20 Year Old Student Dies Due To Xbox: The Sun’s At It Again
The Sun (shock horror) is today reporting the death of a 20 year old student who died due to deep vein thrombosis. The headline is simply ‘Death by Xbox’’ and is clearly a negative (yet highly misinformed) look on video games. This story is the second negative article to be published by The Sun which paints video games in a bad light.
The student (named Chris Staniforth) played his Xbox for stints of 12 hours a day on games such as Halo. The father of Chris Staniforth had the following to say on the death of his son:
‘’ He lived for his Xbox. I never dreamed he was in any danger.
“As a parent you think playing computer games can’t do them any harm because you know what they are doing. Kids all over the country are playing these games for long periods – they don’t realise it could kill them.”
It’s clear to see the sheer level of ignorance on display, while some could be excused as mourning for his son the statements still made it to print by a very anti-games newspaper (at least ant-video games when it suits them).
The artlice goes on to highlight Chris was jobless by saying:
‘’Chris collapsed seconds after telling a friend how he had been experiencing a strange sensation in his chest.
The pair were chatting outside a JobCentre where Chris had an interview.’’
The JobCentre part could of easily been left out but of course this helped convey the negative image of video games, The Sun is famous for this kind of thing as well as telling bare faced lies. The article further goes on to show Chris was a healthy guy with no health issues what so ever and a clean health history. His father had more to say which comes off as slightly less negative, for example:
‘’ Over the years Chris had a whole range of different consoles, everything from PlayStations to Xboxes. I’m not for one minute blaming the manufacturer of Xbox. It isn’t their fault that people use them for so long. But I want to highlight the dangers that can arise. Playing on it for so long is what killed him – and I don’t want another child to die.”
The Sun also felt the need to force in the fact Chris mother and father had divorced (which is completely not relevant to the story). His father’s closing words on the subject are as follows:
“There’s anxiety about obesity and children not doing anything other than looking at computer screens. It’s pretty unhealthy.”
The Sun has clearly shown its negative stance on video games (and obsession sensationalism with) and has tried its best to give off negative portrayals of gamers (hence the pointless JobCentre name drop) which is quite odd for a paper that features a game section each Friday, granted its awful but never the less it’s there. The Sun seems to neglect the issue that this was a case of a person lifestyle and choices, it also neglects to talk about parents taking responsibility for their off spring and educating them on life matters and a healthy life style….instead of using things (in this case video games) as a scapegoat.
Then again this is The Sun were talking about who have a long history of telling lies….just ask any football fan who was around during the Hillsborough disaster.
The Sun Report Cane Be Found Here