Teenager dies after playing Diablo III for 40 hours without food

By Archean
Jul 19, 2012
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  1. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TechSpot Booster Posts: 808   +51

    It's that guys stupidity, nothing more...
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,477   +292

    I don't understand how this happens. You hear about it somewhat regularly too.

    You can go several days without water, and a month or so without food. And people can stay awake for longer than 40 hours at a time. Something else has to be wrong with these people that are dying playing computer games.
  3. Zilpha

    Zilpha TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 349

    I agree with SNG - something else had to be wrong with this guy. Besides that, are we agreeing that he is a man at 18 or a teenager? The title was misleading - when I hear the word "teenager" I think "14 year old kid that parents are using video games as a babysitter for" not "guy who is old enough to join the military and should know better".
  4. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,536   +92

    Games don't kill people, people do (their own stupidity).
  5. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TechSpot Booster Posts: 375   +64

    That he went without food for 40 hours is telling. I don't think anyone in the right frame of mind would do something like that for a game. Something was wrong even before he stepped into that room.

    Poor fellow.
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,818   +1,431

    If the truth was known he was probably playing games and not eating allot longer than 40 hours. I've gone 4 days without eating (more than once) and still felt perfectly fine. I personally don't think the lack of food had anything to do with his death, unless he went without eating for a much greater length of time than 40 hours.

    On a slightly comical note, I think I will call this phenomena "Game Play Overdose".
  7. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,575   +47

    I think that might be closer to the truth than it sounds.

    Gaming for some people is just a hobby, but for others it can be a lifestyle and very addictive at that. Much in the same way drugs and alcohol can grab and take people's lives, I firmly believe gaming can be put into one of those categories.

    I've done it in the past when I was younger; got my favorite game and played it for 12 hours straight, received a very bad headache, but just ignored it and carried on. Same with food: food takes time to make and eat...time I'd rather spend kickin' ***. All other things can wait - the game comes first.

    Sure it's a 'cocky' way of thinking (teenagers for ya,) but yeah, I feel for the guy.
  8. Doctor John

    Doctor John TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 247   +15

    I think the gaming is irrelevant here - people don't normally die after 40 hours without food (I've survived it once or twice, and I'm greedy!)
    Deep vein thrombosis has to be a possibility if you sit that long?
  9. Dawn1113

    Dawn1113 TechSpot Booster Posts: 375   +64

    I hate to say it, but certain drugs will make you forget to eat. You don't feel tired or hungry and you become fixated on what you feel are important tasks. People just drop dead after going on weeklong binges. I lost a friend that way. Those things will kill you, for sure.

    I'm not saying that's what happened to the poor fellow, though.
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,477   +292

    That is a weeklong binge though, not 40 hours. 40 hours isn't even 2 days!
     
  11. Razer

    Razer TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 131   +11

    Maybe the cause not just only 40 hours without food. Some variable must be accounted for example: sleep deprivation, mind-exhausted, stress caused by game, exhausted stamina, drugs or energy drink etc, and maybe this person also had health problems he either did or didn't know about before playing.. then all of this somehow causing impact to the body function that lead to death.


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