The family of a British man who died after engaging in marathon Xbox sessions is launching a campaign to raise awareness about the risks of prolonged game and computer use.
Chris Staniforth, 20, of Sheffield died in May after suffering from deep vein thrombosis (DVT), according to autopsy results. A blood clot formed in his left calf and traveled to his lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.
The Halo fan logged sessions of up to 12 hours on Xbox. He was hoping to start a career in video games, but collapsed outside an employment center after complaining to a friend of chest pain.
"Chris loved to play and would stay up all night," his father David was quoted as saying by BBC News. "Millions of people worldwide are playing these games for hours, and there is a risk.
"After my research I saw there was no difference to Chris sitting at a desk on his Xbox and someone on a long-haul flight," he said, adding that he is setting up a Web site about the DVT awareness campaign. … Read more