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Death by video game in Taiwan is becoming less of a rarity and more of a trend after the second case so far.
On July 15, an attendant at a cyber cafe in the country found an 18-year-old gamer, last name Chuang, passed out in a room he had rented to play the PC hack ‘n slash title Diablo III. Chuang was woken but collapsed when he tried to walk, and died shortly after being taken to a hospital. The cafe informed authorities that Chuang had been playing the game for about 40 hours straight.
If you were two guess two things in every teenage boy’s bedroom it would be porn and video games, but do they have anything else in common?
They are “arousal addictions,” where the attraction is in the novelty, the variety or the surprise factor of the content. Sameness is soon habituated; newness heightens excitement. In traditional drug arousal, conversely, addicts want more of the same cocaine or heroin or favorite food.