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Boy collapses after playing World of Warcraft for 24 hours straight

The Times Online: A schoolboy collapsed and went into convulsions after playing a new version of the World of Warcraft computer game for 24 hours straight.

The 15-year-old boy and his friends were playing Wrath of the Lich King when he suffered what appeared to be an epileptic seizure, it was reported today.

"They played all day and all night. Maybe they got a few hours of sleep. They ate a little food and breakfast at their computers," the boy's father told the Kvällsposten newspaper in Sweden.

Doctors told the father that his son's bodily systems had been disrupted by a combination of sleep deprivation, lack of food, and the prolonged period of concentration playing the game.

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Wildarmsjecht3318d ago

so..the father was well aware of what his son was doing..and yet, i assume did nothing if it got to this point.

Father of the Year, right there folks. But of course, that might not even be brought up. It'll be another "VIDJAGAMES DID BAD BOOM STUFF!"

GrammarPolice3317d ago

"The boy is expected to make a full recovery but his father said he plans on limiting the amount of time his son is allowed to play computer games."

Good call, Dad!

vitz33317d ago (Edited 3317d ago )

Son - "Lvl 64! Ding W00T!"
Dad - "Stop playing, it's bedtime."
Son - "But dad..."
Dad - "Ok, just for 10 minutes more." *Passes out on couch in a beer soaked mess.

Also, 24hrs is nothing. I can do that in my sle... Wait.

No really, 32 hours straight is my record for a game. What a wuss.

RememberThe3573317d ago

That must have been one hell of a game.

vitz33317d ago

MGS4 was 26 hours. Beat the campaign a bunch of times.

Resistance 2 was 32 hours. This past weekend. Straight. I love that game.

Panthers3317d ago

Ive gone on a long streak with Socom. Not sure how long though. Doubt it was over 14 hrs.

Regret3317d ago

14hr MGS3. Only game I finished same day I bought it. And I regret it cause MGS4 came out few months ago :/ Anyway, not playing much, only great games once a month.

sirbigam3317d ago

Those were the glory days man playing for hours stopping for food and bathroom breacks with not a care in the world, this kid just overdid it yu gotta sleep atleast when its night time or starting when the sun comes up.

ThanatosDMC3317d ago

Yeah, when i bought MGS4 i couldnt put it down. I did however do those walk around and stretch a but after each act. Best sacrificed sleep time for a videogame!

Resistance 2 was another story. 4am in the morning and everytime i die makes me want to play more and more.

vitz33317d ago

@ Thanatos.

I didn't stretch. I sat there. Waiting... o_0

badz1493317d ago

but 32h is simply insane! you're one crazy gamer vitz! I think I've heard someone in China died for gaming more than 24h straight in a cyber cafe before.

my personal record is 30h though but in between, I rested for 5-10 mins and minus 2h for dinner! it was in end of 2005 and it was a crazy Japanese board game - Momotaro Dentetsu! that was one hell of a crazy winter! what was I thinking back there as I was a month away from my university's final year presentation!

now I'm busy working and hardly have time to game longer than just several hours a week. but last year when I was in Australia, I spent 17h straight of R&C FToD. I finished the game with all the side missions on my 1st go! that game is simply hard to put down once played!

ThanatosDMC3317d ago

I couldnt help it. The game told me to stand up and stretch! HAHHAHAH... yeah, it's really starting to get harder and harder to find time to play our games the older we get and the more responsibilities start falling on our laps.

When i travel, i have my PSP to play MHF2 or Front Mission 3 or Legend of Legaia.

ultimolu3317d ago

I couldn't play a game that long. O-o

psnDevistator3563317d ago

This is what happens when a game doesn't have an ending.

BLuKhaos3317d ago

32 hrs? wow and I thought I was hardcore but then again the longest I ever played a game was 14 hrs so I guess thats not too bad.

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Th3 Chr0nic3317d ago

perfect picture for this story!

Aclay3317d ago

LOL, the pic. for the story reminds me of Gabe Newell.

ThatCanadianGuy3317d ago

LOL! that's exactly who i thought of when i seen that picture

Gun_Senshi3317d ago

Its soutpark Episode "Make love not warcraft"

Cernunnos3317d ago

Wow, playing a game for 24 hours straight WITH food and drink? How can you collapse from that? Fall asleep maybe but god... I've done that more times than I can count.

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Miraak82 3317d ago

Haha, loser, I love video games but too much of it messes with the mind, you gotta know your limitations bud , hitting rock bottom is a bltch!

RememberThe3573317d ago (Edited 3317d ago )

I bet the kid got home and went right back to WoW. The kid needed to take some breaks, go for a run, play some basketball or some catch. Some of you guys need to get out more for your own health. You put it perfectly, "you gotta know your limitations bud".

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