Hot on the heels of stories that it took just over a day for the first Wrath of the Lich King player to reach level 80 comes news that it took less than a week for Wrath of the Lich King to just about kill its first player.
So says the English-language Swedish news site The Local, which has the report of a 15-year-old boy from Laholm, Sweden who collapsed on Sunday after playing the game for 24 hours straight. The teenager got together with seven of his friends on Saturday for an all-night WoW-fest, but the experience proved too much for him; around 2:00 pm on Sunday he collapsed and went into convulsions in what looked like an epileptic seizure.
"They played all day and all night," the boy's father said. "Maybe they got a few hours of sleep. They ate a little food and breakfast at their computers."
The teenager was taken to hospital by ambulance, where doctors determined that his body had been thrown of out of whack by "a combination of sleep deprivation, lack of food, and too long a stretch of concentrated game playing." He is expected to make a complete recovery, although his gaming time might not bounce back so quickly; his father said he plans on limiting the amount of time his son can spend playing the game. Reports that World of Warcraft players from France are laughing and pointing in the general direction of Sweden remain unconfirmed.