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Man Dies From Playing World Of Warcraft Gaming? Harmful?

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kapnkrunch

I think that a person dying from a WoW binge is equal parts sad and pathetic (and I use the word "pathetic" literally, not in a spirit of condemnation). For someone to be so consumed with a form of entertainment is unhealthy but something like a WoW obsession is doubly so, in my opinion. By comparison, someone obsessed with something like golf would at least be compelled to interact with other people face-to-face. For someone to be binging on WoW to that extent smacks of desperate social isolation.I'm an introvert and I totally understand the need for "alone time" but this goes way overboard. Perhaps this individual had a legitimate fear of going out and interacting with others (agoraphobia, for example) which makes it all the more sad that he died in front of a video game.It's ironic that I'm sitting in my basement on a Saturday night posting to a forum but I think it's vital for the mental health of our global society for people to get out and engage in face-to-face activities more. If not, I fear that this kind of fatality could become an epidemic sooner than we think.


nathaniel1405241538

OMG litterly he died from heart failure god, I always go on video game bindges but I always am hungry, and thirsty so I never like dehidrate. What a weird thing to happen. And I cant believe that blizzard will get sued because its the kids body that did it and it wasent the games it was him not eating or drinking for 50 hours making him responsibible for starving himself.


DaEmOnFiRe

Wow.. this is not the only case of death caused from world of warcraft... a chinese girl also died from lack of food while playing this game for 72 hours. Also, there were suicides. People actually killed themselves from failing in WoW. But the kids parents taking action by suing blizzard is a very normal reaction as parents tend to blame the game itself rather than the person who was "controlled" by it. Personally, i would blame the kid because blizzard created world of warcraft for entertainment purposes, and not to cause the death of children.


Punkcat

This is just an example of thousands of people around there that would be happy if they could just plug some sort of cable to feed them and where they could do "their necessities" and live completely immersed in a virtual reality. I picture in my mind the day something like this is invented, we'll be seeing the same image taken from "the Matrix", people living in a kind of liquid to keep the bodies alive and a whole virtual world in their minds, connected with millions in the same conditions... and what's worse, perfectly happy to live like that - choosing it voluntarily.


DaEmOnFiRe

This is just an example of thousands of people around there that would be happy if they could just plug some sort of cable to feed them and where they could do "their necessities" and live completely immersed in a virtual reality. I picture in my mind the day something like this is invented, we'll be seeing the same image taken from "the Matrix", people living in a kind of liquid to keep the bodies alive and a whole virtual world in their minds, connected with millions in the same conditions... and what's worse, perfectly happy to live like that - choosing it voluntarily.


This is the exact point i am trying to stress on this matter, thank you for enforcing it further. Games like world of warcraft are addictive and are generally a waste of time. Like a 'Matrix', as you said that feeds people and eventually may cause death. These games truly disappoint me.

kage1405241539

itll be pretty famous if this was true.not saying it isnt but if it was official..my mum wud be repeating it 20x a day?


yuhuu

I don´t have a doubt. Although I did not read the article, from my point of view it has a great chance to be true..I remember other games in the past that killed some kids and mens. This kind of accidents happen all the time..But, in this special case, I suppose that the man had a heart failure background. Otherways, he would have feel his stomach ache, or his eyes getting blurred..For Gods sake, but dying of heart attack is just a proof that the man had a heart failure background..I hope this sacrifice will teach some of us that scaping reality is not the answer to our problems..We need to learn from this. We need to learn to interact with people rather than to learn to interact with computers..We need to forgive humans for their errors..The idea of being plugged to a video game like "matrix" is becoming real...The problem is that in matrix, people is fed by tubes, and that is a technology not well used for video gaming..I wonder if some company will start selling those tubes...O my Gosh..I just imagined myself buying one!!!!!...Cheers..


Mandi

50 hours playing 1 game ?? I admit that sometimes i can play a game for a long time but 50 hours that over the top!


yuhuu

As I said,,before,,this kind of dead happen all the time. It is a regular thing. And we have to learn from this kind of happenings. The one that says that this could not happen to himself, that very same one is at more risk...It is better to accept that every one of us is at risk if we do not take the necessary preventive steps..For example,,one would be, to not play alone..or, to report somebody that you are taking a playing spree, or to have somebody check on you from time to time,,etc..


eminus

why would they sue blizzard? (",) they provide us with great games why would we sue them? hehehe. its up to us(users) to control ourselves.a game get very addictive but hey you can controll it its just mind over joypad,keybaord and joystick tha is all


yuhuu

If this kind of things keep happening, I guess we will need to have to change the name of joypad to murderpad, or from joystick to dyingstick..I think it will make us aware of the risks of playing a very good game..Next time, we will probably hear about somebody trying to sell us a video game life risk insuranse,,for the just in case we get addicted to a very good game...jajajaj...cheers


Moon Child

I was reading the paper today about a man in South Korea who went on a 50 hour binge playing World of Warcraft and died of heart failure, caused by dehydration and starvation. Can video games become so engrossing that it numbs all effects such as hunger, thirst, or pain? It's hard to believe that he would not grab something to eat after playing for a little over 2 days straight. The article said that this kind of thing happens all the time in South Korea, not to the extreme of dying though. South Korea's connectivity to the world is very high, very close to the United States if not passed it. Their leaps in technology have made the internet a necessity which is both a good and bad thing.

