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Game Designer Killed In Accident, But With A Final Act Of Bravery

Company of Heroes is only for PC but that doesn't matter. What matters is that the gaming industry has tragically lost one of its own.

Brian Wood, lead designer for Relic Entertainment and partly responsible for the aforementioned critically acclaimed franchise, was tragically killed over the Labor Day weekend when his Subaru wagon collided with an oncoming Chevy Blazer. But it appears Wood's final act in life was one of supreme self-sacrifice and heroism. As his wife said, "in his final act he did the only that would save us:" with the Blazer bearing down on them, the 33-year-old Wood braked hard and swerved to the right, so as to accept the full force of the collision, thereby saving his wife of five years and their unborn child. Brian was killed instantly but his wife, Erin, only suffered a non-lethal head injury.

"All the policeman say that if we had hit the car head-on all of us would be dead. 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.

I am not going to waste the gift he gave us."

The Blazer crossed the center line when the driver tried to take her sweater off while driving, and asked the passenger to take the wheel. Washington State Patrol found evidence of drug use at the scene in the SUV, and "all of the occupants are well known to police." "There is quite a drug history there," said Sgt. Jason Longoria. The two male passengers in the rear of the vehicle were killed in the accident; the driver, Jordyn Weichert, 21, is in custody and facing charges of three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault. Unsurprisingly, none of the occupants were wearing seat belts.

Erin Wood said her husband's last act of bravery doesn't surprise her, as "he was always sacrificing himself for me and the baby." Finished Erin:

"He was the most amazing warm-hearted man you would ever meet who loved his job, loved his family, and was just my rock. I am not quite sure how I am supposed to live the rest of my life without him. He truly was a gift and I wouldn’t change a thing of any of our moments together."

Brian's father, Ed, said the entire family is dealing with the grief as best they can, and is not seeking revenge against the driver of the SUV. However, he did say he believes they "need to be put away" and that they're "going to kill somebody else and themselves." Erin added that "there is no place for anger in my heart right now - it is all sadness."

It's clear that Brian Wood will be missed. It's also clear that drugs - both illegal and legal - will continue to be the bane of our society until we implode. This never should've happened. Forgive this brief opinion aspect of the story but hey, someone needs to say it. R.I.P., Brain. And all the best to Erin and the baby.

Tags: company of heroes, brian wood, relic entertainment

9/7/2010 2:58:18 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (143 posts)

Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 3:23:14 PM
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R.I.P

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:08:14 PM

Agreed.

As a father and husband, I applaud his heroism.

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TEG3SH
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 6:23:19 PM

@ NeoHumpty

I guess I found myself a new BFF, do u give discounts :)

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 8:07:11 PM

Discounts? True BFF's get free samples every week. ;)

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TEG3SH
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 9:07:14 PM

we are gonna be BFF, I'll even buy the BFF necklace .lol, Absolute Brooklyn Is Gold ( not only because I'm from there :) )

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EddPm6
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 11:25:41 PM

This really sucks.
One of my friends was killed on Aug 19th 2007 at about 2am, only 5 hours before he was to start his senior year. He was struck from behind by a drunk driving man from texas, while riding his bike home. The man stopped at a gas station 1/2 mile up the road and was quoted as saying " hey i think i hit an animal."
I guess the point im trying to make is that in the case of drunk/high driving, it is almost NEVER the drunk/ high driver that gets hurt at all. Even in this case it was a dad getting hit and the two other guys in the vehicle that had no control over the end of their lives.

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Riku994
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 3:24:52 PM
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I agree with your opinion on drugs, Ben. The world truly would be a better place without them... And alcohol, TBH. He sounds like he was an amazing guy, and although I've never played any of his games I'm sure he was great at what he did. R.I.P. Brian.

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Riku994
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 4:14:14 PM

....May I ask why I was thumbs-downed for that?

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 4:51:20 PM

Nothing personal, but I thumbed down because I don't believe in blaming the drugs or drinking over the things dumb ass people do while doing them. I know plenty of people that drink now and then (or god forbid smoke some weed) in the privacy of their own home for their own enjoyment that have never harmed anyone. If your enjoyment of life is a little better because of a few relaxing drinks at the end of the day, then good for you. Have a drink, or a hit, or whatever works for you.

There is, however, never an excuse for getting buzzed up then going and getting behind the wheel.

I would say that stupid people are the bane of society, not the drugs they choose to do.

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Shams
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:00:25 PM

Yes, but the drugs don't make the stupid people any smarter...do they?

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:09:17 PM

Neo -

Well, as long as there is people out there that are controlled by drugs and alcohol, it's an issue.

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:30:55 PM

Well, I'm a little biased. I make my living selling liquor, so it's hardly a "bane" in my life.

But, the thing about stupid people is that they will never stop doing stupid things. This was most likely some young 21yo punk that thought he knew everything and screwed up. Nobody ever even said it is known he was impaired at the time. I did lots of stupid stuff in my car when I was that old.....until several of my friends died in unrelated accidents because of idiot driving.

It's a shame it happened to this family, it really is. But I refuse to let this punk and his friends be the poster children for other, more responsible people out there that know how to act civil in their indulgences.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:51:27 PM

Some people are controlled by whatever substance they abuse. There's a reason they claim alcoholism to be more like a disease. No matter how long you stay sober for, if you suffer from alcoholism, it's best not to ever drink because it's too hard not to drink more.

I'm not going to get into a debate about weed on here, but I can promise you that it's a rare individual that knows when to stop. I personally would never smoke anything of any kind for health reasons... not moral ones necessarily. However, I've seen enough in my line of work to wish people were creative enough to enjoy life without marijuana.

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 6:18:31 PM

No, an inanimate object does not control them, they choose to let their love of the substance control their lives. Alcoholism is as much of a disease as being fat, sex addiction or cigarettes. In that, I mean that addiction is a weakness, not a disease. The fact is that someone who is an alcoholic can indeed have a drink sometime, just like someone who used to be fat can have a slice of cake. It's all about self control and responsibility.

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Snicket
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 7:44:47 PM

"addiction is a weakness, not a disease"

A someone who has worked closely with addicts, you sir, could not be more wrong.

I worked in recovery with people who were addicted to drugs, porn and everything in between. Your statement is a slap in the face to people who have this disease. But don't think for one second I am trying to justify the people on drugs in the accident, they should be punished for their actions.

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SolidFantasy
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 8:14:32 PM

I'm with NeoHumty on this one.

Statistically: people who have a drink every now and then, but not in excess typically live longer than those who avoid alcohol entirely.

Both groups out live the alcoholics obviously, but the point is there are two sides to this and we should let either side take full control. Stop the punks who don't know what there getting into and don't stop the good old folks who are just trying to relax now at the end of the week.

