Most of the time, when we have a real-world news story to bring you about Facebook gaming, it deals with something negative - addiction to Facebook games, perhaps. Tonight, though, we have a heart-warming tale of how one particular Facebook game has actually saved a man's life.
51-year-old Robert Chambers, from Spokane Washington, was alone at home on Tuesday, playing Evony on Facebook with a group of online friends. A toaster strudel became lodged in his toaster, causing a fire which spread to the rest of the home. Chambers suffers from muscular dystrophy, and therefore can't move around his home easily. His telephone was out of reach, causing Chambers to call out to those friends he knows on line.
In the Evony game screen he typed "Help me, my house is on fire and I can't get out." He then typed his address, and Evony gamers from both Indiana and Texas proceeded to call the local fire department. Firemen arrived at Chambers' home within a matter of minutes, and he was saved.
Chambers' wife Patricia says she now has a better appreciation for the game, which she used to hate, due to Robert's dedication. "I hated this game because he doesn't pay attention to me or anything else in the house," she said. "Now I've got to bite my tongue because it saved his life quite possibly."
Luckily, this is one news story with a much happier ending than those we've seen in the past. Hopefully it's just the first of many that show the helpful nature of gamers all around the country, and even the world.
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