A 18-year old man entered an internet cafe in southern Taiwan around noon on Friday, booked a private room to play Diablo III, and then sat down and played the game for 40 hours straight. Upon being roused by a cafe employee some time on Sunday morning, he promptly collapsed and was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Blizzard has released a statement on the matter, saying “We’re saddened to hear this news, and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We don’t feel it would be appropriate for us to comment further without knowing all of the circumstances involved.”
“While we recognize that it’s ultimately up to each individual or their parent or guardian to determine playing habits, we feel that moderation is clearly important, and that a person’s day-to-day life should take precedence over any form of entertainment.”
The AAP is reporting that this is the second death in Taiwan from unhealthy videogaming habits this year. If you’re reading this and you haven’t stood up and moved around in a few hours, maybe you should consider doing that. We’ll be here when you get back.