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 8:26:20 PM

I believe that a slap to the face would be these people realizing they are the ones that allowed themselves to get the way they are. I believe that the term "disease" alludes that they contracted it as if they accidentally sat on a dirty toilet seat. No. They chose to do something they enjoyed over and over again until their body or mind didn't know how to act without it. That may be a psychological illness, but it's damn sure not a disease in my book. The addicts call it a disease to get some pity or a second chance. The doctors call it a disease so they can make some money trying to fix it. The families call it a disease so they don't feel so bad talking about it. Thanks, but I'll call it what it really is. It's an addiction.

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Snicket
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 11:19:05 PM

"The addicts call it a disease to get some pity or a second chance. The doctors call it a disease so they can make some money trying to fix it. The families call it a disease so they don't feel so bad talking about it."

When the addicts that are broken enough to know they need help they sure as heck are not looking for pity, a second chance yes. Whatever family that has a member are not too concerned about what word you call it, they just what their loved one to get some help.

But anyways, I'm not trying to pick a fight with you or anything Neo, reading the comments below made me feel guilty for getting off topic a bit.

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spiderboi
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 11:58:51 PM

RIP to the brave guy. It's an admirable thing he did, and it's what I would prefer to do if I had to leave this world. Playing out games and being the virtual hero can be done by anyone. Being a real-life hero is something else.

And yeah, while I was initially miffed by Neo's statements, I would agree with him that it is a matter of choice. People make the disease classification scapegoat to put the blame on something else besides themselves. Why? Coz some people are weak and cannot accept the consequences of their actions. Much in the same way that some people blame god for what misfortunes they encounter but it is themselves they have to blame.

Some people need to stuff their brains more so that aside from knowing more, they understand more.

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NeoHumpty
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 11:59:43 PM

Yeah, this got me way off topic. I'm sorry for that. We went from talking about some dumb ass that screwed up to a sweeping generalization about everyone that uses or abuses. I just thought that Ben's comment of legal and illegal drugs being the "bane" of society was a bit of the same. I'm sure that we could all name several people in charge of this world that are doing WAY more to "implode" this society than some schlub that's getting too high.

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 12:09:17 AM

I'm with NeoHumpty on this one. It irks me to see inanimate objects (alcohol, drugs, guns) be blamed for the problems of the world instead of the real problem. And, the real problem here is stupid, irresponsible, inconsiderate people. Guns can be fun. Hunting, skeet shooting, target practice...these are things that people enjoy. But you can also grab a gun and blow someone's head off. Alcohol and drugs are the same. A drink, a joint, a couple shrooms, hell, even a few harder things depending on your tolerance, can be fun, relaxing, enlightening, and can even foster a deeper understanding of self and others. But, hey, if you operate heavy machinery while drunk, something bad is bound to happen. That doesn't make it the bane of human existence. It makes it something to be handled with care and respect. Two things a drunk/high driver clearly don't have. Hell, when I was a kid, I used to like to spin around in circles until I was dizzy. That's about the kid equivalent of getting a buzz. Had I hopped on my bicycle in that dizzy state, I probably would have hurt myself or someone else. Does that make spinning in circles the bane of child existence? But, being a dumb-ass is the bane of ANY existence. The moral to this story isn't don't do drugs. The moral is don't be an idiot.

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NeoHumpty
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 12:49:59 AM

Nice points, Troy. Thanks.

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aaronisbla
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 1:50:20 AM

my dad was a alcoholic, but ive never once thought it was some disease and i really wish it would stop being called that. Alcoholism exists but it shouldn't be classified as a disease. just my opinion though

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Underdog15
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 2:34:04 PM

Don't believe an alcoholic who says he can enjoy the occasional drink or two and not ever get wasted.

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Fane1024
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 5:13:40 PM

I also agree with NeoHumpty.

In the end, it wasn't the alcohol or drugs that killed Brian Wood. It was the automobile.

Ban all cars.

(I'm only half-joking.)

p.s. I was so choked up by the self-sacrifice by Wood that I couldn't even respond to this article when I first read it on Tuesday. I also cried when I saw a report of the accident on the local Seattle news. God bless and R.I.P.

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Highlander
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 3:28:43 PM
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That's just awful. Definitely a self sacrifice, but just awful. I hope that the brain dead loser behind the wheel of the Blazer spends the rest of their days rotting in jail.

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Shams
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 4:00:45 PM

It's in strange times like these that we see the worst of humankind, along with the very best. Rest in peace, Brian Wood.

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NULL
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 3:31:35 PM
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God damn druggies killin our devs.

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SvenMD
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 3:32:11 PM
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In my line of work we see this everyday in the trauma bay and it still pisses me off everytime I hear the supreme level of stupidity that occurs in this world.

Just stay off drugs. And if you're going to be stupid enough to do it, then don't ruin someone else's life in the process.

This is definitely a tragic, yet avoidable situation.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 3:33:04 PM
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<<<<The Blazer crossed the center line when the driver tried to take her sweater off while driving, and asked the passenger to take the wheel. Washington State Patrol found evidence of drug use at the scene in the SUV.>>>>

Another reckless stupid act that took an innocent life. They should also charge the right-front seat passenger too since he/she also had control of the steering wheel.

And I hope that the drugs they were caught with were of the felony kind so at least, they can do a BIG stretch in the Grey Bar Hotel this time around.

R.I.P. Brian Wood!
And my condolences go out to his wife, his unborn child, & to the rest of their family.

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Highlander
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 3:59:34 PM

Definitely! If anyone is dumb enough to 'take control' of the wheel of a moving vehicle from the passenger seat while the driver removes a sweater - at speed - they need to be treated as being just as culpable as the driver. Honestly what incomprehensible stupidity. why not just pull over for the 30 seconds it would take to remove the sweater safely? Oh, wait, drugs....lack of judgement.... Morons.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 3:40:01 PM
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Trying to take off their sweater.... and handing the wheel to someone else.... and 2 passengers in the back...

Did NO ONE notice they were crossing the median???!?!!!??

I'm a family man. Although we have no child yet, my wife was pregnant before we had our miscarriage. But I know what it feels like to be protective of the life under your roof. These types of stories always enrage me.

Working in community services, I see drugs ruining peoples lives all the time. This story certainly reinforces my opinion on drug use and substance abuse.

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Shams
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 3:46:13 PM

My cousin lost all of his family (parents, brothers), but two sisters to a similar head-on car-crash at night. The other driver was drunk, but survived, and was exonerated of all charges due to diplomatic immunity. Terrible.

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Orvisman
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:58:27 PM

Sorry to hear about the miscarriage.

My wife and I want kids, but we're waiting for her to finish college.

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NoSmokingBandit
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 3:40:30 PM
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Incredible that Mr Wood was brave and quick enough to save his wife and child. The world could use a few more guys like him. Its a terrible shame that the world has one less good guy in it.

I can only hope that if i'm ever in the same situation i can be as brave and selfless as Brian.

