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August 09, 2005

Man Dies After 50 Hour Video Game Marathon

Pretty high price to pay for that "You Are Ultimate Winner!" screen at the end of Japanese video games.

failure minutes after finishing his mammoth session in an Internet cafe, authorities said Tuesday.

The 28-year-old man, identified only by his family name Lee, had been playing on-line battle simulation games at the cybercafe in the southeastern city of Taegu, police said.

Lee had planted himself in front of a computer monitor to play on-line games on Aug. 3. He only left the spot over the next three days to go to the toilet and take brief naps on a makeshift bed, they said.

"We presume the cause of death was heart failure stemming from exhaustion," a Taegu provincial police official said by telephone.

Lee had recently quit his job to spend more time playing games, the daily JoongAng Ilbo reported after interviewing former work colleagues and staff at the Internet cafe.

NAKED COMPROMISING-POSITION CAR CRASH GUY: Hey.

VIDEO GAME GUY: Hey. So... how'd you end up here?

NCPCCG: I was driving my car at sixty miles an hour getting a wettie from a high-priced call-girl. You?

VGG: I, uh, unlocked the special secret Combat Arena level and I got the Silver Key to the wizard's fortress. Then I, uh, had a heart attack.

NCPCCG: I... see...

VGG: It's not as dorky as it sounds. See, I used the Red Amulet to open the doors to the Black Mage's Lair and then I killed a fire-breathing ogre.

NCPCCG: ...

VGG: And I was totally maximally levelled-up when I went.

NCPCCG: ...

VGG (sighing): I think I've made a terrible mistake. You think they'll have call-girls in heaven?

NCPCCG: I find that doubtful in the extreme.

Thanks to VonKreedon.



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