I've struggled with whether or not to make this post all week, but I feel I owe it to any regular readers and to Naren to share news of his passing.
Over the past five-plus years Naren has lent a hand and his words to AusGamers, often when we've needed it most. He had a natural talent for writing and through a strong friendship with myself and many of our other contributors, quickly proved himself a reliable, witty and professional participant in both building out content on AusGamers and representing us at events and on junkets.
He was a big fan of all of the Halo, Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty games, GTAV, Fallout 3 and New Vegas, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, any NHL game and was anxiously awaiting Fallout 4 this year.
Sadly, he was dealing with amplified depression and anxiety over the past two months and eventually took his own life, likely for myriad reasons too small and big to wholly explain. It highlights just how mental health can affect anyone, as Naren worked as an educator with struggling and gifted children -- very rewarding work, and was himself a strong and giving person. My wife, son and I were very fortunate to have him in our lives on a daily basis as part of our family through living with us, and we couldn't possibly thank him enough for all the support he gave us.
Naren's most recent content for AusGamers was on Halo 5
and its multiplayer
, and he also did a piece over at Red Bull
after a hotlap in the Xbox One V8 Supercar.
He will be forever missed, and we thank him for his contributions to AusGamers over the years.
Please, if you're struggling with anything at all, contact Lifeline 13 11 14, visit Beyond Blue
, talk to a friend or family member, or your local doctor.