A father is in mourning at the loss of his 20 year old son, and urging gamers to be aware of the dangers that arise from playing too many videogames.
Chris Staniforth loved to play videogames, and was going to go to University to study game design, in order to turn his passion into a career.
Chris had been experiencing strange pains in his chest that would wake him up at night with a very low heart rate. He had developed deep vein thrombosis, which lead to a blockage, which ultimately took his life.
The complications took place after Chris had recently completed an extraordinarily long gaming session spanning over 12 hours.
Chris lived for his Xbox. When he got into a game he could play it for hours and hours on end, sometimes 12 hours in a stretch.
He started to seize while having a conversation with a friend, but by the time the paramedics arrived, it was too late to save him.
A sedentary lifestyle is very dangerous, it’s important to take regular breaks in your gaming to stretch, move around, and get some exercise. Even 30 minutes or an hour of exercise a day can make a big difference to an otherwise sedentary lifestyle.
Halo was one of Chris’ favorite games.
If you find yourself sitting at your computer all day, a standing desk or even a treadmill desk can make a big difference (if you actually use them).
As we send our condolences to Chris’ family, this is also a good time to remind everyone out there to take care of yourselves. Chris’ father, David, has issued a plea in hopes that nobody else has to go through such a tragic and unnecessary loss of life.
‘As a parent you think playing computer games can’t do them any harm because you know what they are doing. Kids all over the country are playing these games for long periods – they don’t realise it could kill them.’ – David Staniforth