Unless you’re playing on the Move/Kinect, It’s a known fact that excessive amounts of gaming can make a person lazy since he/she is essentially sitting in the same place for hours on end. Unfortunately for Chris Staniforth, excessive gaming turned fatal. This May, the twenty year old British gamer died from DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis), an issue associated with “long hours of immobility”. According to his father, Chris would play games in his Xbox360 nearly twelve hours a day during which a blood clot formed on his calf eventually making its way to his lungs. Over there it caused something called a pulmonary embolism killing him immediately.
Chris' father is trying to create awareness against the perils of excessive gaming
His father David isn’t on a crusade to condone video games though. He’s trying to create some sort of awareness to the dangers of DVT as well as excessive immobility brought on by anything from gaming for prolonged periods of time to even something like long flights.
According to the BBC, Microsoft has also issued a statement that goes something like this, “'We have always encouraged responsible game play through our education campaigns such as Play Smart, Play Safe. We recommend that gamers take periodic breaks to exercise as well as make time for other pursuits.”
Bottom line? Get up from that couch frequently and make sure you indulge in some sort of exercise on a daily basis.
Publish date: August 1, 2011 12:21 pm| Modified date: December 18, 2013 8:16 pm