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Old 08-11-2005, 11:12 AM   #1
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Man dies after 50 hours of computer games

South Korean left seat in Internet cafe only to use toilet, take brief naps
Updated: 6:43 p.m. ET Aug. 9, 2005

SEOUL, South Korea - A South Korean man who played computer games for 50 hours almost non-stop died of heart failure minutes after finishing his mammoth session in an Internet cafe, authorities said on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old man, identified only by his family name Lee, had been playing online battle simulation games at the cybercafe in the southeastern city of Taegu, police said.

Lee had planted himself in front of a computer monitor to play online games on Aug. 3. He only left the spot over the next three days to go to the toilet and take brief naps on a makeshift bed, they said.

"We presume the cause of death was heart failure stemming from exhaustion," a Taegu provincial police official said by telephone.

Lee had recently quit his job to spend more time playing games, the daily JoongAng Ilbo reported after interviewing former work colleagues and staff at the Internet cafe.

After he failed to return home, Lee's mother asked his former colleagues to find him. When they reached the cafe, Lee said he would finish the game and then go home, the paper reported.

He died a few minutes later, it said.

South Korea, one of the most wired countries in the world, has a large and highly developed game industry.
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Old 08-11-2005, 11:36 AM   #2
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....Lee had recently quit his job to spend more time playing games, the daily JoongAng Ilbo reported....
WTF?!?!?!

I mean, I love my Blue Crack & I get cranky if I don't log on at least once every 2-3 days, but damn! - That's just bizarre!!
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that's what happens when you pwn n00bs too much

still sad though
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A man dies and he gets the rock on smilie???
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WTF?!?!?!

I mean, I love my Blue Crack & I get cranky if I don't log on at least once every 2-3 days, but damn! - That's just bizarre!!
I bet this happens all the time - except people don't die while on the computer.

Between extended LAN parties and the number of kids glued to the latest games, days are lost while glued to PCs and consoles.
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That is very sad, and a sad commentary
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As much as I love being on the computer and everything I wouldn't quit my job just to goof off. What a way to die.
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Those whacky South Koreans, this isn't the first time, blame the Zerg.
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I read in another account that he spent his time mostly playing Starcraft. Personally I never felt it was that good of a game in the first place. It'd be shameful to die from something like this but with a lackluster game to boot? That's just sad.
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