A 32 year old Taiwanese man identified by his family name Hsieh has died after a three day internet gaming binge.
At the time of the man’s death, patrons at an internet cafe in the the city of Kaohsiung City in the island’s south, initially believed him to be sleeping (tired of playing games) but would rush him to a hospital after an employee realized the man was no longer breathing. Soon after, reports the Taipei Times, the man would be pronounced dead.
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A medical report would deem that the man had suffered cardiac failure, dying of ‘sudden death’ from prolonged computer gaming.
Offered the employee: ‘Hsieh was a regular customer here and always played for consecutive days. When tired, he would sleep face-down on the table or doze off slumped in his chair. That is why we were not aware of his condition in the beginning,’
Commenting on the case, Hunei Police Precinct chief Weng Chun-neng said that cold temperatures and over-exhaustion from intense game-playing likely contributed to Hsieh’s cardiac failure.
‘We advise people to get up and move around after every two hours of computer gaming. More patrols will be conducted to remind residents about the dangers of prolonged sitting and game-playing,’ Weng added.
Authorities would later tell it was not clear what Hsieh was playing at the time of his death. A police report would tell that at the time of Hsieh’s death he had been ensconced in ‘combat computer games.‘
The case came after a 38-year-old man was found dead at an internet cafe in New Taipei City on January 1 following five days of video game bingeing.
Police said in both cases other patrons appeared nonchalant about the deaths, continuing playing even when tables were cordoned off for investigators to gather evidence.