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Saying goodbye to a longtime friend - Covak

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Happy Birthday James!

 

I love what Mirror's Edge has done for you Terry. Not only do you have memories of James, but you can still play against him anytime you want to. It's a very special gift you have there, truly a unique memory.

 

Tangent,...

I have a question I'm hoping someone may know the answer to.

 

When I bring up my browser (homepage is google search) the cursor defaults to the google search field instead of the HTTP field, and as such I regularly type LCVG in google and bring up the LCVG seach results. At this point I'm very familiar with the results google returns, with the first link being LCVG.com, the second link is an LCVG thread topic (somehow determined by google) and of course the third link being Liquid Cooling and Ventilation Garment :) (Who doesn't love that one.)

 

Anyway, regarding the second link result, how does google determine which thread topic is going to be displayed? I'm asking because yesterday for the first time ever this thread, Covak's thread, was the second google link. Now I don't believe the results are randomly generated, as the threads change from time to time, but generally each one lasts for a while as the top search result. I'm wondering if google determines the result based off which thread is externally linked to the most? Which one is viewed the most? Maybe based off of historical date significance?

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Happy Birthday, Covak. Miss you, my friend.

 

I wonder if the DICE team are aware of the great gift they've given you, Terry...

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Happy Birthday, and rest easy, James. Your mom has somehow reverse-inherited your competitive gaming spirit. Or else now there can be no doubt where you got that trait from in the first place.

 

 

Carlos.

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Happy birthday my friend, you are sorely missed. I was thinking about today a couple of weeks ago and this came out:

 

 

When the loss is too much to bear,

When it hurts too much for words.

Be grateful you had something to lose.

 

Be grateful for the memories,

For the inside jokes you shared.

Be grateful that you had

someone in your life worth missing.

 

Be grateful for the parts of yourself that they put there,

Those closest to us often have the most to teach us.

Hold the lessons close and that person will be with you forever.

 

The greater the pain, the greater the loss.

The greater the loss, the greater the person.

So the more you hurt, the more you can at the same time rejoice.

You had someone worth loving, and you did.

 

Happy Bithday James

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Roy, I was holding it together pretty well until I read your post. That is a really beautiful poem. Thank you for all the help you have given me and for the friendship you shared with James.

Also a special thanks to Carlos for giving me that fabulous gift of ME. And to all his friends. I'm so glad to have met you.

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Are Covak's scores ever going to be deleted from Trials HD? He's always the score I'm right behind, lol. I'd be sad if one day I saw he was gone. Does someone still pay for Covak's live account or once it expires, will the scores go away?

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I have nothing else to really add, just that I miss Covak a ton. He will always be the gold standard for crazy-mad gaming skills to me.

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Terry,

 

Have you thought about writing a letter to DICE about what Mirror's Edge has done for you? I bet they would love to hear about how their game keeps the spirit of one of it's best players even more alive to his friends and more importantly, you.

 

-Dean-

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I hadn't really thought about it until it was mentioned in this thread but I think it is a good idea and I'm going to do it because it occurred to me that chances are there are more "ghosts" out there who are no longer with us. And friends, brothers, sisters, parents may still be able to play with someone they love. Even if it is only me who gets comfort this way I would like to let them know. So thank you for the idea.

I'll let you know if they ever get back to me. I'd really like to know if there is anyway I can save the Time trials he did on my own computer just in case their servers ever stop 'serving'! :)

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It feels like much less and much more than a year at the same time. It's been a tough year for all of us, but hopefully the next year will be a little better.

 

James is missed.

 

Roy

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My thoughts, and I'm sure everyone elses, are with James, Terry and the family today.etfvwx.jpg:(

 

 

That they are.

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Thanks everyone. Thanks for putting his avatar up there again. I can't think what else to say. It means a lot that he was part of a community that remembers him and lets me share a little of this part of his life.

 

You're the best. :)

 

P.S. I found the "Covak" gif on James' computer.

