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Postby cannedmoose » Wed Aug 10, 2005 1:43 pm

S Korean dies after games session
A South Korean man has died after reportedly playing an online computer game for 50 hours with few breaks.
The 28-year-old man collapsed after playing the game Starcraft at an internet cafe in the city of Taegu, according to South Korean authorities.

The man had not slept properly, and had eaten very little during his marathon session, said police.

Online gaming in South Korea is extremely popular thanks to its fast and widespread broadband network.

Games are televised and professional players are treated, as well as paid, like sports stars.

Professional gamers there attract huge sums in sponsorship and can make more than $100,000 a year.

Growing problem

The man, identified by his family name, Lee, started playing Starcraft on 3 August. He only paused playing to go to the toilet and for short periods of sleep, said the police.

"We presume the cause of death was heart failure stemming from exhaustion," a Taegu provincial police official told the Reuters news agency.

He was taken to hospital following his collapse, but died shortly after, according to the police. It is not known whether he suffered from any previous health conditions.

They added that he had recently been fired from his job because he kept missing work to play computer games.

Online computer games are some of the most popular and largest growth areas in interactive entertainment.

Players can easily get immersed and feel compelled to play for hours at a stretch, particuarly in massively multiplayer online role playing games - MMORPGs - in which thousands of gamers play and interact in shared fantasy or science fiction worlds.

Reports of gamers spending 10 to 15 hours a day in front of video games, such as the highly popular World of Warcraft, are becoming more frequent. Experts say gamers should take regular screen breaks.

More than 15 million people, or 30% of the population, are registered for online gaming in South Korea. The country also host the annual World Cyber Games.
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Postby demetriou_74 » Wed Aug 10, 2005 2:30 pm

got only one thing to say to that guy.

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Postby ChomskyFan » Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:18 pm

Hahaha did you here about that other Korean who killed somebody because he stole something off of him in a game? :lol:
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Postby cannedmoose » Wed Aug 10, 2005 3:55 pm

ChomskyFan wrote:Hahaha did you here about that other Korean who killed somebody because he stole something off of him in a game? :lol:


I did see that... some people are totally shot through.
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Postby brother » Thu Aug 11, 2005 1:03 pm

Love my computer games, anyone playing civilisation 3, need to get a copy. :wink:
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Postby demetriou_74 » Thu Aug 11, 2005 10:26 pm

brother wrote:Love my computer games, anyone playing civilisation 3, need to get a copy. :wink:


Hey Bro. Guess What..............








































keep guessing


































a few more tries






























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Postby brother » Fri Aug 12, 2005 10:17 am

:roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: Whatever demetriou
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Postby demetriou_74 » Fri Aug 12, 2005 11:46 am

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Postby GIz33k0 » Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:34 pm

well 50 hours in a internet cafe is hardly possible , 1st of all a cafe wudnt be open for 50 non stop, and 2nd what a looser, exhausting himself over a game :X maybe it was for money? :roll:
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