A 32-year-old man has become the second person to die during an online gaming marathon in Taiwan this year – yes, in Taiwan alone. And yes, this year alone… as in, the one that we’re only three weeks into.
Mr. Hsieh was an unemployed man living in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, who was quite fond of online gaming.
He walked into the Internet café as he often did on January 6, and proceeded to sit at the computer for three straight days, according to Hunei District Police spokesperson Jennifer Wu.
At 10am on January 8, a staff member noticed him motionless and sprawled across a table. She called an ambulance and he was rushed to hospital, but it was far too late. It quickly became apparent that he’d been dead for several hours (his body had already begun to stiffen when the paramedics loaded him into the ambulance), and the doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.
The cause of death was reportedly cardiac failure, most likely from the cold temperatures of the café and over-exhaustion due to three consecutive days of non-stop online gaming.
“The CCTV footage from the Internet café showed that he had a small struggle before he collapsed motionless,” Wu told CNN.
The employee who found him claims that the reason they didn’t notice for so long is that Mr. Hsieh was a very regular customer who often took naps at the computer between long hours of gaming. His family had grown used to him disappearing to the Internet café for days, so they hadn’t been worried either.
“When tired, he would sleep face down on the table or doze off slumped in his chair,” the employee told police. “That is why we were not aware of his condition in the beginning.”
As for the rest of the people in the café, Internet gamers aren’t known for being very aware of their surroundings while on the computer. In fact, the police told CNN that the gamers present didn’t even look up from their screens as paramedics took the dead body away.
This incident was only released to the media last week, but it actually occurred a mere week after a 38-year-old man was found dead in an Internet café in the nation’s capital of Taipei on New Year’s Day after a five-day binge.
Perhaps the moral of the story is that humans aren’t supposed to sit at a computer playing games for days on end? In fact, some doctors are suggesting this bizarre new theory that our bodies require things like food, water, exercise and sunlight to survive!