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Authorities: LA freeway shooting suspect a "loner" and "gamer"
CBS News ^ | February 21, 2013 | CBS

Posted on 02/22/2013 5:05:01 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo

TUSTIN, California The shooter who went on a violent rampage in California earlier this week has been described by authorities as a "loner" and a "gamer," CBS LA reports. The Orange Country sheriff's department has been investigating 20-year-old suspect Ali Syed since he allegedly shot five people, three fatally, before turning the gun on himself.

Violent video games and mass violence: A complex link "He spent a lot of time alone in his room playing video games," said Orange County Sheriff's department spokesman Jim Amormino.

There is still no known motive in the case and law enforcement officials are now trying to determine whether Syed, an unemployed part-time college student, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The first victim in Tuesday's shooting spree was identified as 20-year-old Courtney Aoki. She was shot multiple times around 4:30 a.m. in Syed's home. The relationship between Aoki and Syed is still unknown.

After allegedly killing Aoki, Syed fled the home he shared with his parents in an SUV.

His mother, Sarwat Syed, called 911 after hearing shots downstairs from her third floor bedroom.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department released a recording of that phone call in which a frantic Sarwat told the dispatcher that someone was in the house.

CBS News/ February 21, 2013, 3:56 PM Authorities: LA freeway shooting suspect a "loner" and "gamer" 1Comment / 3Shares / 2Tweets / Stumble / Email More + .. This undated image provided by the Tustin Police Department shows Ali Syed, a suspect in a series of shootings Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 in southern California. / AP Photo/Tustin Police Dept. TUSTIN, California The shooter who went on a violent rampage in California earlier this week has been described by authorities as a "loner" and a "gamer," CBS LA reports. The Orange Country sheriff's department has been investigating 20-year-old suspect Ali Syed since he allegedly shot five people, three fatally, before turning the gun on himself.

Violent video games and mass violence: A complex link "He spent a lot of time alone in his room playing video games," said Orange County Sheriff's department spokesman Jim Amormino.

There is still no known motive in the case and law enforcement officials are now trying to determine whether Syed, an unemployed part-time college student, was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The first victim in Tuesday's shooting spree was identified as 20-year-old Courtney Aoki. She was shot multiple times around 4:30 a.m. in Syed's home. The relationship between Aoki and Syed is still unknown.

After allegedly killing Aoki, Syed fled the home he shared with his parents in an SUV.

His mother, Sarwat Syed, called 911 after hearing shots downstairs from her third floor bedroom.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department released a recording of that phone call in which a frantic Sarwat told the dispatcher that someone was in the house.

Los Angeles Freeway Shooting Update: New details emerge about rampage Los Angeles freeway shooter identified as 20-year-old student Ali Syed

Syed reportedly carjacked a number of vehicles across the cities of Orange, Tustin and Villa Park after he left his parents' home.

Authorities said he shot and killed two people and injured at least three more before turning the gun on himself. Sheriff's department spokesman Jim Amormino said an autopsy confirmed Syed died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The gun belonged to Syed and was purchased by his father a year ago.

Syed's family is heartbroken by the situation, according to family attorney Vincent John LaBarbera Jr.

"Their thoughts and prayers go out to the families of all the victims," he said. "They will continue to assist authorities in the investigation as they themselves try to make sense of this tragedy. The Syed family has much to overcome in the months ahead and we ask that you respect their privacy at this time of tremendous sorrow."

Earlier this week, another grisly crime was linked to gaming when authorities told CBS News correspondent Bob Orr they believe Adam Lanza may have been acting out fantasies from a video shooting game when he killed 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: California
KEYWORDS: syed; videogames
Yet another video game associated massacre. Ban violent video games. There's no mention of video games in the Bill of Rights.
1 posted on 02/22/2013 5:05:17 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

We’ve had the Second Amendment for two centuries without an epidemic of murderous rampages until the recent dominance of a sick godless popular culture.


2 posted on 02/22/2013 5:10:16 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Well it certainly wasn’t violent movies. That just wouldn’t make the movie lobby very happy.


3 posted on 02/22/2013 5:11:44 AM PST by vmivol00 (I won't be reconstructed.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Notice how they never mentioned that he’s a Muslim. It’s obviously politically correct to stigmatize loners and gamers, but not Muslims.


4 posted on 02/22/2013 5:23:57 AM PST by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei
Notice how they never mentioned that he’s a Muslim. It’s obviously politically correct to stigmatize loners and gamers, but not Muslims.

It may be that in this case that his religion or lack of same had no effect in this rampage, but that's never stopped from the left to label any killer with the most remote connection to Christianity as a "Christian terrorist".

5 posted on 02/22/2013 5:34:04 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Congratulations, Colonel, on your promotion.


