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docduke

This thread has a lot of staying power! A while back in it, Abhiram asked for references. I don't have one for the title event, but I have one with well-documented problems for teens. It is Boys Adrift - The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men. The author, Leonard Sax, has spent many years studying children and motivation. His second "factor" is Video Games. In his opinion, many teens become so addicted to video games that their school performance, social lives and general well-being all suffer from neglect. He gives numerous examples.

I have one teen in college, and a second one in high school. In looking over colleges, I have been surprised to learn that U.S. colleges now have a substantial majority of women students. Boys seem to be losing interest in studies, and to hear Dr. Sax telling it, doing much of anything. This may be more of a problem in the U.S. than elsewhere, but it certainly seems to be something of major concern here!


levimage

Someone died playing video games? And because he didn't eat or drink anything for 50 hrs? I find that a little hard to believe. I believe I was engrossed in a game once... Half-Life, when I was playing for the first time, I played it non-stop for almost 3 days. But I did eat, drink, go to the bathroom, sleep for atleast 7 hrs .... I mean like come on, you can't sit and play warcraft and forget to eat or take a pee?

Ha Ha Ha... I remember doing that long time ago with Blizzard's Diablo (the first one). I remember I was playing for like 3 days and 2 nights. I ate breakfast, lunch, dinner, and had junk food too. Then the restroom too. But yeah. It was like the first game I bought and I had just bought a 5 speaker/Sub setup with Soundblaster Live!... cmon. It was cool. Then on the the fourth day my dad came and asked me to drive him to town and back (80 mile drive - oneway), Yikes! I really had to eat and drink to pull that off. I then came back home. I sleep for a 18 hours. *phew*

Yeah that is interesting though. He died. :) Wonder what level he was on. (j/k) I could tell some jokes but nevermind. Anyway did you people watch the south park episode where they were playing Warcraft online? LOL now that's funny.

mikesoft

Well, I used to play world of warcraft nonstop the the first year I got it. Nowadays I'm just a casual player.But to be honest, the first few months I was all day playing that game, I even skipped college sometimes just to have more time to play WoW. It can get very addicting, but I remember before I started playing on the official US realms (july 1st, 2005) I read about people dying while playing.. so me and my friends were joking about that, jokes like "dude we're going to die this year then!" lol.I remember playing a lot but I do remember that I was hungry sometimes, so I stopped playing for a little bit, and without disconnecting I used to go downstairs and eat something, and in less than 10 minutes I was playing again. I think it was mostly because I'm too competitive, and we were 3 friends who were like "competing" to see who was able to reach 60 first, of course I won the competition but I didn't die. I still had time in the day to eat, goto the bathroom and some other stuff that doesn't take too much time lol.The bad thing was that after reaching 60 I realized how much time I wasted playing, and I failed every single one of my classes at college... that was 3 years ago and thank god I don't play like that anymore. I'm doing really good at college but I do miss playing wow nonstop a little.I should be thankful I didn't die I guess... hahaha


iGuest

Replying to Kid Saiyan those parents are idiots, they can turn off the power. They can tell their son to stop. If you think your chils is gonig insane playing a game you stop them, even if they are adults its not that hard, if its your house and all they do is play games then they obviously cant get a place of their own with their own money, its your house pull the plug for good.-reply by Rafael

iGuest

So many people play WoW now it's inevitable that a lot of these people playing have some pre-existing health problems and it's inevitable that some of these people are going to actually die while playing, from heart attacks, aneurysms, seizures or whatever.I bet someone could sit down play for 30 minuets have a heart attack and die, but once word gets out or the press gets a hold of it, it is going to be spun that playing the game is what led to that person death.


Haydn

I tink dat guy died cz he did nt hv food for 2 days...u ssaid da he played 2 days straight rite? No food,no water? For sure at guy died nt cz of gaming!


iGuest

Playing PSP too long - (Hard on your eyes?)*

Man Dies From Playing World Of Warcraft

 

I played the SONY PSP for about 1 hour and my eyes started to water and burn, extremely bad! I don't know why...I just know that I never looked away from the screen to stop playing, except for the intermissions between races (WIPEOUT PURE) on the "LOADING" screen...* What happened? (IT's really getting on my last nerve, because my eyes caused me to lose the races, and in one; I got destroyed from not being able to see correctly (fully) and my racecraft exploded in mid-air. Remember: (my eyes started burning and watering after 30 min. - 1 HR. Of gameplay...)!* Any ideas, why???

E-mail me...

 

-question by Isaac


iGuest

Replying to half He probably didn't die of lack of food since you won't die from starvation unless you don't eat for around a whole week. Water is around 2-3 days. But, people who die from playing video games is usually from exhaustion. A persons body just gets to excited and eventually the body just totally fails. Usually ending up with somebody dieing. This is also true during the soccer world cup. Some people were watching the games non stop that there were news of some dieing from exhaustion. -reply by Jason

Chivas

Just playing for an hour in my computer hurts my eyes. I cant imagine playing 50 hours straight. OMG my eyes balls must popped out when that happens. But maybe, the man did not eat thats why he died. Computer addiction can really kill you.


