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Regarding Chris MacDonald
From: CMacDonald | Posted: 5/19/2004 9:12:57 AM | Message Detail
Fellow FAQ-writers,

It is with much regret that I have to announce the untimely passing of my brother and good friend Chris MacDonald on May 17, 2004.

Chris wrote about 60 FAQs all told under the pseudonum 'Kao Megura' and left quite a legacy in terms of inspiring other FAQ authors to work harder by raising the level of quality in his writings. I'm sure people familiar with his work will recognize the popular "Final Fantasy 7 layout" he invented that so many other FAQ writers adopted. I'm still coming across FAQs myself that have some nice words from the author about how Chris inspired them - there are so many of these. His influence on the FAQ writing community was more widespread than I think anyone could imagine.

Chris always spoke fondly of the GameFAQs community. Not only did he value friendships with other FAQ authors, but the one group he had the most praise for were the contributors. Anyone will agree that you can't have much of a FAQ without contributions from other people, and Chris always took the time, for any contributor, no matter how big or how small the information provided, to credit them fully.

I wish I knew the names of all the contributors he spoke so fondly about, but I sadly do not. What I can say is that to everybody that helped him out, he truly appreciated what you had to offer.

I myself would like to thank the GameFAQs community for providing a place for him to do his very best work.

Friends and acquaintances are welcome to send comments to `cgfm2 at hotmail dot com'.


Charles MacDonald
From: CJayC | Posted: 5/19/2004 9:22:06 AM | Message Detail
I honestly don't believe that GameFAQs as we know it would exist today without Chris's contributions over the years.

I'd say more, but, for once, I'm at a loss for words. My sincere condolences go out to the MacDonald family.

(And yes, for the more cynical amongst you, Charles's identity is most definitely confirmed in this matter, and he is a well-known and well-respected contributor on both GameFAQs and even more so in the world of emulation.)

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From: StarFighters76 | Posted: 5/19/2004 9:28:17 AM | Message Detail
Okay, what exactly happend all the sudden here, and how did this guy died? Sad to see this happen and all, but, this is a bit strange, especially coming out of nowheres? Still, my apologies to the tragic loss that has happend :(
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From: Relle | Posted: 5/19/2004 9:40:30 AM | Message Detail
Geez...I still have an early version of his FF7 FAQ on my hard drive...I've been meaning to get an updated version for years.
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From: MavZR | Posted: 5/19/2004 9:59:35 AM | Message Detail
Deepest condolences.
From: Fantasy Gamer | Posted: 5/19/2004 10:03:49 AM | Message Detail
He's a great loss for GameFAQs.
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From: LivingNightMare185 | Posted: 5/19/2004 10:18:43 AM | Message Detail
Death is a sad thing... may he Rest in Peace...

You have my deepest sympathies...
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From: SubSane | Posted: 5/19/2004 10:26:07 AM | Message Detail
Certainly a sudden loss... May he rest in peace.
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From: Phoenix 1911 | Posted: 5/19/2004 12:08:41 PM | Message Detail
My sincere condolences. I've always liked his FAQs and have had deep respect for him... may he rest in peace and his name be kept in everlasting respect.
From: FFMrebirth | Posted: 5/19/2004 12:24:05 PM | Message Detail
It's sad to see him go, despite only speaking with the guy around three/four times in my writing career. His FAQs have
helped me multiple times.

May he rest in piece.
From: Dragonel | Posted: 5/19/2004 12:27:42 PM | Message Detail
This is...unexpected. I think we should do something in his honor. I know I'll dedicate my AWL FAQ to him.

And my condolences to you and the rest of his friends/family.

Yikes. Been a while since I had a big one... [But] I don't kill them as long as they stay out of sight. - Sashanan
From: Gold Mage | Posted: 5/19/2004 12:32:59 PM | Message Detail
I'm sorry for the loss, may his soul rest in peace.
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From: Ozzn0va | Posted: 5/19/2004 12:45:14 PM | Message Detail
May he rest in peace.
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From: Joni Philips | Posted: 5/19/2004 12:46:48 PM | Message Detail
My deepest condolences, I'm sure he'll always remain in the heart of this community.
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From: UGA180 | Posted: 5/19/2004 12:49:11 PM | Message Detail
damn...just.. damn.
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From: The Irish Crippler | Posted: 5/19/2004 1:11:52 PM | Message Detail
my condolences to you and your family. may he rest in peace.
From: Kobe | Posted: 5/19/2004 1:12:07 PM | Message Detail
May he rest in peace
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From: renatoe12 | Posted: 5/19/2004 1:20:13 PM | Message Detail
I didn't know him; but he's contributed a lot to this site and will always be remembered.

My condolences.
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From: Meowthnum1 | Posted: 5/19/2004 1:21:00 PM | Message Detail
Holy Kao!

I thought he was young. How did he die?

This is unexpected. My condolences to your family, Charles. I realize this must be tough. Rest in peace, Chris, rest in peace.
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From: Sashanan | Posted: 5/19/2004 1:25:53 PM | Message Detail
I am very sorry to hear this, and wish all strength to you and the rest of your family in bearing this loss. Kao Megura's name will always be remembered here.

