Gamer Generation Pays a Heavy Price in Iraq

March 21, 2007 -
When compiling the daily news for GamePolitics, GP relies in part on an extensive set of automated Google News searches. Based on certain keywords, our Google searches occasionally turn up news of a soldier or Marine killed in Iraq.

That's not really the type of news that fits with GamePolitics' journalistic mission, so it doesn't normally appear here. But in reading such stories, we do note the frequency with which friends and relatives of deceased military personnel mention that their loved one enjoyed video games. Not too surprising, really, given the relatively youthful demographics of soldiers and gamers alike.

A poignant story we read yesterday in the Detroit News caught our eye, however. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that the Iraq war just passed its four-year anniversary. More likely it was the fact that Army Pfc. William "Billy" Davis, killed by a roadside bomb last weekend, was simply a hardcore gamer. From the newspaper account:
A video game enthusiast, Davis... met his wife after high school. The couple named their daughter (Aeris) after a character in the videogame "Final Fantasy VII."

"He liked to play a lot of video games," his mother said.

UPDATE 3/23/07: The Connecticut Post reports on the death of PFC Stephen Ron O'Neil Karl Richardson, killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb:
A personal profile attributed to Richardson and posted on the Internet site, myspace.com, states that he "is a proud new daddy to my daughter, Iyana.

"I'm still just a kid at heart. I like to watch cartoons and play video games," he wrote.

Comments

@Diceman
aahhh apathy,I hope in time its returned to you 10 fold.

@Diceman

Wow, how you've openened my eyes! [please note: THICK sarcasm] I never realized that my relatives who died in WW2 got drafted of their own free will. And absolutely, why should I honor the VOLUNTEERS who signed up to keep hitler from killing innocent people. After all, it was their decision to fight for us who weren't brave enough to stand up and die, it was their decision to sacrifice everything they had, so that I could still keep what I have, and of course, the usual point, these men are the only reason that you are allowed to be a complete jerk.
You may argue, that this isn't WW2, but the fact is, when these men enlisted, they had no idea what they would be doing. It could have been a war with anyone, over anything, or it could have been a war with ourselves. They just knew that there was a job for them, and they were fit to do it.
So, because Brer/\ already put it so elequently and rationally, I feel the need for sarcasm and to be a voice that says screw you.

Oh, and I'm sorry about your friend referred to as mike, maybe if he knew some people who cared he wouldn't have made a mistake. But then, assuming he wasn't just an example, if he surrounds people like you, not that many people cared enough about him when he lived to care when he died.

As a soldier AND a gamer (MMO, tabletob, miniatures, card, console, & FPS) this saddens me. I'm sorry the soldier bit it, and I understand the need for sympathy.
@Diceman - while I do agree with you that we (teh soldiers) know what we are getting into, it's not always that we had a very good choice. The choice between having to sell your blood plasma to have enough ramen noodles to heat up via the little electric coffe mug in your car for the week, and enlisting for an ideal you don't believe in just to have a steady paycheck and a roof over your head...sometimes it's a lot less cut-and-dried than you think it is.
And as for your friend with the bungee cord - yeah, he knew what he was getting into, but is it not still a sad event? What the hell is wrong with you? I hope you develop terminal syphillis, so everyone can say, "Well, when he nailed that (insert pronoun referring to chosen gender here), he knew what he was doing, and he knew the potential consequences." Maybe then you'll have a little bit of perpective.

@ all the rest of youse - Keep on truckin. This looks to be a forum I'll be keeping up with, I just found it through random WILFing at work.
Hail Eris!

~KiltedFox~
"When in doubt, fuck it. When not in doubt - get in doubt!"
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james_fudgeOur community is awesome. We can have a debate without threatening to kill each other.09/20/2014 - 2:50pm
Andrew EisenNo one's crossed a line but I just want to remind you all to keep discussions civil.09/20/2014 - 1:54pm
Craig R.tldr: I'm a gamer, and imo those who support GamerGate should feel free to take a flying leap off a cliff.09/20/2014 - 1:27pm
Craig R.Not only that, I'm pretty sure that if actual studies were done, you'd still deny them, Sleaker. After all, it's not what you'd want to hear to support your rose-colored view of GamerGate.09/20/2014 - 1:18pm
Craig R.There IS an issue. Nor do we need a study to show that if you deny it then you're part of the problem.09/20/2014 - 1:17pm
Sleakersimply oust people that do harass others.09/20/2014 - 11:34am
Sleaker@Conster - I can say the same thing if you think there's been more than a handful. Until there's an actual study on rates no one can claim to know how widespread the incidence of harassment is. Thus the best we can do is 'there might be an issue' and...09/20/2014 - 11:33am
ConsterSleaker: if you think there's only been "a handful of" incidents, you have your head stuck *somewhere* - I'm assuming it's sand.09/20/2014 - 5:38am
prh99Most of it's agitprop clickbait anyway.09/20/2014 - 5:27am
prh99A good reason to stop reading reguardless of view pointhttp://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/apr/12/news-is-bad-rolf-dobelli.09/20/2014 - 5:22am
Andrew EisenWell this is unique! A musical critique of the Factual Feminist's "Are Video Games Sexist?" video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-K4s7cV4Us409/20/2014 - 2:41am
Andrew EisenSome locked threads. Some let them be. So, no, I'm not seeing a problem here. No corruption. No collusion. No ethical problem with privately discussing ethics.09/20/2014 - 12:48am
Andrew EisenAnd still, in the end, Tito made up his own mind on how to handle his site. All 150 or so members went off to handle their own sites in their own ways. Some talked about it. Some didn't. Some changed disclosure policies. Some didn't.09/20/2014 - 12:40am
Andrew EisenThere were two comments other than Kochera and Tito's. One pointed out the Escapist Code of Conduct, another comment was in support of Tito.09/20/2014 - 12:40am
Andrew EisenKochera privately expressed his disagreement on how Tito decided to do something. No, I don't consider that crossing a line nor do I consider the exchange an example of the group pressuring him.09/20/2014 - 12:36am
Kronotechnical reasons. Anyways, I need to get to sleep as well.09/20/2014 - 12:29am
KronoAnd he wasn't the only one pushing Tito to censor the thread. If Tito had bowed to peer pressure, we likely wouldn't have gotten this http://goo.gl/vKiYtR which grew out of that thread. Said thread also lasted until a new one needed to be made for09/20/2014 - 12:28am
Krono@Andrew So it's an example of Kuchera crossing the line from reporter to advocate. And an example of the group pressuring for censorship.09/20/2014 - 12:21am
E. Zachary KnightAnyway, I am off to bed. I will probably wake up to all of this being knocked off the shout box.09/20/2014 - 12:20am
 

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