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I wanted to share something with James' friends. I have a beautiful daughter and a wonderful son-in-law. I also have the cutest and smartest grandson in the world! :) Jen & Marc and his family recently gave me a wonderful gift.

 

In honour of James they are funding a computer center at the Achievement Centers for Children & Families in Delray Beach, Florida (where they just have a new home). I will be visiting in just over a week and we are all very committed to this project. I'm hoping that you all can help me. I'd like to make sure the children have fun while they are learning. I don't want this to turn into a room where kids just go to do homework on computers. Everything James did grew out of his love for gaming really. He learned about computers and programming. He designed web pages and wrote about games. It all started with him playing games when he was very young.

 

I know many of you have children, from toddlers to teens, and I'd really appreciate your suggestions about programs, software and games that your children enjoy. If you know of programs being used in your schools - especially programs for young children (I think the Center helps mostly children from kindergarten to Grade 5 - but they have programs for high school kids aswell). I'd like kids to learn how to make games if possible. Designing web pages would be good. Things like that.

 

Since this whole thing is to honour and remember James I don't think he will mind if we use his thread. I'll make a note of any suggestions and I'll know more about the place after I visit.

 

It has helped me get through a difficult time and will continue to help me. Most of all I hope we will be able to help a lot of children both now and in the future. When I'm officially a 'snowbird' in a couple of years I hope to volunteer there and help more personally. :) And maybe some kids will even get to know Covak.

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Two things to share. Recently I received this email:

 

Hi my name is Hiroshi from Tecmo Koei Canada Inc. and I am the director of our game " Warriors: Legends of Troy".

Here is how we are thinking James' name will appear on the credits:

In cooperation with/ In memory of James "Covak" Lippingwell

It would be greatly appreciated if you could check if we spelled his name correctly.
Thank you very much,

Sincerely yours,

Hiroshi Kadowaki
TECMO KOEI CANADA Inc.

 

I don't think James worked much on this game. It was one of his co-workers who got in touch with me first to tell me they would like to do this. It doesn't matter what kind of game it is, it is the thought that counts. I know they miss playing games with him - as do I now that I actually play! :D

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And, I did visit Florida recently. It's hard to write about. I must have read many, many times in my life about families creating 'memorials' for someone they loved who has died. I always thought "how wonderful" to be able to remember someone like that and have their name live on. Now, I realize it's a bittersweet thing to do. You want to do it but you'd rather not be doing it. That this is the only way someone 'lives' on is a kind of cruel punctuation mark to a death.

 

James wasn't the kind of guy that would feel comfortable leading a crusade, or getting on a bandwagon. So I think he would be uncomfortable with a Centre named after him. But he would always help out and stand by you as a friend. And that is what this place is all about. It isn't really big and lots of people have contributed to make it a wonderful place for children and families who need help. I think every building and every room in every building has a name on it. So James name will go on the new computer room and Sound Studio. I think he could live with this. He's part of a team of wonderful people who have helped and who are helping. He would have loved the fact that they are adding a soundproofed room with recording equipment, etc so the kids can record and edit their own music - and put together music for shows that they do sometimes for their families. They are just in the planning stages but I have been reading about ideas that really excite me. I'm reading about Katie Salen and "Quest to Learn". Can you imagine a school built around playing games! There are specialists who believe that going to school can and should be more like playing a game - more participatory and more fun!! :)

 

And now I know about Kodu and Scratch. I'd love to be able to give these kids all the fun James had. The children were incredible - some just wanted us to hug them - they need so much love really. I hope I can spend more time down there and help out personally. I have a good reason to try to keep on top of the techno revolution. I always thought James would do that for me. I guess, in a way, he is. :)

 

You can visit here. And, if you ever do see some new ideas, or can share with me what your kids love to do, just email or PM me. I really need to stay 'current'! Thanks guys for giving me a place to share.

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Happy Christmas James. You are missed. My gift to myself - I wanted to see your avatar again.

 

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Happy Christmas to all your friends who allow me so generously to share.

 

Mom

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