A man was stretchered out of a net cafe in the Zhejiang Province of China after being unable to move from the waist down following a 20-hour marathon gaming session. According to QQ, the man discovered his condition when trying to stand to use the restroom.
According to a translation via Newsweek, a friend of the man said, “It seems he had lost sensation completely and couldn’t move at all.” Paramedics were called and the man was transported to a medical facility.
The man could be heard saying that he wanted to finish his game as he was being carried away, as seen in a video uploaded to Chinese video-sharing platform Pear. You can see that video here.
The circumstances and actions surrounding the event fit the World Health Organization’s definition of hazardous gaming, which the organization included in its newly revised International Compendium of Diseases last month. The ESA disputed the decision by the WHO at the time, stating, “common sense and objective research prove video games are not addictive.”