Another Man Dies After An Extremely Lengthy Gaming Binge
Online gaming can be dangerously addictive, no matter what anyone says.
Yet another gamer has died, this time after a three-day gaming binge in a Taiwan Internet cafe.
As reported by CNN, a 32-year-old man was found dead after a cafe employee discovered the man slumped motionless over his desk. The scary part is that gamers sitting there continued as if nothing happened when paramedics arrived; this according to police spokesperson Jennifer Wu:
"The CCTV footage from the internet cafe showed that Hsieh had a small struggle before he collapsed motionless."
Apparently, cold temperatures and exhaustion probably contributed to the man's cardiac arrest. He was "unemployed for a long time, and Internet cafes were the only place he could go to." His family also said he would "disappear for two to three days on end," and the Taipei Times claims the man was a "regular customer" who would often play for consecutive days.
All this being the case, the question is not that he could "only go to Internet cafes;" the issue is that it seems it's the only place he wanted to go because he was clinically addicted. This guy would even fall asleep in his chair and the staff wouldn't do anything about it. And this is the second one this year; on January 1, a 38-year-old man was found dead at an Internet cafe in Taipei, evidently after playing for five days straight.
Yes, video game addiction exists. It's right here.
1/19/2015 8:53:58 PM Ben Dutka