO) the right thing in not releasing the gamer's name. There is no reason to shame the gamer or the gamer's family.

Also, if the Chinese Government wanted, they could easily impose a curfew on Internet cafes such as the curfews that are imposed on bars in the USA. In many states they are required to close after a certain time, such as 2AM or 4AM and not reopen again until something like 10AM or noon. It would be very easy to impose such a curfew and require that the facility remain closed for a period of at least 6 or 8 consecutive hours out of each 24 hour period, though exceptions could be granted for tournements, etc.

The Chinese government are serious about battling this sort of thing, but as you can see they are not going to resort to a knee-jerk reaction and start shutting everything down. They are trying to find a proper balance.

I'm sorry, cduffy, I do not see a conspiracy here. I respect your opinion, and I can see how you arrived at it, but from my experience and what I have learned about China from my Chinese friends I do not see a conspiracy here.

-Q

Right up there with Fan Death (1)

tomstdenis (446163) | about 7 years ago | (#20640013)

Go Korea! hehehehe

Maybe this is China's way of making using the Interweb "scary?"

Believe it or not... Parent is actually +5 funny. (1)

sampson7 (536545) | about 7 years ago | (#20640527)

For those of you not up on Korean urban legands -- I present to you:

Fan Death: Menace from Above.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fan_death [wikipedia.org] and http://www.fandeath.net/ [fandeath.net]

The best part of Fan Death is that fans made for the Korean market have automatic timing devices that are designed to prevent "accidental" Fan Death by shutting the fan off.

Wonder why.. (2, Insightful)

BosstonesOwn (794949) | about 7 years ago | (#20640021)

we always see this stuff coming out of countries in Asia , are they that fanatical about these games ?

I mean geez I have hard enough time playing xbox for more then an hour without having to at least get a bottle of water. How do they do it ?

Do you think when he died he dropped any loot ?

Re:Wonder why.. (5, Insightful)

mark-t (151149) | about 7 years ago | (#20640113)

Well, it *IS* the most populated place in the world... racial differences notwithstanding, statistically the odds are that for any given random human trait, you are most likely to find it there in the highest quantity.

Re:Wonder why.. (1)

Bogtha (906264) | about 7 years ago | (#20640311)

we always see this stuff coming out of countries in Asia , are they that fanatical about these games ?

60% of the world's population is Asian. For any given strange occurrence, odds are it happened to an Asian, by weight of numbers alone.

Re:Wonder why.. (1)

PriceIke (751512) | about 7 years ago | (#20640355)

> Do you think when he died he dropped any loot ?

LOL .. love it.

Re:Wonder why.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20640465)

Dude, check out the Korean online community some time. Those guys (along with the Chinese and Japanese) are freaking nuts for the online gaming stuff for some reason. There are all kinds of wacky online games and huge numbers of people play them nonstop. I'm guessing something about their cultures makes them really open up to this type of interaction or something. Their societies tend to promote repressed emotions (you mean nothing, work for the good of the whole, etc) so maybe online socializing is a good way to act out on the feelings they can't express in real life.

Or maybe it's just something else. I know they seem to really like electronic/physical skill based games like DDR and similar.

Re:Wonder why.. (1)

Vexor (947598) | about 7 years ago | (#20640645)

They have a catheter installed. As for eating, bringing 2-3 bags of chips and a 24 pack of mountain dew and you have a recipe for death.

And I thought ... (1)

thewiz (24994) | about 7 years ago | (#20640025)

"game 'til you drop" was just a euphimism!

Seriously, what makes people drive themselves to die from exhaustion like this?
Looks like addiction to me.

Re:And I thought ... (2, Funny)

BosstonesOwn (794949) | about 7 years ago | (#20640171)

Ahh greatest lines EVER !!! Half Baked !

Cocaine Addict: Marijuana is not a drug. I used to suck dick for coke. Now that's an addiction. You ever suck some dick for marijuana?

Re:And I thought ... (5, Insightful)

nelsonal (549144) | about 7 years ago | (#20640249)

I'd guess it's one of two things, either he's earning money by farming loot and if he logs/leaves he will reduce his income substantially (because someone else will get his location or it takes a long time to reach). Or he's really just on the receiving end of a variable schedule reward system [wikipedia.org] and he misses the dopamine hits too much to leave.

