Gamer Dies In LAN Cafe, No One Notices

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Gamer Dies In LAN Cafe, No One Notices

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The body of 23-year-old Chen Rong-yu sat in a crowded Taipei gaming center for nine hours before anyone noticed that something was amiss.

To misappropriate a meme, online gaming is serious business. How serious? Apparently serious enough that people will continue clicking away despite the presence of a decaying corpse only feet from their keyboards.

Sky News reports:

The body of Chen Rong-yu, 23, was found slumped in a chair at a cafe in New Taipei city on Tuesday night, according to local reports.

He was rigid on a chair with his hands stretched out towards the keyboard and mouse, police said.

He had been playing League of Legends.

Mr Chen's body had apparently been sitting there for up to nine hours without any of the 30 other people in the cafe noticing.

He was last seen by a waitress talking on the phone around noon on Wednesday.

Though the investigation is ongoing, local authorities believe that Mr. Rong-yu passed away due to a pre-existing heart condition and the low temperatures of his surroundings. These two factors, along with Mr. Rong-yu's lack of movement while playing and fatigue, may have created a blood clot, and subsequent heart attack.

While most would use this opportunity to warn gamers against the dangers of remaining stationary for extended periods of time, I think the real crux of this issue is that dozens of people failed to notice a deceased person in their midst for hours. Yeah, I get that clicking on your dudes is important, but man, where's the spatial awareness people? Would any of these gamers have batted an eye if a fire broke out? Would they have moved aside if a car crashed through the wall?

I'm not going to jump on the "videogames are dangerously addictive" bandwagon, but I'm suddenly a bit worried about our species. There are completely immobile thorn bushes in Kenya that have better survival instincts than LAN gamers. In the event of a puma attack, we're little more than squishy meat sacks, but at least previous generations would have thrown something heavy at the snarling beast. Now I wonder if we'd even grumble as our arms are torn off by oversized feline claws.

Source: Sky News, via Kotaku

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I couldn't help but laugh. This is genuinely funny because i can imagine the community screaming "omg gtfo noob he dun fukin no how to moov".

Are you kidding?

Whos going to get up and risk reducing their APM rating?

And inb4 - No death does not excuse your miserable gameplay. Get better nOOb

EDIT: DAMMIT!!!! NINJA'D

"Now I wonder if we'd even grumble as our arms are torn off by oversized feline claws."

Of course we would, we wouldn't be able to click anything then.

Actually, I have to wonder about any major urban environment causing this kind of desensitization to your surroundings. Does anybody notice if a homeless person dies on the street? No, they just think they're sleeping and walk right on by. Granted, this is more extreme, but the idea is the same. It's background noise. You're not paying attention to it, so you've tuned it out.

Few things can mask the smell of decomposition, but gaming geeks prevail yet again! :D

It's not uncommon for folk to sleep at some of these cafes, silly submitter. That said, nine hours is quite a long time for no one to notice the "sleeping dude" isn't breathing.

Man Asia countries don't stop gaming for shit do they? There's been more than a few cases of someone dieing in a web cafe and no one noticing.

only in Asia .....

nice to see all the laws they have to stop this kinda thing aren't working.

Nine hours is a lot, but there's many things contributing to the "not noticing":
- Were the computers isolated? That is, one can only see someone by actively looking at the person.
- How was the body positioned? The description the article gives makes it look like the body was in a believable position.
- Did anyone care about this person?

Maybe people did look at the dead body, but all they saw was a person sitting in front of a computer using it. And nobody cares about a random stranger to check if he's actually playing...

Earnest Cavalli:

While most would use this opportunity to warn gamers against the dangers of remaining stationary for extended periods of time, I think the real crux of this issue is that dozens of people failed to notice a deceased person in their midst for hours. Yeah, I get that clicking on your dudes is important, but man, where's the spatial awareness people? Would any of these gamers have batted an eye if a fire broke out? Would they have moved aside if a car crashed through the wall?

Well, those things tend to be slightly more noticeable than a man sitting at a desk.

(Skims previous replies, notices several belittling lack of empathy from Asians)
Balls to that. What do I care what's happening to other people in an internet café? These people aren't me, and unless I'm scamming them and they intend to have at me with a potentially-fatal instrument, why should I pay them the slightest heed?

Earnest Cavalli:
The body of 23-year-old Chen Rong-yu sat in a crowded Taipei gaming center for nine hours before anyone noticed that something was amiss.

Looks like he was in the wrong place...
*sunglasses*
at the Rong time.

YYYYYEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!

'When one plays with death at the tips of his fingers, it might snatch from him those that he loves'

Or something. I don't know.

This is probably why you're told to take regular 15-minutes breaks every hour or so.

Well it depends, in asia the computer labs are partitioned and many computer players sleep in the chair. So if he was face down on a key board in a partition no one would really care. Also if they were al wearing headphones and focused who knows.

Micalas:

Earnest Cavalli:
The body of 23-year-old Chen Rong-yu sat in a crowded Taipei gaming center for nine hours before anyone noticed that something was amiss.

