Saddest Picture You'll See Today

August 12, 2008 -

In this Associated Press photo by Maya Alleruzzo, U.S. Army Capt. Charles Ford plays an unknown video game with Wa'ad, a seven-year-old Iraqi boy who lost an arm and leg to an IED near Muqdadiyah, about 60 miles north of Baghdad. From the AP report:

Soldiers from Hammer Company, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment are arranging for the child to be fitted with prosthetic limbs.

Via: Franklin Now


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Lesson Learned:

Make games not war

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Why isn't the ESA throwing the book at these dirty game pirates?

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While that is probably the saddest picture I'll see today, it could be sadder...

...they could be playing Wii Fit.

 

(I'm SO going to hell for that one...)

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An unknown videogame.. Come on, everyone knows the first levels of super mario bros by heart. I mean we are practically born with the level structure of that game ingraved in our brains.

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 Looks like Super Mario Bros. level 1-2, at the end of the underground segment.

The games you play as children are burned into your mind forever.

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EZK is a demi-power in these parts (and well liked amoungst the long standing posting types) best not to instill his wrath (or ours)

As for the picture/article.  Yes it is sad.  Probably set up that way to pull the heart strings by those are want to pull the military out of Iraq.  I have to admit I feel for the kid, the soldier however looks bored.

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And knowing me as you do, you know I am a fair moderator and will not seek to travel the low road.

I will however invoke the power of my biting sarcasm and sharp wit at the drop of a button.

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That's kind of heartwarming, but in a really sad sad way. Not saying THIS particular soldier was the cause of it, but this conflict right now is what caused his lost limbs, watching a perfectly healthy and fully appendaged soldier playing games I can no longer play (at least not without some specially made controller) would probably piss me the hell off if I was him.

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Agreed.  Losing two limbs is a tragedy no matter how you slice it, but that picture to me, almost adds insult to injury.  Sure, it's nice that the soldier is spending time with the kid, and sometimes it's fun to watch other people play video games, but there's something kind of disturbing (aside from the obvious) about that photo.  Instead of warming my heart, I felt uncomfortable, like I was watching someone commit an embarrassing act with the best intentions and having to stay silent.

"De minimus non curat lex"

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The kid doesn't look that upset that he can't play.  He seems just as engaged in the activity as the soldier is.  There's no indication that soldier is even any kind of gamer.  Maybe the kid's teaching the soldier how to play or where he's supposed to go in the game.

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Iraqi Kid "Press the the fucking jump button you dumbass!"

Soldier "I'm trying!"

Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do

Iraqi Kid ".....Wow I can play this shit better than you"

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It is quite sad to see what the results of war can be. I hope the soldiers can help the kid get the best prosthetic limbs they can get for him.

As for the game console, it looks like one of those "100-in-1" NES clones that play many known NES titles with slight name changes as well as not require a carthridge as the games are built in (don't see anything in side that slot). So it possibly is like that Polystation that was mentioned earlier, though I think that one does have a carthridge.

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This also reminds me a bit of another story I heard. This one was about two kids who each lost an arm. One kid lost his left arm and the other one lost his right.

So they both got together and played Guitar Hero. One hit the buttons and the other strummed. Worked out quite well from all accounts.

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For some time this will be my stock anwser to people who say we should get out of Iraq.

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You don't think that this child's injuries had NOTHING to do with you (the 'coalition') being there in the first place?

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To add to this point:  When you're the reason the poor kid is like that to begin with, the least you could do is play a game with him. 

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Because there was NO terrorism or senseless fighting in the middle east before hand...there was absolutely no Suni-Shiite (sry bout the spelling, itd take too long to open google) fighting going on.

While I agree that we should leave Iraq as soon as possible, there WILL be a civil war in Iraq as soon as we leave. And believe it or not, we aren't hurting the Iraqis, only the ones that try to hurt us, after they harbored a dictator and the terrorists that, oh idk, bombed the world trade centers a few years ago?

God, seems these days people think its okay to give into terrorists demands and just leave them alone. Fuck no! The only way to get them to stop (or at least not be able to hurt us as much) is to kick their asses!

 

Nao, back to video game discussion

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 we aren't hurting the Iraqis, only the ones that try to hurt us, after they harbored a dictator and the terrorists that, oh idk, bombed the world trade centers a few years ago?

