Gamer Dies In LAN Cafe, No One Notices

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While thinking about this article, I randomly realized something.

Death is not pretty. When something dies, their bowels let loose. This goes for dogs, cats, people, everything. This guy likely crapped and/or pissed himself once letting go after that heart attack.

That alone makes me surprised that someone didn't notice for 9 hours. How badly did that place have to smell for people not to get a whiff of hardcore crap and piss? How unsanitary was that place? Surely someone noticed a puddle around the chair (unless the guy was wearing a diaper).

Then you go into things like rigger and the other intense smells, which takes a while longer. That's likely when someone noticed something was up (unless the place was closing 9 hours later).

So it's not just "30 people sitting around playing games at a LAN cafe don't notice dead guy". It's far, far worse than that.

Next on 1000 Ways to Die
.hack//Signed Off

As soon as I read the title I though to myself "Must of happen in like South Korea or something". I was correct!

Oh and I guess sucks to be that kid. Its hard to feel sympathetic to someone who died form not performing basic bodily functions were capable of doing it.

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!!!

You are going to Hell.
1) That's was a TERRIBLE pun.
2) Too soon.

It doesn't strike me as anything to do with the others. A guy sitting at a computer isn't doing anything distracting to the others. I used to work at a café, at if someone slept it the back room on their own paid time, I wouldn't bother them.

The above comparison with a homeless guy in the street is good. People will glance and if it looks somewhat natural, then they'll go on.

Dorkmaster Flek:
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.

A well put argument and in my opinion correct.

Did he drop any good loot?

And now I feel bad about that joke. I've been a game all my life and I still don't understand how people can spend more than 2 hours playing a game and not moving a muscle.

Someone stops moving in a pose indicative of gaming while your attention is focused away from them.
Seems really likely no one would notice it to me - and it's certainly different than a car bursting through a wall. I guess the author has never really been focused before.

Sorry to only respond to that bit, but I'm getting *really* sick of the "I'm scared for our species" b.s. that I see all the time here.

Radelaide:

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!!!

You are going to Hell.
1) That's was a TERRIBLE pun.
2) Too soon.

Too soon? I made that joke AT LEAST 9 hours after he died.

I really don't think its fair to compare a car crashing through a store window to someone quietly passing away in the booth next to you. That's something that "jump to conclusioners" would say. Needless to say its morbid, but people have died in all sorts of public places without much notice. I think the real answer here is that in public people tend to keep to themselves as a respect to everyone else's privacy around them. How often do you walk up to strangers and poke them to see if they're still alive? The staff might have been a little neglectful. I mean this IS an extreme case, but its also a gamer lounge, not a public bus. Only thing to learn here, get up and stretch.

Too soon? I made that joke AT LEAST 9 hours after he died.

Haha, this guy.

OT: I never got how people can be on the brink of death while gaming and not notice something is amiss.

Whoops, reread, I assumed it was the typical "dying of exhaustion."

I must confess the title of this post made me laugh uncontrollably for several seconds. It's almost as if it was ripped straight from "America's Finest News Source".

Now, on the one hand I admit, I can actually imagine something like this happening. A preexisting medical condition that causes someone to have an attack while they're sitting down...it's not like he collapsed in the middle of the floor. And when you're at the computer, you don't exactly bounce around in your seat...unless your a 12 year old on a sugar rush...

...but then again, you'd think the staff would notice someone who had been completely motionless, not even shifting in his seat, for NINE HOURS. I mean...wouldn't one of the cafe waitresses at some point gone over and asked if he'd like to order a drink?

ionveau:
A man dies and this sites uses a game as the pic?
ya games are not dangers but garbage like League of legends is since it forces people into grind to achive unlocks witch is just greedy and unethical

Care to elaborate? Or are you just ill informed? League of Legends is a FREE game. You can invest the time to unlock things, or you can throw money at the developers. There is no "forcing". The summoner level system is in place to not only ensure that people are competent at the game before playing against people who have been playing since day one, but also to make getting banned mean something. If you're banned and you roll a new account, you start from scratch and have to earn the right to play ranked again. I believe that's an elegant solution. While it's true that runes cannot be bought for money, I see no issue there. You really don't need them until level 20, and in order to be that level, you will have necessarily earned enough in game cash to easily afford enough for a page or two, as well as several champions.

Radelaide:

You are going to Hell.
1) That's was a TERRIBLE pun.
2) Too soon.

