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« on: September 22, 2008, 07:03:06 PM »

The recent posts regarding family and friend's illnesses and deaths, got me to remembering something.  When I got the news that my father had died (not a surprise at least, he'd been just hanging on for a few months) - I was playing a video game.  Metallicorphan and I were duo'ing in Final Fantasy XI when my phone rang... I will never forget exactly what I was doing or where I was in the game.  Even months later, I'd get that tug on the heartstrings when I was crossing the bridge near where we were when I heard the news.

I'll also never forget someone who was very important to me during that period - someone I'd never met in real life.  Someone who was so supportive and sensitive (oh, yeah, he was, sorry if I'm ruining his reputation on GT!) If you've ever read the Metal and Myto show here, you know of whom I speak.

Thank you, Metal, from the bottom of my heart!   tear
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2008, 08:39:32 PM »

Oddly enough, yeah - December 92, I was playing Wolf3D in the middle of the night when my grandmother called to let us know my grandfather had died frown
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2008, 12:31:30 AM »

Well, I was playing Black Hawk Down when I heard about the 9/11 stuff. 
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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2008, 02:41:03 PM »

I was playing Everquest when I heard about the 9/11 stuff. Ironically, I heard about it and got news updates through the in game chat.
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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2008, 07:20:23 PM »

Quote from: mytocles on September 22, 2008, 07:03:06 PM

The recent posts regarding family and friend's illnesses and deaths, got me to remembering something.  When I got the news that my father had died (not a surprise at least, he'd been just hanging on for a few months) - I was playing a video game.  Metallicorphan and I were duo'ing in Final Fantasy XI when my phone rang... I will never forget exactly what I was doing or where I was in the game.  Even months later, I'd get that tug on the heartstrings when I was crossing the bridge near where we were when I heard the news.

I'll also never forget someone who was very important to me during that period - someone I'd never met in real life.  Someone who was so supportive and sensitive (oh, yeah, he was, sorry if I'm ruining his reputation on GT!) If you've ever read the Metal and Myto show here, you know of whom I speak.

Thank you, Metal, from the bottom of my heart!   tear


thats alright Mighty-O(and i dont think i have a rep on here,LOL),i certainly remember that night..when you went,because you were the gal to goto,i kept getting messages ingame 'wheres myto'(felt like thousands of people wanted to know where you were at that time),everyone in our linkshell was concerned

i dont think i have had any really bad news while playing a game....unfortunately it prolly will happen though at somepoint,i play that much,if i am not in work or asleep,then i am on a videogame

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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2008, 07:42:47 PM »

Quote from: DragonFyre on September 23, 2008, 02:41:03 PM

I was playing Everquest when I heard about the 9/11 stuff. Ironically, I heard about it and got news updates through the in game chat.
Same here!  eek
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« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2008, 08:23:35 PM »

I was playing Nintendo when my mom told me my grandfather passed away. It was a weird situation because I had never been very close to him, but at the same time it was the first person I knew that died. I remember that awkward few moments where I'm trying to decide if I should go back to my game since there's nothing I can do about the situation, or if that would be horribly callous of me.
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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2008, 02:35:55 AM »

I was playing a game when I found out that my brother was at the hospital with a brain aneurysm. I *think* it was Mechwarrior 4 but I can't say for sure. Everything was kind of a blurr after that, although thankfully he did make a full recovery.
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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2008, 05:11:49 AM »

Not a personal bad news but I was playing City of Heroes when Christopher Reeve died. I remember all the talk that day in game and people doing in game memorials and chats and this one guy that made a steel grey Superman look alike and stood standing in salute all day at Atlas Square like a statue.
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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2008, 05:27:32 AM »

One time while it was just my mom and I (the rest of the family was in another country) I was playing Counter-Strike when a fire caught in the bathroom, my mom called the fire department and the whole debacle went on as I continued to play CS without ever looking away from the monitor. It's not that I didn't care, I was young and ignoring my mom for whatever reason so I continued to make my point of ignoring her by ignoring the fact that the there was a team of firefighters in my house.

Other than that, I'm sure I've heard terrible news while playing video games and just don't recall.
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« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2008, 05:43:17 AM »

Quote from: YellowKing on September 23, 2008, 08:23:35 PM

I was playing Nintendo when my mom told me my grandfather passed away. It was a weird situation because I had never been very close to him, but at the same time it was the first person I knew that died. I remember that awkward few moments where I'm trying to decide if I should go back to my game since there's nothing I can do about the situation, or if that would be horribly callous of me.

I know exactly how you felt. Happened to me quite a few times (though not at the news of someone ding, though, or necessarily playing a game).

Quote from: Daehawk on September 24, 2008, 05:11:49 AM

Not a personal bad news but I was playing City of Heroes when Christopher Reeve died. I remember all the talk that day in game and people doing in game memorials and chats and this one guy that made a steel grey Superman look alike and stood standing in salute all day at Atlas Square like a statue.

That's just awesome (the statue salute, not Reeve's death).

I've never gotten terrible news while playing a game, at least not any that I recall.
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