Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Something I Just Read

Thought I would share, I thought this was pathetic and I know some people that something like this would relate to:
**Tulsa World Aug 10th**
Man dies after 49 hours of computer games
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A 28-year-old South Korean man died of exhaustion in an Internet cafe after playing computer games non-stop for 49 hours, South Korean police said Wednesday.
Lee, a resident in the southern city of Taegu who was identified only by his last name, collapsed Friday after having eaten minimally and not sleeping, refusing to leave his keyboard while he played the battle simulation game Starcraft.
Lee was quickly moved to a hospital but died after a few hours, due to what doctors are presuming was a heart attack, police said.
Lee had been fired from his job last month because he kept missing work to play computer games, police said.


Blogger Lynlee said...

AMANDA! I already have enough *wishful thinking* and *homicidal dreams* going on over here without any encouragement!

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Russian Schoolboy Dies After 12 Hours of Computer Gaming
Created: 21.06.2005 14:00 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 17:52 MSK


A 12-year-old schoolboy from Russia’s Urals city of Yekaterinburg has died after playing computer games. After spending 12 hours at a local computer club, the boy fainted and was taken to hospital, where he died of a stroke eight days later, the Novye Izvestia daily reported on Tuesday.

Local doctors are sure that the boy was killed by his obsession with virtual reality. After school ended in May he started visiting a local computer club every day, spending 10 to 12 hours there and returned home only to eat and sleep. His parents did not prevent him from playing the computer games, thinking that their son should choose how he spent his summer vacation.

One of the club’s employees, told the paper on condition of anonymity that the boy did not visit the establishment any more than other youths. Sometimes children stay there the whole night, he said.

“When this boy came last time, he felt quite good and played for a long time, almost for 12 hours. Then suddenly he fell on the floor. We called an ambulance immediately, the doctors arrived fast and took him to a hospital,” the source said.

At first the boy was diagnosed with an epileptic seizure. He lost his bearings, could not recognize his parents. A week later he could still only breathe with the the help of an artificial respirator and died shortly afterwards. A post-mortem examination has shown that he died of a stroke.

Alexei Sulimov, a senior doctor at the local children’s hospital said he and his colleagues were shocked by the death. They believe that the boy’s addiction to computer games did not let up even when he felt bad. “He was dying but could not tear himself from the game,” he said. The emotional tension resulted in a congestion of blood vessels in the brain, the doctor concluded.

The boy was apparently healthy and showed no signs of being at risk of a stroke. A special medical commission will decide if playing computer games could have led to his death. The Yekaterinburg city administration has initiated checks of all local computer clubs, claiming they may be breaking the rules of providing services.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Thank you anonymous, that just reassures my concerns for why I posted that first one. Why would someone waste their lives away, literally, Playing a game? Is real life really worth wasting over a VR fix?

6:39 PM  
Blogger Lynlee said...


See my blog.

7:50 PM  

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