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The Ultimate Sacrifice

Posted: September 16, 2010 in Real Life, video games


I read this article today, and it made me think a lot about life. We keep thinking that life will last a long time, but we just never know what might happen.

Brian Wood, a 33-year-old designer for Relic Entertainment, was driving home with his wife when a 21-year-old woman, believed to be under the influence, struck his car coming from the opposite direction. His wife, pregnant, sat in the passenger seat, and Wood swerved his car to put himself in the path of the other car. He unfortunately lost his life with this heroic act. His wife and unborn baby survived.

It’s stories like these that make me wonder if I could sacrifice myself like that…to put myself in front of danger knowing that I might die. Would I be able to make a split-second decision like that? I mean it’s so easy to do in video games without a second thought since we can learn what we did wrong if we die, restart the level, and try again.

I can probably think about it all I want, but when the time comes, I trust and hope that I’ll do the right thing. Brian Wood, your story is definitely an inspiration to us all. People like you are the true heroes of life. I’ll keep your family in my prayers.

If you want to help his family with donations, here is the Brian Wood Memorial Trust:

Dying happens a lotin video games. But in real life, there is no reset or continue. You never know when a stupid mistake like driving drunk could really affect the lives of those around us.

{A screenshot of the last game he was working on: Company of Heroes Online}