Man Dies After 3 Straight Days of Online Gaming

Jan 21, 2015 at 1:45 pm |
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A 32-year-old Taiwanese man died earlier this month after a 3-day gaming marathon in an internet cafe in Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second-largest city. The man, referred to as Mr. Hsieh, was reported to be a regular at the cafe. Fellow gamers said he would often spend days at a time playing online. According to a police spokesperson, Hsieh had been unemployed for a long period of time and found solace while gaming. CCTV footage from the internet cafe shows him have a slight struggle before collapsing in his chair. Workers and fellow gamers were not sure if Hsieh, who often slept in his seat at the cafe, was merely asleep before finally noticing that he wasn’t breathing. Police reported that he must have been dead for several hours before medical responders arrived.

His death is cited as cardiac arrest, most likely resulting from over-exhaustion and cold temperatures.

Strangely enough, this isn’t the first case of someone dying while gaming in Taiwan this month. On January 1, the body of a 38-year-old was discovered in an internet cafe in Taipei after the man had spent 5 days playing online games. In 2012, a 23-year-old male was found dead in an internet cafe in New Taipei City after he was reported to have played video games for 10 hours.

In each case, other gamers in the cafes were reported to have continued plying while police investigated the scenes and removed the bodies.

Hard-core gaming has become a serious issue for both the gamer and others playing online games in the same vicinity. One must step out of the online realm to observe his or her surroundings, thereby staying in touch with one’s own well-being and the well-being of those around them. Then, by all means, proceed to game on.

It’s game over for this 32-year-old man from Taiwan. Read the story here…