In a sad turn of events, Brandon Crisp, the 15-year-old boy who ran off after his father confiscated his Xbox 360, has been found dead in a field. He ran away from his home in Barrie, Ontario on October 13 and could not be found, despite a police search that involved 1600 volunteers and a large reward from Microsoft.
Steve Crisp, the boy’s father, confiscated the console after Brandon “started skipping school, stealing money and ignoring his studies.” The behavioral changes allegedly occurred after he started playing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare online.
Steve Crisp explained that he was not aware of the importance of the online gaming community to his son, stating:
This had become his identity, and I didn’t realise how in-depth this was until I took his Xbox away. That’s like cutting his legs off. This is such an issue that hits every parent out there, with video games that are starting to control our kids’ lives. I just took away his identity, so I can understand why he got so mad and took off. Before, I couldn’t understand why he was taking off for taking his game away.
Our thoughts are with his friends and family.