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Another man dies after three day gaming binge

CNN is reporting that it's happened again in China-- a man has died after a three-day gaming binge in a cyber cafe.

So many things wrong with this story. First of all, how does someone sit in an internet cafe for three days without anyone else noticing? I'm sure that it must have been a huge, 24 hour, windowless warehouse type of place, with people coming and going all the time, but still, what business would allow people to basically live in their building?

And then, of course, there's the gaming angle. Videogames and the Internet didn't kill this man, people, despite what CNN says:

The paper said that he may have died from exhaustion brought on by too many hours on the Internet.

Actually, I'm not a doctor, but I'm pretty sure he died from exhaustion brought on by staying awake for too long. If he'd been playing ping pong for three days straight, he probably wouldn't have come out of it very well either.

The article says they don't know what game he was playing, so this may not even be World of Warcraft. But while it is a very sad story, it's too bad CNN fell into the old lines of "omgz internets killed a man" instead of actually pointing out that this man made some very serious mistakes of his own.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Virtual selves, News items

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