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Shams
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 3:56:28 PM

Not like captain Qwark who'd hide in a closet and blame "dead-meat".

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NoSmokingBandit
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 6:02:56 PM

That was the funniest mission briefing in any game i have ever played.

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LightShow
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 6:21:39 PM

i still use the quarkism "exfiltrate" in daily speech.

and RIP. Its always the stand-up guys like him that end up the sole casualty of fiascos like this. its a cruel twist of fate that impaired drivers tend to survive their own collisions...

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Shams
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 3:42:31 PM
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Now that's what I call a man-in-full. God love him, i'm sure many will miss the company of this hero.

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RebelJD
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 3:43:11 PM
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This is sad to hear, and you're right, illegal drugs are no good. As well as legal drugs when abused.

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Karosso
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 3:54:20 PM
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At least we are sure he will be in the "Company of Heroes"... R.I.P. Brian Wood.
So sad that his child won't get to enjoy a Dad this good and cool :(

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spiderboi
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 12:03:51 AM

But the kid can boast "My dad beats your dad anyday. He gave his life for me and my mom. What has your dad done?" :)

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 3:55:48 PM
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why is it that the intoxicated person never dies, but the good ones do? smh @ life. i was just in a car accident 2 weeks ago, some douche lady didn't stop at a u turn, and just hit us on the side, we spinned like 4 time, and almost got hit by on coming traffic.

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FlyingKickPunch
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 10:24:18 PM

It's because the drunk people go limp like a rag doll, the sober people always stiffen up. I learned that in school.
If you're gonna crash your car, GO LIMP!

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Jordahn
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 3:58:09 PM
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Wow. And I'm about to become a dad in February. Erin was very blessed to have had him, and I'm very blessed to be alive.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:47:54 PM

Hey, me too! Well, end of January.

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 6:13:28 PM

congratulations to the both of you. you two can kiss your ps3 time good bye lol. at least it's for a really good reason.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 7:44:20 PM

I sleep late. Very late.

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SvenMD
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 9:18:13 PM

As a new dad of a 4 month old I can say that PS3 times decreases, but it's still there!! You just gotta find time, and that usually happens after mom and the little one are in bed.

Luckily my wife understands that it makes me happy, so she's cool with it.

Oh! And congrats guys!!!!!

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frostface
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 4:00:50 PM
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Very sad to hear indeed...R.I.P. Brian Wood

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wakkaoaka
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 4:15:33 PM
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I can't imagine a better way to go... in that you saved your wife, unborn child, and touched the hearts of people around the world by your brave act.

R.I.P. Brian Wood.

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 4:20:15 PM

yeah i'm sure if he had to choose he'd choose himself instead of his wife and child. i know i would, and probably most of us here.

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Shams
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 4:47:08 PM

I heard someone say something along the lines of, "that the pricking of a person's finger would cause him more concern than the entire suffering of mankind." True in most cases, but i'm sure there are exceptions.

Hell, I'm sure they are people who'd not think twice about sacrificing themselves for a wife and child that's not even theirs.

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gumbi
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 4:35:26 PM
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Stories like this break my heart, and make me so angry at the same time. Stupidity, sheer and utter stupidity. As a husband and father of two, just thinking about this chokes me up.

It's encouraging to know there are still selfless men like Brian out there. It's tragic to know that we just lost one.

My thoughts are with the family. I hope they can come together and help each other through this difficult time.

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sunspider13
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 4:36:21 PM
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R.I.P. Mr. Wood

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donfelipe
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 4:45:14 PM
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2 disclaimers before I start:

What happened to the Wood family is horrible and no family should ever have to go through it

Paraphrasing Hunter S. Thompson 'I would not advocating the use of drugs to anybody but in some cases it works'

I gotta say I am pretty surprised by all the anti drug rhetoric here given that pretty much every gamer I know uses drugs, legal & illegal. Anybody posting here drink coffee, tea, coke etc today? How about smoke a cigarette? If so you are a drug user.

I live in the Seattle area, I've met a few people that work on the dev side (and a variety of other computer based businesses including microsoft-ies) and they're all stoners.

Drugs are no more of a 'bane' on society than any other inanimate object.

Just as guns don't kill people, people kill people; drugs don't kill people, people kill people. The dumbasses driving the car are responsible for Mr. Wood's death, not whatever it is they are claimed to have ingested.

Just like most things in the world there is nothing absolutely black and white about drugs. Used improperly, like a gun, the results can be disastrous, used properly however, they can be performance enhancing. Anybody drink a caffeinated beverage this AM?

Cars accidents kill more people than drugs every year yet nobody here would say that cars are a 'bane'. Now before everybody pipes in with "wouldn't we be better off without those extra deaths?" we need to ask what would we be missing without drugs?

If you listen to music chances are you love a song or album by an artist who was totally ripped while producing it, and would not have been the same otherwise.

*Bonus talking point*
name 2 musical groups/artists whose creative output actually improved after going to rehab.

If we're being honest we know some of our favorite games were conceived and executed by people who party, sometimes pretty hard. I know I've played a few games where my first reaction is 'the guys who made this are on drugs".

I live in the Seattle area, I've met a few people that work on the dev side (and a variety of other computer based businesses including microsoft-ies) and they're all stoners.

Doc Ellis pitched a no-hitter on acid and Carl Sagan was a stoner. Can anybody here honestly claim to achieved the same heights in their given field? I know I can't.

The point is nothing is "always" or "every" or "never" and that includes drugs.

Lastly, watch your grandmother wither away from cancer and the only thing that eases the pain is demerol (or morphine, THC or whatever it is they use these days) and tell me that drugs are a 'bane' on society and that "the world truly would be a better place without them".

Trust me you won't believe that anymore.

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 4:48:40 PM

uh no. i never recall gettin drunk from drinking coke, tea or coffee, so you are not making any sense. you know what kind of drugs we mean, stop twisting this situation.

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Shams
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 4:53:31 PM

I think it's understood there's a clear distinction between taking perscribed medications for valid medical reasons, and abusing drugs for the hell of it.

Moreover, cars and guns don't kill people, that's true. But when you throw drugs in to the mix, they sure as hell do.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 4:57:04 PM

You think what you like, chief. The mere fact that you're quoting Hunter Thompson, who KILLED HIMSELF, and the fact that you defend drug use, is enough.

If you honestly believe drugs aren't killing us, and have no negative impact, you've done enough weed to kill off whatever brain cells you had. That's the kind of brain-dead argument that somehow sounds valid to people who have absolutely no brain function left.

Downright depressing as hell.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:07:15 PM

WOW,
You'd rather make a rant about drug usage, than show respect.

Just WOW, I'm not impressed!

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:09:36 PM

@ biker saint

it's pretty sad ain't it? he's talking as if Brian Woods was the one on drugs. smh

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:28:51 PM

Of course. Why bother with respect when you're attacking their precious drugs, with which they can't live without, but won't admit they can't?

