CBS Cleveland News is reporting that 15-year-old Tyler Rigby has been hospitalized after a 4-day gaming marathon left him severely dehydrated. Reportedly, the Columbus teen locked himself in his room to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. According to his mother, he emerged for the occasional potty and snack break.
It’s not totally clear from the report but it sounds like he collapsed during one of those breaks.
“It’s like he was looking at me but he wasn’t there. It was like he was looking through me,” said Jennifer Thompson, Tyler’s aunt. “We were talking and I heard a thump and I looked over and he just fell.”
Apparently Tyler tried to get to his feet because his mother said he fell over three times.
Tyler is expected to be just fine but he may have to find a new way to occupy his time because according to his mom, “The Xbox is gone.”
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-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen