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2008-11-18 06:46:04 AM  
Just 24 hrs? What an amatuer. When I was his age, I'd stay up 2 or 3 days straight playing games and programming.
 
2008-11-18 07:30:10 AM  

ekdikeo4: Just 24 hrs? What an amatuer. When I was his age, I'd stay up 2 or 3 days straight playing games and programming.


Yup.

Most kick-ass summer ever was when me and a friend of mine had nothing to do, and we ended up playing through UFO Enemy Unknown, Heroes of Might and Magic II and Civ II, hotseating.

I recall once, about 3AM, where Frank stated "Sun's coming up... Again!", and I suddenly realized that we'd been locked in a series of deadly struggles for more than 48 hours.

/Why yes, I live in the Arctic
//Sunlight at 3AM is perfectly reasonable
 
2008-11-18 08:47:05 AM  
The boy is expected to make a full recovery but his father said he plans on limiting the amount of time his son is allowed to play computer games.

If you had been exercising proper parenting in the first place, skippy, this probably wouldn't have happened.

Everything in moderation. I play WoW, but at least I make an effort to go to the gym and stuff.
 
2008-11-18 09:04:06 AM  
Yeah I remember locking myself in my room for 7 days straight for Command and Conquer. I lived on Pizza Hut for the whole week.

Good times, good times.
 
2008-11-18 09:05:13 AM  
He was just pissed because some dude already hit 80 with a death knight on Sunday afternoon (on Uldum at least).
 
2008-11-18 09:05:53 AM  

Cornwell: ekdikeo4: Just 24 hrs? What an amatuer. When I was his age, I'd stay up 2 or 3 days straight playing games and programming.

Yup.

Most kick-ass summer ever was when me and a friend of mine had nothing to do, and we ended up playing through UFO Enemy Unknown, Heroes of Might and Magic II and Civ II, hotseating.

I recall once, about 3AM, where Frank stated "Sun's coming up... Again!", and I suddenly realized that we'd been locked in a series of deadly struggles for more than 48 hours.

/Why yes, I live in the Arctic
//Sunlight at 3AM is perfectly reasonable


Have you ever seen the sun set...at 3 PM?

/Aye, once, when I was sailing around the Arctic
 
2008-11-18 09:08:06 AM  
His 15yo son should not have been able to play for 24 hours straight -- Dad should have stepped in and camped him. I agree that a certain degree of restraint and proper parenting was missing in that household.
 
2008-11-18 09:08:11 AM  
I love how the moment anyone does anything stupid like staying up constantly to play a video game, and then get ill, it's always presented as though it's the fault of the game and not the dumbass that did it, or their dumbass parents who let them do it.

/stayed up 28 hours playing Halo 1
//stayed up 32 hours playing FFXI
///Stones, glass houses, etc.
 
2008-11-18 09:08:51 AM  

xanadian: The boy is expected to make a full recovery but his father said he plans on limiting the amount of time his son is allowed to play computer games.

If you had been exercising proper parenting in the first place, skippy, this probably wouldn't have happened.

Everything in moderation. I play WoW, but at least I make an effort to go to the gym and stuff.


Geim? What's a geim?

/Ohhh, a GEIM!
 
2008-11-18 09:12:43 AM  
Why do they have a screenshot from EQ2 on the page?
 
2008-11-18 09:13:54 AM  
fark video games. How many fakers can say they've stayed up over 24 hours drinking, or at least partying.

With WoW, you're just sittin' there. 0 exertion. But on a bender, you're singing and drinkin' and god knows what. I once partied for 48 hours and then went home and slept it off for about 12 and did it AGAIN. I was tired afterwards, but I at no point did I collapse. (falling over drunkenly is different. I got back up.)
 
2008-11-18 09:14:40 AM  
Farkin aye... I've managed to fit in 40 hours of Fallout 3 in one day.

/with a pallet of red bull in your kitchen, yes, time manipulation is possible
 
2008-11-18 09:19:01 AM  

doglover: I once partied for 48 hours and then went home and slept it off for about 12 and did it AGAIN. I was tired afterwards, but I at no point did I collapse. (falling over drunkenly is different. I got back up.)


