Category Archives: Consoles

Video Game Addict Dies From Blood Clot

The family of a budding computer programmer have on Saturday launched a campaign to raise awareness about the health risks of playing online computer games after their son died following a marathon session on his Xbox.

 

Long Gaming Session Blamed for Death of Halo 3 Player

 

A post-mortem revealed that 20-year-old Chris Staniforth — who was offered a place to study Game Design at Leicester University — was killed by a pulmonary embolism, which can occur if someone sits in the same position for several hours.

 

Deep vein thrombosis normally affects passengers on long-haul flights, but medical experts fear youngsters who spend hours glued to their consoles might also be at risk and have urged them to take regular breaks.

 

Professor Brian Colvin — an expert on blood-related conditions — said it was “unhealthy” for youngsters to spend long periods in front of their consoles.

 

“There’s anxiety about obesity and children not doing anything other than looking at computer screens,” he told The Sun.

 

David Staniforth has now launched a campaign to warn other parents of the dangers.

 

“Games are fun and once you’ve started playing it’s hard to stop.

 

“Kids all over the country are playing these games for long periods – they don’t realise it could kill them,” he told The Sun.

 

A coroner’s court in Sheffield was told how the youngster — who had no underlying medical conditions — was complaining of a low heart rate before collapsing outside a Jobcentre.

 

Staniforth’s distraught father said his son would spend up to 12 hours playing on his Xbox.

 

“He got sucked in playing Halo online against people from all over the world.”

 

Online computer games are extremely popular as thousands interact in shared science fiction worlds.

 

Reports of gamers collapsing after spending 15 hours in front of video games are fairly common throughout Asia.

 

In 2005, a South Korean gamer died after playing online games for three days without taking a break.

 

Microsoft — which manufactures the Xbox — said it “recommend gamers take breaks to exercise as well as make time for other pursuits.”

 

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Females make up almost half of console gamers

A new survey by NPD has found that almost half (44%) of current generation console gamers are female.

"Um, what's NPD?"

"Um, what's NPD?"

Although the number of adult female gamers is growing, the largest proportion is still in the 2 – 12-year-old range.

Original article

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Worst videogame consoles of all time

PC World has a new article on the worst videogame consoles of all time. The systems span 30+ years, but most are from the 70s and 80s. And the winners (losers?) are:

10) The Apple Pippin

Pippin: "Designed for a market that didn't exist."

"Designed for a market that didn't exist."

9) Game.com

Game.com: "Silly name that attempted to capitalize on Internet mania"

"Silly name that attempted to capitalize on Internet mania"

8 ) Nokia N-Gage

"Critics ridiculed device for looking like an electronic taco"

"Critics ridiculed device for looking like an electronic taco"

7) Mattel Hyperscan

"Flimsy construction. Terrible games."

"Flimsy construction. Terrible games."

6) Gakken TV Boy

"Awkward, T-shaped joystick built into main unit "

"Awkward, T-shaped joystick built into main unit "

5) RDI Halcyon

"Only two games released--both bad."

"Only two games released--both bad."

4) Philips CD-i

Hosted the travesty that is Zelda on CD-i

"Hosted the travesty that is Zelda on CD-i"

 3) Tandy/Memorex VIS

"ran on a 286 CPU loaded with a special version of Windows 3.1 that was antiquated even for that era"

"Ran on a 286 CPU loaded with a special version of Windows 3.1 that was antiquated even for that era"

 2) Tiger Telematics Gizmondo

"Abysmal games. Monumental marketing hubris."

"Abysmal games. Monumental marketing hubris."

1) RCA Studio II

"As far as game historians know, RCA never released a Studio I."

"As far as game historians know, RCA never released a Studio I."

I am kind of surprised that the Virtual Boy (possibility of permanent eye injury), Sega CD / 32X (really testing the limits of consumers’ tolerance for add-ons), and GameGear (4 hours of life on *6* non-rechargeable batteries) did not make the list.

Original article

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