Odds are we all are. Judge not lest ye be judged, etc. Sin is sin as far as the bible is concerned, there are no varying degrees of it. To that end, you will also be going to Hell, as will I for pointing it out. This of course assumes that such a place exists, and is not in fact Detroit. That being said, I don't have a problem with spending eternity with the majority of the past/present/future population of earth, as Christianity is a very minor religion outside of America and Europe, and always has been. Frankly, people like you cause me to lose more faith in humanity (assuming you were serious) than people who don't notice that a guy in a cold room isn't sleeping.
I normally don't bother reacting to religious types.
Looks like you
*puts on sunglasses*
Hell'd me up.

Didn't anyone else think about all those stealth kills from the benches in assassin's creed? Because it sounds like the work of ezio to me.

This article makes me think of two things, and since somebody already posted that quote from Collateral, here's a quote from Mitch Hedberg.

"I was at a casino. I was standing by the door, and a security guard came over and said, 'You gotta move -- you're blocking the fire exit,' as though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run.

If you're flammable and have legs, you're never blocking a fire exit."

Yes, well once a woman went missing and they found her corpse decades later where it had been all along.... In her apartment in front of her tv...I'm not making this up. So yeah, I'm not freaking out over how obsessed gamers are and BTW the staff of the place didn't notice either.

erttheking:
Yes, well once a woman went missing and they found her corpse decades later where it had been all along.... In her apartment in front of her tv...I'm not making this up. So yeah, I'm not freaking out over how obsessed gamers are and BTW the staff of the place didn't notice either.

So, she paid a decade's worth of rent in advance and her landlord never came by to do maintenance/inspections?

Not sure if this was mentioned before but the article says "He was rigid on a chair with his hands stretched out towards the keyboard and mouse", then hypothesizes that he may have died to a "subsequent heart attack". What I want to know is not why the other people didn't notice but why he himself didn't notice that there was something very wrong with his body -.-".

I guess he was just used to.....
*Sunglasses*
Feeling Rong!

But srsly, can't you feel a heart attack coming on? I mean, most people clutch their chest at the very least if they feel it happening don't they?

Enrathi:
"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.

It'd be different however if they went for our legs. Poor cats would die from the fat or starve from the lack thereof!

Koreans playing games wouldn't stop if there was a goddamn war outside.

Bloody hell O_O

I guess...

It was a match to die for.

Knowing the interior of a Chinese wangba (Internet Café) and its frequent customers all too well, and assuming that Taiwan is no different, I am not at all surprised. Nobody is in more dire need of "getting a life" than Chinese (including Taiwan) teenagers and young adults. Alas, society works against them on that part, leading to serious addiction to games.

Honestly, the brain will dismiss what's not obvious unless it's searching for it. The smell of decay? In modern society people are hardly exposed to it; people would've thought something smelled awful and carried on. Motionless guy? Maybe, but were they looking close enough to notice? And remember, it's not like someone sat next to him for the full 9 hours. To others he'd have been 'that guy who was there when I arrived'.

Reminds me of an article I read on some dead swimmers on a beach in Italy. Apparently it was shameful that nobody cared that they were enjoying themselves next to two drowned corpses. Except they'd been placed on the beach and covered with towels; people likely though they were just two people lying on the beach being a bit odd. We think 'that's strange, but whatever' and carry on.

Yes there are terrible incidents where people collapse and die in broad daylight while people watch, but this isn't one of them. There was barely any reason for anybody to check the man closely when he appeared to be doing what everyone else was. And if anyone should have, it was the owners, not random passers-by. I'm just seeing hypocrisy; do any of us check every person they see sitting in a stationary car to be sure that they aren't dead, or every guy on a bench in a busy park? Thought not.

Ernest Cavalli is blowing this very much out of proportion. Has he ever been in an Asian LAN cafe? I doubt he has. I have and I can say that these places get pretty crowded. If you have 100 people in a LAN cafe, all wandering around, smoking, drinking, talking, it's quite clear how someone sitting in such a position could easily be missed. Perhaps Mr. Cavalli is trying to get a job with the tabloids with his overly dramatic and nonsensicle articles.

Also, what does this have to do with 'survival instincts'? Whoever needed to avoid a lion while in a LAN cafe? I don't know where you live but there are very few lions roaming the streets of where I live. The same can be said about ANYTHING. How about I write your next article for you, Ernest; "People have terrible survival instincts while sitting in Starbucks. They could be hit by a meteor at any moment and they would be too engrossed in coffee to notice. This shows how dehumanised people are whilst drinking coffee".

What nonsense. I really hope you don't get paid for these articles.

