A few days ago we spoke about health problems which are associated with playing consoles way too much, today on the front page of The Sun, the British Newspaper, the page was dominated by a news story which was titled “Death by Xbox”, this article spoke about a 20-year-old from Sheffield who sadly died from a blood clot which was supposedly caused by playing his Xbox for up to 12 hours at a time.
The article was written by The Sun’s health editor, Emma Little, it talks in detail about how Chirs Staniforth died outside a JobCentre, apparently he was talking to a friend about how he woke in the night with a weird feeling in his chest, however thought nothing of it, shortly after the converstion Chris dropped a packet of chewing gum and whilst attempting to pick it up he jolted back and began to spasm, an ambulance was called, but the paramedics could not save him.
It has now been confirmed that prior to this Chris did not suffer from any health issues, however the long spells his body stayed stationary for resulted in deep vein thrombosis, this was what caused Chris’ death, and his father wants people to realize of the serious risks game addiction can cause. According to The Sun’s article Chris lived for his Xbox and absolutely loved playing Halo, that said his faster wanted to make it clear that he didn’t blame the console’s manufacturer Microsoft.
If you are worried about someone you know encountering a similar fate you may want to point them in the direction of some deep vein thrombosis signs and symptoms, there are some things you can do to help prevent this from happening, check out this link for details.
We would love to hear what you think about this sad incident, do you think developers should do more to make gamers more aware of the risks? We think that loading screens which show warnings, or a leaflet inside the game’s box could perhaps make a slight difference, however at the end of the day it is up to the individual to live a more active lifestyle as we think everyone knows that long spells of gaming are not good for health.
Do you exercise between games?