Gamer dies after Diablo III marathon

Taiwanese player collapses after 40 hours in front of Blizzard's online action role-playing game, pronounced dead at hospital.

A Taiwanese man collapsed and died over the weekend after playing Blizzard's Diablo III for 40 straight hours. The Australian Associated Press reported the story, citing the Taiwanese United Daily News as the source of the information.

According to the report, the 18-year-old man entered an Internet café in southern Taiwan around noon on Friday, booked a private room, and played almost two days without stopping to eat. On Sunday morning, an employee of the café entered the room to check on the man and found him resting on a table. Shortly after being roused, the man collapsed and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

This is far from the first time a marathon gaming session has ended in tragedy. The AAP reported that another Taiwanese man died in February after a 23-hour gaming jag ended with a heart attack. In 2007, a 30-year-old man collapsed and died in Guangzhou, China, after gaming for three straight days, In 2005, a 28-year-old South Korean man died after a 50-hour gaming session. In 2003, police in Hong Kong cited a six-hour stint playing Diablo II at an Internet café as a contributing factor in a 28-year-old man's death. 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.

[UPDATE]: Blizzard released the following comment on the news:

"We're saddened to hear this news, and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We don't feel it would be appropriate for us to comment further without knowing all of the circumstances involved.

"While we recognize that it's ultimately up to each individual or their parent or guardian to determine playing habits, we feel that moderation is clearly important, and that a person's day-to-day life should take precedence over any form of entertainment."

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YuJoo
YuJoo

Only game I've played that said take a break was Metal Gear Solid 4. It would actually keep track of how long you've been playing and mention a break every 45 minutes to an hour. I'm surprised more games haven't done this.

Wish01
Wish01

Probably died of boredom playing Diablo 3.

ArabrockermanX
ArabrockermanX

Anyone else notice the one thing common all of these deaths share?

Smosh150
Smosh150

Dang, I'd like to know what the actual cause of death was, I mean if it is just exhaustion then that is kind of scary as I've stayed up 43 hours once(can't go past as I already started to lose my mind, wouldn't stay up that long again either).

semi74
semi74

It´s funny that we never articles about people that die due to over excercising even though that actually happens all over the world every single day of the year but one chap plays a game to exhaustion and it´s a big deal??


Everything should be done in moderation, except commenting on stupid news stories.  We should all go OVERBOARD in tearing them up.

RabbiSchmuley
RabbiSchmuley

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kagento
kagento

Always Asian... Wonder what makes these kids push the boundaries so far? Hell, I've had long play sessions, but getting up to eat and sleep shouldn't be something you should resist :-/

zombiewarrior07
zombiewarrior07

Have a break every now and then, its good for you.

I wonder if games should have a built in timer, so that after X hours have passed, the game auto-saves, pauses, and then pops up a reminder on screen:

"You have been playing for X hours, time to take a break ?" (Yes / No)

But really, people shouldn't need a reminder.

RIP poor guy, this is very sad.

vadagar1
vadagar1

rest in peace little guy, breaks my heart when some one so young dies no matter where it happens ....

Prometheus
Prometheus

Imagine if he put all that energy to good use.

Ghost120x
Ghost120x

Clearly he was doing it wrong. When you start to see black blotches in your vision it's time to eat.

Bowser05
Bowser05

I feel bad that he's dead...but frankly speaking are people that dumb that they would get to that state? I mean to not even get up and eat? You're at an internet cafe...at least go grab some food from the establishment while you are resting in a town or something. It's extremely irresponsible. What bothers me the most is that all of the reported deaths are from China or it's direct vicinity. I don't get it. Why the blind and idiotic obsession specifically there? 

quiet_don
quiet_don

I don't mean to be disrespectful but that's just a lame reason to die. I mean really? Nothing else in your life?

chiporeo
chiporeo

I hope, if it ever does happen to me; I die getting up to grab a drink or food. I'd be so mad if I died of an embolism while getting up to go to the bathroom, cause then not only would I catch a death but soil myself in the process. . .man that would just irritate the heck out of me. 

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Must have been a blood clot. You have to get your a$$ up, and get the blood flowing now, and then.

mkdms14
mkdms14

@YuJoo A lot of newer Nintendo games do it now.  I was playing Zelda Ocarina of time 3ds and Naiyi was like "Hey listen you been playing for quiet a while why not take a break"  Link between worlds does that as well.

FYAjibber000
FYAjibber000

@Smosh150 I have stayed up for just over 72 hours once, i dont know what was wrong with me, but any time i crawled into bed i just couldn't sleep, after 2 and a half days i felt so sick it was almost impossible to fall asleep, finally early in the morning of the 4th day i finally forced myself to lay down and sleep

Kickable
Kickable

@semi74 it's news on a gaming site. no one's making a big deal out of it.

Kickable
Kickable

@zombiewarrior07 that'd be about as useful as audience ratings.

bignick217
bignick217

@chiporeo Umm.... I hate to break it to you man.... But you'll do that anyway... It's pretty much guaranteed.  Well, not guaranteed, but there's a high chance depending on the circumstances.  But hey, look on the bright side.  Think of it as a parting gift.

Dizzy1976
Dizzy1976

@canuckbiker  Anything in this world can lead to death......just have to be syupid enough to allow it!

YuJoo
YuJoo

Really? That's awesome. I know some Wii games occasionally tell you to get up and stretch every now and then. Hyrule Warriors may have told me to take breaks but I was having too much fun haha.

semi74
semi74

@Kickable I know that Gamespot is a gaming channel but this also got air time on some mainstream channels too.  Probably cause gaming is the vehicle of the devil to take  over ze planet according to Fox news.

semi74
semi74

@bignick217 He´s from Murica, soiling himself is a must over there, fries and burgers optional.

Kickable
Kickable

@semi74 @Kickable well there's really little precedence for this outside of the past 5 years or so.  this is f'cking strange happenings and maybe a wake-up call to some clueless parents lol

zombiewarrior07
zombiewarrior07

@Kickable @zombiewarrior07 So you're an expert judge on other people's ideas, now?

Lol, sorry to piss on your fireworks, but I think you're the only person who takes your comment seriously...

Kickable
Kickable

@zombiewarrior07 @Kickable not trying to set off any fireworks, I just know I don't need a video game to tell me I need a break, you said yourself people shouldn't need one either, they most likely don't, or would disregard it. you don't need an expert opinion for this.

zombiewarrior07
zombiewarrior07

@Kickable @zombiewarrior07 I think you were "busted" (i.e. broken) the day you were born, little man.

Next time you shoot up, be careful not to overdose and snuff it, it would break my f****** heart.