When Chen Rong-yu sat down to a gaming session in an Internet cafe in New Taipei on Tuesday, it was the last thing he ever did. Rong-yu died at his computer while playing League of Legends. But that's not even the bad news.
No, the bad news is that, horrifyingly, no one at the Internet cafe noticed. When a waitress finally spotted him, he had been dead for nearly nine hours.
Kotaku explained how these gamers managed to ignore the dead guy, something some of us consider a nightmare-inducing event:
Intense levels of concentration and marathon gaming sessions are common at Internet cafes throughout the region, where players purchase computer time in order to log on to their favorite online multiplayer games. So it makes a sad sort of sense that the other 30 people working and playing at the New Taipei location failed to realize they were sitting in the same room with a corpse for several hours.
Rong-yu, who had been treated for a heart condition in September, died from blood clots, (dis)courtesy of cold weather and lack of movement.
Note to gamers: When playing all-night/all-day marathon gaming sessions, set an alarm to go off once every half hour. When you hear the alarm, stand up and stretch. You might have to AFK during an important moment ... but it's even more important to, ya know, keep yourselves alive.
Also, consider what some of us do here, and game standing up.