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.