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A Dad And His Kids Happily Play Video Games Together. They Have To.

This is an image of a happy family; a father and his two adorable children bonding over a video game. It’s a stock photo, of course. Their excitement is fake, their game controllers disconnected. It’s cheap theatre, but I have to believe that somewhere in the country a genuine version of this scene is playing out — I am tired of tales of domestic gaming tragedy.


Father Allegedly Let Son Die While He Played Online Games

Tragic news out of South Korea. A young father allegedly let his two-year-old son die due to negligence. The reason? The father was apparently spending all his time gaming.


Asiana Airlines Headline Called 'Racist' And 'In Bad Taste'

This weekend, tragedy struck. Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed in San Francisco. Over 180 people are injured, and two are dead. Nineteen passengers are still hospitalised, with six still in critical condition. Two thirds of the passengers were Asian, which is why the Chicago Sun-Times‘s headline is angering some online.


Dying In An Internet Cafe Is More Terrible Than You Can Imagine

As Kotaku previously reported, a 23-year-old man recently died at a Taiwanese internet cafe. Nine hours later, someone noticed.


The Bittersweet Triumph Of The Sonic The Hedgehog Christmas Tree

Celebrating 20 years of Sega’s blurry blue mascot, this Sonic the Hedgehog Christmas tree from 8BitFix’s Beatboxtaun stands as both a monument to video game culture and a reminder of those who won’t be with us this holiday season.


From Erotic Games To Murder Charges

In 1999, a thirty-one year-old voice actress under the name Suzuka Yuna voice one of the lead characters in Japanese erotic computer game Triangle Heart 2.


Proving Ground Co-Host's Blood Alcohol Over Legal Limit

Ryan Dunn, the 34-year-old co-host, died in a car crash this week when he lost control of his Porsche 911, killing him and his passenger. According to Reuters, Dunn’s blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit. [Reuters]


After Murder, There Was Online Gaming

Earlier this month at a supermarket in Japan’s Kumamoto, three-year-old Koko Shimizu went to the restroom while her mother paid for their groceries. Within minutes, the little girl was missing. Her body was discovered 500m inside a large drain near a river.


Man Killed At Monster Hunter Rally

Last Sunday at around midday, 34-year-old Fumiaki Kuranouchi and his friend went to a Monster Hunter “stamp rally” in Tokyo. Before leaving, they rode a roller coaster called the “Spinning Coaster Maihime”. Sadly, Kuranouchi never made it off the attraction alive.


Deceased Company Of Heroes Dev Lives On In His Daughter

In September Company of Heroes Online lead designer Brian Wood was killed in a car crash. His pregnant wife Erin survived. NBC’s Today talks with the widow about how she’s keeping Brian’s memory alive for her newborn daughter.