Computer games increasingly are captivating people's minds and are starting to replace reality. Gamers even forget about basic needs like sleeping, eating and cleaning themselves. Such an enthusiasm has already led to deaths, even in public places.
Similar deaths caused by exhaustion occurred in Taipei, Taiwan. A 38-year-old man was found dead at an Internet cafe on January 1, 2015, after playing video games for five days straight. Later the same month, another man was found dead in another cafe: the 32-year-old man was pronounced dead from cardiac failure due to cold temperatures and over-exhaustion from the long hours spent playing games.
In August 2013, an eight-year-old boy from Louisiana intentionally shot and killed his 87-year-old grandmother minutes after playing Grand Theft Auto IV, a game rated "M" for mature audiences and recommended for ages 17 and above.
A 48-year-old man, who was one of the top Irish players of online game Ingress, drowned during a late-night mission in Dublin in May 2016. Ingress is an augmented reality game that involves "capturing" landmark buildings, or "portals," for points.
Governments around the world often blame games manufacturers for such incidents and prohibit dangerous products.
This harmless, at first glance, invention once caused a number of nervous breakdowns, hysterics and even child suicides worldwide. Tamagotchi are electronic devices that look like an egg, with a program that simulates a pet. Tamagotchi became a hit in the 1990s, selling at a maximum 40 million gadgets per year.
It was necessary to feed, entertain, wash and put to bed the digital pet — just like a real one. If the owner did not manage to do it in time, then the Tamagotchi fell sick and eventually died. Originally, it was conceived as a one-time toy, but after it became clear what kind of pain an electronic pet's death causes, the manufacturer began to produce devices with a reset button to "revive" Tamagotchi.
A young girl hanged herself after her parents had grounded her, taking her Tamagotchi away from her, only to have it die from lack of care. In another case in 1998, a French driver in Marseille killed a man to save his Tamagotchi. She ran down and killed one cyclist, injuring another, after she took her eyes off the road to attend to her virtual pet.
GPS Navigation Devices
Another newfangled device, which spun out of control and instead of serving people started to "manipulate" them, is a GPS navigation device. On the one hand, it is very convenient for drivers, and on the other, it is far from perfect. Many drivers, who blindly trusted the advice of their navigation device, ended up in difficult situations, including accidents.
In May, a young Canadian woman followed car's GPS directions right into Georgian Bay. The car plunged into the water and quickly sank, but the driver managed to escape through the window and made it safely to shore. And this is not the only case.
In another case, a tourist, relying on the device's data, drove into the underground in Rome. He realized the mistake when the car slid down the stairs, which he thought was a car park entry.
In attempt to take good photos of themselves, people stand on the very edge of cliffs, climb to the top of the buildings and bridge railings, hug dangerous animals, and often it ends badly.
There are places where tourists periodically put their lives in danger by trying to make a beautiful selfie. For example, in the Croatian Plitvice Lakes Park, a few accidents are registered each week and a series of rescue operations are held.
India, as of February 2016, had recorded more selfie-related deaths than any other country. Authorities in Mumbai ordered a ban on taking selfies and declared 16 no-selfie zones, after 19 people accidentally killed themselves while taking pictures atop a rock, at Mumbai's Fort and even in a way of a speeding train. In Gujarat, tourists and local residents are recommended not to shoot selfies with lions after three people died doing it.
The first US state to ban selfies was New York State; but only if you are taking a photo with dangerous big cats.
And last but not least- the latest craze around the augmented reality game Pokémon Go was launched in July 2016. At first, stories about the active gamer were fun, but now there are more and more troubles the popular app has caused.
Now, it was reported on Thursday that a truck driver in Japan was distracted while playing Pokémon Go and crashed into two elderly pedestrians, killing one of them and severely injuring another. According to the driver, he was so involved in the game that simply did not notice the people.
Authorities and organizations around the world have expressed concerns about the game and issued warnings asking Pokémon fans to play sensibly. In Malaysia, spiritual authorities banned Muslims living in the country from playing the game.