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By the title above, I don’t actually mean that your character got killed in game or anything as trivial as that.
A Taiwanese teenager who played Diablo III at a local internet cafe for 40 hours straight was found dead on arrival at the hospital. The 18-year old, who is being recognised by the name of Chuang booked a private room at the Internet cafe in Tainan on Friday 13th June and played for almost two days straight without eating. He was found resting his head on the desk in the morning of Sunday July 15th and a member of staff woke him up. The teenager proceeded to wake up, stretch and walk around the room- only to collapse a few seconds later and be rushed unconcious to hospital.
He was pronounced dead a few short minutes after his arrival to the medical facility.
The autopsy states that the reason of death could be down to not moving in such a long period of time, like deep-vein thrombosis or something similar along those lines. I personally think that for someone to collapse after a forty-hour gaming binge is more than likely down to an underlying medical condition not previously known or mentioned in article by The Australian.
Blizzard has responded to this news by putting out the statement that ‘they recommend players should prioritise their day-to-day life over any kind of entertainment’.
This is the second death to video gaming in Taiwan this year. A man was found in New Taipei, slumped in his chair with his arms still reaching towards the keyboard. He had been gaming for 23 hours straight. He died of cardiac arrest.