Death by Xbox

That is the headline as run by British newspaper ‘The Sun’, following the death of 20 year old Chris Staniforth who died from deep-vein-thrombosis (DVT) due to extended sessions of gaming on LIVE.

Deep-vein-thrombosis (DVT) is commonly seen on long-haul flights, but in this tragic case it was quickly turned into gaming’s fault.  The Sun believing that “in recent years it has been increasingly been seen among those who sit for long spells in front of computer screens”.

Chris’s dad however is not laying any blame on Microsoft and is rather launching a campaign to raise awareness of DVT.

“Kids all over the country are playing these video games,” he told The Sun. “They don’t realise it could kill them.

“I’m not for one minute blaming the manufacturer of Xbox. It isn’t their fault that people use them for so long. But I want to highlight the dangers that can arise.

“Playing on it for so long is what killed him – and I don’t want another child to die.”

A statement from Microsoft said: “We recommend gamers take breaks to exercise as well as make time for other pursuits.”

This story comes amidst a series of articles from the Sun attacking games including the teenage asthma sufferer who died from a heart attack whilst playing the Xbox and they also put an editorial up about the effect the 3DS has on gamers health.