The True Dangers Of Gaming: Stabbings, Shootings, Death, Mutilation & Exhaustion
Growing up, we all had nagging parents constantly telling us how bad computer games are for our health, but can they really be that bad? In short, yes they can. Other than the long-term effects of sitting down doing nothing and eating junk food all day, there’s a host of other health problems that can arise…albeit not all that often.
This year has been one of the most bizarre years in gaming history with the amount of strange accidents, health issues and deaths that have been reported surrounding the gaming industry. Earlier this year an 18-year-old was found dead in Taiwan after renting a room to play Diablo III. The exact cause of death was never released but employees at the internet cafe where he rented the room reported that he never ate any food during his 40 hour-long Diablo III session, something that could quite obviously have a rather negative impact on your health.
A similar story earlier in the year, again in an internet cafe in Taiwan. This time a 23 year old, Chen Rong-yu, succumbed to a heart attack after a 23 hour gaming session on the popular MOBA title, League of Legends. It took 10 hours for employees of that internet cafe to realize the young man was dead, a shocking thought considering he was sitting in a room not even 10ft from other gamers.
Arguably one of the most brutal gaming related incidents in history occurred in Brazil in 2010. Two young friends, 12 year old Gabriel Kuhn and 16 year old Daniel Petry, used to enjoy playing the MMO Tibula together and as you do in MMO titles, Gabriel Kuhn asked his friend Daniel if he could borrow 20,000 in-game money. Daniel Petry obliged and sent the money through to his friend, only to request it back a short time later. After he failed to receive any funds from Gabriel, Daniel proceeded to go over his friends house and strangle him to death. As if that wasn’t shocking enough, in an attempt to hide his friends body, he cut it in half, only to be discovered by Gabriel’s mother halfway through.
More recently is a slightly milder case, but almost as unnerving. A 15 yr old boy in Ohio collapses after a 4 day marathon on Call of Duty. It’s utterly shocking, and disgraceful that someone could actually play a Call of Duty for that length of time…Oh, and there’s probably a slight problem with parents letting a 15yr old game for 4 days straight.
Finally, a stabbing in Oakley US. 20 yr old Kevin Kemp was enjoying some banter over Xbox Live with a family friend, only to later discover that his friend took his comments a little too personally. Kevin Kemp was stabbed 22 times, and shot at. Luckily he survived, but it’s still a shocking story.