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Internet Death in China
Chinese man dies from 3-day gaming binge
Posted: Monday, September 17, 2007 at 9:49 a.m.
(AP) -- BEIJING - An Internet gaming addiction may have claimed a man's life. A Chinese newspaper says a 30-year-old man apparently died of exhaustion after a three-day gaming binge. The Beijing News says he collapsed at a cybercafe in southern China after playing games online for three days. Paramedics couldn't revive him.
The newspaper didn't say what he was playing. It says about 100 other Web surfers "left the cafe in fear after witnessing the man's death."
China is one of the world's biggest markets for online games, with tens of millions of players. Many of them are children and teenagers who play online games or surf the Web for days at a time.
Several cities have clinics to treat what psychiatrists have dubbed "Internet addiction."
(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
More---from a different paper...
A Chinese man dropped dead after playing Internet games for three consecutive days, state media said on Monday, as China seeks to wean Internet addicts offline.
The man from the southern boomtown of Guangzhou, aged about 30, died on Saturday after being rushed to the hospital from the Internet cafe, local authorities were quoted by the Beijing News as saying.
"Police have ruled out the possibility of suicide," the newspaper said, adding that exhaustion was the most likely cause of death. It did not say what game he was playing.
China, worried about the spread of pornography and politically incorrect content, has banned the opening of new cybercafes this year and issued orders limiting the time Internet users can spend playing online.
In April, President Hu Jintao launched a campaign to rid the Internet of "unhealthy" content and make it a platform for Communist Party doctrine.
Story Copyright A(c) 2007 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
9-22-07 I added the other two articles. Liz