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2008-11-18 09:19:51 AM  

doglover: fark video games. How many fakers can say they've stayed up over 24 hours drinking, or at least partying.

With WoW, you're just sittin' there. 0 exertion. But on a bender, you're singing and drinkin' and god knows what. I once partied for 48 hours and then went home and slept it off for about 12 and did it AGAIN. I was tired afterwards, but I at no point did I collapse. (falling over drunkenly is different. I got back up.)


They're never gonna keep you down.
 
2008-11-18 09:26:24 AM  

Cornwell: Why yes, I live in the Arctic
//Sunlight at 3AM is perfectly reasonable


It might be possible, but it's not reasonable.
 
2008-11-18 09:27:35 AM  
I played Transport Tycoon for days on end. Now that its been open-sourced the urges to play it are coming back.
 
2008-11-18 09:28:08 AM  
MOM! AMBULANCE!
 
2008-11-18 09:29:20 AM  
I once played Desert Bus for 8 hours, got a point.
 
2008-11-18 09:31:42 AM  
Remember to hydrate, kiddies!
 
2008-11-18 09:36:12 AM  
Man, I'm a wuss compared to you guys. My longest streaks are only about ten hours. After that, my eyes start to strain and it isn't fun anymore.
 
2008-11-18 09:38:21 AM  

Electriclectic: Man, I'm a wuss compared to you guys. My longest streaks are only about ten hours. After that, my eyes start to strain and it isn't fun anymore.


Red Bull.
 
2008-11-18 09:38:44 AM  

hemsk: His 15yo son should not have been able to play for 24 hours straight -- Dad should have stepped in and camped him. I agree that a certain degree of restraint and proper parenting was missing in that household.


Hmm... being the last of three boys - my parents pretty much gave up at that point. The rule for me was - go to jail? don't call us to bail you out.

/spent weeks straight playing ultima as a kid
//spent 24 hours straight just last weekend grinding up a mage on WoW - still found time to spend an hour and a half at the gym.
///most successful kid of the three
 
2008-11-18 09:39:13 AM  
I played a mmorpg for a few weeks once. One day, a guy in my group was talking about how he had the whole weekend to play, was 14 hours in, and had 20 left (or something like that), when I heard his children in the background. That's when I quit.
 
2008-11-18 09:45:24 AM  

xanadian: With WoW, you're just sittin' there. 0 exertion. But on a bender, you're singing and drinkin' and god knows what. I once partied for 48 hours and then went home and slept it off for about 12 and did it AGAIN. I was tired afterwards, but I at no point did I collapse. (falling over drunkenly is different. I got back up.)

They're never gonna keep you down.


They're never gonna to run around and desert you.
 
2008-11-18 09:48:38 AM  

xanadian: doglover: fark video games. How many fakers can say they've stayed up over 24 hours drinking, or at least partying.

With WoW, you're just sittin' there. 0 exertion. But on a bender, you're singing and drinkin' and god knows what. I once partied for 48 hours and then went home and slept it off for about 12 and did it AGAIN. I was tired afterwards, but I at no point did I collapse. (falling over drunkenly is different. I got back up.)

They're never gonna keep you down.


Noone asked you, Chumbawumba.
 
2008-11-18 09:50:55 AM  

whconner4: They're never gonna to run around and desert you.


Wrong song.
 
2008-11-18 09:57:22 AM  
Kids these days, pfft. I can work, run off 2 hours of sleep, and still manage to level rapidly and not collapse. Coffee and feeling miserable at work posting on fark.com for the win....


//so sleepy
///must.... keep.. grinding..
 
2008-11-18 10:06:42 AM  

nataliehates: Coffee and feeling miserable at work posting on fark.com for the win.


Heh - I get the same thing from Civilization. I must admit that, at 35, I'm getting too old to play through the night and not regret it next day, feeling miserable at work posting on fark.com
 
2008-11-18 10:10:07 AM  
I have never played video games for 10 hours straight do you know why? I have discovered a magical thing called pussy.
 
