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TAIPEI - A young Taiwanese couple has been accused of letting their baby girl starve to death because they were obsessed with playing games online and forgot to feed her regularly, police said Friday.
The one-year-old weighed only four kilograms (nine pounds), or half the average size of a girl her age, when the couple reported her death earlier this week, the police said.
According to the local Apple Daily newspaper, when police arrived, they found a girl reduced to "just skin and bone and with sunken eyes", while a gaming website was flickering on the computer monitor next to her crib.
Prosecutors will look into the cause of the girl’s death and determine whether her parents, in their early 20s, were responsible. They face up to two years in prison for manslaughter if convicted.
BEIJING - A Chinese man in his 30s has died after a three-day gaming binge at an Internet cafe outside Beijing, during which he did not sleep and barely ate, state-run media reported Tuesday.
The incident highlighted the country’s ongoing battle to stamp out Internet addiction, which affects tens of millions of Chinese, according to researchers.
The man, who was not identified, slipped into a coma this week in the cafe on the outskirts of the capital and was rushed to a nearby clinic, where he died shortly after, the Beijing Times said.
He had spent more than 10,000 yuan (USD1,500) over the past month on Internet gaming, and had barely moved from his computer for a three-day period, the report said.
Police confiscated several computers as part of their investigation but have ruled out murder and thus far have not detained the operators of the small cafe, which only had about a half-dozen terminals, it added.
The number of teenage Internet addicts in China has risen to 33 million, according to state media reports citing Chinese researchers.
Concerns over Internet addiction have spurred a new industry, with unlicensed web "boot camps" springing up around China.
The government has also taken a series of measures to cope with the problem. Authorities recently ordered online video game operators to allow parents to monitor their children’s playing sessions or even put in place a total ban.
Originally posted by starwarsisreal
then how come i can resist the power of video games ?i used to play video games but i decided to stop. i'm starting to have doubts about the two articles.