Posted by Neelam Goswami on February 23, 2011

Playing video games has become the favorite time pass of the people around the world. But some studies show that the excitement of video games makes the playing addictive. Video game addiction, or more broadly video game overuse, is affecting children age 4 all the way to 45 year-old adults.

Experts say that excessive use of internet and video game can be dangerous to human health. This trend may have some or all of the symptoms of drug addiction, likely leading the user or gamer eventually to death.

Non-stop gaming kills another gamer
In a latest unfortunate and tragic incident, a gamer in China lost his life after 3-day gaming binge.

According to the Beijing Times, reported via FOX News, an unnamed man in his thirties has died after internet gaming for three days straight.

The victim had not slept, had hardly eaten and had barely moved from his computer while playing the video games at an Internet cafe outside the outskirts of the Chinese capital, Beijing.

Could not be revived
Probably as a result, he collapsed and slipped into a coma Monday evening. The man could not be revived and was pronounced dead at a nearby clinic shortly after, according to the tabloid.

Reports suggest that the man had spent more than $1,500 on internet gaming over the past month.

It’s also being reported that police have seized some of the computers from the internet cafe to help them determine the specific cause of death.

Internet gaming reached to dangerous levels in China
The incident highlights China's disturbing trend of playing online games excessively. In China, according to researchers, tens of millions of people are addicted to internet gaming, and many of them are teenagers.

China has more than 450 million internet users, and online video games, which are often played from internet cafes, have affected more than 30 million people.

Similar fatalities happened in the past
This is not the first time someone in China has died after a prolonged online gaming session.

The Register notes that in 2007, two other Chinese men died after marathon gaming sessions of three days and seven days respectively. A similar death also occurred in South Korea in 2005, after a man played non-stop for 50 hours.

In Sept. 2007, two men, a 30-year-old male, from the province of Guangzhou and a 26-year-old man from Jinzhou, Liaoning, died at the end of marathon gaming sessions of three days and seven days respectively.

Similar deaths have also occurred in other nations. In 2005, a 28-year-old man died in South Korea after playing online games non-stop for 50 hours.





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