Internet Gaming Obsession Claims Another Life In China

Internet Gaming Obsession Claims Another Life In China

The dangers of internet addiction in China were demonstrated yesterday, when an unidentified 30-year-old man collapsed in an internet cafe outside of Beijing following three days of nonstop online gaming.

According to witnesses the man had been playing an online game at the internet cafe for three days, taking in little food or drink and getting absolutely no sleep whatsoever. He collapsed Monday evening, slipping into a coma. He later died at a nearby clinic.

The man had apparently spent more than 10,000 yuan ($US1500) on internet gaming in the past 30 days.

Police confiscated several computers from the internet cafe, but have ruled out homicide. The exact cause of death is currently being investigated.

It sounds to me like internet cafes in China need to be run by people responsible enough to meter usage. That a man can spend the better part of 36 hours sitting in front of a computer, slowly killing himself, without anyone attempting to stop him makes no sense to me whatsoever.

一男子连续上网数天后猝死 [ via FoxNews]


  • I think our friends overseas need more vitamins or there is something seriously wrong with thier diets.
    My friends and I have had a few 3 day online/gaming binges with no serious side effects!

    Am I the only one who has fallen asleep at the keyboard in a gaming marathon and woken up when headbutting my monitor?

      • I agree though, this dude must have been in some kind of poor health to begin with. What about people who go on 3 day drug benders with no sleep, and obviously no food….?

        Dehydration can kill, but in a nice cushy chair, even minimal food and drink should be able to sustain you to the point of not slipping into sleep, let alone a coma.

  • I find it hard to belive someone playing at an internet cafe for 3 days straight with out any aid of some sort or with out even having a mirco sleep.

    But I guess with further investigation they might find the cause of death to be something other than sleep dep, eating, drinking and gaming

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