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Amars
05-14-2006, 01:56 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060512/ap_on_hi_te/china_online_suicide


BEIJING - The parents of a 13-year-old Chinese boy who they say jumped to his death from a tall building after playing one of the popular "Warcraft" online games for 36 hours straight are suing its Chinese distributor, a news report said Friday.
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Zhang Xiaoyi died on Dec. 27, 2004, leaving behind a suicide note saying he wanted "to join the heroes of the game he worshipped," the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

It said Zhang's parents, who live in Tianjin, just east of Beijing, are seeking 100,000 yuan ($12,500) from Aomeisoft, the Chinese distributor of "Warcraft: Orcs and Humans."

The suit says Aomeisoft failed to include a warning that the game's U.S. maker rates it as suitable only for players above age 13, according to Xinhua.

The Warcraft games are made by Blizzard Entertainment, a unit of Paris-based Vivendi Universal SA. Xinhua said a Tianjin court rejected a claim by the parents against the game maker.

The vice president of Aomeisoft, Bai Jie, told The Associated Press that he saw news reports about the lawsuit but that the company hasn't received any official court notice.

Bai said Zhang's parents were suing the wrong company, because Aomeisoft was set up in August, eight months after his death. Bai said he didn't know which distributor sold the game in 2004.

China has 111 million Internet users, second only to the United States. It is one of the world's biggest markets for online games, with tens of millions of players, many of whom hunker down for hours in front of PCs in public Internet cafes.

But the government has expressed concern about the violence and sexual content of some games. It has imposed curfews and time limits on children in Internet cafes and banned them near schools.

Also Friday, a newspaper said the Beijing city government has launched a review of the Chinese capital's 1,007 licensed Internet cafes to ensure they are complying with rules on admitting minors.

Violators could lose their licenses, the China Daily said.

In 2004, China shut down thousands of Internet cafes nationwide after a series of fatal fires and other accidents.

Xinhua said Zhang played at a "game hall," but didn't say whether that was an Internet cafe, which would have been required to limit his time there to a few hours.

Several cities have clinics to treat what psychiatrists have dubbed "Internet addiction" in users, many of them children and teenagers, who play online games or surf the Web for days at a time.

Specialists at a Beijing hospital examined Zhang's diary, school records and suicide note and concluded that "Zhang had excessively indulged in unhealthy games and contracted serious Internet addiction before his death," Xinhua reported.

His parents' suit also calls on the distributor to put a warning on the game's packaging saying "playing games excessively harms health," the report said.

Bai, the Aomeisoft executive, said the company plans to add "anti-addiction warnings" to future games.

The Warcraft games have 2.5 million players in China, with copies in more than 100,000 Internet cafes, Vivendi Universal chairman Jean-Bernard Levy told reporters in Shanghai in April.

Majpain
05-14-2006, 02:07 AM
:shakeno: wow that sucks.I blame the parents.They could have stoped him at any time.Damn that sucks.

Metal Panda
05-14-2006, 02:08 AM
Well, of COURSE if you play it 36 hours straight it will cause you to suffer some dementia. I remember after playing Grand Theft Auto for 4 hours one day I kept hearing those helicopters from the game inside my head for the next hour or so.

And being that kids are highly impressionable and still developing at 13, it isn't surprising that playing for that long would f*** him up.

Which begs the question--why the hell did his parents LET him do that? "Anti-addiction warnings", sheesh.

There are some things even my liberal *** won't swallow.

Majpain
05-14-2006, 02:37 AM
Each time ive seen something like this in the news the parent never takes responsibility for any actions they blame the company or the distributor.

Agent51
05-14-2006, 08:47 AM
Well, of COURSE if you play it 36 hours straight it will cause you to suffer some dementia. I remember after playing Grand Theft Auto for 4 hours one day I kept hearing those helicopters from the game inside my head for the next hour or so.

And being that kids are highly impressionable and still developing at 13, it isn't surprising that playing for that long would f*** him up.

Which begs the question--why the hell did his parents LET him do that? "Anti-addiction warnings", sheesh.

There are some things even my liberal *** won't swallow.

Dude, after playing Guitar Hero on Hard or Expert for like 2 hours straight my vision is all screwed up for awhile, lol. Like the notes scroll from the top of the screen down, and on hard and expert they are fast and there are a lot, so when you stop your eyes are used to compensating for that, and it makes NON-moving object weird. It basically looks like on magic mushrooms or LSD when things seem to "breathe". you look at something and like on part moves towards you while the backround movies away, almost like that cool effect in movies, when it zooms in on like the main character but the backround seems to go far away.

And yea, this is the parents' fault. Who the hell lets their kids play a video game for 36hrs straight? ESPECIALLY if he was out at an internet cafe/gaming hall, did they not wory where their barely teenaged child was for THIRTY-SIX HOURS!?

N-A
05-14-2006, 11:04 AM
That's awesome. He should have dressed up as his character and filmed it.

Deus Ex Dolphin
05-14-2006, 11:26 AM
Each time ive seen something like this in the news the parent never takes responsibility for any actions they blame the company or the distributor.


Agreed. Where were the parents while the kid was spending 36 hours playing? A day and a half goes by and they can't be bothered to find out how/where the kid is?

It's almost like the parents say, "Hey, our kids dead... how can we make money off of it?"

Very sad, and the parents should be answering questions about how well they monitored their son. You had the kid, be responsible for him.

Perfect23
05-14-2006, 11:58 AM
Blame the parents for letting him play that long.

dol_fan_81
05-14-2006, 01:51 PM
jeez, thats a terrible thing thats happened. how could he stay awake that long? why is it the game distributors falt? must have screwed him up pretty bad if he had thoughts like this:


to join the heroes of the game he worshipped

did this kid have any mental problems before he played the game to death? i could never play a VG for more than 4 hours without being bored stupid from it!