Miles

I remember reading this, back in 2005. I find it hard to believe. Not eating or drinking for 50 hours? What an idiotic person. I'd expect him to be in terrible pain before his death. I admit, I've used the computer before when I've had headaches, but not usually with anything other than light headaches. I'm surprised he got off with this at the cyber-café I believe it was he was playing the game at. They should've unplugged at night.


Nemoness

HAHA well, i used to play WoW and it is a VERY addictive game. The most i spent on there was onlyy like 12 hours tho, it is true tho you forget to eat and drink :)


Maxfelgar

I always knew that video games could be addicting, but I had no idea that anyone had actually *died* from playing one too much. I've heard stories of people who completely withdraw themselves from the real world, preferring the life of a "Fantasy game". In fact, I know people who have actually QUIT their jobs in order to have more time on their games - they often do forget to eat, drink, and even cut down on sleep. Luckily, most of my acquaintances have all had counseling, and have now all but quit their respective games.Anyways, as has been said, I believe that this man died from Exhaustion, or possibly a seizure or some other sort of attack, and not starvation or dehydration, as both of those take several days to occur. Unless he hadn't been eating for several days before that for some reason?


iGuest

I love my games and want to go into a career developing them, but games ARE becoming an addiction, and also at my school some people get superiority complex because they're "5 levels higher than you so that makes you a nooooob, haha I own you" (I used to get this every time I saw this one kid, made me want to beat the hell out of him), but anyway, MMOs are the worst, because it's so repetative yet engrossing at the same time, and especially games like WoW, to be honest I find it a ripoff, and it's recently been uncovered by some that they use subliminal messages, and I can sure tell you that besides the little warining they have in the instruction manual they don't really try to dissuade you from excessive playing, one game that HAS got the right idea is last chaos, (imagine runescape on steroids, a lot of steroids, better graph. Story and controls...And community), and every 4hours I think it is (its been a while since ive played) it says in noticable letters something along the lines of "you have now been playing this game for 4 hours, please turn off the game and rest for 2 hours". This made me look at the clock realise id been playing ages, come back to reality, and reduce heavily my risk of going blind, or, as mentioned, dying.Blizzard is rich...If subliminal is happening, which from what ive seen it is (everyone I know whos not played who ive asked who's not played too much aggrees, and everyone who plays a lot argues) it needs to be investigated. NOW. And also they need to take steps to STOP...THIS...HAPPENING. Its really important. The companies putting us, young people, and the older generation too, need to spend some of thier millions (possible billions) of profit investigating how to help us play in moderation. Anyone aggree?-reply by privateD.Lister


iGuest

I don't see how you could be that addicted I thought I was addicted to rs (runescape) becuase I play quit a bit but not that muchive played all day a few times like from an hour after I get up till like 5:00am I got up at 8:00 am but I that bathroom breaks food and I took some good 30 min. Breaks and went outside.-reply by josh


Jaghancement

Honestly, the game may be "addicting" and all, but to play for 50 hours straight is just taking it too far. I've played the World of Warcraft for about three years and, although I have played for large amounts of time now and again, I've never come close to playing for that long. It's really the guy's fault for thinking it was a good idea to play for so long. Personally, I think the game's not addicting at all as long as you realize that it's just a game. It's not a big deal. I guess some people don't think the same way.


Running With Scissors1405241561

50 hours straight ;) Thats insane. I have never played World of Warcraft so I don't know how addicting it can be but seriously it can not be so addicting that you forget to eat and drink. I can hardly play a game for an hour straight without getting bored let alone fifty.I think they should have some sort of built in game feature that after the game is one for 12 hours it saves and shuts off. If any of you have the Wii if you play for 30 minutes or something like that a box pops up telling you to go outside or something like that. World of Warcraft should follow the Wii and do something like this as well.


khalilov

Perhaps he had enough money in his bank acount and thought he could take an early retirenment and quit his job. As for him dieing from heartfailure i doubt the game could have caused that O.o. Well maybe not completely, maybe he had a weak heart or something + lack fo rest/food/water made his body weaker. Then the game's explosions,graphics and perhaps he was about to loose a rare item lol. I think thats what killed him. Poor guy. *Gets DSL connection and downloads WOW*


Arbitrary

Honestly, the game may be "addicting" and all, but to play for 50 hours straight is just taking it too far. I've played the World of Warcraft for about three years and, although I have played for large amounts of time now and again, I've never come close to playing for that long. It's really the guy's fault for thinking it was a good idea to play for so long.

