MMO Gaming Kills Again


A boy engrossed in online gaming failed to notice his mother falling and subsequently dying, even though she was in the same room as him.

The 13-year-old boy lived together with his parents in the city of Keelung in Taiwan, and was reportedly an avid MMO player, having received a PC from his parents as a birthday present.

So engrossed was he that he did notice when his mother fell and banged her head on an item of furniture, causing her to lose consciousness, even though she was less than 5 metres away. He continued playing even as his mother succumbed to her injuries, expiring soon after.

The boy claimed he paid his mother no heed as she was prescribed sedatives (apparently the cause of her fall) due to a mental illness and occasionally slept on the floor. The noise of her hitting her head he apparently ascribed to her turning in her sleep.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    20:12 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    MMO's don't kill people, dying kills people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:15 12/10/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    People die if they're killed.

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    Comment by Seravy
    17:09 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some people just don't notice other things if they are focused on doing something. I'm like that too...doesn't really matter what I'm doing, if I'm doing something, I pretty often don't notice if I'm being talked to. Not everyone has a multitasking OS installed in their brains unfortunately...
    This has nothing to do with MMO, it can also happen while working, or even just thinking about something.

    Besides...if your mother sleeps on the floor regularly, you just wouldn't notice if she is being hurt.

    Oh yeah....and avoid taking "medicine" for mental illnesses at all costs. They have serious side effects and instead of healing the illness, they work by disabling some functions of the brain. Taking that kind of stuff can lead to the development of much more serious mental illnesses, or even heart problems. I'd say that medicine was the killer in this case too...what kind of medicine makes people fall over and/or sleep on floors? I wouldn't even give something like that for an animal.

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    Comment by TheLAG
    18:08 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >So engrossed was he that he did notice-

    Uh... Not to be anal, but you're missing a comma. My mind kinda exploded trying to read the sentence.

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    Comment by Eleriel
    18:25 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ... I'm not sure whether I want the setup in that photograph... but whomever created it is still AWESOME just for playing EVE Online on it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:43 22/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I second that EVE Online FTW

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    Comment by cupcake_deluxe
    07:53 21/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't particular hold the boy guilty if he was THAT used to her falling asleep on the floor but it's pretty sad that his mother died that way. A brief look away from the computer could have saved her life. I hope he feels some remorse though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:33 21/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    same for you all retards posting comments here when your mom is dieing next to you ...

    Shame on all of you geeks !!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:25 23/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    everyone who is addicted to water needs to stfu.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:08 21/12/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm glad I visited, thanks for the great post!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:48 23/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think that sometimes it happens all the times... that's why it's either good or bad, wait, what?

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    Comment by darknetwork
    21:57 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    poor mother. raising a son for playing a game and ignoring her on dying state.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dad a friend who was so into playing modern warfare his house caught on fire, his mom came in and saved the house in the nick of time, the entire kitchen ruined, the house full of smoke, and he didn't even notice he said his mom had the heater on and was smoking on her huka with her friends.

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    Comment by kgptzac
    02:44 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wouldn't it be more logical to assume the boy is intentionally ignoring what's happening to his mom or better... he just hit his mom's head with something hard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:48 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    jesus christ! what a fucking loser! i feel bad for these kids to some extent! take the fucking game away! Its called sunlight! get some of it sometime!

    Fucking retarded kid! if i heard someone fall then i stop what im doning and respond in a timely manner...not 8hours later(im betting it was longer although no time was given)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    People slip and fall and hit their head on furnitures. It's not unheard of even amongst people without mental illness.

    Comment by Pyrus
    14:56 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder if mom wasn't the only one taking medication...

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    Comment by Hyra911
    09:35 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, shit happen.

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    Comment by Myballz
    09:35 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    For some reason everyone seems to be shock about this.

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    Comment by a bag of shit
    09:56 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude! He had to grind out that last 0.01% of a level's worth of exp. I totally understand.

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    Comment by Ikuhisashiku
    09:47 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anyone can say that it's the game's fault or the med's fault all they like. Doesn't change the fact that this son is apparently an idiot.

