Death by Diablo part deux….no really! Dangers of video games
When my significant other is constantly nagging me to get up and move every 30 minutes, it hard to admit he may be right! Long periods of sitting increases the chances of DVT, Deep Vein Thrombosis, and it’s when a blood clot forms mainly in the legs and yes, sitting too long increases it.
I remember my anatomy teacher telling us that the most common heart attacks by DVT are from long periods of driving, the person stops to get gas after a long stretch and then has a cardiac event.
“Deep vein thrombosis can develop if you’re sitting still for a long time, such as when traveling by plane or car, or if you have certain medical conditions that affect how your blood clots.
Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition because a blood clot that has formed in your vein can break loose, travel through your bloodstream and lodge in your lungs, blocking blood flow (pulmonary embolism).” The Mayo Clinic.
This is what the cause is for the recent Death By Diablo 3 by an 18 year old at an internet cafe. He played 40 hours straight after booking a room on Friday the 13th, and they found him slumped over and apparently when he was woke up he took a few steps and Game Over.
‘While an autopsy is yet to be carried out, authorities suspect “that long hours in a sedentary position created cardiovascular problems”, which would ultimately have led to his death.’ The Australian News reported. “The deceased had been playing the latest installment of the role-playing game developed by US-based Activision Blizzard Inc. This is the second death in Taiwan from playing video games this year. In February, a man in New Taipei was found dead, slumped in a chair facing a computer with his arms still reaching out for the keyboard after playing for 23 hours. The cause of death was reported as cardiac arrest.”
Its best to get up once an hour and stretch or move around to avoid complications. Unless, the horror you intersperse MMO play with Wii or breaking out moves like the “Trash Compactor” or “Falcon in Flight” while belting out some Han Solo tunes.
Dancing to “I’m Han Solo” on Kinect Star Wars
UPDATE: Not just in Taiwan, thsi past May “32-year old Russell Shirley was found dead in his home over the weekend by his landlord and coworker. He suffered a heart attack after a three-day binge on Diablo III.” www.blog4diablo3.com