Teen hospitalized after four-day Call of Duty marathon

Ohio 15-year-old only left bedroom to secure snacks and take shower, leading to "severe dehydration" and need for intravenous fluid replenishment.

An Ohio teenage boy was hospitalized this week after a four-day Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 marathon led to "severe dehydration," reports local NBC affiliate WCMH-TV. According to the boy's mother, the Columbus teen only emerged from his room to grab snacks and to take a short shower.

Dr. Mike Patrick does not recommend gaming for extended periods of time.

The boy collapsed multiple times after playing Modern Warfare 3 for "at least four days" and was admitted to a nearby hospital, where doctors placed an IV to replenish his lost fluids. He is expected to be just fine, but his mother has taken away his Xbox 360.

Activision had not returned requests for comment as of press time.

Emergency physician at Nationwide Children's Hospital Dr. Mike Patrick told the news outlet that gamers should exercise common sense. He recommends drinking plenty of fluids, taking breaks for physical activity, and getting sleep.

Earlier this month, a Diablo III marathon session resulted in the death of an 18-year-old Taiwanese man in an Internet cafe.

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a123bs
a123bs

In Ancient Rome we had people that forced themselves to puke just to eat some more.

Now we have morons that forget drinking water.

Good.

XxViLxX
XxViLxX

oh boy, you camp for too long

DLobotomist
DLobotomist

they really need to educate kids on this in school... but come on... does 15 year old have common sense on this matter.... maybe 10 is excusable...

BYOBando123
BYOBando123

I love how people will try to blame gaming for this.  Also, props to the doctor for exercising enough restraint to not just tell the mother that her son is an idiot.

burrito_tester
burrito_tester

Im telling you XBOX 360 is lethal, get a PS3. But seriously, this kid is an embharresement.

Morph_The_Cat
Morph_The_Cat

"Secure snacks." He's alive, right? I laughed very hard. That's often how I speak when I'm hungry: "Must... secure... frozen... burritos..."

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

Natural selection at it's finest, seriously dehydration, he thought to get snacks, but figured water was for losers or something?

If people keep getting this retarded, we're gonna end up with a 10 minute pop up at the start of every game and at 30 minute interevals reminding us to eat/sleep/drink/move... There's going to be less game than warnings!

HIGHMAX45
HIGHMAX45

So whats gonna be the next game for "idiots who collapse after forgetting how live an actual life"

JHILAM
JHILAM

Take a look at this!!

botsio
botsio

imagine getting to heaven an telling God ,i'm really sorry but i died trying to unlock perks,achievements!its plain stupidity ur conscience should tell u that!

botsio
botsio

i think people don't take their life too serious!you can't value a video game over that!lifes more than fun and games!plz learn to take the recommended 30 min break in between games!u have more years ahead!

