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A Taiwanese gamer sat dead in a chair at an Internet cafe for up to nine hours before fellow players noticed the poor guy had popped his clogs. Chen Rong-yu, 23, was discovered lifeless by his computer on Thursday night, his rigid hands stretched towards the keyboard and mouse, Sky News reports. The unfortunate gamer had been …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How insensitive!

    How insensitive to the living-impaired community! Dead is a hate word - they prefer "living impaired", or "alternately metabolizing", or "differently entropicly enabled".

    1. Graham Dawson Silver badge

      All right, Reg, back to the Fresh Start Club...

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      not dead

      Just pinin' for the fjords

    3. ElReg!comments!Pierre

      He's not dead

      he's resting

    4. Uncle Slacky

      Respirationally challenged... the correct PC term.

    5. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I personally like...

      ... people to refer to me as Metabolically Challenged.

      But I'm not dead, just very sleeeeeeepppppjgpo;/dbr/hxz/ uh hgghhg/.kuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    6. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Zomg it descriminates against vampires!!!1!

      Edward 4 EVAR!!!!

  2. perlcat

    Join the United Appeal for the dead!!

  3. The Man Who Fell To Earth Silver badge

    The most important question is:

    Did he win?

  4. Anonymous Coward

    Must've been an exciting game…

    … he clearly died of boredom.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      He was playing WoW....

  5. Keep Refrigerated

    He used to be alive like you once...

    but then he took an arrow to the... oh, forget it.

  6. Tom Maddox Silver badge

    On the plus side, he was complimented by the other players in his game for the sudden improvement in his manners and demeanor!

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    ... he just has to run his ghost back to the nearest graveyard and click on the spirit healer.

  8. Richard Pennington 1

    And nobody noticed

    ... his screen saver kicking in

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Wow, just WOW !

    Death by stupidity... Damn kids.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      re: Wow, just WOW

      I see what you did there, but it was LOL.

  10. Bjorg

    23 years old and he couldn't just go for a jog. And all of his buddies didn't notice? Was this a WOW gold farming operation? I had days in high school when I would play games with my friends, but we were never so engrossed in our games that we wouldn't notice that someone DIED.

    1. Naughtyhorse

      Hard to prove...

      if you did, you wouldnt know.

      unless of course someone did die and you did notice, in which case apologies and deepest sympathies

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Actually sounds like it happened on a regular basis!

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Sky News reports."

    Oh, it must be true then.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A dreadful thing to happen, and the relatives must feel they are in a very bleak place at the moment - but I am afraid that your sub-heading (Stiff competition) caused tears of laughter to roll down my face. Naughty step for whoever wrote it, but take a tub of ice-cream (or crate of beer) with you.

  13. Shadowmanx2009


    The phrase is not 'dead' but "Vitality Challenged"!

  14. heyrick Silver badge

    Was this the bloke in Korea?

    Didn't that happen in, like, 2002, and kept getting dug up as "a new story" every couple of years?

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    the fellow gamers didn't notice him, the waitress did. Any way, I had an idea that I did post somewhere else, here it is plus a bit of an enchantment.

    How about making a pedaling device and leaving it under the table. The gamer will have to pedal for few minutes every hour otherwise his screen brightness will lower until the screen becomes too dark for any kind of work. The gamer won't have to leave his/her chair, they just need to pedal for a bit to get their legs moving.

    The basic rule of the device is: it works in reverse of how the screensaver works. While the screensaver will kick-in if you don't touch the mouse or keyboard for certain period. This device will kick-in if you do _not_ _stop_ using the keyboard or mouse for after a certain period and for a given period (5 minutes every hour?). If you don't want to screen to dim and you don't want to stop playing.... then start pedaling.

    The idea can be implemented by software alone, but in that case the gamer will have to leave the game for 5 minutes every hour (can't touch the keyboard or mouse during that time).

    How about the above, will it actual help gamers a bit? I know that it would be better if the gamer stood-up and walked, but this could be the next best thing!

    1. Andus McCoatover

      Neat idea!

      Apply to an awful lot of office/IT jobs too, methinks. Remember when I was 'desk-bound' for hours (time just flies) and stood up to go to the toilet, sometimes it was just damn difficult to walk for several seconds.

    2. Local Group
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      @AC. Not a very original idea.

      They used to chain slaves to the large oars which propelled the galleys of olden days. When the oar stopped moving, the chief whipper figured the slave was dead, tossed his body overboard and chained a new slave to the oar.

      There is prior art here and your idea merely knocks it off.

      1. perlcat
        Black Helicopters

        @ Local Group

        Shhhh. Don't want management to see this and get ideas.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't worry...

    He'll respawn.

  17. DanceMan
    Thumb Up

    Sub-header of the month!

    as title

  18. Winkypop Silver badge

    It's just a machine running a game

    Get up

    Go outside

    Take a walk, climb a tree, ride a bike....

  19. Mr Young

    He's not dead.

    He's in the machine now!

  20. ElNumbre

    He's Dead Jim...

    Hi died,

    and was probably still more successful at on-line gaming campaigns than I will ever be.

    1. ElNumbre

      *he died

      Also, he was probably better at English too.

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  22. Local Group

    To pop your clogs or not to pop your clogs etc.

    King Claudius

    Hamlet, where is Chen Rong-yu?


    In heaven; send hither to see: if your messenger

    find him not there,

    seek him i' the other place

    yourself. But indeed, if you find him not within

    the next nine hours, you shall nose him

    as you go to get cream and sugar.

  23. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Story appropriately filed under 'Hardware'

    He's left meat-space and gone to stiff-space

  24. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Anyone see the rigor shape?

    My wife (chinese) showed me the chinese news version - with police prying the dead guy from chair and keyboard - his fingers set into a keyboard/mouse operating claw. While clearly macabre, there was something hilarious about the guy set into a gaming pose...

  25. Lamont Cranston

    "discovered lifeless by his computer"?

    Mine never bothers to check on my condition.

  26. Local Group

    The unfortunate gamer had been bashing away at the popular League of Legends

    When, lo and behold, he became a legend-in-waiting. God Speed, Chen Rong! Come ye back to the Mandalay Coffee and Expresso Shop. Free WiFi.

    "At last he rose, and switched his monitor blue:

    Tomorrow to fresh cafes, and baristas new."

  27. JasonB

    did none of the healers i his party try to ress him?

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    not dead, just stoned.

    beware the ancient magic from the matrix.

  29. Robert E A Harvey


    No save point to restore from?

  30. geekclick

    Dammit Jim..

    I'm a mage not a healer!

  31. Shane8



    Thats one farmer they'll have to replace

    Not supposed to be here in the first place


  32. Nick Woodruffe


    I wonder if he started to smell?

  33. Neil Stansbury

    He's not dead..

    He's camping...

  34. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Oh the smell? Yeah well gamers often smell like that,

    Ducks, runs.

  35. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Is one allowed to say; LoL?

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