6 posted on 02/22/2013 5:39:27 AM PST by kitkat (STORM THE HEAVENS WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Bite your tongue. I’ve been gaming since I was 6 years old, and started online when I was 13. I won’t say I’m exactly fine up there due to personal circumstances, but gaming doesn’t make me want to go out and kill people. That, plus being into music has always kept me away from doing idle things, like drinking often and heavily, or ever being tempted to do drugs. Yeah, kids do need to go out and get exercise, but keep in mind how neighborhoods are becoming in America. If I was a teenager now, I’d rather spend my time playing games over going out, because odds are I’d find myself being arrested for nothing.

See my tagline. The vast majority of gamers haven’t harmed anyone lately.


7 posted on 02/22/2013 5:44:28 AM PST by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo; Zhang Fei

Related article posted yesterday here at FR:

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/media-covers-up-muslim-mass-shooter-in-california/


8 posted on 02/22/2013 5:44:28 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Earlier this week . . . Adam Lanza . . .
That is a stretch in the story line. Yeah, don’t forget white boys do this.

Here is the reward to Syed - 72 vigins coming right up. End of Syed.


9 posted on 02/22/2013 5:45:09 AM PST by healy61
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
More likely it is that some psychotics are attracted to violent video games and so long as they stay with their games they don't go killing real people. Sometimes they reach a point where the games are not enough. I used to think that the games caused the problem but I have got to know a couple of crazy gamers that i strongly suspect will act out in the real world eventually. I don't know that they will go shooting folks but they will become obnoxious to a wider population. One fellow, in particular- I know him a lot better than the other- is fairly placid and easy to deal with in his periods between sessions but becomes quite irritable when his computer is down for longer than a day. His sister, with whom he resides gets the box fixed as quickly as she can.

The contribution that gaming does seem to make to the problem seems to be in conditioning the gamer to be a dead shot with a pistol with a first shot, though with real guns actual recoil will likely throw him off for subsequent shots.

10 posted on 02/22/2013 5:48:43 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE www.fee.org/library/books/economics-in-one-lesson)
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To: Zhang Fei

Muslim. What better motive is there?


11 posted on 02/22/2013 5:51:04 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Forget the videogames. I want to know what websites he visits. They’d be quick to blame FR if it was one of them!


12 posted on 02/22/2013 5:52:34 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: wastedyears

I know very, very few people go nuts who play video games. I’ve got a brother who plays “Call of Duty”.


13 posted on 02/22/2013 5:54:05 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Tanniker Smith

And it’s obvious that he didn’t have a Rush Limbaugh book or we’d have never heard the end of it already.


14 posted on 02/22/2013 5:56:44 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Venturer

A Muslim who only killed non-Muzzies and only shot at non-Muzzies. Why won’t these POS shoot up their own kind?


15 posted on 02/22/2013 6:00:13 AM PST by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

They need check to see if he played, “Grand Theft Auto” recently He may have transcended the game to real life and thought he would get enough bonus points to paint his dream car if he offed himself after one of his mission.../s


16 posted on 02/22/2013 6:01:52 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Dang good observation. Never occurred to me to look at it that way.
17 posted on 02/22/2013 6:03:33 AM PST by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how. But bloggers do.)
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To: dennisw

Actually, based on his name, there’s a good chance he was Hindu, not Muslim.


18 posted on 02/22/2013 6:06:30 AM PST by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I’m sorry to hear he plays the most casual shooter out there. I played SOCOM back in its heyday, from 2003 through 2007.


19 posted on 02/22/2013 6:08:49 AM PST by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

What else might we surmise about Ali?


20 posted on 02/22/2013 6:20:30 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: wastedyears

At our age, even the most watered-down game is an adventure.


21 posted on 02/22/2013 6:22:28 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: healy61

OMG, I just had a great idea.

“Virgin Ammo” in 72 round boxes.


22 posted on 02/22/2013 6:23:02 AM PST by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Video games my ass! I’ve been playing those types of video games since I was in my 40s and now in my 60s I still play them, including Call of Duty. What a bunch of crap.


23 posted on 02/22/2013 6:31:24 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo; humblegunner; Eaker; Squantos
Well, let's look at this another way... reverse the rewards psychology of the game to our advantage. Ready?

Grand Theft Auto - Texas!

(You will learn manners, boy, or you will be slapped down!)

24 posted on 02/22/2013 6:35:08 AM PST by glock rocks (Pro Deo et Constitutione - Libertas aut Mors)
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To: wastedyears

EVE Online
Battlefield 3
Half Life
GTA IV
Minecraft
World of Warcraft
Assassin’s Creed
Tropico
Civilization
Team Fortress 2
Splinter Cell
Portal
Mass Effect
Torchlight
Starcraft
Diablo

I’ve played and/or regularly play every single on of these games and have been an avid follower of franchises for over 20 years. I started “gaming” on an Atari 2600 when I 5 and never looked back.

