Very sad news from Redmond, Wash. Melissa Batten, 36, a software development engineer in Microsoft's Xbox division, was murdered by her estranged husband, who then shot himself to death, earlier this week.
my heart goes out for her family
A very tragic and sad event. My most sincerest and heart felt sympathies to her family.
Can't believe someone actually disagreed with you, predator. My condolences to the family.
Sick people an their comments need to be Banned & show a little Respect for the Dead!
It is a said day in the gaming world when a developer is killed or gone in some why. No madder if they are a Xbox developer, Xbox fan, PlayStation developer or PlayStation fan, they are still human and still a person. When a person is killed or murdered they should be honored no matter if they are good or bad because the fact is they developed games for you to enjoy nothing more nothing less. I feel really bad for his and her family.
My heart goes out as well. And cloud...whatever you said up there...I'm sure it was not only stupid but pathetic. I may support Sony and the PS3 but at least I can recognize when a life is lost. Regardless of where this woman worked, she is a human being and didn't deserve something like this happening to her. I hope your account gets banned, along with LightningPS3. If you guys are going to be insensitive pricks, then at least have the decency to stay out of the thread. I pray that God may heal her family and give them the health and strength to keep strong in the time of tragedy.
Very tragic. It seems like everyday i turn on the news there is a sad story like this. If its that bad that you are thinking about killing some one. Please leave the relationship.
It's so unfortunate with murder-suicide. It is never the other way around where the murderer takes his/her own life before taking an innocent victim, I hate it. People dont understand or respect the complexity and fragility of the human body and mind, this man should have searched for help. Everyone only has one life and to have it stolen by someone else is the ultimate waste. IF anyone ever feels depressed or hopeless, please seek help there is always a way to help with medicine or other and there is always someone to listen just put the effort to find that person.. To those idiots who are saying pathetic fanboy sh!t just to stir up some heat, STFU!!!! And remember than any tragedy like this can happen to anyone. If it were to happen to you or someone you know you would feel different. People have no idea of sympathy and empathy
For one die like this is simply tragic. Poor woman, I feel for her and her family.
a sad loss to the industry, may she rest in peace.
It is just sad that some A-hole like this woman's ex-husband (which of course I assume she was soon going to divorce him) was psycotic enough to go and kill this woman and then take the coward's way out by killing himself. I know some people here don't show ANY kind of regard or respect for people like her who are brutally murdered for petty reasons (I couldn't read the first comment because it was deleted by the time I got to it, but by the responses it seems like it was pretty heartless), but it surprises me in the way that they at least don't think of this act like if it was their mother, or their sister, or even one of their friends. Anyways, she was killed unfortunately by some chicken s**t A-hole, and best regards and god bless to her family and friends.
Thats really sad to hear. It also really that anyone would disagree with predator
you see guys now that fanboyism is a desaes and they should get medication needed,I can't believe how thes fanbys react to a tragedy this way they should't deserve to only get banned from n4g they deserve to die these guys with these brains can damage the society(am not kidding) a massage to all fanboys:get a life I wouldn't believe anyday that fanboyism will reach this level do you guys worship that piece of plastic JUST TELL ME !!!!
A young and beautiful woman. What a waste. May she rest in piece.
Seriously...o.O Whoever disagreed with me for feeling bad for someone who died, you are sick.
People disagree with you because they are idiots. Dont worry I agree with what you said and I gave you bubbles for speaking the truth
her husband was a coward. Couldnt he have gone out of this world without killng someone in the process? hope he rots in hell. This is an sad day, i truly feel sorry for her and her family, may they find peace in the comfort of time.
I feel you man thank you for your comment anyone disagrees with you has no life.no love,no religion,no respect,just like animals( oh my,sorry sorry animal are much,much better than them animals have heart,soul,feelings),they just live for doing stupid things,let me tell you lifeless human beings,you absolutely have no life and again thank you +bubbles keep commenting more we want more people like you my friend to end this disease. and if you don't like it fanboys GO TO HELL
Rest in peace
may she rest in peace.
Sonydroids were all over that story about the woman who died trying to get a Wii for her kids. Oh and how about in the gamerzone. "Sorry But I can't feel bad. She was an XBOX person after all. I'm a Playstation person." Sonydroids are the best!
i think the racist bots are more likely to make fun bout death
and you were the first to disrespect this tragedy in the Open Zone, Zerodin. You are pathetic.
Waseem, Sony is the racist company, in case you didn't know. Drop it.
@AngryTypingGuy I suppose people keep forgetting this one was posted up as well. Both chicks were on the offensive, everyone just ONLY saw the one you posted and got all bent out of shape.