Metal Panda
05-14-2006, 01:59 PM
jeez, thats a terrible thing thats happened. how could he stay awake that long? why is it the game distributors falt? must have screwed him up pretty bad if he had thoughts like this:



did this kid have any mental problems before he played the game to death? i could never play a VG for more than 4 hours without being bored stupid from it!

well a 13 year old playing for 3 straight days (if that happened) could be easily influenced by a game like that. if that game is your environment for 3 straight days you tend to slip out of reality a bit.

Like I said after playing GTA for hours before I've gone out driving and seen some of the car chases in my head as I'm driving down the REAL road. and I'm 25!

Majpain
05-14-2006, 03:04 PM
That's awesome. He should have dressed up as his character and filmed it.

I hope your not serious :shakeno:

Amars
05-14-2006, 03:33 PM
Like I said after playing GTA for hours before I've gone out driving and seen some of the car chases in my head as I'm driving down the REAL road. and I'm 25!

Good thing it was only the car chase.:lol:

dol_fan_81
05-14-2006, 04:06 PM
Like I said after playing GTA for hours before I've gone out driving and seen some of the car chases in my head as I'm driving down the REAL road. and I'm 25!

Really? :lol: i'm gonna play first person football on ESPN for 5 days and then hopefully it'll seem like i'm an NFL player :lol:

but seriously, do you think having the sound up and lights off stenthended the effect? because his warcraft game was on a PC i think that may be a contributor, i have just never seen anyone act any differently after playing videogames for hour, my brother used to play the xbox all day, but nothing different.
:confused:

NoblePhin
05-16-2006, 02:18 PM
wow 36 hours is insane. i played 15 hours straight on the opening night of halo 2 but double that?!!

dominizzo
05-16-2006, 02:35 PM
wooow sick news

Motion
05-16-2006, 02:56 PM
Bad parenting claims another victim.

dQbell
05-16-2006, 03:41 PM
If this kid was a girl, the parents would be happy (China).

MillerTime
05-16-2006, 03:51 PM
how the hell can you play a game for 36 straight hours

Motion
05-16-2006, 04:06 PM
how the hell can you play a game for 36 straight hours

Thats pretty crazy, I played one for 12 straight once and fell asleep with the controller still in my hand. :D

Agent51
05-16-2006, 04:11 PM
Thats pretty crazy, I played one for 12 straight once and fell asleep with the controller still in my hand. :D

I used to do that with Madden. Not 12hrs straight, but I would keep finishing a game when I was playing late at night and then say "well, one more and I'll go to bed". I'd start to struggle to stay awake during that game and I'd do that thing where you doze off and then kinda jerk back awake, lol. I'd play a few more plays and do the same thing, but I always wanted to just finish the game instead of turning it off and starting over the next day. Well, a lot of times I would wake up the next day, on my own goal line because I kept getting delay of game penalties all through the night while I was sleeping :lol:

FinsNCanes
05-17-2006, 06:40 PM
I think the longest I ever played an internet game was maybe like 16 hours straight (Ultima Online). He owned me hard.

J dog
05-17-2006, 07:06 PM
um omg

Bruzer
05-17-2006, 07:16 PM
I cant play a game more than 3 hours and thats when i stretch myself.

DOL-FANATIC2384
05-26-2006, 08:41 AM
how could the parents blame it on the company they could of stopped him. If the parents think there should of been a 13 and older label then they should of thought of that themselves and not let the kid play. Just because the box didn't say 13 and older the parents let him play and you see what happened.

DOL-FANATIC2384
05-26-2006, 08:44 AM
That's awesome. He should have dressed up as his character and filmed it.

how could you think thats awesome. What if one of your family jumped off a building would you be saying that.:tantrum: Whats your problem.my simile is telling you off.

Phin-o-rama
05-26-2006, 10:45 PM
i told you guys this game rocked

wazzy
05-26-2006, 10:53 PM
I played a game with buddies for 17 hours straight but even then we have breaks and **** and people take turns!

finfan27
05-27-2006, 01:07 PM
i heard this before it is the parents fault i also heard that they were going to sue blizzard for not putting a warning you may get addictid sign on the box

Boston
05-30-2006, 06:02 PM
dont blame the death on the game, its the kids fault for killing himself, and these ******* parents suing them for there sons own stupidty? thats just plain stupid.

Mike13
05-30-2006, 07:16 PM
Why didn't the parents do anything? :shakeno:

Metal Panda
05-30-2006, 09:18 PM
dont blame the death on the game, its the kids fault for killing himself, and these ******* parents suing them for there sons own stupidty? thats just plain stupid.

The brain is in a different stage of development at the age of 13 than it is later on in life. Don't go passing everything off as the child's fault. Then again, you can't read this now because apparently you got banned.

Agent51
05-31-2006, 12:18 AM
The brain is in a different stage of development at the age of 13 than it is later on in life. Don't go passing everything off as the child's fault. Then again, you can't read this now because apparently you got banned.

You can still read the stuff when you're banned, just not reply. But how the hell did he get banned already, he JUST joined :shakeno:

Pennington's Rocket Arm
05-31-2006, 06:23 AM
i tried to kill myself after 10 minutes of this crappy game...

Blitz
06-04-2006, 04:03 AM
I played Wave Race 64 for about 8 hours straight with my older brother when the Nintendo 64 came out...And I thought THAT was long because both of us had blisters the size of Boston on our left thumb the following morning (Remember: This was the first time we ever experienced an "analog" controller). I've probably played Madden for 4-5 hours straight at different times, though...But 36 hours straight? That's insane.