Man dies after continuously playing video games for days

Man dies after continuously playing video games for days
Published: 2015 January 20 11:24:29 (9372 Views)
A 32-year-old man in southern Taiwan was found dead after playing online games for three days straight at an Internet cafe.

Other people playing games in the shop didn't even realise something had happened, and an employee only noticed something was wrong two hours after the man had died.

The man, whose surname was Hsieh, entered Chu Hsiang Internet Cafe on January 6 and was found in the morning on January 8, according to Kaohsiung City cops.

He was pronounced dead of cardiac failure and his body was sent to the hospital.

"The man had a small struggle for about 15 minutes before he collapsed motionless, the CCTV footage from the internet cafe showed," said Jennifer Wu, a cop spokeswoman from the Hunei district precinct.

Other gamers wearing earphones did not notice Hsieh's collapse, Wu said.



The unemployed Hsieh frequently visited the cafe and often played for consecutive days, Wu said, citing the police investigation.

Cops were troubled by the disinterested attitude of fellow customers, they said.

"We went inside to cordon off the tables and had investigators there to gather evidence. Only then did the other customers realise that someone had died, but they still showed no concern and kept playing their games," the Hunei police precinct said.

Low temperatures and exhaustion from intense game-playing likely contributed to Hsieh's heart failure, precinct chief Weng Chun-neng said.

It was the second death blamed on prolonged computer gaming in Taiwan this year. On January 1, a 38-year-old man was found dead at an internet cafe after playing online games for five days straight in northern New Taipei City.

In 2012, the body of man who died playing online games went unnoticed for 10 hours by other gamers and staff, the Taipei Times reported.



Source - SAPA

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