Man dies after internet gaming binge

This is just terrible. Couldn’t one of those 100 onlookers spare a scroll of resurrection before slinking off?

I was just going to post about that. I love how they don’t say what game he was playing.

Is it bad if my first thought was that I hoped he was one of those damned gold farmers?

I like to assume that it was WoW. He could have finished a number of single player games in that timeframe. Or maybe it was Tetris.

I was not familiar with the term and so read the Wikipedia page you linked to… I find this passage rather chilling: …eBay has recently delisted all virtual property auctions. Items and property related to Linden Lab’s Second Life are exempt from this policy. eBay spokesman Hani Durzy explained the logic behind the apparent double standard: “If someone participates in Second Life and wants to sell something they own, we are not at this point proactively pulling those listings off the site… We think there is an open question about whether Second Life should be regarded as a game. :eek:

What was his name?

What game was he playing?

What consequences followed? What was the name of the cybercafe? Who interviewed any of these one hundred witnesses?

The nebulousness of this vague report (“Some guy died gaming! It’s true!”) sounds like any urban legend. I strongly suspect the anti-internet, get-back-to-work, lie-about-anything Chinese government has made up this story to serve as an object lesson, and perhaps to justify a crackdown.

And CNN seems to be their stooge. Why won’t CNN reporters ask hard questions? Where’s proof? Who told them this story? Where’s the term “allegedly?” They’ll refer to OJ Simpson as if his guilt is in doubt, but then run out and believe this unconfirmed story?



Because then they will find out their interesting news story is, in fact, total bullshit. Then they’ve done all that work for nothing since they have nothing to publish.

Pure laziness. Just report BS, and go home.

Actually, it’s attributed to Associated Press, but you know how these things go. For all we know the man was working. He was harvesting rare creatures for tons o’ loot, and that would explain why the other 100 patrons retreated in fear. They were doing the same thing in violation of China’s 5 hour gaming edict.