Soldier - Gamer Dies in Iraq

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

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

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

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

Rest in peace, Randy...

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Re: Soldier - Gamer Dies in Iraq

randy and i where in basic togather he was one of the few pepole there i related to becuse of our love of games and of anime, i remember he drew a pic of my girlfriend after only seeing it once, he had an amazing talent for detail in his art. i wish i would have been able to stay intouch with him after basic. he was a very wonderful person, a great soilder and an amazing gamer. i am sure he is in a better place now.  rest in peace homie, Eco "Egales are red hot"    Ill miss you man

Heh heh... Knight Rider FTW. :)

He liked Buddha and Your MOM. I gotta say, he's got taste. Although, mentioning that he wants to meet the female twin of himself from another universe is rather... creepy... in a good way. :)

I'm sorry I never got to know him.

RIP.

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To Randy. "raise glass"

My prayers for his family. Rest well young man.

R.I.P.

While people dying is sad, for the most part, I don't see how this is a politiccal story.

GP: We journey a bit off the purely political track on occasion to delve into the cultural, business and legal aspects of gaming.

As it says in the article, we've been honoring gamers who give their all when we learn of them. Hit the tag at the bottom of the article for similar stories.

May you find peace wherever you are.

@Cheeselikesceareal

also its a nice counterbalance to all the negative stories you hear about gamers.

Such a shame that a good fella like that died policing such a crap hole. R.I.P Randy.

it's very sad when people die in a pointless war, but there's a good chance he won't be getting peace for a while.

I'll probably be keeping tabs on the Westboro website to see if his name comes up on their list of protest locations.

You\'re saying \"soldier\" and \"gamer\" in the same breath? That\'s like referring to Abrahama Lincoln as \"president\" and \"tall guy.\" Please, you diminish this patriot\'s contributions to all of us.

EZK: I am not sure what you are saying exactly, but could you please cool it. This is a place for civil discussions and commentary. Please refrain from flaming and trolling.

@William panderlust:

Please, don't be an asshole. A man gave his life for your country; the fact that he's a gamer is secondary to that. The least you could do is pay a little respect.

Next thursday, I'll be hoisting up a pint in honour of him very likely with a good friend of mine, who happens to both be a gamer and a member of the Canadian Forces. Rest in peace.

May Randy rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.

I think this goes to show that we, as gamers, really do come from every walk of life and hold every profession. We're doctors, lawyers, policemen, fire fighters, soldiers, and everything in between. We care about out countries of origin and we want to be happy, like anyone else.

It takes a profound level of courage to become a soldier. To fight, kill and die in a foreign land for people you'll never know; many of whom will hate you just because you entered the military. With the word "gamer" being used as a perjorative its especially profound that Randy entered into the life that he did.

Instead of letting certain people bog us down in their own pedestrian pettiness, let's come together as gamers and honor one of our own.

I saulte you Randy. One gamer to another.

@William Panderlust,
Please, just leave. The man's hobby does not take away from the service and sacrifice that he made. Oh and a large percentage of the military are gamers. If you think they are somehow less honorable for that, then you sir have no concept of reality. Goodbye.

@william panderlust

Ju,just fuck off, now!!!!

That man fought, he fought and died for your, OUR freedom, and ALL you can do is to put the man down for his fucking hobby!?!?! You know, I didn't want to believe that you were Thompson circumventing the ban AGAIN, but now I'm positive, as only he has been so heartless.

@ William Panderlust

"You\’re saying \”soldier\” and \”gamer\” in the same breath? That\’s like referring to Abrahama Lincoln as \”president\” and \”tall guy.\” Please, you diminish this patriot\’s contributions to all of us."

First off... what?
Secondly... Thompson, get a life please. Stop stalking this website like that mentally challenged vulture from that Bugs Bunny cartoon.
Third, learn to TYPE.

Wait, are you saying it's bad to be a tall guy? I'll have you know that many great people over the years have been tall, from presidents to basketball players. Sounds to me like someone's just jealous because they're too short to join the army!

Seriously, tho. Requiescat in pace, Randy.
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@Simon Roberts

There was also Robert Wadlow, one of the tallest men on record, and he was quite the nice guy.

"…a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, the powerless, in a world of criminals who operate above the law."

I'm tempted to say he's a little too caught up in gaming and comics after reading that...but given that he had the guts to work in an hotzone like Iraq, I'm more inclined to think he really did walk the walk.

Rest in peace, Randy

@william panderlust

I'm not sure how to read that line. Are you implying that you dislike the notion that we only seem to grieve for the fallen who've been identified as gamers?

@william panderlust (AKA JACK THOMPSON).

DUDE, SHUT THE FUCK UP. I SWEAR TO GOD, YOU ARE THE MOST SACRELIGIOUS AND DISRESPECTFUL LITTLE FUCK ON THIS PLANET.

Specialist Randy, may you rest in well-deserved peace, till our Lord comes again.

Either that's the best Thompson impersonation I've ever seen, or jackie boy skirted around his ban again.

It's stories like this that make me worry for my little brother who just joined the United States Marines. And to realize how much some people give for the rest of us.

Spc. Randy W. Pickering, you will be missed by all and my thoughts go to your family and friends. Be at peace.

To put the speculating to rest, as far as I can tell William Panderlust is not John Bruce. William's IP is from Texas and his email is not any that I know of to be John Bruce's.

