Posted by: Bruce Einhorn on September 18, 2007
According to both AP and Reuters, the Beijing News is reporting that a 30-year-old Chinese man collapsed and died over the weekend after playing online games non-stop for three days. The story doesn’t mention the man’s name. No mention, too, of the name of the cybercafé. And there’s no information about the games that this man found so gripping.
Maybe this really happened and we’re just talking about sloppy reporting by the Beijing News reporter. But the Chinese government has been on the warpath against the perils of online gaming – which the country’s Communist leaders no doubt believe puts their youth on the slippery slope toward looking at online porn, not to mention banned groups like advocates of Falun Gong or democracy. The government in July unveiled a new policy requiring online game operators to force cybercafé gamers to register with their ID card numbers, making it easier for the state to keep tabs on what users are doing. And, as the AP reported then, “[a]fter three hours, players under 18 are prompted to stop and “do suitable physical exercise.” Now, conveniently, an unnamed someone dies playing online games, further demonstrating how evil they can be. Sound suspicious to you?