Thursday, August 11, 2005


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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 (Reuters) - 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.

Snave's note: Could 50 straight hours of blogging be just as dangerous?


Blogger GTX said...

I there.
These are the days...well, in the past it was always assumed that the bizarre selling well.
There were a lot of possessed women, giant men, the beard woman, and the midget. Now that's the time of crazy'dazy people. That had always been a crazy thing on this wide world, only in these days we have too much information running through our veins.

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