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My dad used to harp, "Instead of going to the movies, why don't you read a book?" Nowadays, a parent's battle cry is, "Why don't you stop playing video games and go to the movies?"

If heeded, the latter admonition could have saved a life.

A 20-year-old video game enthusiast was killed by a pulmonary embolism after sitting in the same position for several hours during a marathon Xbox session.

The lad that once loved playing Halo online now wears one.

AFP reports the family of budding British computer programmer Chris Staniforth, "have on Saturday launched a campaign to raise awareness about the health risks of playing online computer games."

Medical experts fear that young gamers who spend hours glued to their computers could wind up terminal at their terminals.

Deep vein thrombosis normally affects passengers on long-haul flights or fans entrenched in a Lord of the Rings marathon.

Lemme' tell you something. At the age of 13 I made it through all 13 Marx Bros. movies in a row and it didn't kill me. That's because we moviegoers enjoy leaving our homes for a group experience that includes sitting in a dark room with others staring at pictures on a wall.

What would you prefer? A longer orbit or a short obit? The time spent actively watching movies in a theater could add hours to your longevity.

Get more out of life. Go to a movie!

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