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Old 10-30-2008, 10:24 AM   #1
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Reward offered for missing Xbox gamer

Agence France-Presse
First Posted 06:03:00 10/29/2008

OTTAWA -- US software behemoth Microsoft has doubled a cash reward for information on the whereabouts of a Canadian boy who ran away from home after his father took away his Xbox game console, it said Tuesday.

Brandon Crisp, 15, took off on his bicycle from his Barrie, Ontario home on October 13 -- Canada's Thanksgiving holiday -- and rode east along an old rail line.

He has not been seen since.

His father told local media he had removed Brandon's Xbox, built by Microsoft, after noticing changes in behavior since Brandon started playing "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" online.

The boy started skipping school, stealing money and ignoring his studies, his father said.

A local newspaper, the family's Internet service provider and Child Find offered a 25,000-dollar (US$19,500) reward for information leading to his return.

Microsoft topped it up with another $25,000, the company said Tuesday in an email to AFP, "hoping for his swift return."

"Like everyone, we are deeply worried about the disappearance of Brandon Crisp," the company said.

Exhaustive searches have not turned up a single clue beyond the boy's bicycle, found last week with a flat tire.

Police are said to be examining who Brandon played with online. "Law enforcement has contacted Microsoft about this matter and we are cooperating fully with them," said Microsoft.

On Sunday, 1,600 volunteer searchers packed up their reflective vests and ended their efforts to find him, while police stopped their air and water search.

In an interview with the daily Globe and Mail, the boy's father, Steve Crisp, said he had not known how important the gaming system was to his son and how he would react when it was taken away.

Experts commented that gamers may form bonds with fellow online players.

"This had become his identity, and I didn't realize how in-depth this was until I took his Xbox away," Steve Crisp told the Globe and Mail. "That's like cutting his legs off."

"This is such an issue that hits every parent out there, with video games that are starting to control our kids' lives," he said.

"I just took away his identity, so I can understand why he got so mad and took off. Before, I couldn't understand why he was taking off for taking his game away."

Now, Brandon's father says he just wants his son to come home.


This is sad....

Wow....

Goes to show how much "gaming aka online interaction",
or even gaming forums.....such as this....
have an impact on younguns and even adult's lives.....

An online persona/identity is one thing,
but In Real Life social interaction and living
is the main thing here, and is how the physical world runs.

What kind of affect does the kid think he would make,
by running away???


Just.....sad.....

And now Microsoft matches the reward!

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...-12377,00.html

Just to show that they "care".....while robbing us blind
with addictive FPS games, and showing kids how to jack cars
and kill......real nice Microsoft....show that you care.


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Old 10-30-2008, 12:10 PM   #2
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Old 10-30-2008, 02:57 PM   #3
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I think it's, well, NICE isn't the word I'd use, but at least a good PR move.
I really don't think that Microsoft is responsible for this kid. I think the parents should monitor their children, and actually interact with them so they don't only have video games to rely on for social interaction. Plus, the kid is fifteen...why is he allowed to play a violent FPS like this, especially online??
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:13 PM   #4
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I think it's, well, NICE isn't the word I'd use, but at least a good PR move.
I really don't think that Microsoft is responsible for this kid. I think the parents should monitor their children, and actually interact with them so they don't only have video games to rely on for social interaction. Plus, the kid is fifteen...why is he allowed to play a violent FPS like this, especially online??
i agree.
but some kids can handle violent games. I been playing Perfect Dark since i was like 10. If you understand between whats right and wrong, Fantasy and real life.
If the parent see's him go too crazy with it, then take it away.
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What I find is sad is the dad feels sorry that he took the Xbox away. This kid needs to get a damn social life. I mean, if he wants to act like a scoundrel and skip school, steal, and ignore his school, he can live just like the soldiers do in CoD.

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If whoever finds that boy will be really lucky.
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If whoever finds that boy will be really lucky.
You're right. They'll have enought money to buy TEN Xbox 360s. If I was him, I'd convince him to run away more often.

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Even though I might not be Microsoft's biggest fan, I do feel sorry for them here. They've been put in a tight spot by this kid, even though Microsoft didn't make Call of Duty 4, and the game's rating suggests that this boy should have waited two more years to play the game.

Either way, it makes games in general look bad, and having Microsoft's name come up in the discussion is a huge blow to them. Once Hillary gets a hold of this, we're going to hear about it.
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The boy was just too addicted to games. Some people take extremes just for games.
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Really I think its pathetic how this kid reacted. What ever he gets he deserves, hes an ungrateful brat. Kids need to learn that they can't let games run their lives and that their parents are trying to help them, but they are to arrogant to see that. More proof of how ungrateful he is, is the fact that he would put his parents through such hell and continues to do so.
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