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donfelipe
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:40:11 PM

Cochise - Just because you did not feel drunk does not mean your body wasn't feeling the affects of the caffeine. You've probably used it for so long that you don't even feel it anymore, a sure sign of addiction.

Want to test that theory out, try going without caffeine for a day or 2 and tell me you're don't have a headache and you're not irritable. Sounds like withdrawal to me.

Shams - My reading comprehension level is pretty high (no pun intended) and most* of the posts do not contain a qualifier(s) like you are inferring. I prefer actually read what was wrote, not assume what the writer intended or meant to say. I am not mind reader like you must be. *Note the use of the word MOST.

But Ben you really disappoint me. For a guy who usually writes so intelligently and emotion free, it amazes me that you had to resort to non sequiturs and ad hominem attacks on me personally in order to reply.

I notice you fail to address any of the factual points I bring up, instead choosing to go on an emotional rant, free of any rational thought. Why is that? Because you can't intellectually dispute a single thing I said. You resort to ad hominen attacks because your intellect has failed you.

Do people die from drugs? Absolutely. Do more people die from heart disease? Absolutely.

I anxiously await your article decrying the affects of McDonald's and fast food the next time a developer dies of a heart attack, but I won't hold my breath.

PS - Thanks DjEezzy -good lookin'out!

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:46:09 PM

FYI i almost never drink soda or caffine for that matter, but when i do i don't get addicted. and it still doesn't alter my behavior.

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donfelipe
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:47:21 PM

Ben Dutka said "If you honestly believe drugs aren't killing us, and have no negative impact...."

I said "(Drugs)Used improperly, like a gun, the results can be disastrous...

WHAT PART OF THAT CAN"T YOU COMPREHEND?

For a writer your reading comprehension skills aren't worth a sh*t.

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:51:24 PM

hey hey hey we don't talk that way around here. why is it so hard for you to pay your respects and keep it moving. Take this ignorant talk to another site. if you don't like his writing WHY ARE YOU HERE?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:58:47 PM

And for a drug user, your intelligence level is normal.

Get out.

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DeathOfChaos
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 9:03:51 PM

We're talking about drugs that cause harm to yourself and cause you to harm others, numbnutz! You're speaking as if snorting a line of cocaine is like going to the doctor for a prescription to help a runny nose. Really?

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 12:38:19 AM

Wow. That's all I can say. I know exactly where donfilepe is coming from. Ben, I'm really shocked and slightly disappointed that you are so close-minded and judgmental on this subject. But, your emotional reaction leads me to believe that there's a story behind it. Close friend or loved one killed or harmed by someone who was drunk or on drugs?

Anyway, the bottom line is that alcohol and drugs, like just about everything else in this world, are double-edged swords. Handled responsibly and with care, they're fine. Handled recklessly...you end up with stories like the one above.

Whether anyone wants to believe it or not, nicotene and caffeine are just as much (or even moreso) drugs as marijuana and cocaine. Marijuana was completely legal in America until the production of products from hemp started cutting into the profits of the lumber industry. Cocaine was legal (and an ingredient in Coca-Cola) until a smear campaign saying that it made black men go crazy and rape white women. Caffeine is CLEARLY a performance enhancing drug that people use every day to make them more alert and on point. Nicotene is more addictive than marijuana could ever be. Cigarettes kill more people every year than any illegal drug you could launch a crusade against.

I dunno, man. Blaming drugs for making people stupid is like blaming Grand Theft Auto for kids being violent.

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Crabba
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 3:34:35 AM

Wow, just wow, that is just sad that there are people with this kind of attitude. You say guns don't kill people, and drugs don't kill people, really? I would be *very* surprised if crime would stay the same in this country if you would take away all guns and drugs, but that's what you're saying....

Oh and why don't you think about this: Drugs can make people crazy, and guns can make crazy people kill people. Who are you going to blame? "people"? Sigh.

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 8:02:45 AM

Okay, sure, guns kill people. Drugs kill people. Knives kill people. Baseball bats kill people. Swimming pools kill people. Hell, coffee mugs kill people. I heard of a hazing incident where a fraternity pledge was killed by drinking too much water. Water intoxication. I swear to God. Google it. Or, what about that radio show that had people come on, drink a bunch of water, and the person that could go the longest without using the bathroom would win a Nintendo Wii. I believe the promotion was called "Hold your wee for a Wii." A mother died. Bladder burst. Sorry to break it to you, but just about anything can kill you if used recklessly. So, how about we promote responsibility, and care with people instead of demonizing the tool.

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donfelipe
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 11:32:36 AM

Nicely said Troy, nicely said.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 11:51:29 AM

Crabba dot be stupid. It's a statistical known fact that when you take peoples guns away crime and violence goes up.

Outlawing guns only ensures the outlaws have guns while law abiding citizens have no way to protect themselves.

Guns aren't the same as drugs. They don't poison you or inhibit your ability to think clearly I own several firearms and never once have I thought about turning it on an innocent.

Your logic is flawed and your reaction is immature. Grow up. Guns are a moral. They are a mere tool. Someone could stab someone with a screw driver. Don't blame the gun, blame the scum who used it to kill an innocent person.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 2:38:29 PM

@Jawknee
"It's a statistical known fact that when you take peoples guns away crime and violence goes up."

Except in Canada, of course. ^.^

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Crabba
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 5:16:51 PM

"It's a statistical known fact that when you take peoples guns away crime and violence goes up."

Please enlighten me with a link to that "known fact" of yours.

"Outlawing guns only ensures the outlaws have guns while law abiding citizens have no way to protect themselves."

I believe that is what the POLICE is for, protecting law abiding citizens. I believe in contrary to your belief there are a lot of studies showing that most people are killed by their OWN guns.

It's just so sad to see normal people trying to rationalize their guns and drugs use. I'm sure there are a lot of normal people with guns that would never think about killing someone with it... Now. What if you lose your job? Get depressed? Start using drugs? You tell me, would you still be safe around guns then?

What about school killing sprees with automatic weapons. How many of those kids got their guns from their own families home? Yes you can kill someone with a knife, or even a razor blade. But how many more people can a lunatic kill using an automatic weapon compared to a knife, before someone being able to stop them?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 5:33:56 PM

@Underdog, I haven't looked at the numbers in Canada Vs anywhere else. You population estimate is 34,236,000 as apposed to the United States' 310,192,000. Less people equals less crime. You have to view these numbers in context. Also, your gun laws are not much different than ours other than you cannot buy a gun in Canada simply for self defense(which i don't agree with)but it can be used for self defense. I was thinking of places in the US and countries like Australia where their crime rate is incredibly high as compared to other nations with more relaxed gun laws. the District of Columbia or Chicago's violent crime rate is way higher than that of say...Texas or Colorado. And it has been traced back to their strict guns laws and the banning of personal hand guns and their draconian approach to regulations.
Police are important and will always, always be necessary but they cannot be everywhere at once. If a criminal is thinking about robbing a house or a LQ store, he will think twice in a state like Texas because he won't want to get shot. As apposed to Chicago where handgun ownership was banned(Unconstitutionally i might add. The ban was over turned to well see what happens.

