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Gamer dies after Diablo 3 marathon.

#1  Postby Animavore » Jul 18, 2012 6:59 pm

A Taiwanese man collapsed and died over the weekend after playing Blizzard's Diablo III for 40 straight hours. The Australian Associated Press reported the story, citing the Taiwanese United Daily News as the source of the information.


According to the report, the 18-year-old man entered an Internet café in southern Taiwan around noon on Friday, booked a private room, and played almost two days without stopping to eat. On Sunday morning, an employee of the café entered the room to check on the man and found him resting on a table. Shortly after being roused, the man collapsed and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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Re: Gamer dies after Diablo 3 marathon.

#2  Postby Spearthrower » Jul 18, 2012 7:13 pm

I don't get what they die of.

Is it dehydration?
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#3  Postby Weaver » Jul 18, 2012 7:13 pm

40 hours without food or sleep won't kill anyone.

40 hours without water can be quite serious, and potentially fatal if combined with various meds or drugs (such as caffeine or other stimulants).
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#4  Postby Animavore » Jul 18, 2012 7:16 pm

They [coroners] speculated that long hours in a sedentary position created cardiovascular problems for Chuang, the report said.

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#5  Postby Weaver » Jul 18, 2012 7:18 pm

Yes, that can do it too.
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#6  Postby Sityl » Jul 18, 2012 7:34 pm

Weaver wrote:Yes, that can do it too.


How do snipers deal with it?
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#7  Postby Spearthrower » Jul 18, 2012 8:01 pm

I find this a difficult notion to process - that a long term sedentary position would lead to a heart attack.

I've grew up on a disabled estate and there are plenty of people who are literally permanently sedentary and can't move their bodies at all.

My mum only really moves one arm - while it's a little more energetic than moving a mouse, it's not greatly so, and it's been 26 years!

I wonder if there's some as yet unknown relationship between the sedentary state and the functions of the brain while playing.
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#8  Postby Beatsong » Jul 18, 2012 8:14 pm

These stories are extraordinary. That's the third one I've heard of, and they all seem to be in Asia, in internet cafes.

Couldn't they just make it a legal obligation on the cafe operators to stop people after they've been playing for say 6 or 8 hours, and go take an hour off and have something to drink? Like the way publicans are expected to stop serving people once they're dangerously drunk.
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#9  Postby chairman bill » Jul 18, 2012 8:27 pm

Sityl wrote:
Weaver wrote:Yes, that can do it too.


How do snipers deal with it?


Hard routine - eat cold rations, drink water, shit in a poly bag, piss in a plastic drinks bottle. SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for all recce patrols, including OPs & long-term covert ops, including sniper teams.
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#10  Postby Sityl » Jul 18, 2012 8:30 pm

chairman bill wrote:
Sityl wrote:
Weaver wrote:Yes, that can do it too.


How do snipers deal with it?


Hard routine - eat cold rations, drink water, shit in a poly bag, piss in a plastic drinks bottle. SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for all recce patrols, including OPs & long-term covert ops, including sniper teams.


Crap this off topic, but I want to learn more.

/ontopic Only 40 hours?! Lightweight. :snooty:
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#11  Postby campermon » Jul 18, 2012 8:56 pm

He died of geekness.

Very sad though.

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#12  Postby Weaver » Jul 18, 2012 10:13 pm

Sityl wrote:
Weaver wrote:Yes, that can do it too.


How do snipers deal with it?

Isometric exercise, and movement within the limits of the hide. It's not easy, but few snipers remain on mission for anything like 40 hours - much more likely 4-8 max, then pull back to a support position while someone else is on the rifle.

There are very, very few sniper missions in history which required anyone in the team to be on the rifle for 40 hours, let alone one single person.
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#13  Postby laklak » Jul 18, 2012 10:42 pm

What an idiot, but good for the gene pool.
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#14  Postby byofrcs » Jul 18, 2012 10:48 pm

No respawn back to save point ?

That sucks.
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#15  Postby IAmTheUniverse » Jul 18, 2012 10:51 pm

From my understanding of what I learned of this phenomenon, sitting for long periods of time can cause embolisms to form in the legs, especially in people who are not physically fit like many gamers. The embolisms then dislodge when the person moves, and can become lodged in the pulmonary vein, restricting the flow of blood back into the lungs. This can cause blood pressure to rise and deoxygenation of the blood. One is likely to pass out after a few seconds, and die within a few minutes.
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#16  Postby byofrcs » Jul 18, 2012 11:07 pm

Just like the new Polypill perhaps some kind of Gamersaver pill consisting of caffeine and blood thinners.
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#17  Postby CdesignProponentsist » Jul 18, 2012 11:11 pm

Existing minor cardiovascular problem exasperated by reduced blood pressure from dehydration can easily kill you.
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#18  Postby Weaver » Jul 18, 2012 11:22 pm

byofrcs wrote:No respawn back to save point ?

That sucks.

Sure - but the save point is very, very far back. It will likely take much more than the remaining time in the Universe to reassemble needed components to achieve that gamer's former level.
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#19  Postby felltoearth » Jul 18, 2012 11:27 pm

Would they ever admit in Taiwan that drugs were involved?
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#20  Postby mrjonno » Jul 19, 2012 9:48 pm

I would have thought 40 hours of adrenalin and other stress hormones pumping isnt going to be healthy.
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