According to an Australian newspaper, a 18-year-old teenager has died in a southern Taiwanese café after playing Diablo III for more than 40 hours. The newspaper stated, the teen whose second name was Chuang booked a private room in the Taiwanese café at midday on July 13th, playing the game for two straight days without eating before he died.
A café attendee woke Chuang up while he rested on a table, where he proceeded to stand up, take a few steps and collapse to the ground said the report. He was rushed to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead shortly after, the cause of death seems to be cardiovascular in nature but more will be known once an autopsy is completed. The teens’ death mirrors the death of another teen in Taiwan earlier this year, bringing to light the dangers of excessive gaming.
Diablo III developers Activision Blizzard responded to the news of the death swiftly, stating:
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.
This really brings home the effects of compulsive gaming, while some of us dedicate a substantial amount of our day to gaming, sometimes life has to take a front seat and the controller, keyboard or handheld need to be put away. Hopefully this will come as a revelation for some and make their gaming routine into more of a healthy habit. Our thoughts are with young man’s family and friends.
Via: The Australian