Um, actually they didn't. You're thinking of Afghanistan. But I'm sure it's hard to keep all of those damn ''forginers'' seperate. Don't worry Fox news will due you're thinking for you.

we aren't hurting the Iraqis, only the ones that try to hurt us

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Iraq_War#Iraqi_invasion_c...

Right because all of our bullets and bombs are magical and only hurt bad people. And all of our soldiers only shoot at bad people. And  that's not even counting those that have died due to infastructure collapse. 

God, seems these days people think its okay to give into terrorists demands and just leave them alone. Fuck no! The only way to get them to stop (or at least not be able to hurt us as much) is to kick their asses!

Yeah!! Fuck diplomacy or disscussion! Let's just kill those fucking assholes! It's working so well!!

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Regardless of the HOW or WHY that child is injured, let's get back to GAMES as well as politics.

I rather do like the fact the soldier is taking his time to play with the child.  It looks like they're about to warp, too--I can barley make out the Mario at the top of the screen.  Ah, such fond memories.  Maybe the child is dictating what the soldier should do to beat the game?  I'd find that quite the believable scenario, and rather cute.

Anyway, again, it's good to see little things like that in providing relief towards the wartorn, regardless of where they're from, or why they suffer.

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Thats kind of depressing and heart warming, damn they even got a air conditioner over there too, at least the kid doesn't have to stay hot  :D(Sorry if my comment seems to make the boy's situation in a light and joking manner which I had no intention of doing)

Nice to see something that doesn't have to do with angry pissed off folks.

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Also, it is a sad day when people don't recognize the ultimate classic game.

On a related note, I went to the Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition (www.ovge.com) this past Saturday and took my 15 year old Nephew. The main attraction was the collections of classic games and hardware. He was bored. I couldn't believe it. He was complaining about the lack of new games.

I could have easily spent over $1000 that day. If only I had the money.

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Probably a Polystation with the part that covers the cartridge slot broken. But it doesn't look like the one I have... Bah.

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Looks like the end of World 1-2 of Super Mario Bros.

Nice to see him helping out.

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please remove your 3-link signature from your posts.

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Why? Does it offend you? Does the three links send you into an epileptic siezure?

/sarcasm.

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no it's considered spam to have a link filled signature longer than your posts. I did say please, and now your just being rude.

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Considering you are the only person to have ever complained about it, I don't think my sig warrants a change.

The fact that my sig is longer than that one post is pointless. I often post very thorough posts that use quite a bit of space.

Do you feel that posts that have upwards of 5 links in them to also be spam? Even when those links are relevant to the topic at hand?

I do not feel that my sig is spam. It is very relevent to what I do. It is a link to a related website, and links to the ECA chapter Myspace and Facebook profiles of which I am chapter president and which are very related to this site as GamePolitics is owned by the ECA.

So you considering my sig as spam is well off the mark.

But you may be in luck. If some plans for the ECA's website revamp come through soon, my sig will be reduced to two links just for you.

And if you really felt that my response to you was rude, I am sorry, but I felt that your request was rather rude and unwarranted.

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*raises hand*

I've found it annoying as well, only I've been too lazy to bring it up along with some other minor annoyances with the new site.

Personally, I don't think signatures in a fixed width format work well at all, no matter how long they are.

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In response to all the comotion about my sig today, I will make some changes to it. Not imediately, but within the week. 

I have a personal website. I will create a profile page that lists all the information I would normally post in my sig. Then I will simply link to that page in my sig.

This is to show that I am a good sport and although I find nothing offensive about my current sig, I am willing to adapt.

Hope you will like it. 

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will you people complain about anything? It's his sig. I've seen absolute eye killing crap that was perfectly legal on many forums that made my eyes hurt. Yet here is a guy who just has three links... Two of which are for local chapters of the very organization that sponsers this very site. Gosh, you don't like the links? Don't click on them.. it takes what, a minor movement of the finger to scroll past them. You wasted more space complaining about them than they actually took up... So I am complaining about your posts that complain about the signature. I find them out of place and an annoyance to see in this fine article about a topic of gaming.

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Thank you.

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You people who are bitching about the sig need to stop being whiny little fags. How does it hurt you? He has always had it on there, so don't look at it dumbasses. You should all know what to expect by looking at his posts.

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I can't say I understand *why* you have such an enormous signature. Wouldn't the first two, maybe three lines do it for you completely? Even then, why not use the Homepage field in the reply form for the www.editorialgames.com link? Do we really need to have your Myspace and Facebook at our fingertips? (or at all?)

