The passing of a friend is always a big event in a community. It's a reminder of our mortality, our age and also how much time has passed since everyone became friends.
The older members of Australia's Counter-Strike community found themselves in such a situation this morning, with the death of one of its oldest. But the idea proposed to honour the passing might be one of the most memorable.
Chris Irving came from a time when Counter-Strike, and games, were very, very different. It's immortalised in his name: Village Idiot. But while the moniker implies a lack of acuity, Irving was renowned for being a bit of a troll.
Tayfun Ozturkmen, who notified the local community, wrote that Irving was known for "trolling, forum shenanigans and generally mischievous behaviour that gave many of us a good laugh". He'd be in a position to know as well: he was one of the original members of function zer0, the long-standing CS clan whose variations ruled Queensland for several years.
Irving, on the other hand, was a part of SoG and 12 Monkeys, the latter team which dominated Victoria LANs in the very early years (CS 1.3 to early CS 1.5). Their respective positions meant the two would have versed each other online and at LANs on a regular basis.
It's a shame to lose someone who has seen a community evolve so many times over the years, but Ozturkmen has suggested a brilliant idea to honour Irving. Given his history as a troll, what more would the man appreciate than a bit of old-fashioned griefing?
"I'm thinking of organizing a mass trolling where we all get on public server together and play the game the way Chris would play it until we get kick banned," he wrote on Facebook.
The games included don't have to be Counter-Strike — although some CS would surely be in order. Team Fortress 2 has already proven its value for griefers, and I imagine getting together a big party and trolling a Battlefield or Call of Duty server wouldn't be off the cards.
Trolls of honour.