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Thursday, October 6, 2005

Game Addiction

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2005 at 9:08 AM

I'm working on a story about video gaming, and I came across this AP story this morning on the Drudge Report. It talks about video game addiction in South Korea, the world's most connected country — 70% of South Koreans have broadband access.

Says the AP: The habit has even been deadly: In August, a28-year-old man died after nearly 50 straight hours of playing onlinecomputer games. The man, whom police refused to identify by name, wasmoved to a hospital after he collapsed while gaming and died threehours later.

And that's actually the 2nd guy who's died from video gaming in S. Korea. And check this out:

Computer games can also be a path to bigrewards. Three cable channels are devoted to broadcasting game matchesand a total of 4.5 billion won ($4.4 million) is given out as prizemoney in competitions each year.

Even the government is embracing electronic sports, or "E-sports,"funding construction of the world's first e-sports stadium, to becompleted by 2008, where online competitions will be displayed on hugescreens.

Yeah, Algebars is nice, but it's no e-sports stadium.

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Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer is a former staff writer and currently an associate publisher at Seven Days, and is one of the organizers of the Vermont Tech Jam. She's also the Copublisher and Executive Editor of Kids VT, Seven Days' free monthly parenting publication.

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