Two months sounds like a long time to live at an internet cafe to game, but it pales in comparison to the story of one “Li Meng”, a university graduate who has spent the last “five or six years” playing games at a cafe in China.
This Business Insider story points out the following article on Chinese news site Xinhau, which details the man’s unusual existence. According to the article, Li Meng has lived at the cafe near Jilin University in north-eastern China for some six years, the only interludes involving hygiene or sustenance.
While “Li Meng” is a pseudonym, it is mentioned he was born in 1983 and is from Hebei province. The game (or games) that Li Meng finds so compelling fail to make an appearance, but his living conditions and routine do. From Business Insider:
“As he talked to our reporter, his gaze was locked to the computer screen, the plastic bag containing his dinner open by his side. He has a monthly income of RMB2000 ($322), of which 500 ($80) is paid as a fee to the cafe every month.”
Others at the cafe seemed a little worried about him. “He generally comes at night to play the game, gets sleepy during the day and sleeps here. From time to time will be out to take a bath.”
Now, when I got a shiny new 42″ LCD back in 2008, I’m ashamed to admit I spent a couple of weeks sleeping on the living room couch with my laptop hooked up via HDMI, so I could work and watch videos at the same time.
Eventually I got back into my normal routine of, well, not being a literal couch potato, but six years sleeping, eating and gaming at an internet cafe?
One has to wonder what keeps him glued to the screen.
Chinese Gamer Has Spent The Past 6 Years In An Internet Cafe [Business Insider Australia]