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Published on 13 Nov 2015 | over 2 years ago

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Top 10 people who had a serious obsession over online gaming. Who's playing Fallout 4 and Black ops 3 right now?
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Just about anyone who has experienced a childhood that played out during the eighties, nineties or the aughts can attest to the addictive quality of video games, knowing first-hand the feeling of hours that flew by playing eSport games or multi-player, multi-level challenges. We want to beat one more boss, ascend to one more level get one more step closer to a new high score. It is easy to get immersed in the sensory overload of fast-paced action and frequent rewards of video games, but these guys take it to a whole different level.

The true extent of addictiveness found in video games can be best represented by these 10 bizarre cases of people who neglected basic human survival needs in order to keep on gaming – and paid the ultimate price. In these examples of an increasingly problematic trend of video games taking precedence over eating and sleeping for some, the obsession of gamers transports them into a pixelated reality wherein they give their avatar more attention and care than their own bodies. The consequences of these warped priorities can, as we will come to see in these particular situations, be dire.

Simon Parkin, an award-winning English author and journalist, explored the issue of gaming-related deaths in depth in his 2015 novel, “Death by Video Game”. In the book, Parkin offers a hauntingly visceral description of a gaming death, writing, “He played the game to pass the time: ten hours of uninterrupted questing. Then, mind hazed by the room's thick cigarette smoke and eyes stinging from the monitor's flicks and throbs, he decided to step outside for some fresh air. Feng stood, took three steps then stumbled and collapsed, his mouth foaming."

Indeed, video game deaths are neither new nor particularly rare. Documented cases have occurred all over the world and have existed as far back as 1982. It’s strange to think that reports of deaths via gaming are so widespread, given that you never hear about people dying by cinema, at the theater or while reading a book. Then again, how many movies, plays or books can keep you rapt and engrossed for hours on end? Despite the idle nature of the hobby, however, death from excessive video game play has become sufficiently commonplace to the point that Nintendo has even included a “Why not take a break?” interruption message in games for its Wii console.

So how can people reach a point where they are actually gaming themselves to death? Maybe it stems from the fact that playing video games isn’t an idle act at all and is, in fact, active media. We become immersed in the continuing, developing saga that is the video game narrative. Sure, there’s a pause button available (on some games, anyway), but using it means killing momentum and releasing oneself from the complete absorption of the experience. In the cases of these 10 people, a gaming obsession didn’t spell the end for their avatar, but did lead to their own demise.

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