BEJING, China (Bejing Times) ~ A Chinese man collapsed and died after he participated in a three-day online, video gaming session. The 30-year-old unidentified man is reported to have lost consciousness at an internet cafe on the outskirts of the capitol city. It was also reported that the man had spent over 10,000 yuan (equal to about $1500) on gaming in the month just before his death.
Similar deaths have occurred in other nations; in 2005, a 28-year-old man died in South Korea after 50 hours of online gaming without a break.
The nation of China has more than 450 million internet users, where MMORPGs (massive multi-player online role playing games) can be extremely popular with young men. Researchers have pointed out that tens of millions of Chinese people are addicted to internet games, in spite of electronic curbs introduced by the Chinese government which aim at tackling the problem.