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The popular video game “Call of Duty” has finally killed one of its ardent lovers, Pac Jin. Jin, an obese young adult died on Monday morning while playing his favorite game, Call of Duty. Postmortem results indicate that the cause of his death was a heart attack, which is attributed to his obesity problem. At only 5 feet and at the age of 22 years, Jin weighed a whopping 168 kgs. In fact, his excess body weight had made him develop various physical complications such as arthritis. In addition to this, he was unable to participate in various sports activities.
Although he died of obesity, Jin had not always been unhealthy. In fact, when he was 13 years he represented his country in the commonwealth games where he won a bronze medal. It was later in his life that he became obese. Essentially, his obesity problem is attributed to his love for video games, especially mission games such as “Call of Duty.” Notably, he was an addict of these games until his recent death yesterday.
A Case for Too Much Dopamine!
Three years ago, when The Guardian was interviewing him, he stated that he had become addicted to video games, which he feared was ruining his life. Specifically, he stated that the game had locked him away from friends and family. Moreover, he had been unable to concentrate on his studies ever since he learned to play “Call of Duty.” Categorically, he said that the thrill that this game gave him was more than any form of joy that he had experienced. Interestingly, the postmortem results indicated that his dopamine levels had risen too high when playing the game. In fact, they were almost similar to those of an individual who had a drug overdose. Actually, these high levels of the excitement hormone are the reasons why people in the street are saying that he died a “happy death.”
Are Video Games Dangerous
While to a large extent video games are associated with lifestyle diseases such as obesity, we cannot state out rightly whether they are good or bad. Overly, the impact of video games on an individual depends on how the relate to them. Video games, just like all other activities are best used in moderation. In this case, the individual gets enough time to relax after having a busy day. Moreover, these games also have various benefits such as improvement in decision-making skills, enhanced hand-to-eye coordination, and accuracy in thinking.
Nonetheless, due to the ever-present risks that these games have on children, parents must be actively involved in setting boundaries on how teenagers interact with them. In practice, teenagers are usually vulnerable to addiction when exposed to these games due to their undeveloped brains. Worse still, these games can instill various negative cultures such as violence to these vulnerable minds. In light of this, guardians should not restrain their children from playing these games, rather, they should be at the front line in controlling how they interact and relate to them.