First Wii-related death

A woman in Sacramento, California has become the first Wii-related fatality. Jennifer Strange was a participant in a local radio station’s “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest, where the person who could drink the most water without emptying their bladder would win one of Nintendo’s new consoles.

After the contest, Jennifer reported having a severe headache. Later that day she was found dead in her home, a victim of water intoxication.

Now, apart from the fact that her participation in the contest was terminally stupid, and even apart from the fact that the radio station should be held criminally negligent for not informing contestants of the health risks or having medical staff on standby, I personally blame this death on Nintendo.

Because if they’d stuck to calling it the Revolution, this would never have happened.

9 Responses to “First Wii-related death”

  1. OMG, thats just wrong!
    wonder what the headstone will wii’d?

  2. The Darwin Awards go high-tech.

  3. of course, you realise that had they called it the revolution, there might have been a ‘stage a coup and win a revolution’ competition. it would have gone down a treat in third world countries where that sort of thing happens every other day

  4. and would have been absolutely fantastic if it had gone down in the good ol’ U S of A.

  5. You know what’s a bit sad. When the Wii came out I thought – what about the Revolution? When’s that coming out? (For about a week before I woke up.)

  6. Snowball: wii’d better keep an eye on the news to find out.

    kyknoord: unfortunately she’s not eligible – she leaves behind three children.

    dystopia: you’re absolutely right, people will find a way to be terminally stupid no matter what.

    totalwaste: haha, that would be brilliant. There are a lot of armed forces personnel stationed in Washington DC itself. more than enough for a coup.

    nantalith: that isn’t sad. That’s the reaction everyone should have had. When the Wii went on sale, there should have been one person in the queue saying ‘i’m here on behalf of all the people wondering when you’re going to release the Revolution’.

  7. I don’t blame Nintendo for the accident. If someone is stupid enough to drink that amount of water, then this person should blame herself. Nintendo didn’t have anything to do with this, and neither did the radio station.

  8. okay, first i need to point out that blaming Nintendo was a joke.

    Secondly, the radio station absolutely are responsible because, as i have pointed out in a follow up post, they were very well aware that the stunt could be fatal. A nurse even phoned into the studio while they were on air to tell them the danger, and they said they already knew. And they were making jokes about it on air. So they knew the danger, and nobody bothered to have a paramedic on standby, or even have the woman checked out when she complained of feeling ill. So yes, while she should have known better, one may argue that she would never have been in that situation in the first place if not for the radio station’s negligence. If this had been a case of someone just doing this on their own time in the privacy of their own home, you could absolutely argue that she was a victim of her own stupidity, but that’s not how it happened.

    Also, the radio station has fired 10 employees over the issue, and are being sued by the woman’s family. Trust me, a court will find the radio station in the wrong.

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