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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gajbutler
gajbutler

Diablo is designed to feed on it.

Scarshi
Scarshi

He didn't get to meet Spokey Dokey ... aww

Nodashi
Nodashi

Some are prone to addiction, and let's face it, those games are designed to make us wanna play more and more. Unfortunately, the combination is very unhealthy.

Oh well, games are not the only products to trigger those inclined. I'm pretty sure a lot of people die making series marathons too, it's just noone point their fingers to the companies that produce them. Sad as it is, it's natural that sick people are more prone to issues, and mentally sick are no different.

MegamanX2011
MegamanX2011

Dying for a shit game like this. Life means nothing nowadays.

irishdude199210
irishdude199210

Jesus, another one! Seems like every month there's some dumbass playing a game for ludacris amounts of time and then dying. A little common sense please.

TheEroica
TheEroica

Not to speak ill of the dead but you gotta be effing kidding me that there are idiots in this world still willing to push their luck like this... it makes me wonder if the gaming companies make this stuff up to hype the game...

Nealkoke
Nealkoke

I think its safe to say that these guys died virgins

stalepie
stalepie

What exactly is killing these people? Dehydration? 

electroban
electroban

Hey, he died happy in the loving arms of a computer!

enigma_flex
enigma_flex

people in these parts of Asia seem to have too much spare time, I couldn't do a 40hr stint even if I wanted to!

cometoforest
cometoforest

He has another illness i think. Otherwise it is not rational.

icebox98
icebox98

cafe ehh????

its obvious that the boy wasnt allowed to play from home coz of such bad gaming habits

 

this is what happens when entertainment starts rulling your head .............now we all know the importance of getting away from the screen when we need to. MHSRIP

HaveYouGotMilk
HaveYouGotMilk

He must be a gold farmer...nobody in their right state of mind would die for this piece of crap.

moonboy_007
moonboy_007

How can you be so retarded that you forget about the basic needs of your body? Plus how the hell could you play this crappy game for 40 hours strait? He must have spent 30 on the auction house.

Kicken
Kicken

if youre gonna die of exhaustion playing a video game.. at least die playing something thats fucking good.

Vorcoth
Vorcoth

Natural Selection hard at work. Um...I mean...wow....how tragic.....

mopar_tech
mopar_tech

I must say I am guilty of playing for more than 6 hours but thats rearly I avarage about 2-3 hours daily at times not at all

grayghoast
grayghoast

What scares me was the 6-hour stint they talked about.  Ive done that, though I probably did get up to strecth or fora bathroom break.

24714733
24714733

How did these guys sit on a chair for 40 hrs non stop? i would have died with a back pain. and how did the stay for 40 hrs without going to the toilet?

AkhilAnilkumar
AkhilAnilkumar

It's not good to play marathons without eating and drinking regularly.........

megthompson3
megthompson3

I remember that Baldur's Gate 2 had a warning about that on the loading screen.

ollie2000000
ollie2000000

If you dont eat you MUST drink at least i wouldnt blame this on gaming though do anything that long without stopping could lead to the same conclusion 

PC-lovers95
PC-lovers95

I wonder what were they thinking, it's just crazy playing games with that amount of time even if you're the biggest fan of videogame in this world , they probably didn't care about their lives anymore, so sad. 

neo4evr
neo4evr

By the way, did he drop any gold or loot??

darkanimne
darkanimne

people could die if continues arguing  about something pointless :D

true_gamer007
true_gamer007

He could have played the game for 400hrs rest of his life had he taken a break of even 4 minutes on intervals.

So sad.

AdrianJNYC
AdrianJNYC

I find it impossible to continuously play a game for 40 straight hours. This is just sad and terrifying, knowing that people will allowed themselves to be consume by a video game. Get a life - its not that freaking serious.

neo4evr
neo4evr

From what I know (I am not a doctor but it's a common thing I hear always), continuously staring at the LCD Screen and staying near a radiating machine is dangerous for health. Anything that's not normal is dangerous for health. A human can go quite without food or sleep (water is always important), but going like this for a plain pixel GAME and then dying is like a stray dog who sadly died after getting rolled over on street. No big reason, no honor, plain stupid and no one to care for it. He could have died as a result of shock , nervous breakdown , partial paralysis and then brain attack (he was sitting like a statue for 40 hours straight). So many reasons!! And they are beyond just food, water, sleep or whatever. They can ONLY be avoided by resuming a NORMAL LIFE.

 

I do pity over his family if he has one, but it's funny how a person can die like this. I definitely don't think Blizzard's DIABLO is to blame. It's just a game, and some stupid people treat it as something bigger than the Life god gave us.

 

TheGenereux
TheGenereux

this is just stupid. the games not gonna go any where. Freaking call room service or something. It's just stupidity and addiction. Just a game.

darth_rosco
darth_rosco

I wonder if the guy who found him had a decent Magic Find? He could have dropped something good when he died.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

 @TheEroica 

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

To be honest... humans are dumb enough to do something like this.

Scorpion1813
Scorpion1813

 @stalepie 

A combination of no sleep, food or drink. Considering people can last a week without food or water.... I'd bet my money of exhaustion being the cause of death as opposed to starvation or dehydration.

steveng0482
steveng0482

 @AdrianJNYC have you ever lived in taiwan? and having a cousin that stayed there a week isn't a yes answer. shut your mouth you spoiled little brat. some people do know what real poverty is, and others know what it's like to live in a society where the government regulates and controls everything so much to the point that those internet cafe's and those games are that much to some people. think before typing, else you and all of humanity lose on such a careless remark.....get a life its not that serious......you get a life, and quit making careless remarks about another human beings death. 

zee123456
zee123456

 @neo4evr  You mean the life your egocentric god gave us so we can worship him? Its better these guys game themselves to death, then live like slave obeying his god

icebox98
icebox98

 @24714733 in some cities, yes!

but i bet he spent not less than $200, crazy guy ehh!

icebox98
icebox98

 @24714733 u can stay for 5 days without goin to the toilet and 2 days without getting a wizz depending on the situation.....

 

the only shame is that he had to do it for a game. i wouldnt do it for my favorite game

david188288
david188288

 @steveng0482 You could have used this same argumentation for someone desperate using drugs... Sure, perhaps his circumstances truly were dire, but that doesn't absolve him of all responsibility. Just as it would be the case for a drug addiction, the same holds for a video game addiction.

Mariasaurus
Mariasaurus

 @steveng0482  @AdrianJNYC Actually, get a life is pretty well said. Even if I like playing video games, I don't do it that often. I'd rather go outside and have a life. Those people should be taught about the good things in life. Anyway, the situation is complicated. Education is the key. 

neo4evr
neo4evr

 @zee123456 I mean the life we HAVE. Don't go complex. If you are atheist then think it like the real life where we interact with people and do creative stuffs, remove god from the equation.. Be practical.

vecryn
vecryn

 @david188288   very true, I have had marathon sessions like that in the past with some games.  I played Everquest when it was new back in around 2001 for 30+ hours straight.  I don't know why this would kill someone though.  You can survive with no water for 3 days, no food for 7 as long as you have water.  When I had my marathon though I moved around as I played the game so not to get stiff.  It's not healthy but some do get addicted to a degree.