Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the Possibilities

October 27, 2008 -

When Brandon Crisp stormed out of his house on October 13th following a family argument, he must have seemed like so many other teenagers. It's a simple fact of life: 15-year-olds occasionally have stormy relationships with their parents. But, upon leaving, Brandon's life took a uniquely disturbing turn.

Two weeks later the young man remains missing. No one has seen or heard from him - at least, no one who's talking about it. Intensive search efforts by police and local volunteers have failed to locate the slightly built gamer.

At this point the best hope of tracing Brandon may lie with a forensic analysis of his Xbox 360 hard drive as well as server logs for Microsoft's Xbox Live online gaming service.

Brandon's distraught parents have largely focused on the role of online gaming in his life, a role which they say had become pervasive. His father, Steve Crisp, has at various points blamed game addiction, Call of Duty 4, and online game tournaments.

But let's put all of that aside for a moment and analyze the possibilities:

 

 

1.) Brandon was lured & kidnapped by someone he met online: - While his parents have suggested that Brandon may have met up with a pedophile, a predatory member of a gaming clan, or, less plausibly, "organized crime or someone involved in Internet gambling," these possiblities seem remote. Here's why:

  • By all accounts Brandon's leaving on October 13th was precipitated by his father's confiscation of his Xbox 360 as a disciplinary measure. Mr. Crisp had taken the console before, but this time it was said to be  permanent.
  • That being the case, Brandon would not have been able to use Xbox Live's messaging system to contact anyone via the service.
  • It's unknown whether the circumstances at home that day would have allowed him to use his PC for this purpose. Police seized the computer but have not said what, if anything, was discovered.
  • Moreover, there was not a great deal of time for a predator to plan an abduction of Brandon. The boy left the house as a result of the family argument, not in response to a meeting initiated by a predator.
  • Also hampering such communication, as GP has learned from Barrie Police, is the fact that Brandon did not have a mobile phone. Thus, if he was unable to contact anyone before he left his house, it's unlikely that he would have been able to make a call after leaving.
  • Any potential predator would likely have had to live nearby and Brandon would have had to initiate their meeting. Barrie, where Brandon lives, is roughly 90km north of Toronto. It is not exactly a metropolis and while an online predator from another country, say, the USA, could theoretically have flown in to Toronto and driven a rental car up to Barrie, that would leave a paper trail a mile wide for investigators. Spiriting Brandon through Customs and out of Canada would have been challenging, to say the least.
  • CONCLUSION: Given the circumstances, unlikely

 

2.) Brandon is staying with a friend

  • Brandon seemed to have a destination in mind when he left home. His bike was recovered about 8 km northeast of his home, so he was heading in that direction. Before leaving he asked his mother for directions to semi-rural Oro-Medonte Township, also to the northeast. His father said that Brandon has friends there with whom he games on XBL.
  • However, Brandon's case has generated enormous publicity throughout Canada. It would seem difficult for a teenage friend to hide him from parents who have been alerted to the case for that long of a time.
  • It would be unlikely for this to remain a secret among a group of teens for anything close to two weeks.
  • Moreover, police have told the media that Brandon, a Call of Duty devotee, has not logged onto his XBL account.
  • CONCLUSION: Possible, but unlikely

 

3.) Brandon ran away and then was randomly abducted along the way

  • This is a difficult scenario to assess, due to the sheer randomness involved.
  • On one hand, at 5'3" 100 pounds, Brandon is a slightly built young man; he likely could have been overpowered by a determined adult predator.
  • He was last seen on foot in what is described as a semi-rural area, so a predator might have seen and seized an opportunity.
  • On the other hand, Barrie is not that big of a place. Canada's 35th largest city has 128,000 residents. At that size, police would probably have something of a handle on known pedophile suspects and would presumably be checking their alibis.
  • CONCLUSION: Possible, but unlikely.

