Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Article: Video Games Kill

Well, it finally happened. Someone died after playing video games too much.


This is a sad day for gamers everywhere, as mothers can accurately say "these games you play have too much violence in them, its only a matter of time before they kill somebody," or something similar. (I didn't like that remark. It didn't seem sarcastic enough. Please let me know if you can think of a better joke).

Guess he forgot to hit Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A. (Meh, that sort of feels better).

Not the game he died playing.

Hat tip to Fark.

Full article in the full post for the interested...

S. Korean man dies after 50 hours of computer games
Aug 9, 2005

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean man who played computer games for 50 hours almost non-stop died of heart failure minutes after finishing his mammoth session in an Internet cafe, authorities said Tuesday.

The 28-year-old man, identified only by his family name Lee, had been playing on-line battle simulation games at the cybercafe in the southeastern city of Taegu, police said.

Lee had planted himself in front of a computer monitor to play on-line games on Aug. 3. He only left the spot over the next three days to go to the toilet and take brief naps on a makeshift bed, they said.

"We presume the cause of death was heart failure stemming from exhaustion," a Taegu provincial police official said by telephone.

Lee had recently quit his job to spend more time playing games, the daily JoongAng Ilbo reported after interviewing former work colleagues and staff at the Internet cafe.

After he failed to return home, Lee's mother asked his former colleagues to find him. When they reached the cafe, Lee said he would finish the game and then go home, the paper reported.

He died a few minutes later, it said.

South Korea, one of the most wired countries in the world, has a large and highly developed game industry.
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