G’Day Gamer Guys & Gals!
If you haven’t yet had a chance to read yesterday’s blog, it is dedicated to the memory of:
Brian “PoShYbRiD” Vigneault, who passed away last Sunday from complications after a marathon gaming session for charity.
It is such a tragedy that PoShYbRiD was taken so soon.
In continuation of spreading the message of the dangers of marathon gaming, we are going to bring light to a few other deaths in the gaming community, as well as what you can do to keep yourself safe.
I do want to preface this article by saying that this topic is in no way attempting to spread fear about playing video games.
If anyone is for gaming as much as you can, it’s this girl!
The purpose of this blog is to keep you safe and to game in a safe way.
I love you all too much and don’t want to see another tragedy occur to any of us.
The purpose of this blog is to keep you aware and hopefully plant a seed in your mind that will come back to you should you ever find yourself sitting still for long periods of time.
Which will probably happen at some point or another!
These tips are not just for marathon gamers, but for anyone that has ever had to endure long periods of stagnant activity.
Like sitting a desk, taking a long flight and of course, marathon gaming.
In South Korea in 2010, a married couple had just given birth to a premature infant, (which is shameful in their country.)
After arriving home, they hid themselves away and began playing ‘Prius Online’ for hours and days on end.
In the game, the couple was raising a virtual baby.
Apparently, their virtual child was more important than their real one, as they totally forgot about their actual newborn baby.
Their infant passed away from malnutrition.
Another story from South Korea claims that a 22-year-old unemployed man in the North Gyeongsang Province was arrested for allegedly leaving his 28-month son at home to starve to death while he played online computer games at an internet café for 10 days.
He came home afterward to find the dead body and according to police, hid the body out on the balcony of his apartment complex for a month, before wrapping it up in a blanket and plastic bag and leaving the body in a flower garden a mile away from his home.
Through researching, I found a lot of stories that take place in South Korea but certainly, is not limited to this country.
Gaming deaths are happening all over the world.
In China, a man played an unknown online game for three days straight at an Internet cafe.
(That’s 72 hours of consecutive gaming!)
After three days, the man dropped dead from exhaustion.
In America, 20-year-old Chris Staniforth was known for playing Halo 3 for 12-hour sessions, 2-3 times a week.
In August of 2011, during his last campaign ever, a blood clot traveled from his legs to his lungs, killing him instantly.
The official cause of death was listed as Deep vein thrombosis.
In Russia, a young man who was fixated with playing DOTA, died after reportedly playing it for 22 DAYS solid.
The teen, known only as Rustam, was playing the game Defense of the Ancients almost continuously, only stopping to sleep and eat.
Investigators stated that the addicted gamer spent more than 2,000 hours playing the game in only a year-and-a-half.
His cause of death was also listed as Deep Vein Thrombosis.
So what is Deep Vein Thrombosis exactly and why does it cause deaths?
According to The Mayo Clinic:
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. Deep vein thrombosis can cause leg pain or swelling but may occur without any symptoms.
Deep vein thrombosis can develop if you have certain medical conditions that affect how your blood clots.
Deep vein thrombosis can also happen if you don’t move for a long time, such as after surgery, following an accident, or when you are confined to a hospital or nursing home bed.
Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition because blood clots in your veins can break loose, travel through your bloodstream and lodge in your lungs, blocking blood flow (pulmonary embolism).
About 1 in 10 people die from DVT complications.
But there are simple things you can do to keep you comfortable and safe while gaming.
Get Up! Walk around every half an hour to get your blood circulating and flowing. Stretch, walk around and stay active during those 30 minutes and repeat frequently!
Be aware that smoking increases complications. Many of us will have smoke breaks during marathon gaming sessions, but those don’t count as the kind of breaks I wrote about above!
Smoking greatly increases your chance of blood clots.
One of my favorite gamers on Twitch quit smoking after he hit 1,000 followers!
Set up a healthy gaming goal for yourself too that your followers and friends can help keep you stick to!
Check your blood pressure at least once a year, more often if your doctor says to!
Follow his instructions about taking medication if you need it.
Exercise, eating well, and quitting smoking will help control your blood pressure, too.
This tips and advice are only to keep you around as long as possible.
We need to stick together in the gaming community and show love and care for each other.
It is a tragedy when one of us passes so young and we have to take that tragedy to learn and to help save others in the future.
Game Smart, Game Responsibly and Game Forever!
Thank you so much for reading this blog.
I am sorry for the melancholy tone, we usually have a lot of fun around here!
Hearing of these deaths really affected me and I just don’t want anyone else or their families to suffer from such a preventable tragedy.
Share this article with any of your family and friends who game, or travel often, or work at a desk to keep them safe and aware!
I promise tomorrow’s blog will be a lot more upbeat! But thank you for taking this seriously. You only have one life and one you. You are priceless. We need you! <3
Love you all!
“Almost Everything Will Work Again If You Unplug It For A Few Minutes… Including You!” ~ Anne Lamott