10 August 2005

Another reason not to own xbox.

The BBC is reporting that a 28 year old South Korean has died after playing an online game for approximately 50 hours...

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.


I used to play counterstrike online, but I couldn't stare at the screen for more than a few hours. I remember back in the day playing Quake and knowing that I'd played too long when I'd close my eyes and still see the walls and floor sliding by me...

Aside from being a health hazard, apparently too much gaming can affect you professionally:
They added that he had recently been fired from his job because he kept missing
work to play computer games.

Not bad. I imagine the same could be said if we substituted the phrase "play computer games" to "blog."

9 comments:

Jodi said...

Hey, just wanted to say that I saw your funny quote in the Post Express this morning (about your trip to the beach). Great blog! Hard to find both intelligent and witty writing on the net and you've managed to do it. Consider me a new reader.

cuff said...

Thanks. Hope I don't let you down. Also thanks for telling me I was in the Express.

Chris Gaskin said...

Gaming can be too addictive

I remember playing all the strategy games on the PC

Scary!!

Phil said...

That Korean dude kicks ass! He played xbox until he died?! WTF???

cuff said...

Phil, I don't know if it was xbox, but it was online gaming at one of those internet cafes...Apparently in Korea "professional gamers" can earn a lot of money.

Chris, gaming is definitely addictive -- in addition to counterstrike I used to play Age of Empires but not online. I'd look up from the computer and three hours had gone by. I get the same timewarp effect from real life casinos.

Sammy said...

Dang...

Step away back into life.

Sorry to hear about that :(

Patrick J. Fitzgerald said...

the only addicition worth having is sex...

Chris Gaskin said...

and smoking ;)

Anthony Hissem said...

Very nice. Keep up the good work.