Take the Virginia Tech shooting for example. Their anti-gun policy caused more death in my opinion. Had campus security, a trained law abiding student or trained teacher been allowed to carry(legally), they could have, most likely would have taken him out before he killed 30 people. I know if i were there, i wouldn't have hesitated taking that murder out as fast as possible.

My only point to Chabba was you cannot blame inanimate objects for the evils people do. With his logic we should take away any sharp objects, cars, machinery, swimming pools etc because its "not the person who commits the crime, rather the tool they used to commit the crime."

That's just asinine.

@Chabba just google it. The data is every where. Read my post to Underdog, Police CANNOT BE EVERYWHERE AT ONCE!

Your data about most people being killed by their own guns is bs and has been proven to be bs. More people die from their swimming pools than accidental shootings. Not saying it never happens, its just not as common as you believe. Accidents happen, you can legislate all you want, your not going to stop accidents from happening. Thats why they are called accidents.

School shootings wouldn't happen as often if schools didn't enact and announce stupid policies like "gun free zones." Take Israel for example, they have some of the safest schools in the world. Almost zero school shootings, the reason? The teachers are packing! And thats with the constant threat of terrorism.

This idea that the gun is to blame for peoples evil doing is childish and moronic at best. Again, if the tool used in the crime is the problem then we should ban anything and everything that's ever hurt or killed a human by accident or on purpose. Humans commit evil, not a few ounces of steal, lead and copper.

I agree automatic weapons shouldn't be legal, but guess what, THEY'RE NOT! You just proved my point. If someone is intent enough to go on a murder rampage they will find away to do it regardless of the laws or bans in place. Criminals have no respect for the law to begin with, gun bans will not change that. It only steals the ability of the law abiding citizens to protect themselves from those murders and rapists who will find the guns they need to commit their crimes anyways. Say a man walks into a store and starts shooting the place up. Its going to take the cops a few minutes to get there. If someone who is legally allowed to carry is also there, he can take that person out before they cause anymore mayhem.

Again, if a murderous lunatic is intent enough, he will find the means regardless of the laws. Law abiding citizens like myself should NOT have to live with the fear of being hurt or killed without the ability to defend myself. I sleep soundly at night knowing if anyone breaks into my house or hurt my family, i can defend them in a matter of seconds instead of waiting 15, 20 minutes for the cops to show up. Gun ownership comes with great responsibility as does owning a car. Again it depends on whos operating it.

Say i come home and find some one raping my wife, should i wait outside for the police to arrive while he rapes her? or should i take it into my own hands and LEGAL right to defend my family? Police, 95% of the time do a fantastic job but not every single family or person can have a cop around 24/7 as their personal body guard. Believe it or not, Cops are humans too and even with their excellent work, they can't stop everything or be everywhere at once.

Guns are amoral. Blame the evil human, not the gun. They are also not even in the same realm as drugs. So stop comparing them. Drugs put others in danger. Driving while drunk or stoned puts others in danger. Owning a gun legally, kept in a safe, unloaded does not put anyone else in danger.

Who are you to say people aren't responsible enough to own a firearm? YES, they should be kept out of the hands of criminals, the mentally ill etc. But i am neither, so you have no right to tell me or anyone else they shouldn't be allowed to exercise our fundamental right to self defense.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 6:21:22 PM

I suggest you read this book.

http://www.amazon.com/More-Guns-Less-Crime-Understanding/dp/0226493636

The problem with your arguments is your attempting to take accountability away from the person who commits the evil and place it on inanimate objects. You believe people would commit less crimes if the tools used are taken away. The data and facts are against as well as history.

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Arvis
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 4:46:59 PM
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"I am not going to waste the gift he gave us."

T_T

-Arvis

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 11:13:05 PM

If you outlaw guns, then only outlaws will have guns.

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Fane1024
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 5:30:28 PM

If you outlaw guns, there won't be any guns for the outlaws to burgle and then sell on the black market.

Plus, people won't accidentally (or "accidentally") shoot their family members.

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WNDRTWN1
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 4:50:01 PM
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R.I.P.

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DjEezzy
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:01:05 PM
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I happen to agree with you 100% DonFelipe. I my self am a survivor of Cancer. Non Hodgkins lymphoma to be exact. After a year of intense Chemo therapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant, i can tell you that drugs are not a 'bane' on society. As a matter of fact, I'm a proud Medical Marijuana user and it helps enormously with the devastating aftermath of what chemo does to your body. As you said it's the person that's using/abusing that's really at fault. Oh and another thing. She was taking a sweater off while driving... That's more likely the cause of the accident then anything. Either way it is a tragic loss that 3 people had to die this way. Whether the other 2 were on drugs or not, it doesn't matter. They didn't deserve to die. R.I.P. to the people who lost their lives.
I don't see how you all can just say that all drug use is killing us. It saved my life. I'd like to see any of you in the shoes of anyone who is suffering from leukemia or any type of cancer for that matter and say drugs are horrible. I don't think he's defending the crack heads selling to kids. Or the heroine addicts shooting up. He's simply saying that not all drugs are bad. To say otherwise is sort of naive.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:30:50 PM

Oh yes. And of course, the number of deaths and broken lives caused by drugs is LESS than the number of situations like yours.

...has the marijuana killed off the logic, too?

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Underdog15
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:55:56 PM

I asked my dad about his thoughts on medicinal marijuana. He's a well respected professional in emergency medicine. In fact, he's in charge of administration for half the province of New Brunswick in Canada. My uncle cardiologist (in Calgary. One of the top 5 Cardiologists in the country. Look him up: Dr. Jonathan Howlett. You might even find some stuff on my dad: Dr. Michael Howlett)

Basically, they find medicinal marijuana is only really effective in people who have smoked marijuana previously in life. For non-marijuana users, there are plenty of other therapies that are more effective. Basically, prescribing medicinal marijuana typically means that either your health plan sucks, or your doctor is too lazy to offer something else that requires time. (Remember time=money)

But hey... what good is a professional's opinion?

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Wissam
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:10:32 PM
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What a brave man. rest in peace.

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DjEezzy
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:12:46 PM
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Saying all drugs are bad is like saying all games create killers. To generalize legal and illegal drugs into one group and then to say that it's all bad just doesn't make sense.

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NoSmokingBandit
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 6:04:57 PM

I dont think anyone really has a problem with drug use as much as drug abuse. If you want to enjoy a joint by all means have at it, but be smart enough to know that you arent fit to drive or so anything else dangerous.