Well yes, but that's obviously because you realize it was just a game, and so you don't really gravitate towards playing with the same amount of time a regular person might spend on work. Some people though, literally become engrossed and stop thinking of it as a game. To them, it's a way of life, and they're probably going to need some outsiders (friends, family, a psychologist) to interfere and get them help.
I did have a small bout of mmorpg addiction, and I have to say I did quite a bit of merchanting in Runescape. It was quite fun while I did it, and I remember banking a lot of cash off those newly released rune berserkers (and other awards in the new cave). I guess the "buy low, sell high" principle was working pretty well for me. However, after a certain time, I realized that I was spending far too much time merchanting, and began contemplating quitting. I also noticed that the profit gained from merchanting was lowering day by day (expected, since the price of a new commodity starts high but will always drop over time). Eventually, I told myself it was a huge timesink and just stopped playing mmorpgs altogether.

I used to also play a text mmorpg, and I must say that one wasn't nearly as addictive (not because it was a text mmorpg, but because death was a really serious matter in the game). Once you died, none of your stuff could be retrieved, meaning that not only would you have to begin making money again, you'd have to regain all your levels. This led to tedium, as every new area of the game I discovered would lead to a death, meaning that I had to repeat the process multiple times before I got anywhere. In the end, my concentration gave in and I just quit.

I think they should have some sort of built in game feature that after the game is one for 12 hours it saves and shuts off. If any of you have the Wii if you play for 30 minutes or something like that a box pops up telling you to go outside or something like that. World of Warcraft should follow the Wii and do something like this as well.

Obviously this is not going to happen. WoW profits off the fact that people become addicted to their game and come back month after month to lengthen their subscription. If they do what you say, they wouldn't make nearly as much money. That defeats the point of commercializing their product. Also, I've never seen that on the Wii (I've played multiple times at several friends' houses); perhaps this is a newer version of the Wii or something else special you had to install first? Now, if this exists for the Wii, it still matters less because they're not exactly forcing you to go outside, they're merely suggesting it. Such a suggestion on WoW might be nice, but everyone knows their developers won't do something to harm their business. The fact that the man got himself killed can't really be attributed to the company; there are plenty of others who are doing fine. It's the way he managed his time that resulted in his death.

Blizzard is rich...If subliminal is happening, which from what ive seen it is (everyone I know whos not played who ive asked who's not played too much aggrees, and everyone who plays a lot argues) it needs to be investigated. NOW. And also they need to take steps to STOP...THIS...HAPPENING. Its really important. The companies putting us, young people, and the older generation too, need to spend some of thier millions (possible billions) of profit investigating how to help us play in moderation. Anyone aggree?

Hmmm, I think I might be of the personal responsibility camp. For instance, by now most people know and understand that WoW is addictive. Therefore, anyone who chooses to play WoW now knows that they are taking a risk, especially if they've had problems with addiction in the past. They know they might become hooked and yet choose to mess with it anyway. I believe this means that they should be responsible for their own actions. Moreover, whether or not WoW is really addictive the same way heroin or morphine is addictive is debatable. I highly doubt the endorphin high for WoW is anywhere near as high as that of the aforementioned drugs. WoW isn't a drug; it obviously gives addicted gamers a certain amount of endorphin release, but it doesn't do so by forcing the release. There are incentives in WoW, and accomplishing those incentives gives you a award, which causes the endorphin release. That incentive could easily be replaced by something else. Cue the workaholics, or the shopaholics, or whatever.
Now, I'm not a psychologist, and I'm not trying to say that gamers should be left on their own. People around them (friends and family) should definitely try to help them get help. I think, however, that gamers, like those who eat McDonalds and then get fat should stop blaming the companies and instead think about why they made the decisions they made. Blizzard isn't holding a gun at their throat telling them to play, just like McDonalds isn't doing it to its customers. (Although, the last point can be debated due to the poor's tendency to eat unhealthy fast food).

MoonLightCity

that sounds pretty bad, I would play MMORPG games all the time a few months ago, I would play for about 20 hours a day.. but I would get up to eat and sleep and drink though. But I wouldn't see not drinking or eating for 50 hours playing video games...


Jezstarr

I have heard so many people who are addicted to this game and are trying to get me into it but I just don't like these sorts of games. Sure it may be extremely fun, I might never know but c'mon playing for 50 hours straight. Well that's just stupid really. Some of my games I will play for 2 hours if that but for 50 hours. I can't even pull off an all nighter.

It is still sad though but it was a bit immature really. And i seriously doubt that they will get sued as it wasn't there fault they made an addictive game. They didn't want you to play for 1 whole day let alone 2 days. Some people may blame them but seriously.

Anyone sane will atleast get up and have something to eat or drink... even if they are playing non-stop. This guy must have been a complete whacko to have completely forgotten everything while playing Warcraft (a strategy game at that... not even an FPS wink.gif).

Exactly I am always up and about looking for something to eat and drink when I've been playing a game for a while. I also take a rest from it a lot.