No where and at no time in my 33 years on this planet have I ever once thought about carrying out any act or event in any game I’ve played with the exception of dressing up as a Rogue for the Renaissance Festival, but even that involved no violence or anti-social behavior.

Saying that video games cause people to become homicidal is tantamount to saying that Monopoly makes everyone greedy, Clue makes everyone want to cover up a murder, or Risk makes everyone want to conquer the planet.

Psychologically unstable kids with no social lives who are bullied, hopped up on Ritalin or Lexapro or some other psych med, who come from broken homes with absent parents are the culprits in all of these massacres. We should be looking at the pharmaceutical industry as part of the problem, and we need to stop with this pussification of America, esp. boys.

The militant feminist movement has FAILED in its stated goals and has turned society into a heap of crap. Boys are not allowed to be boys anymore, and that includes climbing trees, playing cops and robbers, cowboys and indians, team sports, etc.

Like you said, wastedyears, boys today are more likely to be arrested for doing something we used to do when we were kids. When I was a pre-teen, we used to climb through the rafters of all the houses being built in my neighborhood. The cops would show up, we’d hide, we’d run. There was fear of having our asses reddened by our parents if we got caught. Nowadays, parents think they can just “talk” to their kids. Try to “reason with them.” Show me a reasonable 10 year old, and I might be inclined to agree.


25 posted on 02/22/2013 6:40:29 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: william clark

“Actually, based on his name, there’s a good chance he was Hindu, not Muslim.”

Total Bullshit.

Every single other “Ali Syed” on the internet I’ve seen, and there are quite a few, are vocal Muslims.

Did YOU bother to look?

Didn’t think so.


26 posted on 02/22/2013 6:46:42 AM PST by wolficatZ (Hey blue states....Got Food?)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

poor Jihad gets no credit


27 posted on 02/22/2013 6:51:41 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Ali, huh?


28 posted on 02/22/2013 6:52:35 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: RJS1950

Maybe he was frustrated by all the hackers allowed in Modern Warfare 2 and 3.


29 posted on 02/22/2013 6:54:20 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Ali Syed, but no mention of the Jihad angle? Al’s Jizz will praise him for offing Infidels...


30 posted on 02/22/2013 7:10:00 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

Hey. can I copyright Al’s Jizz on FR?


31 posted on 02/22/2013 7:11:44 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
We’ve had the Second Amendment for two centuries without an epidemic of murderous rampages until the recent dominance of a sick godless popular culture.

That's a damn good point, Colonel.

32 posted on 02/22/2013 7:14:43 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: rarestia

Think you missed pointing out a bigger culprit: gov’t and taxes.

It wasn’t that long ago that one person in the household could make a living, pay the bills and still allow a good bit left over for living a good life. Mixed in, was the other parent, who was able to take up the maintenance of the household and watch/teach their children.

No more. These days, couples have kids and ship them off to daycare and schools without having the time; let alone funds, to properly raise their own.


33 posted on 02/22/2013 7:26:23 AM PST by i_robot73
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To: rarestia

“Risk makes everyone want to conquer the planet.”

I seem to remember Risk being marketed that way. ;)

No, it would be the Diplomacy players that we have to worry about. :)


34 posted on 02/22/2013 7:26:29 AM PST by JCBreckenridge (Texas is a state of mind - Steinbeck)
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To: wolficatZ

Okay, Sparky, far be it from me to calm down that jerking knee of yours, but did you happen to notice his mother’s name?

And I might point out that I said “good chance,” not an absolute. For one thing, Muslim shooters usually skip the video game phase.

But since you’re so dead sure, please provide your documentation on this guy. Otherwise, cutting someone a little slack for not jumping at the chance to foam at the mouth might be in order. I have no fondness for Islam, or Hinduism for that matter, but I also try to avoid making myself look like an irrational reactionary by jumping to conclusions when we kind of need all the credibility we can muster if we’re going to alert our fellow countrymen to the very real danger Islam in our midst presents.


35 posted on 02/22/2013 7:28:03 AM PST by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: JCBreckenridge; rarestia

Battlefield 3 and Diplomacy...

You are my kind of people.

I haven’t played Diplomacy for years. Hard to find a good group to get together more than once...and stay friends...

BF3. The only game I have ever really played (after BF and BF2). I just like the series. My last 2 pcs have been built to play the games. Oh, and so I can learn other nerd stuff at home...yes dear... ;)


36 posted on 02/22/2013 7:44:21 AM PST by LearnsFromMistakes (Yes, I am happy to see you. But that IS a gun in my pocket.)
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To: i_robot73
make a living, pay the bills and still allow a good bit left over for living a good life

The highlighted portion is the most important part to your comment. How do you define "a good life?" Is it having a house? A car for each adult? Enough money to eat out at a restaurant a few times a week? How about a boat? Yearly vacations? A motorcycle?