Another one bites the dust (1)

blooooooper (1019624) | about 7 years ago | (#20640033)

"WOW."

This could have been avoided (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20640043)

This wouldn't have happened if he had been running Linux.

Linux games (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20640121)

So true, not enough Linux games to play for 3 days straight. GO LINUX!

The problem with today's youth is ... (4, Funny)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | about 7 years ago | (#20640109)

This is precisely the problem with the youth of today compared to my Great Generation. Just one gamer kicks the bucket and 100 others run away from the scene scared. Come on guys, show some courage. Show some sticktoitiveness.

Re:The problem with today's youth is ... (1)

Foobar of Borg (690622) | about 7 years ago | (#20640279)

This is precisely the problem with the youth of today compared to my Great Generation. Just one gamer kicks the bucket and 100 others run away from the scene scared. Come on guys, show some courage. Show some sticktoitiveness.
Yeah, back in my day, kids would play on a pogo stick until they dropped dead. They played on the pogo stick in three feet of snow snow, uphill, both ways! And when you tell kids that today, they never believe you.

Re:The problem with today's youth is ... (1)

PriceIke (751512) | about 7 years ago | (#20640417)

I bet the truth is, a few of the gamers left the scene, the others immediately started fighting over his computer (which was likely still logged in) to see who could get his items and gold sent to their toons first.

He was playing... (0, Troll)

Skiron (735617) | about 7 years ago | (#20640123)

...minesweeper on Vista. It takes like 4 hours a click to actually do anything.

Mega Kill!!! (5, Funny)

Cedric Tsui (890887) | about 7 years ago | (#20640125)

Double Kill
Multi Kill
Mega Kill!
ULTRA KILL!!
M-m-m-monster Kill.
LUDACRIS KILL!
H O L Y S H I T!

R E A L I T Y KILL!!!!!

Re:Mega Kill!!! (4, Informative)

The One and Only (691315) | about 7 years ago | (#20640651)

LUDACRIS KILL!

There's no evidence he's ever done that. "Ludacris" is a rapper. "Ludicrous" is the adjective you want.

Microsoft Vista Prevents this Problem (5, Funny)

517714 (762276) | about 7 years ago | (#20640137)

The (lack of) stability of the Operating System prevents running a computer for such marathon sessions.

Re:Microsoft Vista Prevents this Problem (1)

HerculesMO (693085) | about 7 years ago | (#20640221)

Maybe you just suck at computers.

My Vista PC hums along just as nicely as my Ubuntu machine, although I do reboot Vista more often.

Re:Microsoft Vista Prevents this Problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20640315)

It's a feature.

Doesn't happen here? (5, Interesting)

king-manic (409855) | about 7 years ago | (#20640141)

I'm an Asian gamer with a mild addiction to warcraft 3. I don't understand how Asia can have a few of these incidents and the west has so none.Is there a distinct cultural difference to explain this? Or is it just statistic's? There i about 2.5 billion people in Asia proper vs 1 billion in all of the west. I don't understand how addiction is going to force you to sleep or drink or eat. I suppose I don't understand because all of my addictions are mild and state endorsed (women, video games, food, and tea).

Re:Doesn't happen here? (1)

plalonde2 (527372) | about 7 years ago | (#20640237)

Um, in the west we do autopsies, and usually figure out the dead person had a pre-existing condition. And then it stops being news.

Re:Doesn't happen here? (4, Funny)

vidarlo (134906) | about 7 years ago | (#20640257)

I suppose I don't understand because all of my addictions are mild and state endorsed (women, video games, food, and tea).
Excuse me sir, but I regret to tell you that you're quite addicted to food. Withdrawal will include death and unpleasantness.

Re:Doesn't happen here? (4, Funny)

king-manic (409855) | about 7 years ago | (#20640393)

I suppose I don't understand because all of my addictions are mild and state endorsed (women, video games, food, and tea).

Excuse me sir, but I regret to tell you that you're quite addicted to food. Withdrawal will include death and unpleasantness.
Meh.. I can quit any time I want to.

Re:Doesn't happen here? (1)

LingNoi (1066278) | about 7 years ago | (#20640297)

My guess is that there are no 24 hour internet cafes in the West that's why no one dies. If you're forced to go home you can't play three days straight. With that said you could just play at home I guess... ..Doesn't the guy have a job or something?

