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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

Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired as a staff writer in 2005, she became the publication's first online editor in 2007.


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