Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Teen Dies After 40 Hours of Diablo III

An eighteen year old in Taiwan, has reportedly died after he played Diablo III for forty straight hours.

The teen booked a private room in an internet cafe on July 13, and went on to play the game for forty straight hours, without a break.

On July 15, a worker at the cafe checked on him, finding him asleep.

The cafe worker woke him, the teen then stood up, stretched, took a few steps, and then collapsed.

He was reported dead at the hospital, due to a blood clot which formed due to his lack of movement.

Deaths due to prolonged video game playing have been reported before, and it is something gamers need to watch out for.

Diablo III's developer, Blizzard, released the following statement:
We're saddened to hear this news, and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time. We don't feel it would be appropriate for us to comment further without knowing all of the circumstances involved. While we recognise that it's ultimately up to each individual or their parent or guardian to determine playing habits, we feel that moderation is clearly important, and that a person's day-to-day life should take precedence over any form of entertainment.

Six Alarm Fire in Bronx Injures Twenty-Seven Fire Fighters

A six alarm fire severely burned an apartment building in the Bronx, in the early hours of Wednesday.

Around two hundred fire fighters took part in battling the flames.

Twenty-seven fire fighters and five residents were injured the over night blaze.

Fire officials estimate that about a third of the one hundred and eighty apartments were damaged by flame, smoke, and or water.

The flames spread so fast, that many residents only escaped with what they were wearing, some were unable to get pets out.

Residents in non damaged units were allowed back in by the afternoon, but for many nothing was saved.

Seven Killed in Bus Explosion

A bus explosion, at the airport, in Burgas, Bulgaria killed seven, and injured thirty.

It also damaged two other buses, next to it.

The buses were three of four filled with Israeli tourists, who had just flown in.

Bulgaria is a popular vacation spot for Israelis.

Israel was quick to place the blame for the attack on Iran, pointing at a chain of other attacks, in other countries.

Officials in Bulgaria has promised to investigate the explosion, and does consider terrorism a possibility.

Witnesses have said that the explosion seemed to come from beneath the bus.

Russia Passes Foreign Agent Bill

Russia's upper house passed the "foreign agent" bill, on Wednesday, with only one member voting against, and one other abstaining.

Last week the lower house passed it, in a move that was heavily criticized by the US and EU.

The controversial bill lists any NGO as a "foreign agent", it they take any funding from foreign sources.

NGOs that do, will be required to print "foreign agent" on anything they publish.

If they don't do so they could face fines, suspension, and even jail time.

Opposition groups state that the term is an attempt to harm their image and mark them as outcasts.

Human rights and environmental groups fear that once they are marked as such, many Russians will consider them to be traitors.