Video games can be fun and addictive. In fact gamers who have played MMORPGs know that you can spend as much as 4-5 hours at once trying to complete a section of a raid, but as Blizzard likes to remind their gamers, everything should be done in moderation. Unfortunately not many people heed such warnings as a recent report from CNN has surfaced where a man from Taiwan died after a 3-day gaming binge.
According to the report, the man named Hsieh was found slumped over a table in an internet cafe in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, after he had been playing video games for three days in a row. According to the staff members who worked at the cafe, Hsieh was a regular patron at the establishment and had been known to fall asleep in his chair or at his table, which is why they did not realize anything was amiss until he had been dead for several hours.
Initial police reports have suggested that Hsieh had died from heart failure, which is apparently due to the cold temperatures of the internet cafe as well as over-exhaustion from the prolonged gaming session. This is actually not the first time we have heard of people dying from playing video games for too long.
For example we had previously heard of how a man died after a 40 hour marathon, and how a teen similarly died after binging on Diablo 3 for 40 hours. In any case this just serves as a reminder that the next time you catch yourself playing video games for too long, perhaps it’s time to a take a short break.