World of Warcraft Player Suicided
KeyWord: World of Warcraft Date: 01-28-2008
Summary: a 21-year old Virginia Tech student, Daniel Kim was found dead in the Target parking lot of the Christiansburg, Virginia store with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. and some rumour said that his death was to and possibly caused by gaming. because he was a player of World of Warcraft.

A 21-year old Virginia Tech student, Daniel Kim was found dead in the Target parking lot of the Christiansburg, Virginia store with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. and some rumour said that his death was to and possibly caused by gaming. because he was a player of World of Warcraft.


Last month, a Virginia Tech student was found dead in the Target parking lot of the Christiansburg, Virginia store with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head. His name was Daniel Kim, a 21-year old senior at the university. Unfortunately, some individuals have already started making assumptions that somehow his death was related to and possibly caused by gaming.

After doing a little research, I discovered that gaming is actually the one thing in his life that gave him a chance to live. Daniel was an avid Warcraft player who had developed numerous friendships playing the game over the past couple of years. The only warning signs that he was on the edge came in the form of emails sent to the university from various WoW players who were concerned for his safety. Unfortunately, little action was taken from the warnings and as we all know, Daniel Kim is now dead.

This was an unfortunate and probably preventable tragedy. It's also unfortunate that some people will try to blame games when gaming may have been the only positive thing going on in his life. Online multiplayer games have a social aspect that the media simply does not understand. You create bonds with people you have never seen in real life. When it's the middle of the night and there's no one to talk to in person, there's always a gamer somewhere online who will talk. When things are heavy on my mind, I often fire up the Xbox 360 and play some "big team battle" with my Halo 3 friends. I've never met any of them in real life, but I consider them true friends. I think one of the major problems with the media right now is that they simply do not see the overall kindness and generosity most gamers have in their hearts. As gamers, we do talk a lot of smack, but that's honestly part of the fun. In the end, I truly believe that most hard-core gamers are good people with kind natures. 

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