chang_1910
chang_1910

omg... so many comments.. 1. why should activision comment on it? beside being polite i guess; i' m sorry but am i missing something? if i sell bananas and some idiotic with renal failure at baseline decide to eat a whole basket of them and end up with arrythmias... is his lack of common sense, or lack of information by his doctor (which I REALLY doubt a doctor, especially a nephrologist -being a doctor myself- will make such stupid mistake) note: this will rarely happen, just to put an easy sample. 2. wth!?!?! is worng with mothers this days!?!?! 1st the kid has no common sense, and then the mother!?!?! You dont have to have too much inside to try to bring some tray for ur kid with at least juice and a sandwish. As teenager the kid might be and want to play it rebel, he will appreciate it. And that is of course, becasue the parents already failed to put boundaring in gaming time. 3. for the .... a dont know how many times.... the 18yo case DID NOT. die for a 2 days marathon... can we say that? NO!!! the same way we cant say he die because of no eating/drinking in a gaming marathon. Can we say that the last is very unlikely? yes. Unless he had underlying disease, that prevent him from ketosis, could not concentrate urine and another hundred other stuff. In top of everything, if you die bc of no eating or drinking you will 1st come dehydrated, confussed, lethargic... and so on until you die... and for what i read about it in a kotaku article the guy was still sitting!!! sitting holding the keyboard!!! Could he have die of an arrhythmia because electrolutes imbalance due to lack of fluids? yes, but again bring me to underlying disease (which is possible) - the 18yo likely had a baseline underliying disease, that precipated this (of course i cant assure that, is a speculation, just less ridiculous that the premise, because i have not examine or seeing an autopsy) What happen to the kid on this article is the likely course, even if he would have not pay attention to s/s, he would have come confussed at some point -far point- .... and finally collapse (would like to think the mother would have notice the change in behavioral, assuming the kid is still ignoring feeling THAT bad) That said, im not saying that if you are a young adult you should be ok doing this. In an ideal world, everyone will know that IV drug abuse give you hep c, hiv, endocarditis; that alcohol damage you in an infinitive different ways, that cocaine can produce sudden death in young adults without heart problem because a MI, and that YOU SHOULD NOT DO ANYTHING WITHOUT STOPING TO EAT AND DRINK, .... GUESS WHAT EVEN WORKING AND STUDYING (which supprissely happens)... but then again, as an nightfloater MD, i will not have a job, or it will be very easy....in an ideal world. enjoy....

Super-Poke-Bros
Super-Poke-Bros

"Emergency physician at Nationwide Children's Hospital Dr. Mike Patrick told the news outlet that gamers should exercise common sense." Yes. :) He's 15, not 5, but where's his common sense?

Mrglorp
Mrglorp

There going to need to add a warning thing to tell people to still take care of themselves while playing, if this continues.

 

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

well id say bad parenting but this kids liks 15  any one at least 15 should know better to feed them selfs  let alone get a cup of water 

elitesoldier117
elitesoldier117

it would have made sense if he played skyrim for four days....not cod i rage quit after an hr lol

LustForSoul
LustForSoul

Was he so lazy to only take non-liquid snacks? Is it so hard to take a coke with you?

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

The only comment i could ever see Activision possibly making, would be in relation to the fact that the 15 year old in question was playing a game that held an age restriction of 16, therefore he should'nt have even been playing it in the first place.

 

As pointed out by a poster below, i totally overlooked the age rating issue.

JangoF-76
JangoF-76

"Activision had not returned requests for comment as of press time."

Why would they? What has this got to do with them? They only made the game, they're not responsible for how children abuse themselves - that would be the job of the parents.

dstv
dstv

And i thought i was an addict

Gen007
Gen007

15 is high school age right? i mean damn when i was in high school (which wasnt that long ago) something like this would be fatal to a persons rep. He will never live it down.

Cillah187
Cillah187

If I was going to almost die from playing a game, it wouldn't be this. I would rather die playing something good.

kohle36
kohle36

Well, at least he showered.

wyan_
wyan_

Parenting suckcess!!!

SpikeSpeagal
SpikeSpeagal

MY GOD another one of these incidents. Stupid kid, stupid choices, stupid life to waste playing a game for 4 days.

 

LET THESE INCIDENTS HERE FORE BE KNOWN AS THE:

MAKE LOVE NOT WARCRAFT PHALLASIES!

 

Someone get a pail for this boy to $hit in too.

nrambo
nrambo

wow, textbook example of an unfit parent.first off, CoD is rated 'M - 18+' kid shouldnt have even been playing it.secondly, who the hell would let their kid stay locked in their room for 4 days straight?!  guess giving your kid an xbox and allowing him self-imposed exile is easier than actually parenting... 

Raiden2909
Raiden2909

I kinda Just wonder why his parents didn't you know.. do there job as a parent and make sure the kid was eating and drinking properly... also the kid is an Idiot.. Even when i was bloody 8 i knew better then to do a game marathon without making sure i kept myself fed and hydrated

cfstar
cfstar

I can't believe how long it took me to notice this:

 

"Ohio 15 year old boy collapses after CoD marathon"

 

Ok, So.... he had a collapse, because of a marathon, of a game that he shouldn't even be playing be in the first place?....

