Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Gamer Dies During Charity Stream

A well-known streamer of the game World of Tanks, Poshybrid, died while running through a 24 hour charity stream. The Virginia Beach Police Department confirmed it with Kotaku yesterday, but the cause of death is unknown. About 22 hours into his stream, the user stepped away to take a smoke break and never returned. Some assumed that he fell asleep, but several hours later a friend attempted to message him on Discord, and a response came from a police officer investigating his death. It's sad that this happened, that a young life was taken away, all while he was raising money for a charity. Fans and his game group have been leaving condolences on his Twitch channel.

Why am I bringing this up? I don't want people to freak out about streaming and get caught up in media sensationalism. Charity streams are a great thing. They have brought awareness to causes and bring the community together in an impactful way. I'm seeing a few stories outside of gaming sites talking about the danger of playing games for too long. Yes. Deaths have happened before. It is a concern.

But sitting down and playing a game for 2 hours is not going to result in your death unless you have preexisting medical conditions - and even in those situations they are really, really rare and still probably not caused by someone sitting down.

If you do plan on gaming for longer then 4 hours, streaming or not, you should always listen to your body. If it's telling you to go to the bathroom, pause the game, get up, and go. If it's telling you to eat something, pause the game, get up, and make yourself a meal that doesn't consist of caffeine, soft drinks, and pizza. An actual meal can do wonders for your body. Always listen to what your body is telling you. If you feel your eyes straining, pause, get up, and walk away. Focus on other, non-digital things to have your sight readjusted. Get up and walk around for a few minutes every couple of hours so you can spur more circulation to your legs. Stretch your arms. Do a few toe touches. Whatever you want to do - it's important to move if you've been sedentary for 4 hours.

Have fun and don't ignore your body.

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