 

4.) Brandon ran away and somehow became incapacitated along the way

  • Brandon left home at 3 p.m. on October 13th. At this time of year he would have had about three hours of daylight.
  • His bike apparently broke down a short way into the trip. After that he was on foot, in the dark, in a semi-rural area, alone, without food or a mobile phone, and perhaps feeling unwanted
  • He could have become injured in some way and unable to call for help
  • CONCLUSION: Possible

 

5.) Brandon ran away and is hiding out nearby on his own

  • The area where Brandon's bike was found was described by his father as "a very high-end area of Barrie where there are multi-million-dollar cottages owned by [people] who only use them two or three months a year."
  • It is possible that Brandon took shelter in a vacant vacation home, although it is logical to assume that police have been checking those locations in the course of their search operation.
  • It is also very unlikely for a 15-year-old to hold out on his own for so long
  • CONCLUSION: Possible, but unlikely

 

6.) Brandon is on the run

  • Runaways tend to gravitate toward big cities where they often live on the streets
  • Toronto is 90km to the south of Brandon's home
  • CONCLUSION: Possible

Anyone with information concerning Brandon should contact the Barrie Police Service: (705)725-7025 A $50,000 reward has been posted.

GP: What do you think, GamePolitics readers?

 

Comments

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

read that thing i posted above.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

And the woman who says she saw and spoke to him the day he left - is she in on it too?

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Three things about that:

1. How does she know she spoke to him? Did he mention his name to her?  Did he show her photo identification? I was looking at the picture earlier, and honestly, while out for lunch today at Chipotle I saw 3 kids who look just like this kid and match the age description.

2. Don't discount the fact that the woman may just be looking for her fifteen minutes of fame.  Some people don't care whether they help someone so long as they get a slice of the limelight (Jack Thompson, for example).

3.  The bicycle.  Hearken to me here; if Brandon had gotten injured, he would've been near his bicycle or there would be clear tracks from his bicycle that show him either dragging something (a twisted ankle, a broken leg, whatever), or supporting his weight more on one foot than the other, or he would be nearby it.  He wouldn't abandon the bike, his best means of transportation, without reason.   
Now, let us suppose that he happened upon a friend or friend's parent.  THERE is a valid reason for abandoning the bicycle; he's acquired a better means of transportation.  So he was picked up by a friend or a friend's 'cool parent'.

Now, even if it is the 'cool parent' that was earlier mentioned in the responses (the parent that would have hid master Crisp from his parents until he was ready to go home), they would have taken Brandon home by now simply to put an end to the media circus, or at least contacted the police.  If Brandon was having issues at home, no reasonable police force would demand he be taken home; they would've allowed Brandon to stay with the 'cool parent' or friend until some sort of counselling or something similar had occurred.  In other words, if he was staying with a friend or parent, he would've been found by now.

Now, let's assume he was assaulted while on his bike.  There would've been signs of a scuffle (remember, he is 15, and most 15 year olds have the common sense to realize that when someone tries to kidnap you you should put up a bit of a fight).   Very few teens and adults willingly submit to a kidnapping without some sort of fight. 

To continue this last line of thought, we consider firearm use.  But if there was blood by the bicycle, chances are that would be all over the news right now (if it bleeds, it leads).  Firearm use would explain the lack of signs of struggle, but there's no report of blood near the bicycle.

I suggest the police play it smart and consider that statistically, its most likely the parents have done something with Brandon (not saying that it's both, it may have been one or the other).

 

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

1.  Maybe she has an eye for faces.  Here's what we do know: she reported seeing and speaking to him.  She gleaned he was having trouble with his bike.  A few days later the bike was found abandoned in a different area but in the direction he was heading.  According to GP's conversation with the Barrie PD, the bike had a flat.

2.  Did she make the encounter up just to get her name in the paper?  It certainly didn't work as she's only referred to as "woman" and "lady."  She seems to have enough facts correct and she isn't milking her 15 minutes so it doesn't seem an attention-seeker is the game here.

3.  Not getting your point here.  He was having bike trouble according to the witness.  Apparently, the bike had a flat.  That seems a good enough reason to abandon it.  But I agree that he very likely didn't wreck his bike nor was he forcibly snatched off it.  I also agree that if he was staying with a friend or "cool parent" we would have heard by now.

But none of that points a finger at the parents.  He could have just as easily hoofed it after his bike's tire went flat.  He could have hitchhiked.  He may be alive and wandering around Toronto.  He may be dead.  And yes, maybe he abandoned his bike, walked back home (or his parents found him), was murdered by his parents without his sisters noticing, his body hid, and the Crisps made up the CoD4 story and stayed cool when continually questioned by police and reporters.

