Byron Reckful Bernstein

Twitch streamer, content creator, and esports consultant Byron “Reckful” Bernstein has passed away. To pay tribute to someone who had a remarkable impact on the WoW community, many players have taken to the servers to honor him. Reckful, who found most of his early success in the World of Warcraft scene, was 31 years of age at the time of his passing.

The news of Bernstein’s passing was confirmed by his roommate and ex-girlfriend. You only need to glance at Twitter be confronted with the outpouring of emotion this has brought to not only the WoW community, but the gaming community as a whole. This is evident at the sheer number of players that are uniting across multiple servers in World of Warcraft to salute, honor, and pay their respects to the loss of one of their own.

Suicide prevention resources

If you or anyone you know is considering suicide, there are resources available to get help and/or assistance. That also includes help for those seeking assistance on behalf of a family member or loved one.

On a personal note, as someone who has struggled damn near their entire lives managing clinical depression and anxiety — it sucks. I don’t know your personal struggle or your pain. But, there are people willing to listen, to advise, and to help you navigate the sometimes suffocating waters of mental illness. Marcus Parks, one of the podcast hosts of “Last Podcast on the Left” often talks about his own struggles with mental illness. He often states, “Mental health is not your fault, but, it’s your responsibility.”

Even though that fog of illness is hanging over you, things can get better. Please consider all of the options available to you as noted below:

Greg Bargas
A console gamer gone rogue. Collector of retro games, pun , and dad joke enthusiast. For the most part, you can find me stressing over platformers, shooters, puzzlers, horror, and the occasional racer. Sometimes, action RPGs squeak their way into my library. Sorry, my eyes say yes to JRPGs, but my brain, my brain says, "Nah." My Spotify playlists are out of control. Sometimes powerlifter and podcast guest. Rocket League anyone? Twitter: @enthusiast_greg

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