2008-11-18 10:11:08 AM  

doglover: fark video games. How many fakers can say they've stayed up over 24 hours drinking, or at least partying.

yo! *raises hand*

 
2008-11-18 10:11:26 AM  
24 hours? when Golden Eye came out for N64 I remember whole weekends of wholesale slaughter with friends... I guess we chalk this up to natural selection?
 
2008-11-18 10:11:43 AM  

pintoboy: I have never played video games for 10 hours straight do you know why? I have discovered a magical thing called pussy.


A fleshlight does not count as actual pussy. Try again.
 
2008-11-18 10:13:07 AM  
I'd have convulsions too if someone made me play that bag of suck again.
WoW = Barbie's Epic Dressup Quest. Don't forget your guild sweaters and your vanity pets, ladies!
 
2008-11-18 10:14:37 AM  
did he drop any good loot.
 
2008-11-18 10:16:05 AM  
Iunno, since I'm leveling a death knight and still doing the Outland stuff, I've actually just wanted to fall asleep because I got so freaking bored after I figured the class out.

/hates Outland
//it wasn't even cool when it was new
 
2008-11-18 10:21:50 AM  
Only 24 hours? Don't introduce the kid to Left 4 Dead, he may never sleep again.

/farking zombie stabbed me with a 2x4!
 
2008-11-18 10:24:33 AM  

Tachikoma: Only 24 hours? Don't introduce the kid to Left 4 Dead, he may never sleep again.

/farking zombie stabbed me with a 2x4!


How do you stab someone with a blunt object? That's like saying "He stabbed me in the face with his fist"
 
2008-11-18 10:28:29 AM  
vinnydoz007
No a fleshlight does not, but your mom and your sister do!
 
2008-11-18 10:35:46 AM  
I think 16 hours was my max sitting at my computer playing a game.


...if you get hungry, just wait an hour and it goes away.
 
2008-11-18 10:35:51 AM  
Pseudowolf: Why do they have a screenshot from EQ2 on the page?

That's from Burning Crusade expansion. And it isn't an actual screenshot, its a freaking artwork rendering.
 
2008-11-18 10:47:14 AM  
ok i lol'd

/farking tuesday mornings
 
2008-11-18 10:48:22 AM  
in all fairness Lich King just came out
 
2008-11-18 10:50:19 AM  

geckoone: Pseudowolf: Why do they have a screenshot from EQ2 on the page?

That's from Burning Crusade expansion. And it isn't an actual screenshot, its a freaking artwork rendering.


Rightmost thumbnail is a screenshot from EQ2.
 
2008-11-18 10:53:42 AM  

RoxtarRyan: Farkin aye... I've managed to fit in 40 hours of Fallout 3 in one day.

/with a pallet of red bull in your kitchen, yes, time manipulation is possible


I don't believe you.
 
2008-11-18 10:55:40 AM  

doglover: fark video games. How many fakers can say they've stayed up over 24 hours drinking, or at least partying.

With WoW, you're just sittin' there. 0 exertion. But on a bender, you're singing and drinkin' and god knows what. I once partied for 48 hours and then went home and slept it off for about 12 and did it AGAIN. I was tired afterwards, but I at no point did I collapse. (falling over drunkenly is different. I got back up.)


The longest I've ever stayed up partying was a little over 100 hours straight. I was young, stupid and hanging out for the first time with some folks I, in my insecure 20 yr old way felt were WAY cooler than me. Thus, I was bound and determined to hang and not be the first to wimp out. In the end I was, but only after suffering through about 4 hours of waking hallucinations. I found out later all my boon companions were doing crystal meth (it was the 1990's) and no one had thought to offer me any.
 
2008-11-18 10:57:58 AM  

Smarshmallow: I played a mmorpg for a few weeks once. One day, a guy in my group was talking about how he had the whole weekend to play, was 14 hours in, and had 20 left (or something like that), when I heard his children in the background. That's when I quit.


