Woman dies in Radio Stunt to get a Wii

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  1. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    CNN.com

     
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    Yeah, heard about it on the news earlier. I can just see the headlines now: "Video Game Console Kills Woman" :(
     
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Here's another link: KCRA

    The radio station is at fault here in my opinion. We all know how dangerous extreme amounts of water can be from this incident. The radio station knew the risk of such a contest, but they chose to take it.
     
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    That's sad.:(

    It amazes me what people will do for a stupid video game...
     
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    Wow, that's Strange.

    But she willingly participated. :confused: Yes, it's just a video game system, and yes, you can get water poison/intoxicated/whatever you want to call it, but she participated.

    It's like me watching old episodes of MXC/Takeshi's Castle. Damn those games must hurt, but if they want to participate and get hurt for our amusement, then OK.
     
  7. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Then I suppose Matthew Carrington deserved to die as well?

    That contest held by the radio station is no different than playing hot potato with a live grenade: someone was bound to die.
     
  8. gauchogolfer thread starter macrumors 603

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    I'd say there's a difference between hazing someone and doing a stupid stunt like this. But, they should have definitely had medical staff on hand to observe the participants, who could have intervened in case of overdose like this. I do hold the radio station responsible, but the original intent I would surmise not to be the same as the hazers. It's a fine line, I'll grant.
     
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    I know these phone in shows get a laugh and everything but it is about time that they take responsibility for things like this.

    I remeber that a radio station played a prank call on someone a few years ago that led to the recipient almost killing themselves!

    I know its all P.C. and eveything but I had to fill out risk assessments if I wanted to wipe my arse at work, surely someone must have thought about that at the radio station. If not they are in the brown and smelly big time.
     
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    Did the woman win?

    What'd suck is for all that effort (and even bagging a Darwin on top of it) she won nothing!
     
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    The woman is rather stupid for doing it, the radio station is even dumber for coming up with the idea, and unfortunately it may end up looking bad for Nintendo at no fault of their own. No wonder there is a Darwin award...
     
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    The idiocy of some people. to paraphrase the late, great Bill Hicks - "It's not like we've lost a cure for cancer here!"
     
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    Some one died at the University of Illinois recently for the same reason.
     
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    Wiitality ?

    BBC are carrying this story

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6261509.stm


    Remember kiddies wee is more important than wii
     
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    Does it not say how much water she drank?

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  17. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    No. But I guess it was too much. Never heard of water intoxication before.
     
  18. applelabs macrumors member

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    The body is made up of mostly water, how can drinking to much water kill someone?
    It's not like she drowned from lack of oxygen....
     
  19. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    It's genuine look at wiki

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_intoxication

     
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    me neither. :eek: I often drink a lot of water in one sitting. I think twice now :eek:
     
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    I was just reading this...wow water is a real killer.
    When I saw this thread I thought you was refering to MK...thought they had some wiiality in there where johnny cage pulls out his wii and.....I'll leave that to your mind.



    Bless
     
  23. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Now that would be sweet ;) :D
     
  24. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

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    Has no-one on this forum ever gotten headaches from drinking too much water? Ah, well...
     
  25. Chone macrumors 65816

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    Well the thing is, drinking water (especially the bottle kind) is not pure water and has many minerals, disbalance in electrolytes can have serious consequences, drinking too much Gatorade can have the same effect, including kidney diseases or death.

    You can't be intoxicated with pure water.
     

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