But I doubt it.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

For the record, the only possibilities that really seem likely to me are that he's simply in hiding after running off, afraid that he'll get in serious trouble after all the circus performances that occured following his dissapearance, or that he is deceased due to exposure to the elements or starvation. My first post was simply to present the possibility of...less fortunate occurences, but provided with the information give by Eisen, I doubt the possibility even more. It does still have a strange feel though...

 

-Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers! -The Buck Stops Here. -Thou Shall Not Teamkill, Asshole.

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

"he is deceased due to exposure to the elements or starvation."

More likely every day that goes by, and the police know this.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Maybe they should contact who made the car that lady drove since it is a possible connection?

Same thing right?

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

She was walking.... but even so your point is ill thought out, her mode of transportation has nothing to do with it. The analogy your looking for is "Someone should ask that lady some questions", and they have.

They're contacting Microsoft because they own/run XBL. The same would be done if he was a facebook junkie, and nobody had his password.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Attention GP readers:

 

A few of you have suggested that Brandon’s parents may have killed him, hid his body, and that this whole CoD4 thing is a smokescreen.
 
Please keep in mind that Brandon was spotted by some woman the day he left.  She even reportedly spoke to him.  His bike was also found days later.  If the parents did it, then they set up the bike and this woman is in on it too.  Pretty far fetched.
 
Read about the lady who said she saw Brandon here.


Andrew Eisen

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Exelent link on the details of the witness.  That actually clears up most of my concerns there.

While there is always the possiblity that the witness is just someone seeking attention, it significantly decreases the probably of foul play on the part of the family.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

That and the fact that the bike was found helps corroborate both stories (parents and the lady).

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

As I said, this could have been after having found him themselves and having killed him in an irrational fit of rage once home.

Anything really is possible.

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Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Shhhhh. Sometimes glaring logic isn't welcome

 

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Glaring logic is fine.  I didn't say Brandon's parents didn't kill him, the lady isn't involved in some conspiracy, or that Nightwng2000's suggestion is impossible.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Thats entirely true, the witness (who is presumably credible) makes the chances of spur of the moment parental murder substantially lower but there is a distinct 'JonBenét Ramsey' feel to the endless repetition of the xbox/cod angle which, even if genuinely what they believe, just smells fishy. The question is, is it better or worse than blaming 'some puerto rican guy'?

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Somebody set up us the bike!

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Your memes.

They will not work here.

______________________________________

Jack Thompson: future Good Burger employee of the month

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Having more and more articles seems quite reasonable as his photo continues to get "face time", keeping people from forgetting.  In the end, the discussions are irrelevant since what's most important is having the photo shown often.  Of course, it doesn't help a blind twit like me since the kid could stand right in front of me and I wouldn't be able to discern him from any other kid with the same general look.  :(

Some reports have said there was nothing wrong with the bike, so why abandon it?

Someone offered him a ride and he found the bike no longer necessary.

Someone he knew drove up to him his emotions were beginning to come in check, and they offered to give him a ride, saying they would come back for the bike (no space in the vehicle for it) and the "friend" turned out to not be so much of a friend.

He thought he saw someone he knew, didn't want to be seen, paniced, and bolted without it, and really wasn't seen.  Decided to not go back for it.

A lot of folks on the Facebook are going on about how the game would have taught him to survive in the wilderness.  He may have THOUGHT it had, but turned out he was wrong.

The possibility that he's in a shelter might exist, though I doubt he stayed in one the first few days or even the first week.

If he's in the area, I hate to be blunt, but he's most likely dead or being held against his will.  I doubt he's with friends by this point.  Then again, one never knows.

If he's alive and out of the area, then he's too afraid to call home.  I doubt his anger and other emotions from the first days are still there.  Now, he's afraid.  Afraid to be alone, afraid to be found, afraid of reprisal.

The possibility of one or both of his Parents having killed him is possible.  It may be that he ran away, was found by one of his Parents, the bike abandoned as above (pick up later), taken home, and killed in a rage over his actions.  The witness could still have seen him.  In fact, he may have been found by the Parent before or even some time after he abandoned his bike.  It can't be ruled out.

