People have often said that video games rot your brain, but the truth is they might do worse than that.  Many of us have fallen victim to the “just one last level” or “just one more turn” syndrome.  This often causes real life issues such as being late for work, not getting to bed on time or (especially in my case) the regular burning of dinner on the stove-top.  Some people, however, take it just a bit too far and end up…. DEAD.

Cases of people kicking the bucket while playing games are not unheard of and the latest to join the list of confirmed killers is Diablo III.  The latest victim of this phenomenon, an 18-year-old Taiwanese man by the name of Chuang.  As the story goes, he checked himself into a private room at the local Internet café on Friday and did not reemerge until Sunday.  It is unknown whether he ate or slept while in his private box.

Come 40 hours later, an employee went in to check on him and found Chuang asleep at the keyboard.  When awoken, Chuang stood up, stumbled a bit and then collapsed.  He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but the game had already claimed him and it was there that he passed beyond this mortal coil.  So far, no physiological cause of death has been determined.

After hearing of the event, Diablo’s creators at Blizzard (or at least their PR guy) released the following statement:

We’re saddened to hear this news, and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We don’t feel it would be appropriate for us to comment further without knowing all of the circumstances involved.

While we recognize that it’s ultimately up to each individual or their parent or guardian to determine playing habits, we feel that moderation is clearly important, and that a person’s day-to-day life should take precedence over any form of entertainment.

Let this be a lesson for us all – it is not necessary to beat a damn game in two days!  Give it some time, use the “save” option and enjoy the game rather than powering through it.  You’ll even find yourself having some time to do all those cool things the old folks are talking about, like “sleeping” and “eating.”

And if you really can’t resist the temptation to use your weekend off to game til you drop, remember your survival kit – a pillow for naps, a giant bag of fast-food hamburgers, a huge jug of something to drink that is not soda and perhaps an empty vase to relieve yourself in.  And maybe remember to get up and do some yoga stretches every now-and-then to keep the circulation going.


Thanks to blastr for giving us the heads-up on this one.

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