Just like alcohol, i dont care if anyone drinks anything they want, but with that comes a responsibility to keep yourself and others safe.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 6:47:08 PM

No one believes drug use for medical reasons should be banned or frowned upon. Its illegal abuse like this. You situation where you use meds help with your cancer(glad to hear you beat it by the way) is completely different than this. These people were using to simply to get stoned, then they drove a car and killed someone.

Not the same thing at all.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:31:46 PM
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The next person who shows up to promote or defend drugs rather than comment on the tragedy at hand gets banned. The post itself will also get deleted, so don't think you'll make some sort of grand political statement and then leave.

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 12:47:07 AM

Well, that's fair, Ben. You get to take your political stance, but no one gets to counter. This issue has brought out a side of you I wish I had missed.

The fact of the matter is, YOU brought up the discussion of whether or not drugs are bad to society. Anyone commenting on it is completely on-topic. And it seems that people are making very eloquent, informed statements in their rebuttals.

So, if remaining on-topic, and addressing the issue intelligently and respectfully gets me banned, I'll gladly take that. It would be a sign that PSXExtreme, after however many years, is no longer a community that I should be a part of.

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NeoHumpty
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 2:00:45 PM

Yeah, screw it. Just ban me. I'll go ahead and delete the widget from my google. Seems silly and childish to me to threaten to ban people from your site for having a different, more open view than what you do.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 2:44:19 PM

Ya... but... common guys... You're not even addressing the real issue at hand. The people that caused the deaths were under the influence of drugs... it's awfully hard to blame ben et al for wishing drugs were not able to be apart of the mix.

With the exception of NeoHumpty and DJEezzy, the only people hardcore defending drug use (not prescription but recreational, even then, DJEezzy was defending prescription) are members of this site who pretty much NEVER comment.

Seriously... how often is the user that pisses most people off including the editor, someone that if you click their name, either has virtually no posts, or the short 10 comment list dates back to a year ago?

I think the thumbs up and downs seen above speak volumes.

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Troy Powers
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 3:30:28 PM

I've been a member here at PSXExtreme for years now. Hell, I remember when it was actually 2 sites, this one and XBOXNerds. And I also used to comment frequently, but no longer have the time to be as active as I used to. So, don't let the fact that I've only commented 10 times in the last year fool you. Besides, I didn't know there was a minimum post count requirement in order to be treated with respect.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 5:37:14 PM

Troy its not a "political" stance but a moral one. Yes i will defend the right for anyone to do anything they want to or for themselves as long as they are not endangering others. In this case, the drug abused endangered and killed an innocent by stander. This loser robbed the wife of her husband and the child of a father.

Want to do drugs? fine, have at it. Want to do drugs then drive a car? No dice. Your ass deserves to be locked away for good.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 9:24:11 PM

Troy and Neo: Do whatever the hell you want. I have absolutely no tolerance for drug use, or anyone who thinks such stupidity can be "eloquently" debated. There is no upside to drug use. There never has been, and there never will be.

Defend all you want; do what you want; say what you want. The preceding is an a priori fact, and I'm leaving it at that.

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Troy Powers
Thursday, September 09, 2010 @ 8:07:21 AM

It actually is no fact at all. If there was no upside to drugs, there would not be an entire drug industry. The only difference between prescription drugs and illegal drugs is policy, and FDA approval.

Drug: a substance other than food intended to affect the structure or function of the body.

You state that drugs, both legal and illegal are the bane of our society. I'll assume that by legal drugs you do not mean sudafed or viagara, but you do mean marijuana. But, again, which substances are touted as medical miracles and which are demonized is normally a matter of profit margin and policy. I would bet that there were more car accidents last year caused by people driving on prescription drugs than caused by people on marijuana. I work with medical residents, so I can tell you without doubt that viagara causes more ER visits than marijuana. Shit, nowadays people are getting high off prescription drugs more often than illegal drugs. Watch the news. Teenagers aren't overdosing on cocaine. Their overdosing on what's in their parents medicine cabinet. Do you blame prescription drugs for that? Do prescription drugs now have no place in our society? Of course not.

Look up the facts and figures on prescription drug addiction. You tell me what's more harmful to society, a joint or a klonopin. Eminem made songs about smoking weed and popping ex for years. You know what finally sent him to rehab? Addiction to pain medication. Michael Jackson? We already know that story.

They're all drugs, and it's all a matter of PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY, not a case of "this substance is evil."

I've said my piece. I've also shown that the argument can be made eloquently and intelligently. I've given you verifiable facts. You've given us nothing but emotion and opinion. You're a journalist, Ben. You're better than that. If you give an actual fact-based rebuttal, I'd love to read it. Otherwise, let it go. You're wrong on this one.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, September 09, 2010 @ 4:02:32 PM

You're not getting this. I'm not talking about a distinction between illegal and legal. I'm not talking about the stupidity of people vs. any inherent evil of drugs.

I'm telling you right here and now that if every last one of them disappeared off the face of the earth tomorrow, we'd all be happier and healthier. Keep it all. It's ALL useless and counterproductive.

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Troy Powers
Thursday, September 09, 2010 @ 4:33:43 PM

So, you believe that if every single form of medication...from penicillin and aspirin on up. Cough medicine, thera-flu, the pain killers the doc gives you after a root canal, measles, mumps, and polio vaccines......if they all were gone, the world would be a better place? Well, that's an interesting standpoint, Ben Dutka. I don't know if you're some sort of ultra-naturist who thinks that meditation and prayer are the only ways one should heal the body, or you're just so stubborn and set in your beliefs that you simply refuse to entertain a reasonable discourse on the subject even in light of insurmountable information contrary to those beliefs.

Either way, it's been fun.

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Troy Powers
Thursday, September 09, 2010 @ 4:35:52 PM

P.S.

Are you the same Ben Dutka wearing a Red Bull t-shirt on his facebook profile?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, September 09, 2010 @ 6:27:22 PM

I don't have any such profile.

And yeah, that's exactly what I'm saying. You can buy into what the medical business establishment wants you to believe. I promise you will be worse off. It's not just illegal drugs that are killing us; it's mostly prescription, and you're entirely blind if you can't see that.

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Jawknee
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:45:51 PM
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Shame, to have your life stolen from you by some drugged out loser.

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:48:16 PM

it always happens that way. it's a crying shame this happened.

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Nickjcal
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:51:59 PM
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god and im just starting to drive

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:53:11 PM

be careful, there are a lot of crazies on the road. just don't follow their footsteps.

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Kratoskillall09
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:52:40 PM
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R.I.P Brian Wood. Not only did we lose a great game developer we lost an even greater man. The world is a darker place now that his life was unnecessarily stolen from him. I can only hope to be so brave if that kind of situation comes up in my life. My heart goes out to Erin,the unborn baby,and the rest of his family. Good luck and God bless.

