Game over: Chinese youth paralysed after 20-hour marathon gaming binge

The man entered the café in the evening of January 27 and kept playing without a break till afternoon the next day. He found he could not move his legs only when he tried to get up from his chair to go to the toilet.

world Updated: Feb 02, 2018 14:22 IST
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Paramedics lift the man and secure him to a stretcher(Screengrab/Youtube)

A Chinese gamer has lost sensation from his waist down after playing games for 20 hours at a cyber café in Zhejiang province, reports have said.

Witnesses said the man entered the café in the evening of January 27 and kept playing without a break till afternoon the next day. He found he could not move his legs only when he tried to get up from his chair to go to the toilet.

“It seems he had lost sensation completely and couldn’t move at all. We had to call for an ambulance,” news website QQ.com quoted his friend as saying.

A video of the incident shows paramedics lifting the man and securing him to a stretcher. The incident failed to affect his gaming obsession and he was reportedly heard begging his friends to complete the unfinished game while being wheeled away.


It was, however, not clear if he has been discharged from the hospital.

A 21-year-old woman lost her vision in one eye last year after playing video games on her mobile phone for 24 hours.

According to a South China Morning Post report, China - with approximately 565 million gamers - became the first country to officially declare internet addiction as a clinical disorder in 2008.

Chinese authorities have taken up several measures to tackle “digital heroin”, a term used to refer to the gaming addiction, by confining them to video game boot camps.

First Published: Feb 02, 2018 13:51 IST