Looks like he was in the wrong place...
*sunglasses*
at the Rong time.

YYYYYEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!

Oh shit I feel bad for laughing at that.
Dammit man don't do that.

Man this is just like dieing while having sex!

but to be honest, its always sad when someone dies. But those "internet cafes" tend to have rather isolated littele cubibiles and sleeping there (breaking down after a night of gaming) isn't something out of the ordinary.

But man, in every "sport" or activity people die, this was just a coincidence is my guess.

balberoy:
Man this is just like dieing while having sex!

I know the post-orgasm come-down is called the 'little death', but that's taking it a bit too far.

At least he died a happy man I guess, creepy though how this kind of thing is normal now.

What I find hypocritical is that the article pays very little attention to the deceased, but bemoans the fact that other people paid no attention to the deceased.

That's sad for his family and friends. Hopefully for those who need closure, an answer can be found. I'd imagine that at least the act of dying was relatively painless since he didn't cry out or spasm.

To the meat of the article: is the moral, then, that I should poke anyone taking a nap in a cafe? Just to be sure?

Also, this was an internet cafe, where everyone is predominantly motionless aside from their fingers. They attributed low movement as a contributing factor to cause of death, didn't they?

A smell wouldn't develop until after about 24 hours, unless it was particularly hot or humid; but the article says the cold may have been a factor in his death.

Anyway, a sad affair all around.

and this surprises you? from a country where a baby gets hit multiple times by passing cars at plain day and nobody wanted to stop cause they would be held responsible for funeral charges, this is nothing

This reminds me of a quote from one of my favourite movies:

Collateral:

Max: First time in L.A.?

Vincent: No. Tell you the truth, whenever I'm here I can't wait to leave. It's too sprawled out, disconnected. You know? That's me. You like it?

Max: It's my home.

Vincent: 17 million people. This is got to be the fifth biggest economy in the world and nobody knows each other. I read about this guy who gets on the MTA here, dies.

Max: Oh.

Vincent: Six hours he's riding the subway before anybody notices his corpse doing laps around L.A., people on and off sitting next to him. Nobody notices.

No one really notices the world around them anymore.

To be fair, a lot of gamers totally look dead while gaming.

But yeah, this is a bit messed. I can see one hour of not noticing, but NINE? Some waitresses worked their WHOLE SHIFT WHILE HE WAS DEAD and they didn't notice that he wasn't... you know... PLAYING?

Could have been a rage stroke brought on by kill stealing.

I have been in a few LAN cafes, not all make the wise investment of air fresheners. The combined reek of mountain dew, various energy drinks and body odour can overpower that of death.

You saw it here first people, League of Legends kills

Versuvius:
I couldn't help but laugh. This is genuinely funny because i can imagine the community screaming "omg gtfo noob he dun fukin no how to moov".

"Dood are u fuckin dead or something?"

No, seriously. This is a tragedy, though I could not help but laugh. And if I died EXACTLY like that, I could only hope that the world could find it in themselves to laugh at me.

I'll drink a tasty beverage and play some league in his memory. Didn't know the guy but he damn well deserves the respect.

I need to stop reading these articles. The comments you guys leave behind make me laugh and then I feel like a terrible person

Must...not make...map ..awareness..joke..

You'd at least think the waitress would have noticed!

But then if you ever watch someone playing a video game, unless they are raging they usually look dead anyway.

And another one added to the list of death by gaming.
When will some people learn about self control and simply enough it enough?

Earnest Cavalli:
where's the spatial awareness people?

It's nonexistant. And it is not just a gaming thing, it's a general thing of beeing in public.

I was once attacked by three dudes on an open area full of people during daytime. No one cared (good for me that I know enough martial arts to defend myself properly). There are videos of a old man who collaps in the middle of a street. No one cares. People are afraid to get in trouble if they start paying attention to their surroundings.

lacktheknack:
To be fair, a lot of gamers totally look dead while gaming.

But yeah, this is a bit messed. I can see one hour of not noticing, but NINE? Some waitresses worked their WHOLE SHIFT WHILE HE WAS DEAD and they didn't notice that he wasn't... you know... PLAYING?

Yup, that's what I was thinking.

"Hey, what's up with him?"

"Oh, he's just in the zone."

Extreme gaming has spawned some bizarre deaths alright.

I feel bad, but i think he was probably reported for being AFK during a game.

Not sure if this should be considered a tragedy or a facepalm fest.

But nevertheless, condolences to whoever the man's family and friends are, and hopefully people in that cafe will be a little more attentive to what's going on to whom in the future, 'ey..

Micalas:

Earnest Cavalli:
The body of 23-year-old Chen Rong-yu sat in a crowded Taipei gaming center for nine hours before anyone noticed that something was amiss.

Looks like he was in the wrong place...
*sunglasses*
at the Rong time.

YYYYYEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!

Shit! Beat me to it.

That was essentially the first thing that came to mind... that and "How did it take 9 hours for anyone to notice something was Rong?".

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