Chinese man dies after three-day MMOG binge

CNN is citing a report in the Beijing News today that a 30-year-old man in Guangzhou, China, died on Saturday following a three-day gaming marathon. Though no single game was fingered as an accessory after the fact, the man reportedly fainted in the midst of his virtual binge at the Internet cafe...

CNN is citing a report in the Beijing News today that a 30-year-old man in Guangzhou, China, died on Saturday following a three-day gaming marathon. Though no single game was fingered as an accessory after the fact, the man reportedly fainted in the midst of his virtual binge at the Internet cafe and was pronounced dead after paramedics were unable to revive him. Aside from the victim's age, no other vital statistics were revealed, though the report did note that around 100 other cafe patrons vacated the premises "in fear after witnessing the man's death."

Gaming cafes have claimed the lives of several other individuals in the past. In 2005, a 28-year-old South Korean man died after a 50-hour gaming session. In 2002, a 24-year-old South Korean man died after 86 uninterrupted hours of gameplay. That same month, a 27-year-old Taiwanese man lasted 32 hours before succumbing to death by exhaustion.

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DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

Another suicide by gaming or a gaming homicide?!?!

Pablo620
Pablo620

These people had problems and gaming is not the thing to blame. Come on what kind of life do you have that you can actually do something like that for 70 - 80 hours straight.

RedShadowDragon
RedShadowDragon

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upstartrex
upstartrex

(bereft of flippancy) The gamers are irresponsible for not taking care of themselves, if anyone notices a man's ill he should care to advise him, and the patron of the place should look after his guest. Just like a barman says "I think you've had enough" and tells a man to leave before he's blackout drunk so a game-cafe runner should kick out the man who has been in all day without eating. He should kick him out before then so he doesn't starve himself.

KirbyPuffball92
KirbyPuffball92

I only have one very important question,did he have a smoke? Seriously though,HOLY CRAP!!!WHAT GAME WAS HE PLAYING THAT WAS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HIS LIFE???I VOTE FOR EITHER WOW OR MAPLESTORY (You have been playing Maplestory for (72) Hours.We suggest you take a break from Mapling)If it was maple I'll bet a bunch of random defamers defamed him for a while after. Now seriously though,this reflects what happens when society tell you nothing is important and that you are nothing.You start putting mmos (and other things,Oblivion anyone?)before yourself.It is sad that this man died playing an online game and my prayers are with his family(and the family of others who have lossed loved ones,living or dead,to mmo addiction)May God bless them.

Cypher_187
Cypher_187

@ Mcrunfast Most defintely. It's not the games that are killing them, it's the exhaustion.

geo888
geo888

whats wrong with these people. dont they know when to stop

felshs
felshs

the movie....STAY ALIVE. i think thats what happened to them

Disciple_Gamer
Disciple_Gamer

I can't believe people are actually playing video games to death. Literally!

X-RS
X-RS

he probably died from excessive caffeine. cafeine hasnt been around in society longer than sugar. its reletively new to human bodies. i had insomnia for 4 days, granted i had meals bt even if i didint their would still be time to eat. i mean isnt their a whack of loading in an mmo? i mean he would've had to die at least once in game? you know when you cram a flaky in your mouth before it loaded. you'd think it'd be easy to get some chips or somethin. what i cant see happening is not being able to use the can.... must have been difficult. i suppose his bladder could of internially explodded?!?!? i wonder if his online guild/buddies know? id feel bad knowing i killed somebody. the lesson here is if your gonna game for X days stock up on dry foods: flakies, chips, bananas, cake, etc. move console/pc into bathroom, wash hands frequently. neways if you havent gamed for more than 20 hours you didnt have halo 2 or gta. (think hell have an online tombstone?)

HOMIE_G64
HOMIE_G64

WTF. What do you expect when you play uninterrupted for a day or two or three?

Spyder25000
Spyder25000

Games, they kill you slow Mabey we shouldn't play games or mabey not be so stupid I cant help but notice, they are all asian (no offence)

kdt55
kdt55

Must....reach....next....level.........uhggggg.--------------------------------------

marijuana_man2
marijuana_man2

I'm surprised that the gaming cafe doesn't have a closing time...

Gen-Gawl
Gen-Gawl

I find it amazing that these guys are willing to play for days straight. After about 36 hours of being up I'm so darned tired you couldn't keep me out of bed.

problemsolver10
problemsolver10

Thats a shame, I dont think it will be an issue in the USA unless something happens, people should have self control

LeviHarris
LeviHarris

Just...I don't know...take a break? It's not that hard. Look at the upside though, he could put something really witty on his tombstone!

Cuban_Linx
Cuban_Linx

If he was at a cafe why didn't he just take a break for food and water after so many hours. It would have revitalized him. Oh yeah and he was only doing it for 86 hours. I know tweekers who go with out food and sleeping for a month playing video games and they survived.

VolcanoMan001
VolcanoMan001

I can see it now. Every MMORPG will have a disclaimer in the splash screen about how unhealthy it is to play continously without sleep.

jbg05
jbg05

Just wonder if he was trying to beat the world record... isnt it like 86 hours beofre death....

MJ_2005
MJ_2005

That's quite a few hours.. I think I can max out at 8 hours before my eyes go buggy and I realize it's time to do .. I dunno.. something.

ice_bey
ice_bey

I'm not being racist cause I'm asian too but this is because he's asian.. I think we're not that strong... :(

Chirico_Cuvie
Chirico_Cuvie

It's like a real bar. They need to cut someone off after a few too many. Know when to say when dude. I especially like this part: "the report did note that around 100 other cafe patrons vacated the premises 'in fear after witnessing the man's death.'" Rule of thumb, don't keel over in Asia, you'll be left for dead. Scumbags.

Metallicantera
Metallicantera

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maaly81
maaly81

dude!! what games were they playing for that long? I get bored after 2 hours of playing video games period, let alone having to go to work everyday and having some sort of life and responsibilities. I wonder how much money that cost him to stay there and play that long?

kyle756
kyle756

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kruegersc4
kruegersc4

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Priest57
Priest57

I remember a while ago reading an article about a woman in Korea killing her fianc

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

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basey
basey

lmao thats how im gunna go they set the bar high and im gunna do my best .....

westbayraider
westbayraider

Some people in Asia LIVE in these cafes, because the cost of rent is so high.... chair time is only $10-20 a day, much cheaper than a hotel... lots of them offer free drinks and actually have showers on the premises... people just sleep in the chairs... so yes, they are open 24 hours a day, and no, they are not kicking out paying customers.

DChy
DChy

As much as I love video games, fifty hours is just insane. Anti-game critics like Jack Thompson are going to have a field day with this.

lamprey263
lamprey263

maybe he was part of a gold farming sweatshop :P

Thelmen
Thelmen

probably world of warcraft

theREALBookdust
theREALBookdust

I think my longest gaming marathon lasted 6-hours with breaks. I don't see how this can be done.

spraynard
spraynard

people dont kill people, WoW kills people :P

cyroos195
cyroos195

i do fell really bad for these people but i men common you can't blame games for peoples stupidity

Corpse_Vanishes
Corpse_Vanishes

Seriously asian people, cut back, you need food too not just video games

Xaovagon
Xaovagon

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V-Nine
V-Nine

I was going to complain but I have only ever played 26-28 hours straight. Not enough to qualify for this discussion...drat!

darthzew
darthzew

That's nuthin'! I once lasted for ten days! Naw, just kidding. But seriously, it's your own fault if you play that long. The most I've played is 12 hours and that was with plenty of interruption.