A teenager in Thailand obsessed with video games was found dead after a marathon session lasting several nights.
Piyawat Harikun, 17, was discovered Monday by his father at his northern Thailand home in Udon Thani after playing multiplayer battle games on his computer, The Mirror reports.
The teen — whom authorities believe died from a stroke — was discovered near a computer chair in his bedroom. Harikun’s desk was littered with food containers and his curtains were drawn when his father made the grisly discovery, photos show.
“I called his name and said, ‘Wake up, wake up,’ but he did not respond,” father Jaranwit Piyawat said. “I could see he was dead.”
The young air force officer could not be revived. Medics later pronounced Harikun dead, ruling that he died from a stroke apparently caused by his prolonged computer sessions.
The teen’s father is now warning other parents about the potential impact of becoming a gaming addict.
“I tried to warn him about his relentless long hours playing games and he promised to reduce it, but it was too late,” Jaranwit Piyawat said. “He had already died before he had a chance to change.”
Piyawat said he hopes his son’s death is a wakeup call for other gaming addicts and their parents alike.
“They need to be more strict on their children’s playing hours otherwise they could end up like my son,” he said.
The World Health Organization officially added video game addiction to its International Classification of Diseases in May. The disorder is characterized by “impaired control over gaming” and increased priority given to video games over other daily activities, usually lasting for at least 12 months to be diagnosed.
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