You know what your parents used to say about playing videogames, that “they could kill you” if you played them for too long? Hell, you may have seen this on a certain television show about numerous ways to die, but this is all too real.
20-year-old Chris Staniforth of the United Kingdom died last May from a condition called deep vein thrombosis, which is caused by sitting in the same spot for an extremely long period of time. After staying in the same place long enough he sadly died due to unfortunate circumstances he could have controlled. Big deal right? Wrong.
Prior to his death, Staniforth spent up to 12 hours at a time playing Halo on his Xbox. 12 hours a day tossing sticky grenades and tea bagging n00bs, his Spartan probably got more exercise in those 12 hours then Chris did all month and that’s just sad. According to the coroner, “There was a blood clot that formed in Staniforth’s leg that moved up to his lungs to cause a fatal pulmonary embolism.” Even though his gaming habits sound like the main cause of death, Staniforth’s dad David, doesn’t blame Microsoft for what has already occurred.
Mr. Staniforth said, “After my research I saw there was no difference to Chris sitting at a desk on his Xbox and someone on a long-haul flight.” Microsoft, the company that produces the Xbox, claims that they always encourage gamers to take breaks from playing throughout the day. And you very well should, take at the very least a recommended 15 minute break for every hour of game play people. Even if it’s just to get up, take a piss, grab another cold one or even to see what daylight looks like for a second, just get up and move that’s all that’s asked of you.
Playing to be the number one gamer in anything sounds like fun, but you shouldn’t get all caught up in it. It’s only a game and that game allows you to re-spawn if you die in it, you however will not.