World of Warcraft, arguably the most popular online game there is, has drawn a lot of attention over the media during the past couple of years. Addictions, divorces, joblessness and ruined relationships, are among some of the things associated with the dependence of playing WoW twenty-three out of the twenty-four hours a day. We’ve heard stories of the infamous Chinese Gold-Farmers, who work slave shifts to mine fake gold within the video game, which their owners then turn and sell for a real profit. It may be sound like to fun to play video games all day, but many have us have heard horror stories of gamers suffering heart attacks, strokes and even murder over the course of the past few decades.
As far back as 1981, Berzerk was known as the first video game to have actually caused death, when 19-year old Jeff Dailey fatally died of a heart-attack after reaching a score of 16,600.
Several years ago back in 2005, we heard another story of a South Korean who suffered a heart-attack after playing for over 50 hours straight with seldom bathroom breaks, food and sleep. Interestingly enough, some of these individuals actually do this for a living, and some even earn of $100,000 a year salary competing in tournaments and mining virtual currency!
As gamers, we know that there are many types of videos games out there on the market. Some are much more engrossing than others. Some you can play for 15 minutes at a time and put the controller down to go eat dinner. MMORPG’s severely limit one’s ability to do so. Players are completely involved in the virtual world they live and play in, and would often rather feed their virtual character points and money, than their own humanily needs.
As a lesson to us all, we should not let video games consume our daily living and get in the way of our relationships. Yes they are fun to play, but surely we would like to be around when Grand Theft Auto X & Halo15 come out.