The problem isn't government or taxes, at least not the overwhelming part of the problem. The problem, as I see it, is the excessive value we place on "things."

Materialism was no where near as crazy as it is today. People value themselves based on their possessions and not their value as people or a family. As a result, we've lost what's truly important: God and family.

My wife and I could very easily live on just my salary, but since we don't have kids and are having trouble conceiving, it might not be necessary for us to be concerned with a home life. If kids come around, the conversation will happen, but until then, we're just stockpiling cash for any eventuality.

People no longer view income or wealth as savings. They view it as "things."

37 posted on 02/22/2013 7:48:37 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: LearnsFromMistakes

Battlefield is the only series in which EA has kept my interest. My uncle is a big BF3 fan and player, and I’ve used it as a bonding tool between him and me and my brother as well. It teaches teamwork, collaboration, squad balancing, focus, and tactical understanding. All of those things are positives unless cast in the light of a massacre or shooting. So basically it’s okay for the military and law enforcement, but it’s not okay for civilians.

As far as Civilization (I assume you meant Civ not Diplomacy?), I LOVE turn-based strategy games. Sim City, Civilization, Tropico: anything that forces me to think for long-term strategy is fun and rewarding.

First person shooters like Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell are just guilty pleasures for me.


38 posted on 02/22/2013 9:14:34 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
Notice how they never mentioned that he’s a Muslim.

The MSM has people they hate - and people they protect. They hate conservatives, people who use the internet, Christians, those who believe in traditional marriage - in short - they hate Freepers...and conservatives.

The MSM protects Muslims (violent or not), blacks, minorities, welfare recipients, liberals, elites, radical feminist, etc... in short - Democrats.

39 posted on 02/22/2013 9:29:11 AM PST by GOPJ (To be free is to own one's risk - Jonathan Levy)
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To: rarestia

I’ve been playing Dust 514 for a while now, got on when the builds would cause the system to freeze every two or three games.

BF3 is crap really, it’s like Call of Duty: Vehicle Edition. Noobs destroy me when I’m in a tank, which is terrible because I know how to use them.


40 posted on 02/22/2013 9:42:44 AM PST by wastedyears (I'm a gamer not because I choose to have no life, but because I choose to have many.)
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To: JCBreckenridge

I play my games with cardboard warriors. Good thing too, I wouldn’t want to be considered unstable or anything.

More than usual, I mean.


41 posted on 02/22/2013 9:44:01 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

They forgot to mention, typical Obama Voter.


42 posted on 02/22/2013 9:52:02 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (When the Sheep elect a Wolf to lead them, it's time for the Sheepdogs to move to Texas.)
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To: wastedyears

I’m an EVE capsuleer for the most part, and I’m glad to hear people are interested in Dust. Once it’s fully implemented, it’s going to be a real cool system.

I don’t honestly play BF3 that much anymore. As with any multiplayer FPS, people find ways to circumvent the “balancing” parts of the game. When I do play, it’s usually on hardcore maps. There needs to be consequence to playing recklessly, and a lot of these kids load up buggies with C4, drive them directly at a tank, jump out at the last second and detonate; affectionately known as the “Jihad Jeep.”

We play hardcore, stay in squads, get on coms, and we go nuts on the ground. We keep squad composition proper (2 assault, one medic, one grenadier; one engineer; one support/supply), and we play tactically. If I can get that sort of group together, I’ll play for hours. Otherwise, I stick to EVE or Minecraft if I’m feeling anti-social.


43 posted on 02/22/2013 10:00:01 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

Diplomacy was mentioned in the other post I was responding to. A youth pastor of mine introduced me to the game (billed as Henry Kissenger’s favorite board game). It is a total blast, but plays way to slow for most.

The irony of my youth pastor introducing me to a game whose object is to lie...not lost on me. But a great game (if you win or do well). He told me stories about playing in college - best friends wouldn’t speak for days after playing.

I use to host BF2 parties at my house. Some friends from work or church would come over and we would squad up and have so much fun.

My 12 year old daughter (now 17) was one of the best players around - almost always one of the top 2 or 3 scores on a given map. And she still does just fine on BF3. I just didn’t pony up the money to build 2 computers that will play the game, so we don’t play together like we used to.

I have never gotten into any other shooter games. My brother plays Halo and CoD and such. I just stick with BF games.


44 posted on 02/22/2013 10:00:35 AM PST by LearnsFromMistakes (Yes, I am happy to see you. But that IS a gun in my pocket.)
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