Video Gaming Kills Korean Student, Article Doesn’t Say

The Korea Times is reporting today that a college student identified only as “Moon” died after having spent more than 12 hours at a local PC Bang. It seems he mysteriously fainted, and later died after being rushed to a hospital (warning: Bad translation):

On Monday afternoon in a PC bang in the southeastern city of Ulsan, the collegian, only identified as Moon, suddenly fell to the ground and was rushed to a hospital but he was declared dead upon arrival, police said.

The 19-year-old collegian went to the PC bang at around 2 a.m., stopped by his home briefly at 10:30 a.m., to eat, and returned to the PC bang.

His families and friends told the police that he habitually played the online shooting game.

The article doesn’t actually say which online shooting game it is, but if his college experience was anything like mine, I’m betting it was Perfect Dark. Kidding, kidding. But seriously, if it is, actually, a shooter and not Prius, then my money is on either Call of Duty, or something like Battle Territory. We’ll be keeping our eyes out for more word on what, precisely, is going to be blamed for killing this poor kid.

And yes, we do say ‘blamed’, because while I’m no doctor and I certainly don’t live in Korea, I’m pretty sure that this poor guy didn’t die from gaming. 50 bucks, right now, says there’s a preexisting condition that was likely triggered by sleep deprivation. You’d think, since the compared to, say, alcohol, drugs, or living on top of American Oil, the amount of people who die from gaming related activities is hilariously low that people will keep their heads on straight. But no, video games are apparently a uniquely addictive, uniquely threatening pastime. At least in Korea, where stories about people being utterly ruined by their inability to control their gaming are epidemic. So what do I know?

Well, I know this: PC Bangs sound awesome:

the computer hardware used by PC bangs may be more powerful than the systems available in the players’ homes. Most PC bangs allow players to eat, drink and smoke (often with separate smoking and non-smoking sections) while they play. It is common for PC bangs to sell ramen noodles, canned coffee, soft drinks, and other snacks.

I don’t know about you, but my next vacation is in Seoul. Also, isn’t it funny how whenever old people don’t understand something, it becomes public enemy #1. This is either an argument in favor of free Wiis for everyone, or for keeping people over 50 from ever glancing at a TV screen. I can’t decide which, but say what you will about Americans, we might be ridiculous, but at least when we freak out about the Terrible Threat Of Gaming, we remember that sex sells.

In the meantime, while you’ve got Korea on your brain, why not revisit our E3 coverage of the upcoming FPS Homefront.

Via Hot Blooded Gaming.

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4 Comments on Video Gaming Kills Korean Student, Article Doesn’t Say


On December 31, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I’ve decided to read only a little of this article and say it’s crap. If anyone dies from a hand gun parents blame it on the video games. Why don’t they blame NERF, I mean come on that actually makes your kids believe that its okay to shoot each other with real plastic toys with actual projectiles. So stop blaming games mom’s and dad’s its the damn NERF guns you give them.


On December 31, 2010 at 9:04 pm

or maybe they shot the kid with a NERF dart and it killed him I don’t know but obviously they blame the games.

Ross Lincoln

On December 31, 2010 at 9:04 pm

My point exactly. But inevitably this is going to be blown up into a nonsense scandal. I spent Christmas day fielding questions from relatives concerned about “video game addiction”, vainly trying to explain how the actual number of real addicts – drugs, gambling, booze – dwarf the so-called vg addicts by a factor of like a billion. SIGH.


On January 2, 2011 at 2:49 am

One thing we haven’t beat Koreans on yet. Fainting and dieing over a game of starcraft. We’re loosing America. We’re supposed to be fat and obese yet no one is getting headlined in any papers about dieing over a computer yet. :(

Keep my fingers crossed for MMO players beating Korea in the future with dieing in front of a computer screen. :)