Would-be Game Designer Lost in Afghanistan

….another in an occasional series of reports about gamers who gave their all:

A U.S. Army soldier killed in Afghanistan last month was a lifelong gamer, reports the Washington Post.

Army Spec. Anthony Lightfoot, 20, of Riverdale, Georgia died along with three comrades in a roadside attack on July 20th in Wardak Province.

According to his family, Lightfoot beat Mario Bros. as a small child and hoped to become a game designer some day:

He was a video game devotee who beat a Mario Bros. game at age 4 and never looked back, his brother said. "Ever since then, you couldn’t move him from the TV," his brother said. "Everything he touched he tried to master, and that was an awesome quality about him."

Lightfoot’s passion for video games grew into a desire to study animation and design a game. He drew a lot as a youngster and befriended other fans of Japanese animation and video games.

"He was always happy to meet people, befriend people and help people," his brother said. "He was a giving person."

Spec. Lightfoot was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday.

GP: Rest in peace, Anthony…

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    Bennett Beeny says:

    I don’t know why they bother saying that soldier-gamers want to be a game designer when they get out of the military.  Seems I’ve seen that a couple of times recently.  It seems ‘game designer’ is the new ‘fireman’ – it’s what kids want to be when they grow up.

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