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DjEezzy
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:53:04 PM
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I'm sorry if i offended. You're completely right. My deepest apologies. This not the place and i got out of hand. I would like to say that i don't promote drug use and for the most part other than medical reasons, i don't do drugs. I do also think that drugs are a huge problem in our society and it's destroying our youth. I was looking at it from my history and all the therapy i went through. Again, i'm really sorry if i offended anyone and my deepest condolences go out to family that's suffering through this horrible tragedy.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:57:57 PM

That's fine. I can't really imagine being in your condition but if I was, I'm sure I'd be quick to defend that which allowed me to live. No worries. :)

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booze925
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 5:58:07 PM
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this man is a goddamn hero. men always say they are more of a man by their toughness in a fight, or how many women they have...
but THAT is what a man is. he willinglygave up his own life so his wife and child could live...
im not a religious guy... but i hope that erin will raise a great man or a fine woman so someday, brian can look down and see what he saved.
RIP brian.

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Fane1024
Saturday, September 11, 2010 @ 5:38:19 PM

I wish I could give this comment 100 thumbs up.

Like Troy, I'm surprised that most of the comments here focussed on attacking drug use rather than praising Wood.

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Orvisman
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 6:01:24 PM
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R.I.P. !

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 6:10:01 PM
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"Hero" is just a word or ideal, an amorphous concept that none of us can fully quantify. Or so it is, until a human being does something like this.

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tes37
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 6:16:55 PM
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Vehicular manslaughter has a twenty year sentence. With three counts, I hope the sentence runs consecutive when they face a judge.

There's no excuse for being behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

I see people doing stupid sh*t all the time while driving, like reading a book, or eating food off of a dinner plate with a fork like they're sitting at a table in their home.

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BikerSaint
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 10:07:05 PM

tes37,
Unfortunately, there's way too many of these careless irresponsible a$$wipes out on the roadway, whether they're high, drunk, or completely sober.

Ever frigging day, I see someone either driving with a big mac in one hand & trying to juggle their coffee in the other, or holding on a hand held cell phone & trying to dial with the other(against the law in New Jersey), or some young goofy twit texting while driving.

I'm really tired of these fools who have caused either the death, or the maiming to some of my fellow bikers.
And to top it off, they either get just a tiny slap-on-the wrist fine, or they wind up getting off scott free.

But for me, I consider it an act of attempted homicide when someone doesn't pay attention & either cut's me off, or turns left right into me at an intersection. And I'm really NOT a nice guy when that happens & I've been known dole out my own justice at their next stop sign or red light.

Saying "I didn't see him isn't an excuse, it's admitting your guilt"

Here's a funny story though......
One day while I was on my Harley, I watched this ditzy 20something girl doing her mascara in the rear view mirror while driving 40 MPH down the street.
Soooo, being the Saint that I am(got my nickname from sarcasm), I just waited till she got past all the parked cars & then I gave her a nice long blast of my twin tractor-trailer horns(140+ decibels).

Well, She almost jumped out of her skin & swiftly pulled over to the side of the road & glared at me as I passed her by.
But little did she realized that I would always have the last laugh, because when she finally looked in her rear view mirror again, she would see that her mascara left a big ole trail from the bottom edge of her right eyeball, all the way down to the bottom edge of her chin.

She learned a priceless lesson that day, and that lesson was....
"Don't buy water-proof mascara".





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TEG3SH
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 6:22:43 PM
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R.I.P

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dkmrules
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 6:40:20 PM
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Why is it the people that benefit society are to ones that die such tragic deaths?

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ace_boon_coon
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 7:01:23 PM

just like the saying goes. "no good deed goes unpunished". which basically means bad things happen to good people.

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DjEezzy
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 6:41:25 PM
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It's really sad, but they'd be lucky if that person that was driving got an assault charge. I was in an accident where we hit a tree going 70 in a residential area. Thats just careless... My very close friend in the front passenger seat died and we all got really serious injuries. All 5 of us. Well the driver who was so careless to begin with. Only recieved an assault charge. No manslaughter charge at all. I couldn't believe it. Let's hope this doesn't happen to this poor family.

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FxTales
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 6:53:22 PM
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This was a totally unnecessary death. I'm not a recreational drug user but I acknowledge that there will always be users. What really upsets me is that they're still dumb enough to think they can drive while drunk or high. I wouldn't even drive if I felt tired let alone had one drink.

I'm in awe of his actions, knowing that he put his family before himself while under an intense situation. This man was an example.

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just2skillf00l
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 7:24:46 PM
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I hope by your selfless example that I too, if put in a similar situation am able to muster the courage to sacrifice myself for the well-being of my loved ones. RIP Brian Wood.

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage".
-- Lao Tse

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 8:14:14 PM
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I drink the whiskey, but I do so at home.

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just2skillf00l
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 8:37:11 PM
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Let's just put it like this. There's responsible handling of "delicate" influences, and there is also the rash mishandling of delicate influences. Unfortunately, the rash mishandling ended with the worst possible outcome. Some people really make me sick...

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Benzin
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 9:04:03 PM
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This man is a hero. RIP.

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SixSpeedKing
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 9:07:25 PM
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Man I was just reading this in the newspaper this morining. It happened in Victoria (not too far from where I live). I felt so sad about that. That man deserves a medal of some sort for his bravery and sacrifice.

Also it is a sad loss for the gaming community. As other people have said stupid people are the bane of society.

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DeathOfChaos
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 9:09:34 PM
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Brian Wood should be remembered for his heroic act and be written down in history, I think. His unborn child is very lucky to have had such a loving father as him. I'm sure there will be a place for him in his afterlife, he completely deserves it 100%. I hope that his child is born with a courageous heart like their father.

Rest in Peace Brian Wood.

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DeathOfChaos
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 9:11:15 PM
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I'll share this with my Facebook so that many people will hear of his heroic sacrifice, he deserves to be known as the great man he is.

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Cholo Gamer
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 @ 11:22:24 PM
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Everytime I come to this site theirs an ad on the left of my screen. I can't read the article or see what the article is, it's getting annoying.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 11:28:42 PM

Cholo Gamer,

FYI...Most of us had that same problems with ad's in the way of the threads & posts.

But some of us went with "Mozilla" & then put in the add-on called "Ad-Block" to stop it.

Now, everything's right where it should be, cause Ad-Block eliminates any ads that interfere with the site
(I still can see the blue PS3 ad on the right, but only because it's not one of those interference ads).

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MARNEY
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 12:44:16 AM
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R.I.P. Brian Wood

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A2K78
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 1:03:53 AM
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While this incident is tragic(and my condolence to the family), this along with many other DUI-related incidents should serve as another example as why DUI laws are a failure[no matter how strong they are made] and why we need to repeal them.