And if I REALLY wanted to get into conspiracy theory mode, I'd make note of all the hype about blaming the video games and gaming addiction and such,.  Either a smoke screen to cover up the act... or even more crazy, faking his running away (either having killed him or hiding him out after recapturing him or something) just to push the anti-gaming agenda.  And, of course, I could REALLY go batdung and start naming names of all the folks in on the conspiracy.  But, really, rationality sets in and I know, or at least I HOPE I know, better.

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Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

And, of course, I could REALLY go batdung and start naming names of all the folks in on the conspiracy

 

Don't worry mate, we all know who you mean. DAMN YOUR BLACK HEART STRAUSS ZELNICK!

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

*removed my post*

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

His parents have suggested that Brandon may have met up with a pedophile, a predatory member of a gaming clan, or, less plausibly, "organized crime or someone involved in Internet gambling,"

 

Hmm, does Canada have those irresponsible rating whore current affairs TV shows that use phrases like "Are video games killing our children? A story no parent can afford to miss!!" on a weekly basis? That sounds like the tag line from one of their hysterical 'innocuous obect/passtime becomes sheer blood chilling terror which is a threat to your children, family, country, life and god!!!!' stories. People who watch those shows and lack the ability to discern the difference between what they see on TV and the world of reality may well assume that sort of improbable bullshit happens every day.

 

 

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Yeah, we have those. Just that tehy come over via American cahnnels mostly...

 

Best keep your wits about you: The gears of life are always spinning, and ignorance eventually means you'll get caught in them.

Best keep your wits about you: The gears of life are always spinning, and ignorance eventually means you'll get caught in them.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

What I want to know is how does "internet gambling" come into play?  Are there crime-syndicates that take bets on COD4 matches?  Are they saying their son was taken because of his skill so that he could be used to play COD4 as a "ringer" in fixed matches?  I mean...wow...

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Oh no! Hundreds of children trained night and day on COD4 and set up to rig the outcomes of professional gaming tournaments! It's all so terrifyingly plausible!

 

Oh sorry, forgot the prefix "Im"

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

I'm seeing a great plotline for "Godfather IV" here right?  I mean come on, you get Uwe Boll on this and you got Oscar gold.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

This is sensationalist journalism at it's finest.  Grats on joining the media circus.

I really thought Gamepolitics was better than this.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

I didn't realize that a philosophical discussion = sensationalist journalism...

As long as Brandon's plight stays at the forefront of news he has a chance of being found.  The minute it wains he's done.

Honestly I don't feel him being at a friend's house is unlikely.  We don't know anything about the family's background.  No one is even mentioning if this has happened before.  If Brandon's grades have been declining for a year or better then it's very likely he's done something rash like this before or at least something similar.  All in all it's all speculation until a solid lead is made on his whereabouts.

"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Philosophical discussion?  There's nothing in this article and comments but wild speculation and conjecture.  You're kidding yourself if you think your armchair sleuthing is in any way at all constructive.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Are YOU doing anything to help find the kid? Didn't think so.

At least speculation and conjecture provide ideas of WHERE to look for him! All you are doing is insulting people on the Internet, which only serves to discourage the people who ARE doing something.

So unless you plan on doing something that's event the SLIGHTEST BIT CONSTRUCTIVE toward the situation, for the love of all that is good in this world, please, PLEASE just shut that hellhole that you call a mouth.

By doing otherwise, you will only further prove that the purest act of evil in this universe is the act of indifference;

indifference to love, indifference to hate,

indifference to the happiness or misfortune of others,

and above all... indifference to the fate of a boy, a fellow human being, whose VERY LIFE could well be at stake!!!!

_________________________________________________________________________

Jack Thompson: Future Good Burger employee of the month

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Should I be all that shocked that you accuse me of being indifferent?  Probably not.  It's just more wild speculation and conjecture.  This story is worthly of coverage on GamePolitics, but an editorial that proposes useless theories about Brandon's fate does not.

You really think all these posts that say "TEH PARENTZ DID IT HUR DUR DUR" is helpful OR constructive?  Give me a break.  I actually find it quite revolting that some of you seem to be getting a kick fantasizing about what happened.