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From: The Great Kebab | Posted: 5/19/2004 1:28:05 PM | Message Detail
Sorry to hear that. You have my sympathies. I have a brother myself. That sucks. Would you mind telling us how he died, if you want to.
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From: Dr Snuggles | Posted: 5/19/2004 1:29:29 PM | Message Detail
I send my deepest condolences to you Charles, and your family. I've never spoken to Chris, but I've always found him to be the greatest source of inspiration to me, as well as the best FAQ writer on the site. I'm actually quite chocked.

- Christian Wall
From: strlKe3 | Posted: 5/19/2004 1:41:59 PM | Message Detail
You have my condolences. I'm sure GameFAQs will miss him.
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From: GalFord | Posted: 5/19/2004 1:42:13 PM | Message Detail
...I wish I knew what to say. Chris was my inspiration for writing FAQs for fighting games in the first place. Polite, cordial and a pleasure to talk to, he will be sorely missed by the community.

I remember the old GameFAQs chat server.. Chris entered the channel, didn't say anything... then out of the blue complimented me on an FAQ which has become my pride and joy. I took that compliment to heart, and I've strived to make sure my FAQs were of the same standard since.

To his family, you have my regards... Chris will not be forgotten.
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From: Xsquader | Posted: 5/19/2004 1:51:27 PM | Message Detail
My deepest condolences to his family. I hope he has a nice afterlife.
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From: Neko 5 | Posted: 5/19/2004 1:52:12 PM | Message Detail
I'm sorry to hear this. I, for one, never knew about him, but I'm sure his impact on FAQ-writing will never be forgotten.
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From: AnotherGamer | Posted: 5/19/2004 1:52:32 PM | Message Detail
'Tis a pity. Guy wrote some pretty good FAQs. I contributed some misc stuff to them too. Shame he had to go. I'd be inteterested in knowing what happened, but I guess that'll be made public in due time.
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From: Crazyreyn | Posted: 5/19/2004 1:54:41 PM | Message Detail
My deepest condolences.
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From: kylohk | Posted: 5/19/2004 2:07:31 PM | Message Detail
You poor thing. Losing a brother at such an age.
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From: kevinb500 | Posted: 5/19/2004 2:28:35 PM | Message Detail
My condolences go out to you and your family on your loss. Perhaps a tribute on the front page Jeff to him would be in order.

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From: Bart De Ruyck | Posted: 5/19/2004 2:50:16 PM | Message Detail
First off, my sincerest condolences. I wish you and your family and friends strength and comfort during these difficult times.

I remember when I first came to GameFAQs, wanting to contribute to that small world (back then) of people who'd make it their goal to help others. The early Help Section used to link to Chris' page as an example of how to write FAQs. I remember as if it were yesterday.

Browsing through Chris' FAQs. Checking how he did things, how he'd organise FAQs or how he managed to convey everything so clear, concise and most of all complete. I'd return to his CRP many times again, even to this day.

It also never ceased to amaze me how kind he remained. I remember an interview with Chris in which he would talk about his shortcomings. I believe he mentioned he was sometimes too eager to please. That's exactly what I remember about him: he would always be there to help.

Chris was definitely the person who inspired me to write the few little FAQs I have written and without him I wouldn't even have written a single one.

Although I have never met Chris or even seen him, I'll always remember him.
From: Scream108 | Posted: 5/19/2004 2:51:19 PM | Message Detail
Rest in peace Kao.
Citan: "This must be his dying message."
Rico: "Must've written it as he was dying."
From: Swiftshark | Posted: 5/19/2004 2:52:05 PM | Message Detail
My condolences go out to you as well during this difficult time. May his work leave an everlasting impression on all of us, it certainly has on me.
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From: Devin Morgan | Posted: 5/19/2004 3:17:38 PM | Message Detail
Wow, that was unexpected, so sudden no less...

It's sad to hear he's gone, especially after having correspondence with him on and off over the years. Even when I started FAQ writing, the "it" FAQ at the time was his FF7 FAQs; despite their minor flaws, they're still highly regarded today. As are all his FAQs. It's great to hear he really enjoyed FAQ writing, though.. I just feel bad for him back a few years ago when all the plagiarist/thieving sites brought him down (older users from these parts should remember that 'farewell' page he had on his site back in 2001-ish). He did come back though to what seemed to be a comeback, but now it's over. I guess we'll never know at this point what he would've done, other than knowing a true legend to this site has been put to rest.


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From: GurraJG | Posted: 5/19/2004 3:58:55 PM | Message Detail
May he rest in peace.
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From: I Beat Kao | Posted: 5/19/2004 3:59:50 PM | Message Detail
My dearest apologies and condolences to your family.

I probably shouldn't be posting with this username. >_>

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From: Fat Cat Lim | Posted: 5/19/2004 4:14:55 PM | Message Detail
My deepest condolences. He was truly an inspirational FAQ writer to us all.

God bless.

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From: brian sulpher | Posted: 5/19/2004 5:03:47 PM | Message Detail
Never spoke to him personally, but I always regarded his work as the solid, consistent bar that every author should go after with their writing.

My thoughts and prayers go to the MacDonald family.
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