• From actual withdrawal symptoms from being
deprived from video games to murder and assault, we count 11 horrifying examples of gaming
addiction. 11 – Tunnel Vision,
• There are some crazy internet cafes in the world, for instance in Taiwan a 23-year-old
man named Chen paid for 23 hours of time at his favourite place in order to binge on World
of Warcraft. • But 23 hours later, when the staff came
to tell him his time was up, they realised something horrible, he was dead and had been
for a while, then a big commotion was raised with the staff and they called the emergency
services. • It turns out he died thanks to heart failure,
as the café was filled with cigarette smoke, but the worst thing here is that the other
gamers didn’t even notice until the forensic team showed up and they had to evacuate, the
others were so locked into their games that they didn’t even notice there was a slowly
decaying corpse in the room with them. 10 – Withdrawal Symptoms,
• A young boy, aged 12, named Brett was a huge fan of counter strike, so much so that
he spent any chance he got to play it, which I mean isn’t that crazy when you think about
it, but what is crazy is his reactions when cut off from the game.
• It only took him a few hours for him to reach an incredibly dark place, we’re not
talking about throwing tantrums he legitimately began to think about committing suicide.
• He’s not the only one that has had these feelings an addict going through video game
withdrawal can experience anxiety, irritability and depression, they can even feel physical
symptoms such as nausea and dizziness. 9 – Severe Health Problems,
• We’re not just talking about getting fat or lacking enough muscle to do anything
but wank and move your thumbs, there are some severe health side effects that can be caused
by playing games way too much. • The first and most prominent one is repetitive
strain injuries where your thumbs, fingers and/or wrists have been damaged, if you don’t
catch it and treat it early on the damage can be a life-long chronic pain.
• Then there’s all the problems that come with being sedentary, sitting down for too
long is not healthy and it can cause heart failure.
• One kid reported that he had played WoW so much that he had developed deep vein thrombosis,
where a blood clot forms due to inactivity, if untreated the clot can travel into your
brain or heart and kill you. 8 – Extreme Tetris Effect,
• For the few of you that have never heard of, or experienced the Tetris effect, it’s
this thing your brain does after playing a game for too long and you keep playing the
game in your head, this most commonly happens with Tetris.
• This isn’t really that big a deal for most people, however one woman was so focused
on where imaginary blocks would go that she drove into oncoming traffic and was t-boned
by a car. • In a stroke of luck the speeding hunk
of metal didn’t take any lives, but this level of Tetris effect could only happen to
someone completely addicted. 7 – Pyromania,
• Now before we go any further, I’m not the kind of person that believes video games
can cause violence, there’s too little evidence proving that it does and a decent amount that
proves that it doesn’t, the people committing these crimes are mentally unstable individuals
that use video games as an outlet. • Anyway, back on topic, a 17-year-old boy
was extremely frustrated after he lost a schoolyard fight, so he did what any good fire mage would
do, find some fossil fuel, pour it on his victim and light him on fire.
• He claimed he ‘lost himself in World of Warcraft’ and we he lit the kid on fire
he had ‘transformed into a fire mage’. • He was sent to prison for 8 years and
had to pay the victim and his family just over the equivalent of 100,000 US dollars.
6 – Playing a Game to Death, • This isn’t a hyperbole, there have been
numerous reports of people playing games without significant pause for so long that they die
of exhaustion. • The most notable case of this is a 32-year-old
man in Taiwan who stayed at an internet café for three days so he could play his favourite
online game. • Earlier that year another man in Taiwan
suffered the same fate after playing games for over five days in a row.
• Don’t get me wrong, I’ve binge played a game before but I can’t imagine being
so addicted to a game that I literally keep playing until death takes me.
5 – Grand Delusions, • A 13 year old was so obsessed with WoW
that he lost his mind, he wasn’t unintelligent as he had good grades at school, but that
didn’t stop him obsessively writing an 80,000 word in-character diary about the game.
• That isn’t what makes him delusional and clearly addicted, however, at some point
he thought to himself that he couldn’t bear being apart from the characters in the game,
so he left a note for his parents and jumped off a 24-story building.
• His suicide note claimed that he had gone to join the heroes of the game that he worshipped,
his parents then sued the Chinese distributor of WoW for the equivalent of 12,500 US dollars.
4 – Revenge, • During the Diablo-like online RPG Legend
of Mir 3’s peak, equipment was worth a lot of money, some of which sold for up to 10,000
US dollars online. • Zhu from China borrowed a sword from his
friend, Qiu, for a while, but then when he realised its value he sold it for $1,000,
needless to say his friend was incredibly angry.
• But Qiu got so angry that he did something crazy, he stabbed Zhu ‘with great force’
in the chest and killed him, he was then sentenced to life in jail.
• But this isn’t the only case of revenge, multiple people have been killed or injured
over disputes in games, not all of them had real money behind them either, just hours
and hours of playtime. 3 – Teen Murders,
• 16 year-old Daniel Petric got sick with a staph infection and wasn’t really able
to go outside, so his friends introduced him to the Halo series, he got hooked and wanted
to buy Halo 3, but his parents forbade him due to its mature rating.
• However, he bought it anyway in secret, he clocked up to 18 hours a day and got totally
addicted, but when his parents found out they took the Xbox and the game and locked it away
in the safe along with their handgun. • David got his father’s keys and emptied
its contents, he then walked up to his parents, who were sitting on the couch and told them
‘close your eyes I have a surprise for you both.’
• He then shot both parents in the back of their heads and then tried to cover it
up as a murder suicide, but his Dad survived and he was sentenced to jail.
• David isn’t the only case of this happening, a 13 year old boy strangled and pilfered an
83 year old woman so he could pay for his WoW subscription.
2 – Infant Death by Negligence, • Ever been so hooked into a game that you
forget about the world around you? Me too, it’s a nice feeling being immersed into
a fictional world, but when you have young children in your care you need to pay attention.
• There’s a depressingly large amount of stories about parents being so involved
with their gaming that they ignore their children for long periods of time, so much so that
they die for one reason or another. • The causes of death vary, one man left
a gun in his living room and his 3-year-old thought it was a wii toy, another left the
room to play on his Gameboy Advanced while his 10-month old twins were in the tub, but
sadly the usual cause is leaving kids to die a slow death.
1 – Filicide • Negligence is one thing, deliberately
harming your own children because they’re taking away time from your game is another,
much worse, thing. • When Tony Bragg heard his infant son screaming
during his Everquest time he walked over to him, squeezed him and shoved him in the utility
closet, he later found that he had squeezed the kid to death.
• Tyrone Spellman thought his 17-mont-old daughter had broken his brother’s Xbox,
so he did what any rational and well-adjusted human being would do, he beat her to death;
he later added the following ‘That little baby’s head cracked like a walnut’.
• Both of these men are serving long sentences in jail.