Way to Die #126
"Game Stopped"
Name of the death is a pun on the American video game retailer "GameStop"
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Garth ruined his health and sacrificed his life by living in a virtual fantasy world. Too bad his wake-up call... was his own death. Game over... Garth.
Date October 4, 2008 - October 6, 2008
Location Mattituck, New York
Episode this death
was featured in
"Stupid Is As Death Does"
"Love Bugged"
"Ji-Had It Coming"

"Game Stopped", Way to Die #126, (also alternatively titled as "Game Over") is the fifth death featured in the episode "Stupid Is As Death Does", which aired on March 29, 2011. 


There's a reason why video games make more money than movies: they're as addictive as crack. Garth was a sociopathic, egotistical, and mean-spirited video game addict whose only reality was virtual. He spent most of his time playing video games and so little time doing anything else, even going to the bathroom and sleeping. During hours of gameplay, he eats streams of junk food, such as large amounts of pizza and chugs down plenty of soft drinks and not much water in order to keep up. 

Body sores and pus pockets began to appear after 52 hours, due to his improper diet and neglected hygiene. He had just beaten many new players of the game, except for Tina. If Garth could beat Tina, he would be highest ranked player in the world. Somehow Tina remained cool as a cucumber while Garth looked like a big zit that was about to burst. Finally, at the last second, Tina defeated him, celebrating her victory. Frustrated and furious over his loss, Garth stood up, ready to break the TV...

"After 60 straight hours of nonstop gaming, Garth stood up, and dropped, like someone had just pulled the plug on his avatar. Garth was a goner."

Unbeknownst to Garth, blood clots had formed in his leg veins from being sedentary for so long that they had moved into his heart and lungs when he got up. In just a single minute, enough of the clots reached his heart and lungs, stopping them both in their tracks, and causing Garth to die, sending this slovenly and misanthropic addict to hell, but more importantly, on a one-way trip to reality.


  • Pat "PatTheNESPunk" Contri - Video Game Historian
  • Dr. Boyd Flinders - Surgeon
  • Yuri Argonis - Garth (uncredited)

Alternative Description

As seen on Spike TV's website

"A slovenly video gamer participates in a marathon championship gaming tournament but the lack of sleep and nourishment causes fatal heart failure."


  • Also called "Game Over" on the Spike TV website.
  • This death is based on two actual deaths resulting from gaming addiction.
    • Lee Seung Seop - A 38-year old South Korean industrial boiler repairman who died after he played Star Craft for 60 hours non-stop (the same amount of time that Garth played).
    • Chris Staniforth - an English gamer who would play Xbox for periods up to 12 hours and died when a blood clot traveled from his legs into his lungs, similar to Garth's death.
  • Rather than using CGI graphics for the explanation of this death, this death uses 8-bit sprite graphics in the style of the classic 1981 arcade game Donkey Kong (which would later start a video game series by the Japanese video game conglomerate Nintendo).
  • YouTuber PatTheNESpunk appeared in this death as a video game historian.
  • The woman who portrayed Tina is Marisha Ray, a main cast member of Critical Role and a star in the voice acting scene. She is also Matthew Mercer's wife.
  • A future death similar to how Garth died is Blogged Artery, but the victim died after standing up when trying to give herself a hickie using a vacuum cleaner, not over the loss of a video game.

Segment Nicknames

  • Game Over (Spike TV)

Foreign names

  • Fin del Juego (Game Over) - Latin American dub
  • Fin de la Partida (End of the Match) - Spanish dub
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