November 30, 2008

Swedish Boy Collapses from World of Warcraft

Last week a 15 year old boy from Sweden collapsed and went into convulsions from playing World of Warcraft. Sounds like an urban legend, but it is true and really happened. Apparently he was playing for 20 hours straight and went into an epileptic seizure.

The boy invited seven friends over to play the new expansion of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King for PC at his house. His father told the Kv√§llsposten newspaper, “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.” Sounds a bit like the episode of South Park featuring World of Warcraft doesn’t it?

According to this article the doctors said the boy’s bodily systems had been thrown off by a combination of sleep deprivation, lack of food, and too long a stretch of concentrated game playing. While the boy is expected to make a full recovery, his father said he plans on limiting the amount of time his son is allowed to play computer games. I sure hope so! What was his father thinking letting them play that long to begin with? Come on!


Jen said...

WOW! I saw that episode of South Park and thought that maybe jsut maybe someone would be that dumb to do that too. Now it seems like it has happened! What is this "World of Warcraft" coming to?????

Rachel said...

I've never played that game, and now I am glad I haven't! Too addicting!

Sheri said...

Yeah, I haven't played it either and am glad I haven't! I did play FFXI and GW though, but never to that extent. Some people just lack common sense I suppose and play nonstop... weirdos.

Anonymous said...

WoW is more like World of Warcrack... once you start you can't stop!

Tori said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I can't believe that dad let them play so long. Absolutely ridiculous. I like your blog! cute layout!

Keep writing!