Missing runaway teen
-By Michel Comte, AFP
Brandon Crisp, 15, took off on his bicycle from his Barrie, Ontario home on October 13 -- Canada's Thanksgiving holiday -- and rode east along an old rail line.
He has not been seen since.
His father told local media he had removed Brandon's XBox, built by Microsoft, after noticing changes in behavior since Brandon started playing "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" online.The boy started skipping school, stealing money and ignoring his studies, his father said.
A local newspaper, the family's Internet service provider and Child Find offered a 25,000-dollar (19,500-dollar US) reward for information leading to his return.
Microsoft topped it up with another 25,000 dollars, the company said Tuesday in an email to AFP, "hoping for his swift return."
"Like everyone, we are deeply worried about the disappearance of Brandon Crisp," the company said.
The giant amounts of money involved in computer games industry at large, and increasing levels of actual violence among the teenagers creeping up, reputations must be kept intact.
Living room warriors
Even the senseless killings in the living rooms must have happy endings. After all, if Microsoft doesn't come to the rescue of the consumers who wait at the doors of stores featuring XBox sales, then who will? Twenty five thousand Canadian dollars award is just a small amount to say "we care."
With that, Microsoft expresses that every player must be accounted for and safely return to their living rooms!
Zero Hour XBox
In a seperate CNET post by Michelle Meyers the teenager's father said;
"This had become his identity, and I didn't realize how in-depth this was until I took his Xbox away, that's like cutting his legs off."
"I just took away his identity, so I can understand why he got so mad and took off," he added. "Before, I couldn't understand why he was taking off for taking his game away."
You will better understand the Father's dilemma and Microsoft's worry when you are more familiar with the "Game" below...
Introduction to "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare"
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 | 2:20 PM ET
Foul play not suspected after teen's body found in Ontario
A body found northeast of Barrie, Ont., on Wednesday is believed to be that of 15-year-old Brandon Crisp, who disappeared from his home last month after a dispute with his parents over a video game.
Brandon Crisp, 15, is shown here in an undated family photo. (Barrie Examiner/Canadian Press)