Thursday, August 11, 2005

Starcraft: man kills aliens, game kills man

The proliferation of fast internet connections and combined with displaced emotion has taken a bite on the population. The number of reported internet related deaths is sure to climb in the coming years as we are better able to link comprimised bodily function with excessive internet usage. Two poor sentences of intro to give you this story from Korea (South) via the AP. Is there any irony if the story is headlining on comcast.net's homepage or does that simply confirm major internet companies deliver the hard-hitting stories?
Man Dies After 49 Hours of Computer Games
By Associated Press
Wed Aug 10, 8:10
SEOUL, South Korea - A 28-year-old South
Korean man died of exhaustion in an Internet cafe after playing computer games
non-stop for 49 hours, South Korean police said Wednesday.
Lee, a resident in the southern city of Taegu who was identified only by his last name, collapsed Friday after having eaten minimally and not sleeping, refusing to leave his keyboard while he played the battle simulation game Starcraft.
Lee was quickly moved to a hospital but died after a few hours, due to what doctors are presuming was a heart attack, police said.Lee had been fired from his job
last month because he kept missing work to play computer games, police said.
Computer games are enormously popular in South Korea, home to professional gamers who earn big money through sponsorships and television stations devoted to broadcasting matches.

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