Death by Gaming Debunked

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Death by Gaming Debunked

The truth behind 8 infamous gamers who ‘played to death’.

| June 30, 2016

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They say that too much of a good thing can kill you, and indeed throughout the years, there have been numerous reports about gamers who tragically died from simply doing what they love. Initially, video games were blamed as the sole cause for such incidents, deeming the much-beloved hobby as evil sorcery and ultimately detrimental to society.

Fast forward to 2016 and naysayers now understand that they failed to see the underlying psychological and physical issues associated to these deaths. Here’s the truth behind some of the more infamous tales.


8. Player One


The first report of a game-related death was the demise of Jeff Dailey in 1981. Dailey achieved a high score of 16,660 points in an arcade machine called Berzerk by Atari. After a few seconds of glory, he collapsed and died of cardiac arrest at the age of 19.

Now known as the gamer who started it all, Dailey fulfilled his life’s destiny of saving the world from killer robots in exchange for his own life.


7. How Do You Kill That Which Has No Life?


A 26-year old man died of heart failure in 2007. Known as Zhang from China, he succumbed after a seven day World of Warcraft marathon. Blaming the week long gaming binge was a stretch as Zhang lived a lifestyle so unhealthy that he became a personification of the best South Park episode of all time: “Make Love, Not Warcraft”. His love for epic loot overshadowed his desires for proper blood circulation and oxygen.


6. The Peculiar Case of Jennifer Strange


The award for the most unnecessary death goes to none other than 28-year old Jennifer Strange. In 2007, Strange drank two gallons of water in hopes of winning a Nintendo Wii in a radio station contest called “Hold Your Wee for a Wii.” A few hours after winning the console, she was found dead in her own home due to water intoxication.


5. The Running Man


In stark contrast to most deaths on this list, and sadly most gamers in general, Tim Eves died in pursuit of physical health and well-being. In 2009, the 25-year old suddenly collapsed while jogging to Wii Fit. Doctors claimed that Eves died of a rare heart disease despite being in good shape. We hope that he was at least able to secure an awesome world record for jogging in place.