Some of you have raised issues of smell. He would be unlikely to give off any smell until around the 70 hour mark. At 9 hours he would still retain some body heat (although probably not much).
Quaidis mentioned the defication upon death. While it does indeed happen it doesn't always happen immediately. If he had recently been to the bathroom he also wouldn't have much to pass out of his bowels. Lets not forget the smell of LAN cafes and nerds in general. Strong smell of stale sweat and takeout food. While I am not 100% sure about Taiwan, mainland Chinese cafes usually allow smoking inside, so these places can get pretty smokey, another reason why people wouldn't notice a smell.
This article was written by a knee jerk author who has absolutely no idea what he is talking about.
Great reporting Escapist. How about you hire me to write similarly bullshit articles?

hey, at least we would be prepared for zombie invasion.

Also, a silently dead gamer and a sleeping gamer does not differ that much. they could have though he fell asleep (and that happens) and just left him there thinking rest will do him good. too bad its eternal rest.

Quaidis:
While thinking about this article, I randomly realized something.

Death is not pretty. When something dies, their bowels let loose. This goes for dogs, cats, people, everything. This guy likely crapped and/or pissed himself once letting go after that heart attack.

That alone makes me surprised that someone didn't notice for 9 hours. How badly did that place have to smell for people not to get a whiff of hardcore crap and piss? How unsanitary was that place? Surely someone noticed a puddle around the chair (unless the guy was wearing a diaper).

Then you go into things like rigger and the other intense smells, which takes a while longer. That's likely when someone noticed something was up (unless the place was closing 9 hours later).

So it's not just "30 people sitting around playing games at a LAN cafe don't notice dead guy". It's far, far worse than that.

Well for one the bowels dont let loose instantly. it takes several hours for it to take full effect sometimes. and if hes in a sitting position its possible it didnt go very far to begin with. also this is taiwan. its not "30 people sitting arund play games". its 300 people msot of which are constantly walking around, drinking, eating smoking. you woudl ahve a hard time geting around in that palce due to concentration of people. a person sitting in front of computers with his hands on keyboard and mouse moving or not would not be very noticable. unless his time was up that is.

Endocrom:

erttheking:
Yes, well once a woman went missing and they found her corpse decades later where it had been all along.... In her apartment in front of her tv...I'm not making this up. So yeah, I'm not freaking out over how obsessed gamers are and BTW the staff of the place didn't notice either.

So, she paid a decade's worth of rent in advance and her landlord never came by to do maintenance/inspections?

I'm not certain about that, but check it out
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/2008/05/16/woman-sat-dead-in-front-of-tv-for-42-years-86908-20419070/

Ziadaine:
Bloody hell O_O

I guess...

It was a match to die for.

Nah. As any LOL player will tell you, he must've been waiting for a match. >.>

what made them notice? the smell?
or that the screensaver was playing?

I'm afraid I'm going to have to join the 'to be fair' chorus. The article makes it sound like he died in the 'gaming position'. Even if there was some 'noise' it could have easily been dismissed as someone 'getting their game on' (c'mon, YOU'VE never made noise while you were frustrated?).

Also people had no real reason to notice him. He wasn't with anybody, the whole point of the cafe is to be transfixed on the screen (i.e. not interacting with the people around you), and likely no one person sat near this guy for the entirety of the 9 hours (would it really be so odd to sit next to someone, finish, and they still be sitting there when you go to leave?)

Had this guy collapsed in a store, where everyone is expected to be standing and moving about, I could understand. But he was slumped in the gaming position at a LAN cafe, what reason would you have to give him a second glance? The only quandary I have is why no one on the staff noticed him for 9 hours, I can understand that their customers are probably not interested in being bothered at regular intervals, but 9 hours is a really long time.

This happened in China?

Don't be surprised. Fucking 2-year-olds get run over in the streets and no one calls the ambulance. You wanna know why? If you're minding your own business then find a corpse and call the cops, YOU get charged with the murder.

GZGoten:
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

What does that have anything to do with whats happening here? And please state your source, where are you getting that story from?

I was thinking the same things. It says that nobody noticed but how easy was if for the people to see other players in there? I think there may be other factors that contributed to this, I doubt it's just as simple as 'no one noticed'

I must admit that people's reaction to this is quite frankly horrible.

That being said, the dude was hardly sensible allowing himself to put himself at risk, especially if he knew he had a heart problem and does highlight how much some people sink themselves into a game.

Must admit though that the original post is very well written and does highlight how serious some people take gaming.

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