It's the compensation... (1)

tjstork (137384) | about 7 years ago | (#20640371)

Companies exist in China that pay you hard dollars for each goodie you harvest in an online game. They then turn around and sell those things for even more dollars to American parents to buy for their kids.

So yeah, the guy probably died so some snot-nosed kid could get his super sword + 5 from his divorced dad for christmas.

Re:Doesn't happen here? (3, Insightful)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 7 years ago | (#20640375)

I'm an Asian gamer with a mild addiction to warcraft 3. I don't understand how Asia can have a few of these incidents and the west has so none.Is there a distinct cultural difference to explain this? Or is it just statistic's? There i about 2.5 billion people in Asia proper vs 1 billion in all of the west. I don't understand how addiction is going to force you to sleep or drink or eat. I suppose I don't understand because all of my addictions are mild and state endorsed (women, video games, food, and tea).


Perhaps we have a lot less to escape from.

Re:Doesn't happen here? (2, Funny)

king-manic (409855) | about 7 years ago | (#20640589)

Perhaps we have a lot less to escape from.

I don't know, my cousin in guangzhou has a life similar to mine. Wake up, work 8-10 h at a tech shop. Go home spend a few hours with the GF. game. Sleep. Except I get 1 more day off a week, My overtime is optional and infrequent, and my GF is hotter although his is very cute too. Life isn't so bad in the parts of china I visited (shanghai, beijing, guangzhou, HK, Macau, Xin Hua).

Re:Doesn't happen here? (1)

eebra82 (907996) | about 7 years ago | (#20640413)

I don't understand how Asia can have a few of these incidents and the west has so none.
The keyword is a few. You can't start thinking of physiological or social differences and base it on a handful of incidents if you have such a large number of "computer addicts". And frankly, there may be undocumented victims in the U.S. too.

Re:Doesn't happen here? (1)

Bellum Aeternus (891584) | about 7 years ago | (#20640455)

Being an American who has lived in Asia and is an avid gamer my answer to your question: I have no freak'n idea. American (western) gamers play about as much as Asian gamers. I'd estimate extreme gamers probably play about 4-6 hours a day in reality (not me, I only wish I had that kind of spare time). The only difference I see is that in Asia it's usually in an Internet Cafe with smoke so think you'd think the building was on fire. Hey, maybe that's it! Smoke inhalation kills! News at eleven.

The other option is one another person posted above: it's all BS/propaganda by the state looking to get "lazy" gamers back to work.

Re:Doesn't happen here? (4, Interesting)

happyemoticon (543015) | about 7 years ago | (#20640617)

In my experience, Asian gamers take it a helluva lot more seriously. I used to play SC2 against my roommate. I just wanted to pick it up and play every once in a while, and learn a few tricks. I could beat almost anybody else on the floor. My roommate, though, his goal was to become a monster. And so we were pretty competitive for a few months, and then I lost interest in improving while he just kept at it. He became nigh-unbeatable. It was pretty much the same deal with respect to CounterStrike and two other Asian guys in the building or Starcraft and another set of people who liked that or whatever else we were playing back then.

As for whether this applies to general work ethic, or sports, or arts, I'm not so sure, but it seems very true of gaming.

Re:Doesn't happen here? (1)

king-manic (409855) | about 7 years ago | (#20640663)



In my experience, Asian gamers take it a helluva lot more seriously. I used to play SC2 against my roommate. I just wanted to pick it up and play every once in a while, and learn a few tricks. I could beat almost anybody else on the floor. My roommate, though, his goal was to become a monster. And so we were pretty competitive for a few months, and then I lost interest in improving while he just kept at it. He became nigh-unbeatable. It was pretty much the same deal with respect to CounterStrike and two other Asian guys in the building or Starcraft and another set of people who liked that or whatever else we were playing back then.

As for whether this applies to general work ethic, or sports, or arts, I'm not so sure, but it seems very true of gaming.


Perhaps. But I was briefly top 20 in 2v2 in warcraft. I don't game 3 days straight. I couldn't even imagine that. My partner was top 10 for arranged 2v2 for a while and he's a very aggressive but well rounded individual.