 

Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, I just thought it was interesting :-P.


Trouble is, many people die from overdosing on gaming binges, and almost always either end up in life-threatening situations or in this case, death. So many deaths have actually been the cause to why the Chinese government (even though this man is Korean, but I'm sure they have restrictions too) have restricted players to play for only a couple of hours a day. Not like they have a choice, since it's mandatory.

 

It's not the fact that video games can kill you, because if that was the case, I'd be dead over a decade and a half ago, but it depends on the moderation. Everything is based on moderation, video games are no exception. People who do this probably have the misconception that they're immortal and take advantage of the fact that they're young and unstoppable. Not true. Just because alcohol is allowed, doesn't mean it can't kill. All in moderation and no one gets hurt.


richierich1m

This is such a Stupid korean Stuff. I swear, half of these peope are insane. It is their character to do nothing in half measure or moderated by concerns for little things like physical health. Sure I have gone hours playing a computer game, I am sure many of you have. It was only a matter of time before a Korean found this extreme like they do in most everything else. I think they are proud of this type of insanity and encourage each other to behave this way.Where are the most radical Christians that go to church every morning before dawn to pray: Korea. Where are the most radical communists left in the world where communism has clearly failed: Korea. They will study the hardest in any subject and play the hardest in any game to prove that they are the best in the world. Do I admire the Koreans? Not really. I think they are just crazy.Indeed it happened, and its completely real, he was addicted and he didnt sleep for 3 days, obviously this wasnt his first time doing that, which caused his bodie and mind tocrash, just like internet explorer... but there is no 9 lives for him


xboxrulz1405241485

This is such a Stupid korean Stuff. I swear, half of these peope are insane. It is their character to do nothing in half measure or moderated by concerns for little things like physical health. Sure I have gone hours playing a computer game, I am sure many of you have. It was only a matter of time before a Korean found this extreme like they do in most everything else. I think they are proud of this type of insanity and encourage each other to behave this way.
Where are the most radical Christians that go to church every morning before dawn to pray: Korea. Where are the most radical communists left in the world where communism has clearly failed: Korea. They will study the hardest in any subject and play the hardest in any game to prove that they are the best in the world. Do I admire the Koreans? Not really. I think they are just crazy.
Indeed it happened, and its completely real, he was addicted and he didnt sleep for 3 days, obviously this wasnt his first time doing that, which caused his bodie and mind to
crash, just like internet explorer... but there is no 9 lives for him



Well, let's not be racists here. It is just a fact that South Koreans have the largest MMORPG (and Starcraft) players in the world. A percentage will participate in gaming binges, and is causing many to die as we can see here.

xboxrulz

SilverFox1405241541

wow.i have played sh all the time b4 but I ate while playing and I got a small amount of sleep.Gosh...I can't game without eating B)That's just sad too on the other site, but he might've died without WoW.Btw richie nice spamming.


luisss

WoW, it can kill you... Are there links for this?


patronus4000

Okay, this is just weird. I know games can be addicting - I must admit that I had spent a lot of time on Runescape and other RPGs, too much, in fact - but how can they be so addicting that one can die from it? It's a bit hard to believe, but I'm pretty sure it can still happen. Somehow. Even during the summer, when I have all day to play games, I still get over *cough* ten to twelve hours of sleep (hey, I like my sleep), plenty of nourishment, and enough washroom breaks. How can one ignore the fact that they're sleepy, thirsty, hungry, and require a visit to the washroom?What has the world come to? People used to die from real sword fights in the medieval times, and now, people die from video games. >.>Serena


MediYama

There have more people been killed by playing World of Warcraft. Well, some people even murder others by playing it. How? Read this:There was a couple, they probably met through WoW and they married. They got a baby, and then went playing WoW again. And I don't know how long they have actually been playing there, but the kid eventually died because the parents didn't feed it. I think it's just sick how much WoW can ruin your life, and eventually even kill you as it is now known in the world. Would online role playing games eventually become an epidemic? Would more people die / get sick of playing WoW too much? I know.. but I don't want to think about it.


mattpa23

LOL ROFL i actully dont belive this come on if it is for real not some hoax he would of needed to be old like 50 or 60+ like i admit i play warcraft or halo and any war game (use to play runescape but now i find it a really SH** game) but i do leave the comp to eat,drink and go toilet like if he didnt go toilet he probley could of also died of kindy failer or his kindys blew cause dying from heart attack is rare espically if ur playing games like mention in a post before this he would of needed heart problems


lonelym

I believe this is possible, (This is an opinion, so please no flaming) because I have noticed that I am numb to any hunger during a 5-7 hour straight playing on the computer. I would start around 10AM in the morning and end in the afternoon, without hunger. As soon as I stand up though, my tummy would hurt, making me known to my hunger.Sleeping however, is a requirement for me. Once it reaches around 2AM or 3AM, my eyes give out, and it really forces me to go to bed.Most of the time, I am coding PHP or actionscript which would take most of my brain memory (something like RAM) and so, thinking too much about variables, and what to do and those stuff make me temporarily anesthetized of all pain. I'm really sorry for the poor man that died because of this game.