You know its ironic that you're the one who is instigating it Zero since you 're so quick to make two posts screaming out for them to attack. so how you you just shut the f up already ffs.
I love how you judge all *Sony droids*. I'm sorry but I wasn't parading around when this occurred. Once again, grow the f*ck up. This is why you're on my ignore list.
Seek help https://www.tworivershospit... there is always someone who goes to low, and consoles have nothing to do with it. They are just f-ed up in the head, and on an anonymous forum, they can let their demons loose. I'm all for kidding, joking, and getting people rilled up but there is an "all stop" button with things like this.
I've never seen that other pic... they were bending it out of shape to make it look like some racist stuff when it was just twoo hot girls jacking each other up. now I'm not as much ticked-off at that ad as I am horny.
Sony is a racist company? That is the most idiotic thing I have heard yet. That definitely warrants the ignore button. After that there is nothing an idiot like could say that is even worth reading regardless if it is something with which I agree.
Skerj, I have to admit, I never even knew that other picture existed. You're right, that is the only pic anyone ever saw, because of the media. That just goes to show how the media is eager to stir the pot and keep a story going. It disgusts me. If the media told us the whole story each time instead of cherrypicking facts, half of these news stories would be one and done. That's why they don't do it.
Here's one thing i advise you, learn to understand that consoles are not the only thing that matter, idiot.People have lives, unlike you, and a life has been snatched from this world. Me heart goes out to the family.
Well this is what happens when people approve sh!t stories that are really un-related to gaming. This is a serious topic and the fact that people argue over it is pointless. It should never have been approved in the first place. No one knew who this lady was before this happened. Let her r.i.p.
What an incredible situation and what an ominous video looking back in retrospect. She was alive and, seemingly, well, although seemed troubled in the video too. I can never fathom how someone could hate someone so bad, so much, that they could take a life over it. More over, a life of the person they supposedly loved. This is sad, but no sadder than the tragedies thousands/millions face daily in this world and we simply don't have enough time to mourn for them all or we would. Well, those of us more compassionate. I'm sorry to hear this news.
Very eloquent Siligon. Fun and games in the battle of consoles is one thing we can agree to disagree on. But senseless tragedy should not be made light of.
Too much FPS? but on a Serious note, any murder/death is pretty sad. Depends on what type of person you are on how you respond. some people cannot handle death and anything surrounding it has to be turned into a joke [= I am one of these, but if there is a hell, I AM SO THERE!
It's shocking to see how far Sony droids go just to hurt Microsoft you all should burn in hell for this!
we havnt even said anythin u thick POS!!!
Wow...that comment was just sick and wrong on so many levels!
Here we go, lets see the true "Maturity" level of the Fanboys. Already, the comments are deplorable. If you think your funny, your just a pathetic loser. Sad story, Pretty girl with lots of friends and family shocked and saddened.
You're damn right about this one and I don't know why you would get disagrees. There we have it: fanboys just care about about the console that fits under their tv. Have a bubble man.
I agree, I don't know why you got disagrees. Have a bubble. Jus goes to show that some people only live for their console and don't care about anyone else.
It's wrong to paint all fanboys with such a broad brush. There are plenty here who can be asses with respect to the console war, but have enough sense to know there are some things that you don't joke about. My condolences to the families of both persons.
How anyone can actually disagree with someone showing their respects is beyond me. It's probably because they can just disagree and get away with it, if there was a system for showing who disagreed I doubt you'd get them. If it's not because of that then there sure are some sick people in this world. My respects go out to the families & friends, such a tragedy.
Ah huh...go read the stuff in the Gamerzone side, that you fellow droids have been posting.
If you've got a problem then take it up with the people that have made Distasteful comment's Stop being a jackass
are actually flip floppers that only attempt to piss off both sides, but apparently you are too retarded to just check their past comments. Instead, you turned a story about a tragic death into a flame war. Congratulations, you are a part of the lowest class of global society. I'm glad to see some cowardly [email protected] can disagree without replying. Apparently the truth is a hard pill to swallow.
...I've never wished death on anyone but...I hope you get hit by a car. You're the one propagating the whole damn thing. You're the one dragging the console war into this entire tragedy. Nobody on the PS3 side is celebrating her death. You're so damn paranoid about Sony *droids* that you think they're dancing all over her grave or something. ...People like you disgust me.
is wrong with you people , you all ( except Predator) so far just stooped to a new level of fanboyism and heartlessness . Ok you all gonna hate some over gaming platforms. pathetic!!!! <3 to her friends and family
And to the other asshole Who took the Cowards way out Burn in Hell
wow...i hope the best for her family..