Re:Doesn't happen here? (1)

CodyRazor (1108681) | about 7 years ago | (#20640655)

I'm an Asian gamer



lol.


I know I know, flamebait etc..

Re:Doesn't happen here? (1)

archen (447353) | about 7 years ago | (#20640683)

People in the west die of crazy shit all the time. But if there is any media attention it is typically a footnote in the local news. Generally I'm willing to bet someone in North America has already died of exhaustion here, it just wasn't highly publicized - most likely because every extreme gamer I've ever known or heard of was able to lock themselves in a room. I've never seen anyone do extreme sessions in an internet cafe in North America and I'm sure if someone did drop dead in front of 100 other people who happened to be there you would hear a lot more about it.

Marathon session (1, Offtopic)

Pojut (1027544) | about 7 years ago | (#20640167)

We had a week-long LAN party during the summer between 11th and 12th grade (wow...I know I'm still quite young only 23, but DAMN that feels like a long time ago) It was quite cool the way it worked. There were a total of about 20 people or so in this one dude's basement...we would essentially play in "shifts"...10 people or so would play for 3-5hours while the others slept. Rinse and repeat.

That was a hell of a week.

Re:Marathon session (1)

Hadlock (143607) | about 7 years ago | (#20640271)

We had a lan party summer after our senior year (23 also - represent) and only 15 people, but also 15 computers. More people (girlfriends, friends without computers - about 20 in all) would drift in and out for about three days, go see a movie/get food and come back. People slept on the floor when they were tired (typically 3am-10am), and gamed/socialized set shit on fire (hey, they were in high school)... but they still obeyed their bodily functions. You're an idiot to stay seated and play video games continiously for three days while you feel ill and eventually collapse and die.

Re:Marathon session (2, Insightful)

ccozan (754085) | about 7 years ago | (#20640475)

Heh. In 1996 we got our university lab outfitted with 5 SUN machines. What did we do first? Put dgaDoom on them and played. We played for about 48 hours. It was crazy... With the exception of going to bathroom, we stayed and played deathmatches (!) one after another. We even hired the low-graders to bring us food and drinks :).

Man, what times ...

Exploited by the evil multinationals (1)

mi (197448) | about 7 years ago | (#20640173)

Obviously, the man was driven to death by the evil corporations dealing in virtual worlds' artifacts [wikipedia.org] . His "gaming" was, in fact, earning a (hard) living. Just another casualty of America's insatiable corporate greed.

Not really an epidemic (4, Insightful)

OrangeTide (124937) | about 7 years ago | (#20640189)

A lot more people die from sky diving every year, and I think most of us accept that sky diving is not an epidemic social problem.

Real problems could include: chronic disease, car accidents, criminal violence, ...

I think it's more of a problem that 100 people fled the scene than one guy dying from his compulsive personality disorder.

Re:Not really an epidemic (4, Funny)

TopShelf (92521) | about 7 years ago | (#20640275)

A lot more people die from sky diving every year, and I think most of us accept that sky diving is not an epidemic social problem.

Hey, some people are addicted to computer games, some are addicted to gravity...

How appropriate (2, Insightful)

hansamurai (907719) | about 7 years ago | (#20640217)

I love the quote/proverb at the bottom of my comments:

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.

Oblig. joke (1)

Cutriss (262920) | about 7 years ago | (#20640219)

I know Bungie worked on Marathon, and it's a decent enough game, but certainly there are better games to kill yourself over...

Wimps (1)

TW Atwater (1145245) | about 7 years ago | (#20640227)

The report said that about 100 other Web surfers "left the cafe in fear after witnessing the man's death."

Not very hard-core, were they?

The worst part... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20640253)

An hour later, he was hungry for life again.

he should have left a note... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20640261)

how does he expect to get a rez if the cleric can't find him...

Description of the man (0, Troll)

king-manic (409855) | about 7 years ago | (#20640341)

I'm going out on a limb and predict this mans life.

single (never married or recently divorced).
No job prospects (recently fired or newly graduated).
Lives alone or with parents.
Few if any friends.
Pale, scrawny, bad hair cut.

I know I pretty much described the average slashdotter but it seems these guys tend to fit a certain mold. Time will tell if I'm right about this specific case.

