Diablo III Finally Killed Someone
With the real-money auction house and that trademark Blizzard magic juice, I figured it wouldn’t be long until Diablo III killed someone in an Asian cyber cafe. The time has finally come, it seems, as The Australian reports that an 18-year-old Taiwanese person identified only as Chuang collapsed after playing 40 straight hours without food.
According to the report, an attendant found Chuang resting in a private booth. After the attendant woke Chuang, he rose, took a few steps, then collapsed on the ground. Shortly after reaching a local hospital, Chuang was pronounced dead. Speculation is currently that remaining sedentary for extreme amounts of time caused cardiovascual issues.
I tend to be glib when it comes to video game related deaths, but it’s never funny when someone dies — especially when it’s preventable. Blizzard Entertainment issued a statement on the matter that perfectly sums up the issue at hand.
“While we recognise 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 statement reads.
Though our gaming culture tends to glorify all-night gaming marathons, it’s important to look after your health.
[via The Australian]