Swede teen collapses after 24-hour Lich King binge

Gaming group - Image 1No doubt about it, the gamers are having a field day with their newly-purchased Wrath of the Lich King expansion for World of Warcraft. But apparently, some are having more than just a field day, they even had a field trip to the hospital for playing the game 24 hours nonstop. That’s exactly what happened to a 15-year old boy from Sweden. Read up on how he things went down after the jump.

A 15-year old Swede teenager found out too soon that going on a 24-hour gaming binge isn’t healthy for him. At 2PM on Sunday afternoon, the young boy suddenly collapsed in his room and went into convulsions after playing the newly-released Wrath of the Lich King expansion for the world-famous World of Warcraft for 24 hours straight.

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The boy was with six of his friends in his home when the collapse happened. According to the father: “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.”

The doctors’ diagnosis at the hospital revealed that the teen’s bodily systems were suddenly thrown off its usual pattern due to sleep deprivation, lack of food, and too long a time spent on focusing on the game.

Fortunately, the boy is now alright and is expected to make a full recovery. As for the parents, the father says he intends to limit the game time his boy gets.

With this incident, specialists are again joining in on the game addiction bandwagon, eagerly throwing their own two cents on said phenomenon. At the Game Over treatment center in Linkoping, central Sweden, officials have seen a spike in the number of calls from concerned parents ever since Lich King was launched.

“It’s been a huge problem. We have parents who call everyday and ask,” Emilie Backlund of Game Over said. “And it’s not only a problem for young people. Adults have also contacted us and it really doesn’t matter how old you are.”

The other losers in this incident would be the six friends who were in the room with the boy who collapsed. Good luck on getting your hands on any computer any time soon.

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Via The Local

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