If you really think anything posted in this article/thread is useful, go ahead and call it in as tips to the Barrie Police Departmnet.  Just make sure someone is available to bail your sorry ass out of jail when you get arrested for wasting their time.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

"we dont know if it's happened before"

this is one of the first things that's asked by reporters. I think if running away was a repeat event, his parents wouldn't be going this psycho, and the reporters would have said so.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Asked =/= Logical Progression

You can ask any question you want, it doesn't mean you'll get an answer or the truth if you do get an answer.  Dealing with what is known and not known factually is the fastest way to finding Brandon.  Assumptions like the one you just made will not help in narrowing down the possibilities.  I was simply stating we do not have the information you're implying in your response.  If this is one of the first things asked by reporters then please present the reporter who asked this and the response given by Brandon's parents since that would be VERY helpful in this search.

A troubled kid doesn't just go skipping along and then SNAP.  There are other events leading up to this one that have not been reported on.

"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

"Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

I agree, there isn't any news, so this just baseless speculation.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

We might just be looking at a Steven Truscot like situation here

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

---You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

If you were a teenager and you had a destination in mind, you'd be more likely to try to get to said destination just to prove your parents wrong.  I can think of a lot of things one would do after their bike breaks down.  The first thing is hitchhiking.  The #3 possibility may be considered unlikely, but it increases in likelihood with each pick-up.  I hope they find him well.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

One of the bullet points in the first listed possibility isn't entirely correct.  You can still access the Xbox Live messaging system from Xbox.com.  The thing is though that you are only allowed to send and view text-messages.

As long as this kid had access to a computer with an Internet connection, he could have still spammed out a message to his friends list telling them what happened and received messages in return.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

I don't think anyone here mentioned suicide.  Which unpleasant as it is, is IMO what is the most probable situation.

The kid probably had some deep emotional issues that he "self-medicated" by playing video games.  There is a distinct possibility that he escaped into games from a life that he wasn't satisfied with.  The removal of that outlet could lead to Brandon feeling overwhelmed and distraught.

------- Morality has always been in decline. As you get older, you notice it. When you were younger, you enjoyed it.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Unlikely.  95iish % (give or take a few) of suicide attempts/happenings (successes just sounds wrong there) are a public act and meant to draw the attention that the person can't ask for otherwise.  True this issue has garnered huge media coverage but there's no way he could have known that it would (lots of these don't ...) and similarly, there's no one to witness his act.  Most suicide attempts happen in places where they will be found sooner rather than later.  Think of how many people attempted suicide by throwing themselves in the ocean, where chances of being found are virtually null. 

To a certain extent, suicide is a public act in that to the person doing it, the act means nothing if it's not discovered - if people aren't finally "made aware" of the pain/agony they were suffering that they feel only the absolution of their death can accurately portray.  He would not have run away from home to perform such a public act, especially one that showed his parent's how upset he was.

 

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"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." Krishnamurti

"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." Krishnamurti

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Okay but where's his body?  Did he jam weights in his pockets and jump in a lake?

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

If he jumped in the lake, the body could take a while to find.  Also, if he had gone to a hidden location to commit the act it would take a long time to find as well.

It is highly unlikely that he could survive on his own without being seen for this long or if he did have help for this all to be kept a secret with all of the media coverage.

------- Morality has always been in decline. As you get older, you notice it. When you were younger, you enjoyed it.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Eh, sure but it's still unlikely.  Most people who commit suicide don't go out of their way to make sure their body is never found.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Most, no.  But it does happen.

Some suicide cases specificly build 'not being found' into the equasion.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Again, I'm not ruling it out.  Just saying it's unlikely.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

But it WOULD be attenion... which, in many circumstances, is the most basic factor desired... whether alive or not, the focus remains on him.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Like I said: "Eh, sure but it's still unlikely."

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

 Dad beat him to death then disposed of the body and went public with this rediculous xbl story as a cover. 

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

So, Dad planted the bike a few miles from home and the lady who saw him the day he left is in on it?