How about we all laugh disrespect you when you die, or get murdered. I know I will because you little sh*ts deserve it. GTFO if you are going to post that sh*t here. Anyways, that is really sad. Hope her family comes through it okay.
nobody will notice when these insensitive fanboys die. Best wishes to her friends and family.
nobody will miss the fanboys
But then you go and say the same thing about when they die? Truth is, none of you actually care. Not one of you have done anything but post on this comment forum. How many are going to the funeral? How many will send flowers? Get real. People die everyday, people get murdered everyday and for the most part people dont care. Its sad but some of the comments are way made up and have no real feelings behind them.
im sure many people here look up to those in this industry we love so much and how dare you say no one cares. Thats not the truth.
thats the most truthfull comment ive read in a long time.. RIP tho still, a person has died and all these morons do is take the piss.. its sad tbh
i can see why she got a restraining order on him, bastards like that should burn in hell!!
Its a shame...she looks very young all the best for her family and friends
Just report LightningPS3 as offensive. The best we can hope for is they get banned. I'm a Sony fan as well, but I know when to stop. Best wishes for the family and friends.
some people in this world man RIP
Damn RIP. Comments just show Droids have no souls.
This is just sick... He should've used his anger against her in a FPS instead, like a real man! Guns shouldn't be allowed to the common people.. If guns were banned and people got punished for having them, stuff like this would happen less often.
The only thing that banning guns would do is stop the good people from being able to protect themselves. The people that want guns would get a hold of one, one way or another..
...there is always going to be a weapon of choice. If guns were outlawed, crazy people with a motive would just make the guns themselves out of spare parts. It's not terribly hard to do these days. Barring that, they would just use knives, home made bombs, poisons, etc, etc, etc... Recently, in Canada, a man repeatedly stabbed another man on a bus and decapitated him. No gun law would have prevented this. The fact of the matter is, you can't just ban weapons and sharp objects from the world to make the world safe. You got to encourage the world to act more responsible and respectful, and this starts with parenting. Some parents unknowingly set their children up to grow up to be like this guy. Often it is because one or more of the parents were also brought up with problems. I'm not suggesting it is the parents' faults... we all need to be held accountable for our own decisions. However, the only way to make sure there are fewer psychos in the world is to increase the education and encouragement towards treating each other with love and respect. Clearly this guy had a message to give... and he was unable to convey his message with words, so he resorted to violence. It's tragically unfortunate. What's worse is, there are two victims. It is easy to hate the man for killing the woman. Certainly, she is THE victim. However, there are TWO people who are dead. Just because he murdered her does not make his death also not tragic. This also means his parents may be out there somewhere, who not only lost a son to death... but have to deal with the fact that he did so in a murder-suicide. They aren't likely going to get the kind of sympathy that her parents will be getting, which is unfortunate, because it just spreads more hate. When the world turns its back on you, you turn your back on the world. It's a natural human reaction. Sometimes the best and most important thing to do when the world turns its back on someone is to NOT do what the rest of the world is doing, but do the thing that is harder to do... continue to treat that person with respect and love, no matter the circumstances. Hopefully the world can become less cynical and will learn to use words to communicate harsh emotions, rather than violence.
@2.1 - As it is now, everyone can buy a weapon by going into an average supermarket, and purchase it from a nice clerk, legally.. If you had to go to a dark alley and buy them illegally from some random dude and afterwords worry about being caught with it, i think that many people would choose not to get one... @2.2 - Say your mad at your girlfriend, it takes a lot less to just pull a trigger, than it takes to look a person in the eyes and stab/decapitate/beat to death that person. And no, i don't think an average person would run around in his/her garage, trying to create a weapon to use in the disposal of said persons loved one.
