Today's Takeaway - A 23 year-old dies in an Internet café while gaming
It happens about once a year now maybe more, but the act of playing a video game can actually kill people. There are always extenuating circumstances surrounding it, but the fact remains that another person has died due to sitting in an Internet Café and gaming until they have nothing left. Last week in New Taipei City, a 23 year old man was found dead after going unnoticed for 9 hours. Two factors contributed to his death, a pre-existing heart condition and the low temperatures of his surroundings. This combined with a lack of movement and exhaustion resulted in a heart attack. All because he couldn't stop playing League of Legends.
Now this isn’t any worse than the man who died mysteriously from playing Diablo II or the 30 year old who died after a 72-hour binge. I will say this is much less worse than those two idiots from 2 years ago who 'accidently' killed their real baby, while raising a virtual one. It is all the same though and leads back to addiction. Everyone needs to take a step back and realize that addiction can be very dangerous. Addiction has the negative connotation it does, because true addicts are willing to sacrifice everything to feed their vice.
Now I will be the first to admit I might play too many games (as if that were even possible), but I try to never let it interfere with reality. I don’t really play MMOs anymore, because I tend to become obsessed without an in-game resolution. I try to keep gaming sessions around the two hour mark, though I usually break my own rules come the weekend. When I know it has been too long, I go play with the dog, walk around the block, or strum a few chords. I try to do anything to exercise a different part of my brain and unplug. Life is about balance and it is unsettling to see that someone so young may never get a chance to figure that out. Enjoy your video games, but then enjoy everything else life has to offer. There is a whole world out there and I want every g1 out there to be a part of it, for as long as possible.
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Some people really. . . I may have a problem playing games more than I should aswell, but there's a limit for everyone. And I don't really feel sorry for him, I pity him. I don't want to stand out as heartless, but having an addiction can't be called an excuse, no matter how compelling it is to just give in and neglect everything else.
Scary!!! there should be a limit honestly ....
Extra Credits did a two part episode on the subject I highly recommend checking it out: part 1- http://penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/game-addiction-pt.1 , part 2- http://penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/game-addiction-pt.2
i do play a lot of games but I always makes sure I get up and have a break to make sure I have a walk
Freaking casuals. A hardcore gamer would have been able to stay alive 3 times that time.
Seriously though, he kinda have to blame himself and I'm sorry if I don't exactly feel sorry for him.
I worked in a busy call center for 13 hours a day for 5 years. It was extremely stressful work that had you working a computer just like you were playing a video game. The paramedics would visit our company's buildings at least once a week. I saw young happy level headed people pass out, have heat attacks, and break out in hives.. Stress is amazingly dangerous if you don't know how to deal with it.
I play a lot of video games but I usually know when to stop playing for a while and I pretty much always stay way from MMORPG's. I remember when I played WoW for a couple of months and I spent so many nights playing until like 3 am and it took me quite a long time to realize that MMO's are not good for me.
Well if you are unemployed and got nothing else to do it at least brings some fulfilment to your life.
I recall, there was a very similar story of a South Korean player who died playing WoW a few years ago (at the time I was personlly playing FFXI). One of the main differences, however was that they had died in their own apartment, and it had taken several days before someone discovered them.
Agreed. This is why I think clans in shooters and guilds in RPG's take away more from the game than they add...namely, the "game" aspect of it.
Gaming addiction is like depression that slowly eats you, only you have no fucking idea...
I agree. The worst part is the only thing you do on most of them is hit the one key, wait, hit the two key, wait, hit the 3 key, etc. there are a lot better ways to waste your time but to each his own I guess.
MMO's are the devil, stay away from them they aren't worth it.
Video games aren't fun when you treat it like your job. Unless you work in the industry, but you get the idea.
Man I remember when I first got FFXI for the PS2. Next thing I knew, it was morning and I hadn't eaten yet. If i didn't have to go to class, who knows how much longer I would have played before feeling sick.
That is why you get up every few hours, take a shit, grab a bite to eat and drink, then get back to the game, not game first
about the contest I'm not overly excited about one but I'm not going to complain about free stuff given away
Another reason that I do not like League of Legends...or rather...MMOs. You can never beat it. This is rather sad to hear, and for once makes you wonder whether or not those "take a break" messages on the screen.