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S.Korean man dies after 50 hours of computer games

Tue Aug 9, 2005 11:44 AM BST




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.
 

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Another 20 something South Korean guy died about 2 years ago of exhaustion after about 70 straight hours of gaming.
 

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Baka.
 

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Couldn't he just respawn?
 

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That guy's a PIMP!
 

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I can think of worse ways to die. I can think of a couple better, but I think this is probably the closest I would ever come to having a dream ending.
 

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electrical shocks to pressure points
Yikes I wonder which points. There are certain pressure points I don't want shocked.
 

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I wonder if it was the shock to his system from getting up or maybe a blood clot in his legs like some distance flyers get? At least he got up several times to use the restroom, but man, what a icky way to go.
 

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2 words


Natural Selection
 

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Couldn't he just respawn?
Is it bad that I laughed at this? :eek:
 

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Wimp...


not you oktober but they guy that couldn't handle 50 hours... LOL.
 

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Must have been a DVT (blood clot) or he had a congenital heart problem. You don't die from exhaustion.
 

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>> on-line battle simulation games


What game was it? Halo2? Battlefield2 ?
In Korea its probably Star Craft related.
 
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