@Austin Lewis

Mate, you need a shot or two of the Russian Standard. Calm the fucking hell down.

Spc. Randy W. Pickering, in the name of the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit, you shall not be forgotten.

Ugh, what terrible news, =(. Best wishes to his family.

Hopefully we can elect a president next year who supports our troops and can get them out of that shithole within two years, =(. It's disgusting that so many great people are dying to stimulate corporate demand and create a sphere of influence. Makes me sick.

I'd like to ask that everyone calm down.

A man lost his life. He was one of us. Please, let us not lose sight of this. I ask, as a fellow gamer, that we ignore certain parties and their attempts at troll like behaiour. I also ask that we please not start a debate about the war. Randy was one of our own, he deserves better than that.

I'd like to back Bayushisan in this. This is NOT a debate about the war, but an article where comments are used to commemerate as best we can.

My condolences to his family.

Can we get Thompson's latest 'incarnation' IP banned please, he's deliberately trying to disrupt the reply sections as an attack on the site, I think we've seen enough to know exactly what he is now.

@GRU

Maybe you didn't notice, but we're ignoring the shit-stirrer.

I think what panderlust was trying to say is that we should only be acknowledging him as a soldier. That bringing up the fact that he's a gamer is disrespectful not because he's a gamer, but because that's less important than the fact that he was a soldier.
Not that I agree with him, mind you. I'd argue the opposite. To only acknowledge that Randy died in Iraq is dangerously close to just making him a statistic. For those of us who never knew him, I think knowing things about him, like he was a gamer, is important for us to properly pay our respects.

Nearly 50% of the replies after that post deal with Panderlust in some way, whether that is Thompson or not, it is someone who is deliberately going out of their way to Troll and disrupt this site, not because they have something worthwhile to add, but because they want to.

*salutes* May his guardians see him to the next life.

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

Farewell Randy, may your sacrifice ensure that your brothers in arms will come home safely.

We gamers salute you, you have given your life in the freedom of others, we all respect you..

Play Hard, Live Free.

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
- General George S. Patton

My regards.

R.I.P. buddy

My next halo 3 win is dedicated to you!

your boy Conor from Ireland

RIP to all those who fall serving our country.

May the guy R.I.P.

@SimoneRoberts

I think what Panderlust is trying to say is that "gamer" as a quality is trivial, like "tall" as a quality. But we're not here to just pay our respects to him as a gamer, but all the other major accomplishments he did.

At a forum I go to, one member recently died, and he was best known as a house DJ. People didn't know much about his personal life, but he is remembered through one of his hobbies, DJing. It was only natural that we talked about his mixes, and that another DJ did a tribute mix in his name.

So I see nothing wrong that we acknowledge him as a gamer in addition to being a soldier. For someone that we do not know personally, we remember that person only through the stuff we already know about.

I really wish this war would end... It is making me sick watching the number of soldiers getting killed cilmbing. (nearing 5,000 if I recall)

The problem is with games, you can always continue when you die, but in life, there are none.

Well, R.I.P. and such man, I wish I was as brave as you.

Since I do not (cannot) know what lies beyond death all I can do is mourne your passing... and grieve for your family. I am sure they are proud of you.

I hope that there is a heaven, and it is has a really big gamers room where you can continue to champion the cause of the innocent.

Salute

Sad news. May you rest in peace, Randy.

Hate to reply to the troll but he's missing the obvious point:

He died defending our country.

what has panderlust done lately?

Defending our country >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> * > Trolling internet sites.

*raises 40oz Bud Ice*

To Randy and those who have fallen in service to our country.

I salute him for his valiant efforts, and I mourn for him, his family, and the fact that he'll miss all the great games coming out next year. I think I'll close with a quote from the original Transformers movie:

"Til All Are One!"

R.I.P. Randy

I wanted to avoid this article because I knew it'd bring a tear to the eye. If there's one thing that we gamers are, it's a community of people who understand one another and realize that there are bigger things in this life than beating that next boss.

@Conot -

I was gonna say the same thing. My Halo 3 victories shall be in your name, Randy.

It's very cool to see a GP salute to Randy, I did not know him personally but he was an old regular of some of the IRC groups I belonged to many years ago in association with Megatokyo and Anime. Many of his friends I know from LJ and IRC. An excellent writeup of Randy from one of his friends may be found at http://jaerik.livejournal.com/313829.html

As for the troll, this is a perfect illustration of how regular people, from all walks of life, are involved in this war. Randy was, like many of us, a regular kid who played games and communicated on the Internet, and his getting a mention here on GP is very fitting for the kind of life he led. Patriotism is no longer the "manly man" persona as it once was, our soldiers today come from all walks of life and hold all interests. It is such a shame to see good people like Randy die, but there is no doubt he represented his country and at the very least helped affect many people's lives.

@william panderlust
Whoever you are, just stop. Besides, do you think this guy would enjoy knowing that you think being a gamer is bad? Honestly, just shut the fuck up. I'd come up with a more intelligent/mature response, but I'm too tired to care at the moment.

Wait, is William Panderlust actually JT? Because if so he's more pathetic than I thought. He says we're all a bunch of game addicted druggies, but apparently he needs his fix of Gamepolitics.com.:)
 
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