It's hard to lose someone you care about, especially when you two have been through a lot together even if that person is just lines of code represented by artwork.
The creators of XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the strategy game in which players lead troops to defend Earth from invading extraterrestrials, have invited players to remember the soldiers they've "lost," via Facebook.
Players of XCOM: Enemy Unknown are assigned a squadron of troops from all over the world, all with different names, appearances and countries of origin. If your soldier survives enough missions on Earth destroying aliens, he even gets a nickname, whether randomly generated or selected by the player.
After a several missions of extremely harrowing battle, it's no surprise players get attached to their soldiers, especially those who have survived a long time. In response, Firaxis Games has created a Facebook app wherein players can post details about their soldiers lives, as well as a personal message on how they lived or died.
A note left for Lt. Zoe "Eagle Eye" Smith by Jennifer-Lee Heinser read, "She was my best sniper, but she ended up dashing too close to a Chryssalid. :("
Lt. Smith had served in four missions for Heinser. Her date of "death" is listed as March 3, 2015.