[S]aying Staniforth in paritcular was killed by his Xbox is absurd. He could have been doing any sedentary activity and suffered the same fate, from assembling model airplanes to trading stocks. DVT is most common in those who have recently spent time convalescing or are engaged in regular long distance travel, neither of which are described in the sensational news headlines.
Did any U.S. newspapers claim that baseball killed Shannon Stone, the man who tragically fell from the stands in Texas during a game earlier this year? No. But because video games are misunderstood by many older people, those seeking their favor will take any excuse to link them to social probelms, and that is exactly what The Sun has done. Staniforth played video games too much, no one can dispute that. But they did not kill him. A lack of support from those around him combined with deep psychological issues did that.
Also on the creepy Xbox theme is this related, but different story.
(thanks to Arnaud Leene)