Wait...you quit because you encountered one douchebag while playing the game? I've played basketball with some real asshats, but I still think the game itself is fun and worthwhile. I work with some people who make me think violent thoughts, but I still enjoy my job overall.
 
2008-11-18 11:07:35 AM  

ekdikeo4: Just 24 hrs? What an amatuer. When I was his age, I'd stay up 2 or 3 days straight playing games and programming.


When I was his age, my parents would never have let me do something like that. They would at least have forced me to take a break to eat.

But during all the years that I've had the freedom to do what I want, staying up for several days straight has never appealed to me. Being really tired isn't fun, and it hurts effectiveness (particularly when programming).

Eventually I start dozing off at the keyboard anyhow...usually while leaning on a key. It's not even an age thing; when I was much younger, I remember wondering how all those Usenet posts got marked as read...

On the occasions when I do stay awake for 40+ hours (e.g. when traveling), I really hate it.
 
MFL
2008-11-18 11:08:26 AM  
doglover: I once partied for 48 hours and then went home and slept it off for about 12 and did it AGAIN. I was tired afterwards, but I at no point did I collapse. (falling over drunkenly is different. I got back up.)

College survival guide. I lived by this and from what I remember had the best time of my life.

When I was in college the bender started on Wednesday and ended on Sunday. Stay out boozing and then take your date to Denny's before the sun comes up. Kick her out of bed sometime around noon. Head to the pool. Dive in and hang out on the bottom for a few minutes (it's amazing how long you can hold your breath when your hungover) Get out grab a beer, shake it off. Begin flirting with the bikini's sitting around the pool and find out where the party is going to be that night. Head to store to get something to cook on grill and some Vodka. Rinse and repeat.

(After two or three days of doing this the pool alone won't work. If you begin to feel shaky, force yourself to go for a fun. You'll puke a few times but if you can push yourself through it, you'll be ready to go for round 4.)

Saturday night is the toughest because your body is pretty much shot and your legs are cramping up. You don't have any spit and your whenever you blink your eyelids feel like sandpaper. You can drink 25 beers and not get a buzz. What you need to do is move to jellow shots and either rum or vodka. Whiskey may kill you on satruday night after a 4 day bender so stay away from that. Mix whatever your poison is with fruit juice to help with hydration. If you shack up, your pecker probably won't work if your using a rubber so don't do this unless you are with a regular partner and she's on the pill and isn't farking anyone else. IF you make it to denny's sunday morning you should be proud of yourself.

Sunday is the worst. You've got the shakes, your piss is golden brown, and you make puke your denny's up. You've got a week's worth of homework and studying to do but You're so farked up the only thing you can think of is Jimmy Johns and the couch.

Here's what you do. Go to the store and grab 4 or 5 Gatoraids. If you can find some Pediolite (you know the shiat you give babies when they have diarreha) that works even better. Drink two bottles or whatever the maximum your stomach can handle and then go to the gym. Don't lift any weights or attempt to run, you will cramp up and probably blow chunks in front of everybody. head directly to the sauna. Drink as much gatoraid and water as you can while your sitting in there. You probably wont sweat for a little bit but get worried. When you start the floodgates will open up and it's feels better than taking a 10LB dump. You literally feel (and smell) the toxins leave your body. Don't stay in there unless you continue to drink fluids or you will overheat. After a little while you'll feel like a million bucks and the sauna will smells like a fathouse dancefloor during afterhours. (This only works once maybe twice a week. If you overdo it you'll be sick for days with a migrane headache that you don't want.)

Go home take a shower, then head off to the library and start your week.
 
2008-11-18 11:43:32 AM  
I've been playing The Bard's Tale II on my C64 since the summer of 1985 with no sleep so I'm really getting a kick out of these replies.

/3 liter of blue soda and some Fun'yuns...
 
2008-11-18 11:55:13 AM  
I'll be up a lot longer than 24 hours when Starcraft II comes out (if it ever comes out)...even if SCII blows, which I doubt, I'll just switch right over to Broodwar and get my time in old-skool...

/loves me some SC
 
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