Video game addiction may indirectly lead to premature death. It is not normally known as a direct cause of immediate death.
However, there have been at least few deaths caused directly by exhaustion from playing games for excessive periods of time. Some brutal murders are sometimes also believed to be caused by violent video games, but no evidence has been found to confirm this. Unfortunately, there have also been suicide related deaths of gamers. Here are ten chilling stories of deaths involving video games
1. Momo Suicide Challenge:
According to Daily Mail, Two youths- A 12-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy took their own lives in the South American country of Colombia in late August as the sick “Momo suicide challenge” continues to spread worldwide. What is the Momo suicide challenge? The “Momo Challenge” is an alleged form of game that entices phone users to contact a user named “Momo” through social media network WhatsApp, they receive graphic threats from the user and are instructed to perform a series of dangerous tasks.
Police seized the children’s phones, which were said to have messages linking them to the Momo suicide game.
“Apparently, they practiced this game through WhatsApp and it invited the young people to hurt themselves,” government secretary Janier Landono said. “The game has different challenges and the suicide is at the end.”
The reported deaths are the first to be linked to the game in Colombia, which is thought to have originated on a Facebook group page. Police in Argentina are investigating whether “Momo” is linked to the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in the district of Escobar, which occurred last month. The “game” has fueled comparisons to the sinister “Blue Whale challenge” that led to reports of suicides in Russia and the U.S, as well as the online fictional character of “Slender Man.” In 2014, two 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin attempted to kill a classmate in an attempt to please the horror character.
As it is with many kids in our days, Pavel spent hours at his computer playing video games.
Unfortunately, his gaming addiction is what is believed to have ended his life at just 15-years-old after losing while playing the unknown computer game.
The Russian boy became so obsessed with the game, which was bought for him by his mother, that his “nerves gave in after a game”.
The local office of the Russian Investigative Committee gave no further details on Pavel’s case except to confirm a criminal case had been opened into incitement to suicide.
“A teenager from Tomsk region committed suicide after he lost a computer game. It’s believed the teenage boy inflicted wounds with a chainsaw” They say.
Russia is key witness to several so-called ‘death groups’ allegedly incite children and teenagers to take their own lives while playing online games. It is unclear whether the alleged suicide of Pavel has any links to this phenomenon.
3. Saudi child commits suicide after playing ‘Blue Whale’ online game:
We must carefully note that that since the creation of this creepy game, 100 people have been killed since its launch. The case came to the public’s attention after Twitter user Abdullah bin Fuhaid announced his cousin’s death in a tweet that has since gone viral.
توفي قبل قليل إبن خالي الذي يدرس الصف السادس الإبتدائي متأثراً بإحدى الألعاب الإلكترونية التي أجبرته على تنفيذ الإنتحار شنقاً ليدخل مرحلة جديدة من اللعبة
إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون— عبدالله بن فهيد (@alaslay909) June 28, 2018
“My uncle’s son, who is in sixth grade, recently passed away under the influence of a video game, which forced him to commit suicide by hanging himself in order to reach a new level. We belong to Allah and to him we shall return,” Bin Fuhaid wrote on Twitter.
Bin Fuhaid told Al-Arabiya that his cousin was reportedly involved in a certain competition, adding that authorities are investigating the incident.
“A happy boy with a cheerful personality,” says the father of the deceased child.
The game is thought to have killed over 100 people since its launch! What a number!
Last August, a Siberian court sentenced the creator of the game, Philipp Budeikin, a 22-year-old Russian national, to three years in jail for “inciting Russian youths to kill themselves”.
In an interview, the creator of the game was asked if he intentionally pushed teenagers to commit suicide, to which he responded, “Yes. I truly was doing that. Don’t worry, you’ll understand everything. Everyone will understand”, he said, according to the Times of India.
4. Suicide on Thanksgiving:
Shawn Woolley, a 21 year old from Wisconsin USA, committed suicide on thanksgiving day 2001. His mother found him at his apartment. He had shot himself at his computer. On the screen was the online computer game, Everquest.
“That damn game. He shot himself because of the game,” says his mother. She says he was completely addicted to it. He may have had other problems, but she thinks Everquest pushed him over the edge.
“He couldn’t stay off it. That’s how strong that game is. You can’t just get up and walk away,” she says. In the end, she says, the game became his life.
She guesses that something terrible happened in the game, Shawn had created a character he called “iluvyou” – a rejection or betrayal, something that crushed him.
“He was so upset. And then I was trying to talk to him about it, and I said, ‘Well, Shawn, you know, those aren’t people- they’re not real people.’ He was so upset. I mean, he wasn’t angry, he was hurt.”
But Sony Online CEO John Smedley says the game did not cause Woolley’s death. Smedley is one of the creators of Everquest. “When I spoke with Ms. Woolley I expressed my condolences. And it’s really one of those terrible things that happens. And there’s just nothing to suggest that Everquest had any role in his death,” he says. “Everquest is a game. And I don’t see any connection between a form of entertainment and somebody’s tragic suicide.”
Daniel Petric (born August 24, 1991) At the age of 16, Petric shot both of his parents over a disagreement about video games. His mother was unfortunately killed and his father was badly injured, but recovered. About one week after the game was taken away from Daniel, on October 20, 2007, he used his father’s key to unlock the safe and take it back, also taking his father’s handgun. Court reports stated that Daniel came up behind his parents as they were relaxing on their couch in the living room and said “Would you close your eyes, I have a surprise for you.” Daniel then proceeded to shoot both of his parents. His father said that “his head went numb and he saw blood pouring down from his skull.” Daniel shot his mother in the head, arms, and chest, killing her. In court his father testified that after Daniel shot both of his parents, he tried to make the event look like a murder-suicide by placing the gun in his father’s hand whilst saying to him “Hey dad, here’s your gun. Take it,”A few minutes later, his sister and her husband, Heidi and Andrew Archer, came over for their prior plans of watching a baseball game together. Daniel lied to them that they should not come in because their parents had been fighting. Then, they heard groaning and pushed their way through to find the aftermath of the shooting. Heidi called the police, and before they got there Daniel made an escape attempt by driving off in the family’s van with the Halo 3 game in the passenger seat. The police caught up with him and forced him out of the van via road block. While police were handcuffing him, he yelled “My Dad shot my Mom!