A staff member at a New Taipei City Internet cafe walked over to Chen Jung-yu’s station on Wednesday evening to tell the 23-year-old cable company engineer that his 23-hour gaming pass had expired.
Instead staff found the Taiwanese man’s lifeless body sitting rigidly upright, his stretched arms reaching for the computer. His death had apparently gone unnoticed by patrons and staff for 10 hours.
It’s like the gamer version of the Kitty Genovese neighbor myth.
Photo: Cheng Shu-ting, Taipei Times
Chen was described a regular at the cafe and had been playing “League of Legends” when he died.
According to the Taipei Times, “police said yesterday they were shocked to find complete disinterest from the other gamers in the cafe during their investigation.” To the surprise of the responding officers on the scene, “most either stayed in front of their computers and kept on gaming or took little interest.”
Clearly the officers had never seen the “Make Love, Not Warcraft” episode of South Park.
Chen’s family said he had been “treated for a heart problem in September of last year,” according to Sky News. At this time police are investigating the cause of the death, but they suspect blood clots and/or a heart attack from a combination of body fatigue, cold weather and sitting in one position.
There’s a bizarrely enticing close-up photo of Chen’s corpse sitting in the chair, but we didn’t feel right posting it on this page. Click here or Page 2 below for that photo…
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