BEIJING (Reuters) - An obese 26-year-old man in northeastern China died after a "marathon" online gaming session over the Lunar New Year holiday, state media said on Wednesday.
The 150-kg (330-lb) man from Jinzhou, in Liaoning province, collapsed on Saturday, the last day of the holiday, after spending "almost all" of the seven-day break playing online games, the China Daily said, citing his parents.
Xu Yan, a local teacher, said the "dull life" during the holiday prompted many people to turn to computer games for entertainment.
"There are only two options. TV or computer. What else can I do in the holiday as all markets, KTV and cafeterias are shut down?" the paper quoted Xu as saying.
China has seen an alarming rise in the number of teenage and young adult Internet addicts in recent years, despite attempts to restrict minors from cybercafes and limit online game playing times.
About 2.6 million -- or 13 percent -- of China's 20 million Internet users under 18 are classed as addicts, state media have reported.
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So I figured this story may be useful fodder for some brief "D&D" for us PA types (see what I did there with the "D&D" *wink,wink*).
Basically I pose the following question to you all: Should we blame this guy's death on him being dangerously overweight or him spending too many hours in front of his computer screen whilst clicking his mouse and typing on his keyboard?
We seem to have this type of story pop up once a month or so, I found this one to be very "shoot from the hip"ish in that it doesn't go into very great detail, doesn't seem very balanced and is clearly just written this way to get attention thanks to the debate that video games are destroying young peoples lives (being a fat fuck that never exercises or maintains a healthy diet clearly isn't as important,or eye catching, as the seven days of video games).
Sadly the article does not mention if he was overweight due to the video games or he was playing the video games because he was overweight.
Which came first? The fat or the video game?