Friday, March 04, 2011
A Chinese man died after Internet gaming for three days straight, the Beijing Times reported Tuesday.
The unnamed man, in his thirties, had not slept, had hardly eaten and had barely moved from his computer when he collapsed and slipped into a coma Monday evening at an Internet cafe outside Beijing.
The man, who had reportedly spent more than 10,000 yuan ($1,500) on Internet gaming over the past month, was rushed to a nearby clinic but was pronounced dead a short time afterwards.
Police removed several computers from the cafe for investigation but have ruled out homicide and were examining specific causes of death.
The incident highlights China's increasing number of Internet addicts, which according to researchers has risen to more than 30 million.
That 30 million is a very conservative number, but like any news coming from the yellow-peril has to be taken with a grain of salt. Friends and acquaintances who regularly visit these red commies tell me that no one really knows how many internet addicts there are there but if the real number doesn't add up to a hundred million then someone is cooking the books.