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    Comment by xyanide1986
    09:36 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    OK now this could've happened to anyone really, if you have a mentally unstable mother who takes medication for it I wouldn't turn my head twice at every bonk I heard either.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    10:06 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree...And not just because he's an MMO player...

    I have a friend who has a mentally ill father and he doesn't give a sh*t about him since all he does is break stuff around the house...Makes you get used to it and eventually ignore it entirely...

    The same thing applies to this situation...

    You can't blame the kid here...I bet some people do the same thing around the world when they have mentally unstable relatives and family members...

    And that is...Not giving a sh*t~

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    13:20 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have a mentally unstable mother and I turn my head at every bonk I hear from her general direction.

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    10:12 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You guys sound like it's the mentally disabled are at fault here. The kid valued his time on the MMO more than he did for his mother. I don't care how many times he's heard noises before, any decent human being would take a break from a video game to check up on someone who is in trouble. Especially if the person is unstable.

    No excuses here. The kid should be punished.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:18 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That kid was probably as mentally messed up as the mother thus, the MMO addiction.

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    Comment by pwx
    11:43 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't know. I think losing your mom is a pretty big punishment. Really, I have to feel bad for him. Was it stupid of him? Yes, but it's not like we haven't all done stupid things. It just that this one cost him the ultimate price. His moments of negligence is something he'll probably never live down. As he faces blame from his family, friends, and society. He'll never have his mom to see him get married. He'll never have his mom for when he gets into a tough spot.

    MMORPG engrossment can be a serious problem. I hope he gets help for his addiction and the likely psychological complexes he'll have.

    Off the topic of that, if his mom was on such serious sedatives that she would be sleeping on the floor... Then I really have to wonder why there wasn't someone else with her? Remember this kid is 13 years old. How is he qualified to watch over her or to know when something is wrong? I honestly ask you

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    Comment by xyanide1986
    17:47 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You guys seem keeping to forget that a 13-year-old boy is not a responsible adult. Probably not even happy that his mom isn't normal. Like the article mentioned, it happened all the time.
    Would you even be able to tell if your mom just fell asleep on the floor from medication or if she took a hard blow to the head while doing so? I think your analysis of the situation would be the same in both cases either way.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    15:49 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Some humans are scumbags, some don't care and some are just plain assh*les...

    The kid falls in between of these for his ignorance...

    But he's a 13-year-old kid undergoing 'that' faze of his life...

    Hell, I was a rebellious piece of sh*t when I was 12 until 16 where I learned to use my head and be more aware of others after a very god awful event that I do not wish to speak of...

    My point is, yes he's at fault...But not fully because let's take into account his age and the fact that his mother has a mental illness...

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    03:50 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nobody said a 13 year old boy is a responsible adult. However, he is old enough to call for help. Unless he's mentally challenged also. I don't care if it happened all the time. A simple glance at the situation would have saved the mother's life.

    Look at the facts.
    "5 metres" - That's 16 feet away. Chances are that any blow to the head that close, would've been heard.
    "even though she was in the same room as him"
    "He continued playing even as his mother succumbed to her injuries, expiring soon after."

    So she didn't die instantly. She slowly died to her injuries while in the same room as the boy. During all the time in between her fall and death, the child did not leave his computer.

    If you're asking me those questions, my answers are as cliche as they come. Mostly because I believe that anyone with any amount of decency would do the same. I would check on my mother if she had suddenly collapsed. Especially if she is mentally ill.

    This isn't about a MMO killing somebody. It's about a child who has his priorities in the wrong places.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    05:31 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And that explains it then...

    His mother had a mental illness while he too had a different kind of mental illness...He's an MMO addict...

    Addiction is considered a mental illness of a different sort from the regular ones since you become addicted to a certain object/activity to the point you don't give a sh*t about anything else happening around you or even your own health...

    Well, either way...It won't change anything being the mother is now dead and to the eyes of the world, MMO is to blame...

    One can guess the world is guilty of ignorance if they don't dig for the truth and just follow what the media says about MMO's....

