Couple's online gaming causes infant's death

Korean press picks up tale of tragedy when couple plays World of Warcraft to excess, infant perishes from neglect.

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In a story out of Korea, which is just now surfacing in the Western press, a couple in Incheon, South Korea, were arrested last week when their 4-month-old daughter died after being left alone by the couple for hours. The mother and father reportedly had gone to a nearby Internet cafe, lost themselves in playing Blizzard's massively multiplayer online PC game World of Warcraft, and returned to their home only to find the infant dead from suffocation. "We booked the pair on criminal charges, judging that when you consider the situation, they were responsible for their daughter's death," a policeman told the Chosun Ilbo newspaper. The couple reportedly told police, "We were thinking of playing for just an hour or two and returning home like usual, but the game took longer that day." The infant was the couple's only child.

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breakax4d
breakax4d

they were probably raiding, it happens.

wise_ass_toad
wise_ass_toad

actually they have. In china if you play for more tahn 4 hours straight your character startes to lose their powers. Example: peeps lose spells in WoW, but they return after 8 hours of not being online. kinda crazy doncha think?

Cloud737
Cloud737

That is very sad...Still, what is it that causes game addiction to koreans (and most Asians)? Daily stress? It`s just sad that a game can make you forget about doing even the most important and primordial needs, like eating, drinking, sleeping or taking care of your child.

aura_enchanted
aura_enchanted

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David_12345

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hafaholo
hafaholo

very sad Korea is too upsessed with gaming/!!!

Xyex
Xyex

markdzebissov: It's not that. Game addiction is a rampant issue in asian countries. Primarly the children but even adults. It's far more prevalent there than anywhere else. Kurushio: The games aren't the issue. The gaming addiction isn't the disease, it's the symptom. And until they fix the cause of the symptom no ammount of game restrictions or regulations is going to help.

craigharley
craigharley

hmmm so many good people who cant have kids yet those who can a baby and these 1s that can...................

pathock3
pathock3

what retards. they dont deserve to have a child

markdzebissov
markdzebissov

I had no idea people could into a game so much like that. Maybe those parents just were ones that weren't motivated to do the best for their kid.

Kurushio
Kurushio

It's getting unbelieveable that people in Korea are playing games so long that it kills people and now even their own children. I remember an earlier report that a guy was playing another mmorpg (maybe WoW but cant remember) for over 50hrs straight and ended dying from malnutrition. I love games as much as the next person but the Korean government is probably going to have to step in and do something about this. Honestly a game is no reason for a newborn baby to die.