Man Suffers Brain Hemorrhage After Three-Day Gaming Marathon

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A young man in China's Hunan province was sent to the hospital last week in what looked like another case of a sudden death in an internet cafe. Luckily, the man is still alive.

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According to a report by Voice of China, 26 year-old Xiao Qiang collapsed at his seat in the internet cafe after a three-day gaming session. That's right, three days and three nights spent playing games at an internet cafe.

Xiao Qiang was reportedly rushed to the nearby Hunan Brain Hospital in Changsha. There, doctors declared that Xiao Qiang had suffered a brain hemorrhage.

Voice of China reports that Xiao Qiang is an average office worker and online gamer. According to VoC, the man, who enjoys eating fried chicken and drinking carbonated drinks, weighs in at around 100 kilograms—a possible risk factor, according to the doctors at the hospital.

Xiao Qiang now suffers from partial paralysis. Resident supervising doctor Xiong Zhiwei says that he can recover most motor function, but will have impaired speech and some mental difficulties.

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26岁小伙打游戏激战三天三夜 突发脑出血成偏瘫 [Voice of China via People's Daily]

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DISCUSSION

I don't know if it's international media bias or really a cultural thing, but I still can't understand how these chinese players (I've read at least 3 similar other cases in the past few years) can play for this long without rest.

And really, I'm no slouch at it. There have been some years in my life I spent up to 8hrs playing Counter Strike: Source straight, and if we're out of games I spent similar hours moderating social media channels, reading stuff, commenting, etc.

But I don't think it was ever a straight in one sitting thing (literal). Like I'd always get up to do something, even if it was a simple bathroom break, eat something, take a call, whatever.

Perhaps this is only possible for extreme MMORPGs gamers and games with continuous online non-stop playing? I kinda consciously kept my distance from those, out of fear of addiction and knowing myself well enough - for me, it could be like a path of no return... :P