    There's nothing wrong with MMO's/games...It's the people playing them...

    You can say they got 'corrupted' because of their weak-mindedness and fragile will to control themselves...

    Thus, leading to tragic situations like these...

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    12:27 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would hope he felt remorse at the loss of his mother. But just from these facts alone, I doubt he actually cared. That's my opinion though.

    Perhaps I'm being too harsh. But come on, 5 metres away? Headphones or not, he clearly heard the sound of her fall and decided his video game was more important.

    I'm certain that a 13 year old child is able to use the phone in case of an emergency or even run to a neighbor for help.

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    Comment by Yup Beast
    09:07 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    She banged her head on an item of furniture? Sounds like she was the one who had major problems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:48 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What are you talking about? People fall and hit their head on furnitures while on their way down all the time. I think you're retarded.

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    Comment by OTIKA
    11:58 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sedatives. 'nuff said.

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    Comment by toshironikko
    08:35 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    wonder what game he was playing...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:16 22/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    From OP pick its EVE Online, a sci-fi and space ship MMO

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    Comment by g0dslay3r
    08:32 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i bet even if his mom fell down in front of him,he would just think that she fell asleep

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    Comment by alidan
    09:06 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    apparently you have never been prescribed heavy sedatives. especially 3ed world heavy sedatives.

    my mom had to take them for a portion of time. it wasnt rare to see her sleep in a weird spot.

    and as for baning her head. my little brother routinely smashes his head on the wall while he sleeps at night. some times its loud enough that we get concerned but nothing bad has happened yet.

    now imagine if he had even cheap noise canceling headphones.

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    Comment by T-Joker
    08:52 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    As he was playing that time, maybe he would just place his mother fallen body to the bed so it wouldnt lie down in front of monitor.

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    Comment by levin
    08:30 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    mmo gaming is too dangerous, thats why i quit it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:04 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe mom used play dead

    it really s good for trolling

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    Comment by T-Joker
    09:13 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't be deceived by article's title.

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    Comment by Lilith
    08:46 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hah, is it now? Funny, if he was reading Manga/waching Anime you could say Anime killed someone too?

    Blame MMO's if you want, I'd rather blame the idiot of a son the woman raised.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If the mom were religious, good for her!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:43 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    blame the drugs.

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    Comment by TheBeast
    09:29 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sounds more like the title should be gravity kills again. or maybe narcotics kill again.

    the MMO was just in the room when it happened. i suppose it would be on par with saying, sheetrock kills again, because the walls were there too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:55 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Addiction kills. If he weren't so fixated on what he was doing he could have saved his mom. But the fact that it was an MMO doesn't really matter.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:14 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well you must be dumb. How can you get addicted to a video game, there is NO chemical introduced to you system. Well endorphins but you get that from alot of things, like sports.

    So NO you can't be addictive to video games. EVER, its just an excuse made by parents.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:00 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "YES you can"

    If you could hook up a PET scan of a persons brain while they are playing video games, it would become very apparent what parts of the brain are being stimulated and the extent of that stimulation. The amount of brain chemicals being released is staggering. Since the neurotransmitters are more powerful than street drugs, the mood change can be very dramatic.

    Much like gambling addictions the person is stimulated by the action occurring.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:56 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You’re not very smart are you? Learn human psychology first, then post. You think a chemical needs to be introduced to addict someone? Ever heard of OCD? Trichotillomania? Cutting?

    It doesn’t take a chemical introduced to addict people to something it’s just as addicting to become addicted to the behavior and the feelings it produces. Gaming addiction is just as bad and as hard to quit as any other addiction and maybe even more insidious since some people aren’t smart enough to see or know the signs of addiction. People can be addicted to sports too, if you didn’t notice. To the point of destroying their bodies. Look it up. Same with eating disorders.

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    Comment by Gradius
    08:13 21/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    anon @ 00:14 20/06/2010 is 100% RETARDED!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:36 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Operant anc classical conditioning mofo!! With adrenaline, dopamine, and serotonin as rewards.

