It was reported that Ong Yee Haw, 23, who was addicted to computer games, died of a heart attack at his home in Bandar Baru Air Hitam, Penang, after apparently playing continuously for over 15 hours at a cybercafe nearby.

On Dec 27 last year, 35-year-old broker Liu Peng Han was found dead inside his home, supposedly after playing video games, with a video game console in front of him.


hursday November 7, 2013 MYT 6:49:30 AM

Marathon gamers lured by low rates

Game on: A cybercafe in Selangor. Some outlets shut their front doors at night but keep a backdoor open for all-night gaming.

Game on: A cybercafe in Selangor. Some outlets shut their front doors at night but keep a backdoor open for all-night gaming.

PETALING JAYA: Faced with much competition, cybercafes are offering special rates to lure gamers, allowing them to stay glued to the computer for marathon sessions.

A random check by The Star found the special rates ranging from RM1 per hour to RM10 for 12 hours.

One cybercafe in Seri Kembangan is offering RM2 for every hour and RM10 for a 12-hour gaming session to keep their customers glued to their seats.

Another popular cybercafe in Damansara offers two packages – RM6 for three hours and RM10 for six hours – while it charges RM2.50 per hour for normal users.

In Subang Jaya, a cybercafe offering a flat rate of RM2 per hour has managed to attract gamers via a RM50 monthly membership subscription, which would see them charged at only RM1 per hour.

A former gamer said that while cybercafes were supposed to close at midnight, many were operating throughout the night.

Marathon gamers lured by low rates

DEATH IS RARE BUT IT HAPPENS. You don’t want it to happen to you or your child!

There are also other consequences of excessive online gaming.

1 The man who repaired motorcycles at our housing area had a good business. He opened at 9.30am and worked till the last client left, maybe at 9.30pm. It was hard work over long hours. The money was good. He didn’t work on Sunday.

Someone introduced him to online gaming.

He was so caught up in it that he played right through the night, till the wee hours of the morning, after which he went to bed. There came a time when he was fast asleep while clients waited outside his repair shop. Eventually, nobody bothered to go to him any longer. You didn’t know when he opened for business, so why bother?

He closed shop, and went to some other place.

2 A student spent Friday night till Monday morning at his PC, playing an online game. He ate little and slept little. It was told to me that he would fall asleep over his PC, wake up, go to the toilet, and return to his game.

His parents were away for those few days, so he did what he wanted.

On Monday morning, as usual, he went to school by school bus. As soon as he got into the class room, he fell asleep. The teacher shouted at him, woke him up, and made him stand on his chair.

To the shock of everyone, he fell asleep while on the chair, and suddenly fell face first! Right onto the desk! That fall, together with the pain, woke him up for good. He lost his two front teeth.

He has dentures (false teeth) as his two front teeth today. I know. He showed me.

He died from exhaustion!





Tuesday November 5, 2013 MYT 4:52:45 PM

Youth found dead, presumably after marathon computer gaming session

GEORGE TOWN: A youth, believed to have played computer games continuously for more than 15 hours, was found dead bent over the device in his room in Bandar Baru Air Itam on Monday.

Ong Yee Haw, 23, had left the house to go to an Internet cafe on Sunday evening, and only got back home at about 1pm the next day.

It is believed he returned home and continued using his computer, where he was found by his uncle who went to check on him at about 4pm.

Ong’s heart-broken mother, Chew Qun Juan, 62, said her only son had been addicted to computer games ever since he stopped working at a restaurant five months ago after he was involved in a motorcycle accident.

“He injured his right hand and stopped working then.

Youth found dead, presumably after marathon computer gaming session

BBC News Asia Pacific

Chinese online gamer dies after three-day session

A Chinese man has died after a three-day online gaming session in which he did not sleep and barely ate, reports say.

The man reportedly lost consciousness at an internet cafe on the outskirts of the Chinese capital, Beijing.

He was rushed to a clinic but could not be revived, the Beijing Times said.

The 30-year-old man, who was not identified, was said to have spent more than 10,000 yuan ($1,500; £928) on gaming in the month before his death.

Similar deaths have occurred in other nations. In 2005 a 28-year-old man died in South Korea after playing online games for 50 hours without a break.


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