Chinese != Korean (5, Insightful)

ToastyKen (10169) | about 7 years ago | (#20640363)

Did I miss something? As far as I've heard, the only other case of death from gaming exhausting happened in Korea, but the submitter says "another Chinese man"...

Re:Chinese != Korean (1)

CodyRazor (1108681) | about 7 years ago | (#20640545)

this is 2007. theres only 3 kinds of people in the world, Terrorists i.e. A-rabs, or sand-niggers, Communists i.e. Chinese, or rice-niggers, and THE FEW, THE PROUD, THE FREE i.e. Americans, or white people and regular niggers.

I always loved the term "sand-nigger", i mean, can you pack any more ignorance into two words?

Re:Chinese != Korean (1)

Cro Magnon (467622) | about 7 years ago | (#20640547)

Meh! They all look alike. j/k

100 people left! (1)

CodyRazor (1108681) | about 7 years ago | (#20640377)

The report said that about 100 other Web surfers "left the cafe in fear after witnessing the man's death."'"


Screw that I wanna see the people that stayed! I wonder how many people didnt even notice lol. I wonder how many Kara raids got a tell "Holy shit some guy just died next to me LOL" ...but, you know, in chinese

or the raid of which he was a part, flaming him for not being committed enough to finish the raid.

I wonder who was the first in the cafe to shard his epixx

etc. etc.

hypocrisy (4, Insightful)

Lord Ender (156273) | about 7 years ago | (#20640399)

A few weeks ago there was a post about a programming competition sponsored by Microsoft in which students were expected to stay up for 24 hours straight and eat soda and junk food while coding.

People here are laughing about this guy because he neglected sleep and nutrition to compete in this contest. They are saying "darwin award." Where was this same sentiment when Microsoft caused students to do the same thing for a different contest?

Health should come before work and play, people! Your job is worthless if you are dead or ill from a terrible lifestyle. Don't let your boss force this behavior on you, and don't let companies like Microsoft force it on students.

Re:hypocrisy (1)

Uthic (931553) | about 7 years ago | (#20640643)

24 hours up straight is bad but sometimes a necessary evil, and I've done that before back in University. And I'm sure those in the MS competition didn't keep going even when they started to feel ill. 72 hours straight to the point of death is something else entirely.

Re:hypocrisy (1)

bubkus_jones (561139) | about 7 years ago | (#20640669)

Maybe because the Microsoft thing was a contest, not a normal occurrence? Something like the 30-Hour Famine, where people around the world refuse food and drink (save for water) for 30 hours for charity?

Hell, what about the Navy SEAL's Hell Week? Very basic nutrition and maybe 3 hours sleep over a 5-day period?

Besides, that was a competition, where I assume it was voluntary to participate.

Re:hypocrisy (1)

Omnifarious (11933) | about 7 years ago | (#20640687)

The ip address link in your homepage link makes me very suspicious.

If he was playing EVE (1)

Drakin020 (980931) | about 7 years ago | (#20640443)

So uhh...Can I have his stuff?

Fatality (1)

teknopurge (199509) | about 7 years ago | (#20640495)

Rayden Wins.

*scary lightening*

OOOGEEEBAAAAGEEWAAA!!!!!!!!11

Look... (1)

Geekfather (1012353) | about 7 years ago | (#20640513)

If you can spend over 100 straight hours playing a game online, you are not really contributing anything to society anyway.

Was it really out of fear? (3, Funny)

Hel Toupee (738061) | about 7 years ago | (#20640573)

The report said that about 100 other Web surfers "left the cafe in fear after witnessing the man's death.

Are we sure it wasn't just the smell?

How can this happen? (2, Interesting)

llZENll (545605) | about 7 years ago | (#20640631)

You hear about people surviving the wild for days or weeks with little or no food and water, and these people are hiking or walking, and in very hot or cold climates. So how is that only after 3 days someone who is just sitting there using almost no muscles can die in such a short time? Are they so malnurished that any day without food and water is death? Is their brain using so much energy gaming it starves their body?

Re:How can this happen? (1)

Dunbal (464142) | about 7 years ago | (#20640675)

So how is that only after 3 days someone who is just sitting there using almost no muscles can die in such a short time?

They don't die of "exhaustion", they probably die of this [wikipedia.org] . Consider that most are probably overweight and have a long history of a sedentary lifestyle.
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