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

I think its safe to say that if the police honestly feel that the Xbox connection is a good one, they have a reason for it..  even if that reason is only that they can't find any better leads. I can't help but suspect that he left intending to visit friends from XBL and something ahs happened on the way.

Some people in these threads are being way to harsh on the parents.. just because they don't know the name of the game exactly, or understand the technology and the way people communicate, doesn't make them bad parents.

During my late teens/early twenties I spent an absurd ammount of time playong RPGs in online chat rooms.. I'm pretty sure it worried my parents at times, and they tried to communicate with me about it, but it was simply a world and a hobby they did not understand..  could not understand even. My parents were good parents, and they supported me when I decided to move far from home for someone I met on those chats, but even with all that.. if you asked my mom what game I was playing.. it'd get some response like "that one where he pretends to be a vampire".

What I'm getting at is that its likely the name of the game, or even the game itself, never bothered them.. it was the time he was spending playing it, and how much time he was spending with people who, as far as they understood it, he didn't know and could be anyone.

Hell, it could be that he played dozens of games online.. most XBL players do.. but "that Call of Duty one" is the one that he sank most time into as far as they could tell.

Regardless, I hope they find him safe and well.. sadly I doubt it.. in which case I hope something sudden and tragic like a car hit him.

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Have you seen where they have a theory that Brandon was abducted by an internet gambling mafia?  I can really only give them the benefit of the doubt only so far before ignorance really does become bad parenting.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Where is Missing Gamer Brandon Crisp? GP Examines the

Bad Parents? Maybe, maybe not?

Out of Touch parents? Is it even a question?

Not that it has anything to do with this situation :p

 
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Andrew EisenKochera privately expressed his disagreement on how Tito decided to do something. No, I don't consider that crossing a line nor do I consider the exchange an example of the group pressuring him.09/20/2014 - 12:36am
Kronotechnical reasons. Anyways, I need to get to sleep as well.09/20/2014 - 12:29am
KronoAnd he wasn't the only one pushing Tito to censor the thread. If Tito had bowed to peer pressure, we likely wouldn't have gotten this http://goo.gl/vKiYtR which grew out of that thread. Said thread also lasted until a new one needed to be made for09/20/2014 - 12:28am
Krono@Andrew So it's an example of Kuchera crossing the line from reporter to advocate. And an example of the group pressuring for censorship.09/20/2014 - 12:21am
E. Zachary KnightAnyway, I am off to bed. I will probably wake up to all of this being knocked off the shout box.09/20/2014 - 12:20am
E. Zachary KnightKrono, that is the type of reading too much into things that bugs me. Ben did no such thing. Greg had the last word in that part of the exchange. The rest was about how to approach the story and Quinn.09/20/2014 - 12:19am
Andrew EisenSo?09/20/2014 - 12:13am
KronoExcept that the forum thread wasn't harassment, and Kuchera continued to push for the thread's removal after Tito made it clear he didn't consider it harassment.09/20/2014 - 12:12am
Andrew EisenPersonally, I see nothing wrong with someone offering their opinion or the other person making up their own mind on how to run their site.09/20/2014 - 12:06am
E. Zachary KnightKrono, I read nothing of the sort in that email chain. I read Ben giving advice on what to do when a forum thread is used to harass someone and spread falshoods about them and others.09/20/2014 - 12:05am
KronoThat's exactly what Ben Kuchera was doing to Greg Tito.09/19/2014 - 11:58pm
Krono@EZK So you see nothing wrong with one journalist pressuring a journalist from a different organization to not only not run a story, but to censor a civil discussion already taking place?09/19/2014 - 11:56pm
E. Zachary KnightI write for a number of blogs and talk to people who write similar blogs all the time for tips and advice. I see nothing wrong with that.09/19/2014 - 11:50pm
E. Zachary KnightI read that comment now and frankly, I think that guy is reading too much into this. The press talk to each other. It happens. There is nothing that can be done to stop it from happening.09/19/2014 - 11:49pm
KronoUnfortunately it seems unlikely to be resolved anytime soon.09/19/2014 - 11:45pm
Krono@EZK No that's not the comment. As for wanting nothing do with any of it, that's perfectly understandable.09/19/2014 - 11:44pm
Sleaker@Conster - sand?09/19/2014 - 11:40pm
 

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