Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

October 19, 2008 -

Another in an all-too-frequent series honoring gamers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country...

A dedicated soldier who wanted more than a virtual war experience has been killed in Afghanistan.

As reported by the Boston Globe, Army Specialist Stephen Fortunato was killed on Tuesday when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb. From the newspaper report:

According to his family, Fortunato's decision to enlist into a war-time Army was driven by a powerful feeling of patriotism; a desire to experience war personally, not only through a video game; and the opportunity to use the GI Bill to pay for college.

"He wanted to change the world," his father, Richard, said in a phone interview from his Florida home yesterday. "How he was going to do it single-handedly, I don't know. But he wanted to change the world."

The Boston Herald reports that Fortunato planned to return to school, possibly for training in video game design.


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Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Yes I can.

 

FOR INSTANCE, I CAN

 

POST IN HUGE CAPS

 

JUST LIKE YOU, YOU

 

DOPE.

 

But I won't.

(See what I did there?)

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

This is hardly the time, or the place.

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Agreed. Get him out of here.

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Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Oh, hearken to him: 'Get him out of here' he says, as if he were someone of importance.

Tell me; has your swelled head caused you any balance issue as of late?

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Okay. So? A soldier died. Last time I checked that's how they kept score. Soldiers have exactly two purposes and he's upheld one of them.

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

CAN YOU BE ANY MORE OF A JACKASS!?

Seriously. Don't post shit like that.


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Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Vaya con dios, amigo. May you rest in peace.

Game on, brothers and sisters.

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Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

So let me get this straight - this was a guy who 'may' have intended to go to college 'possibly' for training in video game design?  Can the link to GamePolitics be any more vague?  I mean what next?  Are we going to hear about a voter in the next election whose vote 'may' be the key to the election, and whose deciding vote might lead him into politics and to overturn all the gaming legislation, potentially leading us into a utopian gaming fantasy world?

I just wonder how far down the path of pure speculation GP needs to go.  Another slow news day I guess.

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Ya know im going to say this plainly and simply: screw you. If your going to rant about how pointless you think an article is on someone elses website, then go do it somewere else, besides the least you could do is resist the urge to post a rude comment. 

On a lighter note I feel for this guys friend's and family. He could have been a great game designer.

 

                                                              

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Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Rest in peace, brosef.

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Off Topic: Shadow, that's pretty creepy.

On Topic: If experiance is worth coin, then he has plenty to cross the Styx.

Let me put that on my to-don't list.

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

1. Yes, it's creepy. That's how I noticed it.

2. Nice.

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Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Hey, did anyone else notice he has the same name as the guy Narrator killed in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Cask Of Amontillado"? That's one hell of a f***ing coincidence.

Anyway, in all seriousness, it's a shame he died. I wonder how many good games he wouldve made?

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Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

My heart goes off to the family and the US itself for losing an honorable warrior who will continue to be in our hearts.

God Bless

Magic Taco

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

May your soul rest in peace, Fortunato.

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

God, how i hate our goverment and bush and darth cheney

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Um, Stephen WANTED to go to Afghanistan to fight in the war; says so right in the article!

Bush and Cheney didn't "force" him to do anything.

/lrn2readkthxbai

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Jack Thompson: future Good Burger employee of the month

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

That may be, but as it is, bush and cheny got us into the war.

*sighs* our country is a mess.

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Not a nice thing to hear, may he rest in peace.

Thoughts are with his family.

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

May he rest in peace.

A moment of silence for a fallen soldier, a fellow gamer, an American, and, above all else, a human being dying for a cause he felt was bigger than himself.

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Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Another lost in a qugmire of lies and decit.

War is a necessary evil but unnecessary ones are truly viscous...

I raise mew water down morning brew  to thos that have fallen for the sake of order.

I is fuzzy brained mew =^^=
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Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Tarosan - enjoy your week off.

If I have to do this again, it's perm.

When Life gives you lemons, you find a new god.

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Sad thing is, he's right, though. It's only a matter of time before Thompson barges in here to claim another victory for his cause.

Back on topic, my condolences go to this brave man's friends and family.

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

What did he say about JT, other than what you said?

And my condolences go out with yours, VF.

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Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Whatever he said, its got to be worst than what i said about JT.

Again, my heart goes out to the troops family.

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Thank you so much for your valued contribution to this article.

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

To quote Bill Hicks, "What a tragedy?  What a dick."

In all seriousness, though, this is pretty tragic.  Just as tragic as it is when a non-gamer dies in Iraq.  Why don't we just start a sidebar honoring all the young men and women that give their life in the Middle East for this "country" we call home, regardless of their gaming habits?

No, Luke, I AM the Walrus

No, Luke, I AM the Walrus

Re: Would-be Video Game Designer is Killed in Afghanistan

Seems awfully rude.

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Re: Soldier Who Wanted to Experience War Beyond Video Game is

Hmmmm... Maybe it is just me but the player is not scaling correctly if at all.

Update: It appears th eplayer has been removed.

On topic:

It is really sad to hear another trooper paid the cost for Bush & Cheney's grossly mismanaged war on terrorism.

 

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