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ccsnet
10-08-2005, 19:36
S Korean dies after games session

A South Korean man has died after reportedly playing an online computer game for 50 hours with few breaks.
The 28-year-old man collapsed after playing the game Starcraft at an internet cafe in the city of Taegu, according to South Korean authorities.

The man had not slept properly, and had eaten very little during his marathon session, said police.

Online gaming in South Korea is extremely popular thanks to its fast and widespread broadband network.

Games are televised and professional players are treated, as well as paid, like sports stars.

Professional gamers there attract huge sums in sponsorship and can make more than $100,000 a year.

"They are the types of games that completely engross the player. They are not games that you can play for 20 minutes and stop

Professor Mark Griffiths"

The man, identified by his family name, Lee, started playing Starcraft on 3 August. He only paused playing to go to the toilet and for short periods of sleep, said the police.

More here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4137782.stm

Terran

Scouse Monkey
11-08-2005, 02:28
yeah i was reading that today too.

there was a 14yo who got DVT after playing on his xbox all day with his legs crossed - i can understand that as i have nearly had it playing army ops with my feet up on my sub putting pressure on the blood supply where my legs where rammed agaisnt the desk.

There was also a chinese man jailed after killing someone who stole and sold his 'virtual sword'

Online gaming virtual accessory theft is now so serious in korea they have a special crime squad for it.

ccsnet
11-08-2005, 09:44
Online gaming virtual accessory theft is now so serious in korea they have a special crime squad for it.Strange people......

Terran