Man in China dies after three-day Internet session

  techie4me 17:28 20 Sep 07
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So playing games can effect your health!

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese man dropped dead after playing Internet games for three consecutive days, state media said on Monday as China seeks to wean Internet addicts offline.

The man from the southern boomtown of Guangzhou, aged about 30, died on Saturday after being rushed to the hospital from the Internet cafe, local authorities were quoted by the Beijing News as saying.

"Police have ruled out the possibility of suicide," the newspaper said, adding that exhaustion was the most likely cause of death. It did not say what game he was playing.

China, worried about the spread of pornography and politically incorrect content, has banned the opening of new cybercafes this year and issued orders limiting the time Internet users can spend playing online.

In April, President Hu Jintao launched a campaign to rid the Internet of "unhealthy" content and make it a platform for Communist Party doctrine.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 17:44 20 Sep 07

'state media said on Monday as China seeks to wean Internet addicts offline.' *cough*...yeah right.

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  Forum Editor 18:21 20 Sep 07

and it won't be the last. It has its roots in the Far east mentality, and is more complex than just the Chinese state being worried about internet content. The time limit on Internet cafe use was actually imposed some time ago, in response to a similar incident.

  DrScott 23:51 20 Sep 07

for days on end, barely drinking, it is pretty likely something bad is going to happen. I've read of DVTs forming during such gaming sessions, and I wouldn't be surprised if such an event leading to a PE was the case for this gamer.

  Earthsea 00:48 21 Sep 07

'President Hu Jintao launched a campaign to rid the Internet of "unhealthy" content and make it a platform for Communist Party doctrine.'

Isn't that an oxymoron?

  wolfie3000 05:02 21 Sep 07

Im betting it was either Xiah or World of warcraft,

Reminds me of a sign i saw at an official LAN party,

It stated that people must take 15 minute breaks hourly and also drink regularly,

They supplied free drinks and they encouraged people to bring there own too,

Also they had people walking around checking on the health of people and if someone was on there pc for an extended amount of time they were told to take a break.

Common sense really.

  Quickbeam 11:59 21 Sep 07

Shouldn't we have a safety warning then, otherwise one of us might decide to sue PCA...?;)

  techie4me 20:21 21 Sep 07

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