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    Comment by Dia
    14:20 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "the MMO was just in the room when it happened"

    Oh man, good one.

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    Comment by Eddyak
    09:56 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's like saying the gun's at fault for someone accidentally sitting on it and firing it. It's not the gun's fault, it's not the person's fault. It was an accident. Something that happens all the time. Unfortunate, avoidable- but it happens.

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    Comment by acce245
    13:49 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, it would be more like saying that she was killed because her son was cleaning a gun on the other side of the room. And if you hit your head on something, it may not make much of a noise. Say she fell backward and hit her neck. That can kill you almost instantly, and be nearly silent. And then you rustle as you fall the rest of the way to the ground...

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    Comment by Majineko
    13:19 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    its not the kid's fault. it was a freak accident. now the poor kid is probably forever scarred wit the fact the his mother died behind him and he didnt notice. not cool.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:36 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There are some *really* weird ads showing up in the left side column....

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:44 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's also extremely silly to blame an mmo for what happened. Do people think he would have heard it if he was playing in the woods, like I did at that age?

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    Comment by SA
    16:43 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So your saying that if your with someone on a room and that person suddenly fell, even if your playing something on the computer, you would not felt/heard/saw it? if no then your senses plainly sucks if you ask me. its bad enough that the kid said that he had let his mother sleep on the floor before and its clear that on those occasions he ignored her instead of helping her. If he had bother to check on her maybe, and that's a big maybe seeing she hit her head, she could have survive. Instead he felt that leveling up was more important at the moment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:30 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ SA 16:43 :

    I'm not defending the kid, but I gotta say... I've got noisy upstairs neighbors. They stomp around, they play loud music, and I have no problem falling asleep and staying asleep with all that going on.

    Comment by BANNED_fei
    11:45 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    how could he have thought a banging sound was her moving?


    18:25 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You bought your son a pc and he left you there to die playing on it. Now who is the mentally ill one?

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    Comment by InB4Haruhi
    13:24 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He could have had headphones on... or she could have knocked something over before and he thought it happened again... either way I'm not making him look better just giving possibilities.

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    Comment by Karosene
    08:46 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    MMO's are as dangerous as you let them be. People blame MMOs for their own failures because no one likes to take responsibility.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    MMOS are as dangerous as ANYthing you can be addicted to. Doesn’t have much to do with personal responsibility if the person is lost to the addiction. Like drink or drugs. Can you stop before becoming addicted? Some can. Can you stop once addicted? Some can.

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    Comment by Karosene
    13:56 20/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Apples and Oranges. Alcohol and drugs have a physical effect on the body that leads to addiction.

    Gaming may provide a small adrenaline rush to people, but nothing that can really become anymore addictive than playing sports. In the end, it's all about lack of moderation and self control.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:37 18/01/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you're really that addicted, then someone can die besides you and you won't care.

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    Comment by DHYohko
    09:25 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i like you know :3

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    Comment by Mayor
    09:36 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guns & Knives have been getting the same bad rap throughout history.

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    Comment by kamiru
    12:59 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    so did rapelay!

    Comment by ogaOa3GY7A
    08:48 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That was I never entered, except MMOFPS.
    Never played any MMORPG because I know I will become one of these weird koreans if I do.

    INB4: You are already weirdo.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    10:23 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is something that pisses me off about some kids. They get so into something that they ignore their surroundings. That lack of attention just killed his mom....

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:52 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lack of attention?
    rather he was so concentrated that he could ignor his surroundings.
    thats really dedicated

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:35 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ BlaqCat 10:23 :

    That thing about ignoring one's surroundings (it's called "concentration" and is useful during study sessions, writing, etc.) cuts both ways.


    Older Sister: "Tim, get out of the apartment! There's a fire alarm going off!!"

    Tim: "Yeah, yeah... just a minute... [mumble]..." *ignores sister, is killed by smoke inhalation during apartment fire*

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    Comment by Azure Sky
    10:44 19/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It apparently happens to everyone, no matter what age group.

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