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Man in China dies after three-day Internet session

Man in China dies after three-day Internet session

Tim Finin, 1:00pm 17 September 2007

Rueters has yet another story about a poor lost soul allegedly dying from exhaustion while playing computer games, Man in China dies after three-day Internet session.

“A Chinese man dropped dead after playing Internet games for three consecutive days, state media said on Monday as China seeks to wean Internet addicts offline. The man from the southern boomtown of Guangzhou, aged about 30, died on Saturday after being rushed to the hospital from the Internet cafe, local authorities were quoted by the Beijing News as saying.” (link)

I wonder how many people around the world have died while watching television all day.

Strangely, the local police looked into the possibility that it was suicide.

“Police have ruled out the possibility of suicide,” the newspaper said, adding that exhaustion was the most likely cause of death. It did not say what game he was playing.

Maybe we should have a hazardous study tuition discount for students in UMBC’s new academic programs in Games, Animation and Interactive media.


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