Video Games That Killed People In Real Life
These games ended in tragedy.
Video games are fun for a myriad of reasons, one of which includes the ability to keep playing after an in-game "death." It gives players that delicious rush of immortality. Unfortunately, real-life doesn't come with any such do-over and the following gamers learned this the hard way. While it's easy to stress the dangers of violent imagery, it turns out blood clots, game induced psychosis and thrombosis are just a few of the more deadly dangers video games can cause.
Berzerk: Heart Attack
In 1982, an 18-year-old suffered a heart-attack while ironically playing the arcade game Berzerk: Heart Attack. Some pointed out the victim had a pre-existing heart condition and had walked four miles in the snow right before playing the game, while others blamed the game.
Shawn Woolley was just one of many EverQuest fans whose family worried they were taking their obsession with the game too far. In 2022, Shawn quit his job in order to dedicate more time to the game. That year at Thanksgiving his mom found Shawn shot himself at his computer, with the game still playing.
Legend Of Mir 3
The in-game items of Legend of Mir 3 have real-life meaning to players and real-life value in monetary terms. That's how an argument over an in-game item turned deadly, when one gamer broke into another's house and stabbed him in the heart all over items in a game.
It's not only violent video games that produce violent results. The most innocuous game of all time, Farmville, even turned deadly! In 2010, a single-mother became enraged that her child was crying and ruining the game. She admitted to "shaking him three times," and unfortunately, that was enough to kill him.
In 2007, a Sacramento radio station decided to host a contest to raffle off a free Nintendo Wii. Contestants were asked who could "hold their wee" for the longest amount of time. Unfortunately, water intoxication can be deadly and the contestant who came in second died from participating in the contest.
World Of Warcraft
When a mother played World Of Warcraft for 15-hours in 2006, her infant daughter died in the next room of neglect. The game has been criticized for creating worlds that are hard to leave, especially for people with addictive or compulsive tendencies.
Ingress is a mobile app that encourages players to make moves in real life. This seems like a great plan, until you consider the possible dangers. For example, in 2016, a 16-year-old Brazilian boy was hit by a bus when trying to enter an Ingress portal in the middle of a busy street.
Defense Of The Ancients
In 2015, a 17-year-old boy played Defense of the Ancients for 22 days and died. Doctors suggested the reason was "thrombosis," such as what you can get for sitting on a long flight without moving for too long. Remember not to take marathon gaming too lightly! Always stretch and hydrate.
Slender: The Arrival
Slenderman was once just a terrifying children's story, until it turned into real-life horror. In 2014, two girls became convinced Slender needed a sacrifice and they decided to give him none other than their best-friend. The girls took their friend to the woods and stabbed her 19 times. Luckily, she lived.
In 2020, a 12-year-old Egyptian boy died while playing PUBG. His family told reporters the boy was "addicted" to the game and that he had a weight-problem due to his obsession. One of the most influential religious bodies in Egypt went so far as to outlaw the game.
Call Of Duty
When two Call Of Duty players got in a heated argument over Twitter in 2017, they unfortunately moved their fight into the real world. One player "swatted" the other, a dangerous "prank" where you report a fake crime at a person's real address. But when the "real" address was also a fake, a totally innocent man ended up dying.
Pokemon Go seems like a perfectly safe game, but in 2019 it brought one woman straight to her death when she chased a Pokemon into the middle of a dangerous car jacking. She tried to escape, but the thieves shot her before she could get away.
World Of Tank
A 24-hour marathon stream of World of Tank ended badly for one player when he never returned from a smoke break. Investigators concluded it was too many energy drinks and not enough movement that caused his death.
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