In New Taipei, a man, Chen Rong-yu, who enjoyed playing ‘League of Legends,’ died in an internet café. According to Kotaku, a server discovered the 23-year-old sitting very still at a computer late Wednesday. He could have been dead for nine hours. The preliminary “police reports indicate he may have died due to cardiac arrest brought on by blot clots formed due to a combination of cold temperatures, exhaustion, and lack of movement.”
‘League of Legends’ is a multiplayer PC game, and many play the game for hours. Yes, sitting for long periods of time can cause blot clots to form, which is why travelers flying for several hours should get up and walk around to ensure proper blood flow. Sitting in a fixed position can cause blood to stay in the legs and form blood clots. When a blood clot dislodges, it can cause death by entering the heart, lungs, or a blood vessel in the head.
However, there are two points that need to be made:
Point #1: No one knows exactly when he died. He was seen using his cell phone around noon, but that doesn’t mean he died shortly after. He could have been alive a few hours into the afternoon or evening. The exact time of death is unknown. And I’m not shocked people did not know when he died. People die all the time without people noticing. People die on airplanes, subways, and buses, and others don’t know they are near a corpse. People are naturally focused on their actions, so of course the others in the café would not have observed the moment of his death.
Point #2: Blood clots form for several reasons, including medication. The cause of death has not been revealed. He “may have died” because of the blood clots. May have. In fact, we don’t know if the blood clots formed while he played or if he walked into the internet café with a blood clot present. Also, his family said that “he had been treated for a heart condition last September.” Perhaps his heart condition contributed more of a role in his death than playing a game.
The exact time of death is unknown. The exact cause of death is unknown. Maybe his failure to get up and walk around while playing a game caused his death. Maybe it didn’t. Maybe it was his heart condition. Maybe people were in an internet café for nine hours with a dead body. Maybe they were in the café for three hours with a dead body. There are a lot of “maybes” to consider before we start blaming the gamer’s habits for his sudden death and his fellow gamers for not noticing.