@4.3 To be honest with you, I've been to a lot of supermarkets and have not once seen a gun that can be purchased. I see eggs... milk... etc... no guns. In some larger stores (like Target) I can see clothes... toys... movies... televisions... etc... Still, no guns. Now, if I go to a sporting goods store, I can find guns. To purchase one, I have to provide multiple forms of picture ID... get finger-printed... fill out a quiz/test/questionnaire... then I have to come back several days later to actually pick up the weapon. I do not personally own a gun because I have a 4-year-old son and do not feel comfortable having a weapon in the house. For a weapon to be effective in self defense, it needs to be readily available and ready to fire in an instant. This is a bad combination if you have a young child in the home. So, this is a decision I have made for myself and my family. I have, however, experienced first-hand the trouble involved with trying to acquire a gun because my mom purchased one for self defense. Women tend to feel more vulnerable to an attack, especially when they live alone. She had to go through all of the steps I mentioned in order to obtain the gun. The reality of it is, if guns were outlawed you wouldn't need to go into a "dark alley" to get a weapon. No more than, say, pot smokers need to go into a "dark alley" to get drugs. It is all in the open in homes and apartments and schools and workplaces. Once, when I was in high school, a kid got caught with a gun in school. The principal, trying to solve a bigger problem, told him that he wouldn't be suspended if he handed over the gun... and two other guns. The well-meaning principal probably felt that it was better to rid the school of three guns than to take one gun away and send such a gun-wielding child home... upset... without school as a babysitter. Well, this kid handed over his gun (that he got from his uncle.) Then, he went to his uncle to get two more guns to hand over to the principal. His uncle gave him three... two to give to the principal, and one more to keep himself armed with. The fact of the matter is, guns are out there... many guns... outlawing alcohol (prohibition) didn't make alcohol go away... and outlawing drugs haven't made drugs go away. What prohibition did was it meant that people were getting alcohol anyway... through networks of people... not necessarily in dark alleys... but in homes... the only people dealing with "dark alleys" were those higher up in the supply chain. The tops of the supply chains ultimately lead to larger and larger crime networks. By outlawing alcohol, they turned alcohol into a much more profitable (yet illegal) business. This created large corporate-like crime syndicates. People were still running around and drinking, but now high-profile criminals were getting wealthy from it. So, prohibition was lifted and now the only people who make money from alcohol consumption are Anheuser-Busch and companies like them. Drugs (such as marijuana) have had a similar story, except the crime syndicates that are profiting the most are in foreign countries. If we were to try to do the same thing to guns, we'd still have people running around with guns... but groups like Al Quaeda would make millions or billions of dollars from it. Taking something away doesn't decrease DEMAND... it only decreases SUPPLY. As a result, since legitimate law-abiding companies can no longer provide the supply, groups like mafias, gangs, and terrorist organizations fill the need. They will happily provide the prohibited alcohol... drugs... and weapons... as long as someone is willing to fork over the cash. This type of policy just makes powerful crime organizations even more powerful and rich... and never actually solves the problem it was intending to solve. If you happen to live in California, look up the law about ferrets. They are illegal to have as pets in California. Now, walk into any pet store and you will find food for ferrets, ferret toys, ferret treats and medicine and other ferret supplies. Why would a store carry such items? Because people are buying them. Why are people buying them? Because they own ferrets. Are these people pedophiles, murderers, rapists, and bank robbers? No. These are simple people, many of which treat people nicely, drive the speed limit, respect authority, etc, etc, etc... but happen to enjoy ferrets as pets and do not think they should be outlawed in California. So, before you automatically judge how everyone is, assume that by outlawing guns only hardened criminals would have guns, and figure that law-abiding citizens would never dare end up with a weapon which might be used in the heat of argument... think again. Again, if guns were outlawed... there would still be just as many guns in the hands of decent (but now law-breaking) citizens... just as there are under-aged drinkers... pot smokers... and ferret owners. The only major change that would take place is larger criminal organizations would now have a means of acquiring millions or billions of dollars to do with as they please. This isn't based on guess-work. It's based on history. Those who do not learn the lessons from history are doomed to repeat the same mistakes.
@6.4 - Walmart sells guns, and i consider walmart as a very common supermarket/store... Furthermore, lets say you purchase a weapon legally and wait the time it takes for the guns to be prepared, what keeps you from disassembling it at home, removing all possible ID's, and sell it the next day to some punk ass who wont use it for any good. Say you're not a bad guy and only keeps it to protect your family.. One day you get a little drunk, or you find out that your girlfriend is sleeping with someone else, and you get pissed on her. In the heat of an argument that gun seems like a pretty easy way to end a discussion. 2 minutes later you're both statistics in the registry of annual deaths. If you didn't have that gun, the option to pull the trigger wasn't there, and your girlfriend would probably end up lucky with just getting a beating (lucky=lack of a better term) "The fact of the matter is, guns are out there... many guns... outlawing alcohol (prohibition) didn't make alcohol go away... and outlawing drugs haven't made drugs go away." and the only reason that this stuff is still out there, is because the punishment for doing said felonies isn't that big of a deal.. In Iraq they cut off your hands if you steal another persons items, if you get caught once, you sure as hell wont steal again. (I'm not saying this punishment is morally correct, I'm just saying that it works) You can't really compare guns with alcohol, ferrets or drugs, these are all dangerous to the person that owns these items, and no one else. Guns are dangerous if given to the wrong person.
@BloodSpillXXT - I understand where you're coming from, but if someone wants a gun they will get it. Ever wondered where gangs and members get their guns? It's called the Black Market, aka the dark alley.