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Bomberman drives girl to suicide?

More bizarre game-related deaths

In one of the more unusual game-related deaths we've come across, Thai police are apparently blaming Bomberman for the suicide of a twelve year old girl. The girl is reported to have become frustrated at not being able to win the game, and hung herself after another losing session on the game with her sister. "Siriwan often complained that she was unable to finish a game", a local police chief is quoted as saying. "She must have been so stressed out and frustrated." Meanwhile in Hong Kong, a seventeen year old gamer was found slouched unconscious over his keyboard in a cyber café in the early hours of Wednesday morning, having collapsed during an all-night Diablo II marathon. Friends who found him were unable to revive him, and the boy was declared dead on arrival at the local hospital. Doctors suggested he might have been effected by flashing lights on the computer screen, presumably as a result of epilepsy. And finally, we're still waiting for police to make the obvious link between a security van hold-up in France earlier today and Grand Theft Auto 3. According to a report on BBC News 24 this lunchtime, the overambitious robbers forced the van off the road and then got the drivers to open the safe .. by threatening them with a rocket launcher. It's a mad world out there.

Source - The Electric New Paper / The Nation / BBC News 24 (thanks David Ellis and Christer Ekholm)

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