Man addicted to mobile games crashes car into game developer's office building

Video game addiction might be the stuff of humorous remarks, but it's also a harsh reality that's extremely unpleasant if it happens to occur near you. South Korea is a country where the problem is rampant – history remembers more than a few players dying from exhaustion after playing video games non-stop for days. It also remembers young parents neglecting their infant children until the point of starvation as they spent their days and nights at local cybercafes.

Some struck with video game addiction won't admit they have a problem until the irreversible happens and forces them to. Others live with the problem until they conquer it or end up driven to a breakdown. The latter is what happened with a Chinese man who visited a South Korean relative.

Intoxicated, driving his brother's car through the city streets in a less than stellar mental state, Mr. Lee impulsively and sadistically crashed the vehicle into Korean game studio Nexon's office, shattering the entry level floor's windows and causing an ungodly ruckus. He claimed Nexon's games, such as Maple Story and Atlantica Online, had "ruined his life."

The original publication doesn't report any injuries on site. Lee was arrested by local police, who measured his blood alcohol level as over the limit. Presumably, the man will be trialed, although his condition also suggests a need for therapy.

source: The Korea Herald via CNET



1. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

It was double the game.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But that man can't blame the game developer for his sillyness. He bears all the consequences alone!

5. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Have you ever heard of the definition of empathy? Just because you didn't have the same psychological construct as he did, doesn't make his own sickness any less valid.

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I agree with you, nothing is ever a single persons 100% fault, even their own rash actions.

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

WTF? I said "sillyness", not "sickness". No one obligated him to play that game. And you say he's not to be fully blamed? It's like buying alot of wine, drinking and getting drunk, then causing chaos and trouble at workplace. When arrested, you blame the wine manufacturer... smh

17. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

What are you talking about, you're rambling incoherently. No one mentioned anything about designating any one party for the full extent of the blame. I meant what I wrote, "sickness" - there's nothing silly about someone driving their vehicle through a building because they're having a nervous breakdown. Also, we don't know the extent to which he played the game. Maybe he funneled thousands of dollars into it and the RNG came up short for him still. These types of phenomenons are coming with gaming addictions. The article doesn't really elaborate about his relationship to the game and why his addiction drove him over the edge.

23. Valdomero

Posts: 666; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I can tell you that online games like Maplestory or World of Warcraft can become very addicting, I've played videogames since I was 4. I still remember when I used to play Maplestory in their very beggining (when there were only 4 classes!) while in highschool, I played it around 4-6 hours straight, only resting to go to the bathroom or get something to eat, literally I had no social life in my teenage years and I think it's affecting me as an adult now. When I started college, the same, but less time, maybe 2-3 hours, this is when I started to work and study so I had less time, then one day I said to myself "I've had it! I'm tired of this game!" and I quit it for 2 years, then I tried to play it again and I did, It was fun, but it now has soo many content, so many classes that one might get lost. I also tried World of Warcraft and it reminded me the experience I had with Maplestory so I quit it after the 1st quest. I understand the addiction this man suffered, but I can't justify his actions, he really needed to get help.

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

BUSTED! Press ENTER to continue....!

3. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I don't see why this is something to make witty remarks about. It is a serious problem and people's lives are metaphorically and literally thrown away over it. This wouldn't be the slightest bit amusing if this was you or someone else you knew and had some ties to.

9. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Welcome to the Internet

10. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Poor logic. This generation of people just grew up with social deficiency skills. They don't comprehend the gravity of the things they make light of or understand what's appropriate necessarily.

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Maple Story and Atlantica Online, had "ruined his life." its more like "He ruined his own life"

8. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Once again, the ability to empathize with others, coupled with the lack of education on your part, makes you look ignorant. Impulsive control, a key psychological trait people lack when it comes to an addiction. They become to entranced that they throw away everything around them; they can become so far gone that they end up sacrificing relationships, financial stability, and even sanity. It's a classified medical condition.

11. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

You assume a lot about his education or empathy. Even with the psychological traits mentioned by you, the game studies are not responsible for ruining his life. While he might not be entirely responsible for his behaviour in the eyes of a court, the game studios are not to blame in this case. Also earlier on you mentioned this is something you don't make witty remarks on, but that is not up to you. Everything can be made fun off imo. In the end they are just words.

13. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Even if he had education in COMMON COURTESY, that would be sufficient enough. But no where is it showcased here. If a relative of yours suffered a tragic accident in a car crash, would it be alright for me to mock and de-legitimize it? That would be in poor taste. The point is, this had an detrimental effect on everyone involved. I don't see why making fun of someone having a mental breakdown is permissible in your eyes. Do you know what one of those are like? It feels like you're slowly dying on the inside out until you lose a sense of who you are and why you continue to exist; then you could potentially do something that could harm yourself or others. Also, no one blamed the gaming studio. I have no idea where you're extrapolating that from just because I mentioned that addiction to online gaming is a real, legitimate medical condition.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I even made fun of my own mom's death, but I know I'm not really the standard when it comes to what is allowed in joking or not. And of course one shouldn't joke directly to victims or relatives of those victims, I wouldn't do so. But to be pissed/upset about someone mocking some random dude on the internet. Sorry but that's just too sensitive. Perhaps it hit close to home for you that you react like this, but that's just how people are. And never had a personal breakdown myself, but have seen people very close to me, undergo it, it's no joke. But would still joke about it.

14. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Also, you should think before you espouse more trash. Just the symbolic meaning of words alone have led many people to commit suicide. I don't know where you live, but here in the US, bullying is somewhat of an epidemic here and has only exacerbated more with the prevalence of interconnected social media.

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Trash in your humble opinion but that's okay. And once again, I am not condoning making jokes directly to the victims, but here online? Who cares. And I know bullying can take extreme forms, which I disapprove of. But people also need to grow some balls.

18. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

There's no point in debating with you. Your morals in this regard seem to devolve to "it's the Internet, who cares about a life, he doesn't exist, I don't know him", "well I make fun of my mother's death so yeah, its like, fine - but don't directly make fun of others!(?)" I guess from a logical standpoint, I don't see how people can make sport of this when they, themselves, have not experienced loss or tragedy or at least don't know how to sympathize with someone who has. Having your so-called freedom of speech means you should exercise responsibility in my own perception.

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I am not saying his life doesn't matter, nor would I joke about it right to his face. I know what doesn't hurt me, might hurt another. But getting angry because some random person is joking about another random person, I don't understand. There is a difference in practicing sympathy to the people in front of you and random people you don't know (doesn't have to be online). Doesn't have to do anything with loss or tragedy (which I have seen plenty), but how you deal with that personally. But let's end this discussion, just agree to disagree, this isn't the place to have these discussions anyway.

20. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Thanksfully, the studio that ruined his life wasn't Rockstar.

21. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

"Presumably, the man will be trialed..." Are you suggesting a legal proceeding? If so, he won't be 'trialed', he will be 'tried'.

22. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The supposed treatment would be to get a life.

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