In Memoriam: Justin Carmical

CarmicalThose of you who follow me on my various channels or follow the news of those far more influential than myself will have most likely have heard this news, but seeing how much of an inspiration he was to me, I felt the need to express my feelings in my own preferred medium.

On the 23rd of January, YouTube entertainer and alumni of ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com Justin Carmical, better known as “JewWario”; the host of You Can Play This, was found and declared dead in his Colorado Springs home at the age of 42. The cause of death was ruled as a suicide via a self-inflicted gunshot and was confirmed by his wife Jennifer Carmical on Facebook two days later.

I wanted to take some time to express just how significant this man was in my life despite learning about him fairly late and despite never having met him in person.

As many of you know, I have long supported the effort and talent of those on the Internet who entertain and inform. In that regard, Mr. Carmical was influential. With his YouTube channel dating back to 2006, his is noted as one of the first video game themed shows on the site. Without him helping to start this trend, we would likely never see or experience other great talents such as Matthew “MatPat” Patrick’s scientific breakdown of games on Game Theory or Josh “JWittz” Wittenkeller’s up-to-date news on Nintendo’s latest reveals.

As for Mr. Carmical himself, he did far more than I think most could realize. On the outside, he simply talked about imported games that we could play for ourselves. Looking deeper though, I see the beauty in his work. He combined the media of gaming with his own brand of humor to help us experience segments of another country’s culture that we would otherwise never have thought to look for using gaming as a grounding base to help us understand it better. Other entertainers like Gaijin Goombah at Game Exchange do the same (albeit, with a different method) and owe a great deal to Justin Carmical for helping to set the original mold.

If Mr. Carmical’s family happens across this, please know that my prayers are with him and all of you. I regret never having met him, but I do know that he gave us all a great joy that we can never hope to repay – myself included. He was, and remains, an inspiration to a staggering number of us that can only hope to honor him as best as we can.

God bless, Justin Carmical. Farewell, and thank you for all you’ve given.

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