S. Korean man dies after 50 hours of computer games



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 on 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 August 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.

Source: Reuters


I heard about that…That is sad. :frowning:


I must take more breaks when playing WOW


I hear ya, I normally play for maybe 2 hours max a few times a week (Depending on how addictive the game is) with at least one smoke break about midway. Damn I need to quit smoking too. :iagree:


Not such a bad death after all.


Starcraft kills!


:expressionless: … i sometimes playing helbreath 40h+ … to lv up :X Damm…


If that happened here in the USA, in no time some shyster lawyer would be filing for a lawsuit because the game manufacturer didn’t have a warning label on the box.

Really tragic for the family, losing somebody this way.


Such “internet cafes” are not like those in other countries. Full of smoking teenagers and college students, mostly playing violent games. I’m at one of those right now typing this. I can clearly read “NO SMOKING AREA” sign above me but a guy 1-2 meter right from me smokes here anyway. Many of these guys and gals live here. Eating fast food like instant noodle and instant coffee. Since so many millions of South Koreans live like that, isn’t it highly likely that at least a few of them might die from time to time? I mean, just statistically.

Lee had recently quit his job to spend more time playing games…

Not uncommon either.