Soldier - Gamer Dies in Iraq

December 14, 2007 -
….another in an occasional series of reports about gamers who gave their all:

A gamer who served his country in the U.S. Army has lost his life in Iraq. The Associated Press reports that Spc. Randy W. Pickering, 31, died Sunday in Baghdad. Randy loved comic books and video games, his brother said:
He did his computer thing. He loved video games. Video games and comics were his life.

On his MySpace, Randy described himself as:
...a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law.

Also on MySpace, he listed Mario and Luigi among his heroes.

Rest in peace, Randy...

Comments

(salutes) Always sad to lose one of our guy's. Especially a fellow gamer.

I believe "william panderlust" is trying to imply that calling a soldier a gamer is somehow an insult to the individual, and does so rather poorly at that.

"Willy" Panderlust, I was a soldier, US Army, for 7 years, ended up with a messed up back that limits my mobility considerably, restricting me from a lot of the more "outside" activities people do, as there is only so far I can walk, or so long I can stand before my back starts to really kill me. One of the things I did before I was a soldier, all through my military career, and after it, has been gaming. I've always identified myself as a gamer. Much like how anyone may identify themselves by what they like to do (or what they do). There is no insult in calling a soldier a gamer.

Your statement seems to be very reminiscent of another currently banned anti-gamer poster which has been a relatively prominent and annoying thorn in the side of anyone with half a brain. I'd strongly suggest, politely, that you possibly try not to persist in your attempts to flame people here.

I salute Randy, and all of the military personnel which have died in this war. A good number of my friends and family have spent time in Iraq; a couple of my friends have died, it always is a tragedy. If it was not for my back being screwed up and me no longer being in the Army, I'd also probably have spent some time in Iraq.

I was one of Randy's random online friends. How you guys managed to pick up on this story is beyond me, but thanks so much for the kind words.

It dosen't matter if Spc. Pickering was a gamer, a lawyer, or a priest. It dosen't matter if this war is right or wrong. What does matter is that he, and countless others, have died defending those who are incapable of defending themselves, and there is no greater (and few equal) honor. Rest in Peace, Spc. Pickering.

@ Willy Panderlust (a.k.a. Jack Thompson)

What kind of idiot are you? Seriously? Are you retarded or something?

Here's a little piece of reality - over half of the US population plays video games. That's for ALL age groups, ALL ethnicities, everything.

Calling this soldier a gamer isn't an insult, it's a tribute to his memory and the things he enjoyed.

Even though I'm an atheist, sometimes I hope christianity is right - just so I'd have the satisfaction of knowing you'd burn in hell.

@ Willy Panderlust

Randy was not only a gamer, he was also a very good friend and a extremely talented artist. You insult his memory, and his legacy!

Please be more considerate in general. Your morals are lacking.

"@Beacon, exactly, any soldier that dies deserves recognition, but, just like American Football fans would especially mourn the loss of a Football Star to the War, we mourn the loss of a gamer. That is why I know Panderlust is purely looking for excuses to disrupt the site."

Case in point, Pat Tillman.

Coming back now that I've woken up a little, I guess that was a bit harsh. I still feel that way, but it was worded rather strongly. Allow me to put up a disclaimer:

I am not advocating violence towards Jack Thompson, "William Panderlust", or anyone else. Gamepolitics and the ECA are not responsable for the contents of this post or my previous post.

@Mnementh2230:

EZK says it's not jack... though given the post it's hard to tell, huh? (I'd still second jt burning in hell tho, no qualms there.)

RIP man.

RIP and peace to the family...

@ DarkTetsuya - They say it's not Jack, but there are some similarities besides the posting topics... that plus the "\"s before apostraphies or quotation marks he uses makes me think it is JT using an anonymizer web service that doesn't escape his text output.

Rest in peace.

To everyone jumping on Panderlust and accusing him of being JT: What? Are you demonising Thompson so much that everyone who doesn't like games must be him? That's just sad.

(I suspect the onslaught of backslashes is due to EZK's moderation, bringing the text to and from a database without correctly converting it.)

@ Matthew

No, the reason we think it's JT is not because he apparently despises games, it's because the way he conveys his message as vitriolically as he does, the bad linguistic form, and the fact that he's trivializing the fact that the soldier was a gamer, saying that it diminished what he did, just really screams Jack Thompson. Identical MO, just about.

Plus, he seems to be the only vehement anti-gamer that frequents the site. Anybody else probably wouldn't bother.

@Samson Effect:

The vast difference in writing style, lack of bragging about his name or occupation, short posts, absence of ad hominems when addressing people, ability to stay on topic, and (according to EZK) his IP address all say that he's someone else. We criticise Jack for saying that all gamers are working together on a vast conspiracy and yet every now and again these comments are filled with people claiming that new person X is really JT because he holds a roughly similar opinion.

@Matthew

Besides, soemone else gave another possibility, Larouche or one of his cultists.

@kurisu7885

Seem's a bit more likely to be a LaRouchshite.

Keep a keyboard/controller warm for me

I love how far-left idiots like Pandralisk devotes two sentences to a dead soldier and then uses his death as a way to slam Bush. Really makes you look like you care.

Anywho, RIP, Randy. Thanks for your service. Putting your life on the line for us is more than anything I could do.

My thoughts go to your family dude, hope your laughing at the silly games bickering where y'are now.

Takes a bigger man than I to put it on the line for his country, nice one.

P.S JT's a twonk :)

Randy was a badass, he was a friend of mine and had been serving for several years now, just getting redeployed back to Iraq at the start of December just after his 31st birthday. He was an amazing artist and comic creator and took everything in life he could with good humor, satire, and jesting. It's nice to see people giving condolences for someone that they only know through a mention of his name and a brief glimpse of his footprint online, behavior like that would have made him very happy.

That description he had of himself gave me goosebumps.

These are the soldiers you want on YOUR side.

RIP

As Delta and Gyg said, I was an online art buddy of Randy for years and years. And he was amazingly positive even in the harshest of situations. Apart from a gamer, he was an incredible comic artist. His art was amazing and really inspired me to work harder as an artist. If you guys want to check his art out, I included it as my website link.

I had met Randy in Texas for an anime convention. i remember seeing his sketchbook and wanting to bad to tell him what an amazing artist he was but my friend mentioned he doesnt like people telling him how great his art is. He was really funny and we played Resident Evil GameCube and him and i would recite the original dubbed lines. We both had a good time and for what short amount of time i knew him he was a good friend. Rest In Peace friend
 
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