UK government says gamers die younger

Change4Life campaign draws links between gaming and early death

If you are a gamer then you are likely, on average, to die younger than a non-gamer, if a new UK government campaign is to believed.

"The Government's Change4Life campaign upped the ante in drawing spurious links between games and premature death this week," reports games trade paper MCV.

The Change4Life ad campaign – which appears in a number of popular womens' weekly mags such as Star, Reveal and Heat - clearly implies that the image of a young gamer slumped in front of the TV is at increased risk of contracting heart disease and dying younger than non-gamers.

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Jamegohanssj54012d ago

Thanks now I can stop trying to commit suicide.


solideagle14012d ago

nice bubble+ for u. but i think its big BS.

Ghoul4012d ago

actually gamers die earlier because of the constant discrimination by the society, stress and social rejection. (im not talking about addics on wow or certain other games)

Alcon4012d ago

NOOOOOOoooooooo..... (echoe)

Ah well, if I must die young, I'll make the most of it then. I'll start smoking, drinking a lot of alcohol and eat burgers while playing video games. I'll try to enjoy my short gaming life as much as I can....

hay4012d ago

Also: gamers die more often than ordinary human.

nycredude4012d ago

Every man dies, but not every man really lives.

If true then it's all worth it!

Nineball21124012d ago

Only the good die young...

Take your pick of which song you like. :-)

ThanatosDMC4011d ago

Well, at least we'll die happy. ::high fives::

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Sir Ken_Kutaragi4012d ago (Edited 4012d ago )

Yeah, they are quite Dangerous the xBox 360's!!! ;-D

+ The good things about playing games is you can die and then start again!!! ;)


lol... is this for real.

i can see how it happens;

gamer gets pi$$ed off playing CoD on veteran, throws pad at TV only to have it recoil off the screen and back into his face. impact causing major brain damage.

oh dear, what next ?

Lucreto4012d ago (Edited 4012d ago )

Change4Life campaign is stupid I saw another one yesterday.

It is a picture of a little girl with a cup cake and in big writing
"Is a premature death so tempting"

It was an advert for diabetes. It is just a scare tactics and I just recycled the advert. I bet these people who started the campaign are the same people who hit Mandleson with the green custard.

Ghoul4012d ago (Edited 4012d ago )

Jup thats actually one of my biggest gripes with todays society, its alll based on fear.

Fear about your money,
fear about your children,
fear about your health,
fear about invaders.

smeels alot like mid 20s century tactics. Its by far more dangerous to your health and life to life those fears then taking it a bit easier.

Lucreto4012d ago

Scare tactics work unfortunatley but advert like this will have little impact like the picture of blacked lungs on ciggurette packets. It did little to stop people smoking.

I had some back experiences I lost a friend who loved sports and his heart could not take it and died on the pitch playing football for his team. Another instance is next door to where I am working died after lifting a heavy box up a ladder. He had one medals for cross country running.

So there are risks in everything you do and pointing out gamers is no really fair.

claney4012d ago (Edited 4012d ago )

Sounds to me like im not safe playing soccer outside or my ps3...

may as well find a nice dark corner and sit and rock back and forth there for a few years :)

Hellsvacancy4012d ago

Pot smokers die younger aswell so im completely screwed lol

Perjoss4012d ago

lets face it, they are not the best years of your life (the ones at the end) so does it really matter if a few of them are taken away. But I can see some truth in this article, I imagine most gamers spend a lot less time being active and doing exersize and other stuff that is generally good for your heart.

Leathersoup4012d ago

I'd rather die happy than be alive and miserable.

Seriously... don't these people have anything better to do with "their" lives than tell others how to live theirs? They probably spent more time conducting this study than I'll lose because of gaming. Now who's who's living smart?

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