I can appreciate your intentions of full disclosure, but it really just creates a sensation of ego or self-righteousness -- such is the nature of a typically anonymous internet. Perhaps you might consider using the full signature only once a thread and then use a truncated one in each post thereafter? That's just my suggestion at least.

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I would use the homepage field for the editorial games link, but for some reason it doesn't work. No link is created for it anywhere that I have seen.

Also, as a registered user, there is no way to add a homepage. The user info edit page does not have a field for it. It is only available for unregistered users. Possibly an oversight by the developers of the new site.

Glad to know that I come across as egotistical.

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I, too, find your signature a little excessive.  While you do sometimes contribute lengthy posts, I've noticed that there were quite a few where your signature was longer than what you posted.  Furthermore, it gets even more extreme when you make multiple comments in a given story and every third line seems to be E. Zachary Knight or links to your MySpace or Facebook pages.

Personally, I'd prefer it if the comment system had built-in support for signatures as well as a way for a given reader to disable viewing them.

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Who cares? Its not hurting anyone. Stop being such a pussy. You should know what to expect when reading his posts. He has been on this site for years, so bitching about it now is pointless.

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As a registered user, you can set up your own signature and it will automatically post at the end of your comment.

You are right that there is not way for other users to disable signatures so that you don't have to read them.

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OUCH MY EYES

nah, just kidding. seeing that signature didn't hurt at all.

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We may be over there for the wrong reasons, but we're doing a little bit of good while we're there. We can at least say that to ourselves as we look in the mirror.

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except there wouldn't have been an IED if we hadn't gone there in the first place. Good? What good? Was Saddam a brutal dictator? Why, yes he was. But for all his brutality, the region was stable, the streets were safe. It would be nice if we could just wave a magic wand and replace dictatorial regimes with thriving Democracies with things like civil rights and the rule of law. But we can't.

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<i>except there wouldn't have been an IED if we hadn't gone there in the first place.</i>

Seeing as how the Middle East has been ravaged by war for thousands of years, I HIGHLY doubt, that.

Oh, by the way, can I borrow your crystal ball when you're done with it?

<i>Good? What good? Was Saddam a brutal dictator? Why, yes he was. But for all his brutality, the region was stable, the streets were safe.</i>

ORLY? Because I seem to remember hearing about something that happrned in Iraq... I think they called it the Persian Gulf War... or was it the Iran-Iraq War?

Also, you say the word 'brutal'. I don't think it means what you think it means.

<i>It would be nice if we could just wave a magic wand and replace dictatorial regimes with thriving Democracies with things like civil rights and the rule of law. But we can't.</i>

Does that mean we shouldn't try? I'm sorry (not really), but not everyone shares your fondness of apathy.

In short: LOGIC!!! It slices! It dices!

...Lowsy arguements, that is.

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Wait wait... One of your arguments is that the 2003 war was necessary because Iraq gets in wars all the time? Like that time in 1990 when we invaded them?

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Because Kuwaitt was a Iraqi provence right?  I'm sure that independent country deserved to be run over and have its citizens raped and brutalized.

Yes, we were more concerned about the oil, but I don't think the Kuwaitti's are going to complain to much that we saved their ass in the process.

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 Are your eally trying to defend the the invasion of iraq using logic. Shit, even the bush admin. isn't that dumb anymore.

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Don't worry, I recognize it too. Although, the controller looks like a SNES, so it's probably Mario World, or All Stars. 

That is pretty sad, but also heart-warming. Oorah, Captain.

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He may be using an NES or SNES clone machine. The grey box on the floor with all the cables coming out doesn't look like any NES or SNES I have ever seen.

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Its a knockoff system that plays NES and SNES games, the controllers are identical to SNES ones. My friend bought one for 20$ online and it actually works, and the contacts don't get all screwed up like the original NES's did.

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Just wait...somehow this will turn into video games being used to train Iraqis to be terrorists.  Just wait.

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That's easy.  Playing mario teaches Iraqi children how to take female hostages (princess) from armored soldiers (bowser) and use weapons like fire bombs (fire flower) to kill any and everything in their path.  There is also plenty of wonton destruction of infrastructure (breaking of blocks) along the way.

I'ts easy to see that Nintendo is in Osama's pocket.

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That'd be Super Mario Bros right there.  Huh...

... wow, is it bad I recognize said game from a fuzzy screenshot?

 
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