Have you ever wondered why the first 2-3 pages of a Nintendo manual have more health warnings than a box of cigarettes? It’s not because gaming is a particularly dangerous hobby, but like everything in life some people just don’t understand the old adage “all things in moderation”. According to the UK’s Sun newspaper, one such example is 20-year-old Chris Staniforth, a truly dedicated gamer who passed away last week during one of his 12+ hour marathon Halo sessions as a result so much inactivity.
The Autopsy confirmed that Staniforth’s died from a blood clot which resulted from deep vein thrombosis, an ailment brought on by large stretches of little to no movement. The doctors consulted in the matter reminded reporters that while inactivity was the cause, it was still a very unlucky co-incidence that happens more often to long haul flight passengers, where getting up and moving around can be difficult.
Chris Staniforth’s father says he doesn’t blame Microsoft and that his son lived for his Xbox. Not surprisingly when asked for comment Microsoft would say only that, “we recommend gamers take breaks to exercise as well as make time for other pursuits.”
Posted: 2011-07-31 19:21:58