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

Its amusing to hear about people dying or being malnourished when they do a weekender/binge on a video game.  I use to binge as much or more than these victim back in the days of Atari 2600, NES, Genesis and Quake 2 or 3.

vegetunks_zero
vegetunks_zero

wtf is wrong with these kids!?!?!? i used to do that so much everyone knows you need water too...

letario
letario

First The Diablo Guy now this seriously are people that addicted to the game to where you can't feel yourself getting hungry or thirsty this is a new level of stupid! Think about it after you finish a match you have to wait for the game to sync up, find people, load the round that's like 50sec to a minute and I am sure his body told him he was hungry or thirsty! and I don't know about you guys but after about 3-4 hours 5 tops my eyes and head starts to hurt! MY LIFE > COD... For that guy MY Life < COD sad -_-

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Achievement Unlocked [Deaths Door]

(Loose Consciousness during DM or TDM game modes)

 

On a serious note, why did his parents feel this was healthy behaviour.

SiLenTWarrior29
SiLenTWarrior29

Another f***ing idiot that almost killed himself cause he's... a F***ING IDIOT!!! Daamn man... the game aint going nowhere so WTF!? Mommy aint gonna feed you and wipe your azz while you play til you drop dead lol

leeko_link
leeko_link

Lucky he didn't die like those Asian ppl.

ptown58
ptown58

The last two generations are NO different than any others , unless you have "facts" backing that and ALL that that entails.

RAMENN00DLE5
RAMENN00DLE5

 @DLobotomist This is common sense bud. Any sane person knows, and this is SELF-EVIDENT, that a 4 day marathon of any video game while simultaneously depriving your body of fluids is just asinine.

kohle36
kohle36

 @JimmeyBurrows Water's noobsauce yo. I'll bet that kid drank nothing but mountain dew code red. Probably pickled his liver with sugar.

Yuyutsu_152
Yuyutsu_152

 @HIGHMAX45  shut up moronu dont know why we gamer addicts get addicted to gamesto releive our tensions of real actual lifeif u dont understand us than dont talk shit ok 

elitesoldier117
elitesoldier117

or anything besides cod for that matter.........also wow his parents must be pretty mad at him for all the bills and what not

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

Before the Diablo Guy was the Wow Guy. :D

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

I'm asian.  I'm offended.  But yeah, you're right.

HIGHMAX45
HIGHMAX45

 @Yuyutsu_152  Wow somebody got offended from that comment? Really? Lol. I get what you mean even though you said it in such non-sense. No offense. And what you just told me is... actually irrelevant to what I'm talking about. You talk about gamers gaming to relieve tensions and my comment is just to express how I feel about stupid people who value gaming rather than their health (or LIVES). Don't even bother replying because I don't want to waste my time with an immature kid like you.

chang_1910
chang_1910

@warhawk-smakaho probably, but at least is numbered. ..... i went into a small rant, im tired of reading this article.... that are based in immmature, lack of common sense gamers, with lack of common sense parents, or no parents; without ANY objective information that lead to a bias of cause-consecuence. i would love to see the autopsy done and release to public....

box215
box215

 @kasumi45 Yes, try telling a cop "I'm 20, come on, I'm basically 21" after you're caught with a 40oz in your hand. Not gonna fly.

letario
letario

 @DESTROYRS_F8  Yea and he died! now this idiot.... When I was 15 I was outside playing road rash on bicycles much more interesting :D

leeko_link
leeko_link

 @DESTROYRS_F8 You're not Asian, you're Asian-American. Asian are ppl who live in Asia and only Asia.

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

LOL!!!  you too?!?  But I had the big wheels back then and I was speeding down hills with messed up sidewalks. :D