Houston Community News >> Chinese Man Dies from 3-Day Gaming Binge

9/17/2007 BEIJING (AP) -- An Internet gaming addiction may have claimed a man's life.

A Chinese newspaper says a 30-year-old man apparently died of exhaustion after a three-day gaming binge.

The Beijing News says he collapsed at a cybercafe in southern China after playing games online for three days. Paramedics couldn't revive him.

The newspaper didn't say what he was playing.

It says about 100 other Web surfers "left the cafe in fear after witnessing the man's death."

China is one of the world's biggest markets for online games, with tens of millions of players. Many of them are children and teenagers who play online games or surf the Web for days at a time.

Several cities have clinics to treat what psychiatrists have dubbed "Internet addiction."

Contributed by AP