Now you might ask why repeal all DUI laws, but to put it straight you can't legistlate behavior just as you can't legistlate racism out of existence. To further add,the presence of DUI and anti-drug laws is just another ridiculous burden on taxpayers.

As for drug users, while I personally abhore and condemn the usage of drugs, in defense of all drug users nobody[you, me, or any civil authority]really have no right in telling an individual what they can/cannot put into their bodies. If someone what to use drugs well its their business, but ultimately they would have face the deadly consequences of their lifestyle.

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Orvisman
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 7:54:48 AM

What?

WHAT?

"but ultimately they would have face the deadly consequences of their lifestyle."

And why should an innocent bystander face the deadly consequences of someone else's lifestyle?

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Jawknee
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 11:52:29 AM

Your logic is flawed. You just got owned by Orvisman.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 2:52:37 PM

Tell you what... I have a proposition for your fancy no legislation of behaviors...

If someone you know gets high, drives a car, and kills someone I love, while you defend their right to put anything into their bodies, I'm going to defend my right to behave however I want and punish them myself.

Legislate that, bish!

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 2:12:52 AM
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My condolences go out to Erin Wood, her unborn child and anyone else that has been affected by this senseless tragedy, on both sides of the line. It is unfortunate that when it comes to car accidents it is oft extraordinarily difficult to avert the situation once the chain of events has been set into motion.

I, myself, was the cause of a rather minor 'accident' when I ran a red light as the result of tiredness. Thankfully no-one was injured, but to this day I feel guilty about doing so. I keep thinking that if I'd have realised two seconds earlier, it could have been avoided. Regrets...

As for the drugs: They aren't the bane of society. Humanity is. I'm not defending drugs. I think of anyone who uses or abuses them as being weak-willed, and that is the problem. Humans are so willing to lose themselves into these vices. It's a shame and in this case has (possibly) caused the loss of three lives. It truly makes me glad to say the the only drug I take willingly is the caffeine from a can of Pepsi once a day, five times a week.

I know that I shouldn't have written those last couple of paragraphs, but that's just the way it goes. Requiescat in Pace, Mr Wood.
Peace.

'I care not if I live but a day and a night, so long as my deeds live after me.' - I know not who spoke these words, but Brian's deeds will indeed live after him.

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dveisalive
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 2:48:37 AM
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At lest he still lives on through his unborn child God Bless this guy who save his wife and child, this is so dam sad :(

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___________
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 5:30:01 AM
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how sad, i cant imagine how you would be able to move on knowing your husbands dead to save you.
wonder if the SUV driver got charged for anything.
its so sad, so frustrating, and so unfair to see someones stupidity and laziness cause someone else so much heartache.
the stupidity of people on the road these days baffles me!
i use to love driving, it use to be a massive passion of mine, i use to go pick up a few mates and just go for a drive for the hell of it.
not anymore, i cant go for a drive without almost having at least 10 accidents a day!

the other day i was driving to TAFE along the M4 doing 120KMPH and this stupid women was doing her lipstick with her left hand, mascara with the other on the phone and steering with her knees!
she was swerving from lane to lane, i was next to her and she nearly side swiped me so i beeped at her, so she has the audacity to wind down the window and swear at me!

god i wish cops would get off there fat lazy asses, stop sitting in the car setting up radar traps and start patrolling the road!
if i was a cop i would be so freaking busy id probably be home 5 hours late every day because honestly every 5 minutes on the road i see someone doing something stupid and breaking the road rules.
if i was a cop on commission i honestly would be the worlds richest man!

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GuernicaReborn
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 8:42:27 AM
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This is terrible. I was thinking about the split second decision he had to make to save his wife and the baby. I think being a gamer/dev improved his reaction time, it could be the only reason his wife and son are still alive today.

It's a horrible accident that could have been prevented. I hope his family makes it through this ok.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 2:44:43 PM
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I love how the people that defend recreational drug use are people who almost never comment here.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 5:37:42 PM

lol they are also the ones with the most holes in their logic.

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swapnilgyani
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 @ 6:44:15 PM
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This act of heroism brings tears to my eyes.

Rest in Peace, Brian.

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Robochic
Thursday, September 09, 2010 @ 12:41:32 AM
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RIP Brian Woods, my thoughts and prayers go out to Erin and their unborn child and the rest of the family. What a tragic loss.

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Nynja
Thursday, September 09, 2010 @ 11:31:02 AM
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This story gave me goose-bumps. As terrible as this news is, the way the family seems to be remembering Brian is almost as amazing as his last act of bravery.

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donfelipe
Thursday, September 09, 2010 @ 12:24:33 PM
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-- Edited by Admin

Note: Pretty sure we told you to get out.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, September 09, 2010 @ 8:36:11 PM
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I normally don't cut & paste full articles to this site, but I think this one's just cuts most of us deeply, and it's too important not to do it. And if you're able to, then please donate to the "Brian Wood Memorial Trust fund" to help Brian's wife & unborn son during their time of devastation. I know I'm going to help them....



Memorial Fund Started For Family of Dev Killed in Car Crash

http://kotaku.com/5633985/memorial-fund-started-for-family-of-dev-killed-in-car-crashmemorial-fund-started-for-family-of-dev-killed-in-car-crash

Memorial Fund Started For Family of Dev Killed in Car Crash Friends of Brian Wood, the Company of Heroes developer who lost his life in a tragic car accident on Friday, have established a trust fund to aid his wife and their unborn child during this trying time. Every dollar counts!

As reported earlier this week, Company of Heroes Online lead designer Brian Wood of Relic Entertainment lost his life on Friday night, when his Subaru Outback was struck head-on by an out-of-control Chevy Blazer. The 33-year-old developer was killed in the crash. According to his wife, his last act was swerving his vehicle to take the full brunt of the impact himself, saving her life and that of the couple's unborn child.

Radical Entertainment's Szymon Mazus, a close friend of the family, now points us towards a trust fund established to aid Erin and her child as they deal with this tragic situation.

"Brian was a very close friend. He was just the kindest most down to earth person you could ever hope to meet, as is Erin. We have set up a trust fund to help Erin and the baby during this very difficult time and I was hoping you would be willing to post a blurb about this and a link to www.brianwoodmemorialtrust.com on your site. We, family and friends, would be incredibly grateful."

I can only imagine how deeply this tragedy affects Erin and her child. With so much to worry about now that Brian Wood has passed on, not having to worry about financial matters would certainly be a large weight off of her shoulders, while helping ensure that the pair have the sort of life that Brian would have wanted for them.

Every single dollar does count. Imagine the relief we could give Erin and her child if everyone who read this donated just one dollar to the fund. I've donated, and I only have $35 in the bank right now. If I can do it, so can you.

Click the link below to find out how you can contribute.

The Brian Wood Memorial Trust[Official Page]

http://www.brianwoodmemorialtrust.com/

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