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    Brian Wood spent his life thrilling millions of faceless gamers, but his last moment was spent saving the lives of those he loved most.

    Wood, a 33 year-old lead designer at popular game developer Relic Entertainment, was on his way back to his Washington home when his wagon was struck by an oncoming Chevy Blazer being driven by a 21 year-old woman believed to be driving under the influence. With his pregnant wife Erin in the passenger seat, Wood swerved his car to put himself directly in the path of the oncoming SUV -- a decision that ultimately cost him his life, but protected his wife and unborn child from harm. Two other passengers riding in the backseat of the Blazer were also killed.

    "All the policeman say that if we had hit the car head-on all of us would be dead," Erin Wood told The Province. "At the very last second (Brian) braked really hard and turned right so that he would be put in the path of the SUV and not me and the baby, and that is the only thing that saved us both."

    "He was always sacrificing himself for me and the baby," she added.

    But while Wood's impossibly brave act left a permanent void in the life of Erin Wood, the same people who Brian strived to please with his work have returned the favor with a striking show of support for his bereaved widow.



    A memorial trust was set up within days of the accident. Countless game developers, journalists and fans posted links on Twitter and Facebook, leading to literally thousands of supportive comments, messages and financial donations, prompting Wood to send an open letter to the gaming community to popular game blog Kotaku.

    "Brian always told me about how close-knit and wonderful the video game community was, but I had no idea until this tragedy just how special a group it really is," she writes. "From all the articles and comments, to the emails and donations, I am simply stunned and so touched by the love, kindness, and generosity shown to me and my family."

    At the time of his death, Brian Wood was working on Company of Heroes Online, a free-to-play version of Relic’s award-winning strategy game. It's currently in open beta-test.



    Original Story:
    http://videogames.yahoo.com/events/p...eloper/1410899



    Just proves how special the Gamer Community really is!

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    Re: Gamers Come Together To Show Support

    Kudos to our fellow gamers!


    But... Even though I might sound cynical or heartless or... I don't know.
    An act of heroism in the face of certain death? I don't know. It seems like a very logic thing to do. If a car is about to hit you, you'd try to steer to the right. Everyone would do that.
    I don't really like those over the top stories...

    BUT... it's a good thing he acted the way he did and the aftermath is - at least for myself - more pleasent to hear than the actual story of might or might not be heroism.
    I think that the gamer community really is very close and very caring towards each other. Mostly because of the fact that it's still seen as a somewhat outside community, I think.
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      Re: Gamers Come Together To Show Support

      Originally posted by Vouk View Post
      An act of heroism in the face of certain death? I don't know. It seems like a very logic thing to do. If a car is about to hit you, you'd try to steer to the right. Everyone would do that.
      I don't really like those over the top stories...
      His wife said that he was always looking out for her and the baby over himself. It was in his nature, regardless of whether it was a "natural reaction"... He sounded like a truly great person even when speaking of his work.

      He deserves to be remembered as a hero, regardless.
      My condolences to his wife and soon-to-be child.

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        If anyone wants to donate to the family:

        http://www.brianwoodmemorialtrust.com/

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          Re: Gamers Come Together To Show Support

          Originally posted by Vouk View Post
          An act of heroism in the face of certain death? I don't know. It seems like a very logic thing to do. If a car is about to hit you, you'd try to steer to the right. Everyone would do that.
          By the way she presents it, he wasn't trying to swerve. The goal was to do, more or less, a handbrake turn so that instead of a head-on collision, his side took the brunt of the impact, making a T-bone collision instead. Ultimately, if he had the presence of mind, he was probably hoping to get enough of a hard turn in to let the rear half of the vehicle take the hit. Sadly, he didn't fully pull that off. A head-on would have just ended up with both him and his wife dead.

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            I sincerly wish people would ban the word 'hero' out of their vocabulary.
            It's inflationary use is somewhat revolting. But sorry, I don't think this thread is the right place for such semantic discussions.
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              Re: Gamers Come Together To Show Support

              Originally posted by Vouk View Post
              I sincerly wish people would ban the word 'hero' out of their vocabulary.
              It's inflationary use is somewhat revolting. But sorry, I don't think this thread is the right place for such semantic discussions.
              I'm sorry, it's just that he died and all.

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                Re: Gamers Come Together To Show Support

                Anyone that would do that to save the lifes of his wife and child will be in my heart forever and I hope will be remembered by most. Not because of his games but because he saved the 2 lifes that meant the most to him.
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