R.I.P. Billy "Wicked" Wilson - Dead at 33 :-(

NoxTek

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Thing is, VoodooExtreme and Billy's unique style were part of what made the scene great back in the day.

These days (with the notable exceptions) gaming / tech news websites are bland and corporate on a good day and an absolute bore fest at their worst. Between everyone being scared they're going to offend someone else and corporate entities being unwilling to stray from a cookie cutter web presence, there's nothing really like VoodooExtreme anymore. Kyle and his up front no BS style of reporting are the only thing that really remains of that heydey and it's why [H] is the first and last site I still visit every day.

Sometimes I really would like to just go back twenty years and re-live those glory days. Half-Life DM, Action Half-Life, Q2DM, endless hours on IRC trading files and barbs, the [H]ardForums before we all got old and less risque. Steve in a bra, Lenanna in her Twister dress, Kyle Bannit photochop contests with me and mark24, lantec's 10k desk, AYBABTU, and so many more memories.... good times. :)
 

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Thing is, VoodooExtreme and Billy's unique style were part of what made the scene great back in the day.

These days (with the notable exceptions) gaming / tech news websites are bland and corporate on a good day and an absolute bore fest at their worst. Between everyone being scared they're going to offend someone else and corporate entities being unwilling to stray from a cookie cutter web presence, there's nothing really like VoodooExtreme anymore. Kyle and his up front no BS style of reporting are the only thing that really remains of that heydey and it's why [H] is the first and last site I still visit every day.

Sometimes I really would like to just go back twenty years and re-live those glory days. Half-Life DM, Action Half-Life, Q2DM, endless hours on IRC trading files and barbs, the [H]ardForums before we all got old and less risque. Steve in a bra, Lenanna in her Twister dress, Kyle Bannit photochop contests with me and mark24, lantec's 10k desk, AYBABTU, and so many more memories.... good times. :)
Man, I definitely agree. Nowadays, 90 percent of gaming and tech news is so fucking stale and boring. It's all the same shit. I mean, obviously I was too young to comprehend that type of stuff when i was a kid. But thinking about it now, I really wish that some how. I could go back in time, but still have the mentality of 21 year old me. I would have loved to see the glory days. My father was a unique person forsure. He was the funniest, wittiest man I've ever known. I remember being a kid, laughing my ass off just from my father simply speaking about trivial things. I feel like he'd be proud though, I'm a massive PC gamer. With honestly my dream PC. Funny story. My father would make me sit there for hours on end, typing on the computer. I was like 4 years old keep in mind. Maybe 5 when this started. I would be required to type a certain amount of WPM. He wanted me to be faster than anyone my age. And it worked, even at that age I loved doing it. In 4th grade I could type 110 wpm. Due to my legendary father.
 

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I very specifically remember how proud your Dad was of you, the light shined through all the posts he spoke of you. He was a great guy, a pioneer, a leader and unique person. All this is especially more apparent in hindsight, as the net has changed and I've matured.

I was a little argumentative asshole over at VE3D, but damn I enjoyed those days.
 

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Wow! Did he drink?
Even if not sometimes it can be a congenital condition.
Life is Soooooo Short. :(

He died from acetaminophen (tylenol) poisoning. It basicly caused his liver to stop functioning. He was taking it for tension headaches, and it eventually caused liver failure which left toxins in his system. This created a build up of fluid in his brain which led to brain swelling and eventually brain damage. The plug was pulled after it was determined all brain function has ceased.
 

GT98

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He died from acetaminophen (tylenol) poisoning. It basicly caused his liver to stop functioning. He was taking it for tension headaches, and it eventually caused liver failure which left toxins in his system. This created a build up of fluid in his brain which led to brain swelling and eventually brain damage. The plug was pulled after it was determined all brain function has ceased.

Holy shit that is terrible-I saw this thread in the newsfeed and I was like WTF-then was reminded of the good ole VE days back almost 20 years ago!
 

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Billy was super cool. I too frequented the website back in the day. I remember I noticed one day that on my browser, the icon for VE was the VE binky icon (think that's what he called the little voodoo doll). I sent him an email asking him about it and he was super cool and told me how he added the icon to the browser via html and how exactly to do it. Was one of the first sites that I noticed did it and the binky icon rotated regularly.
 

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He died from acetaminophen (tylenol) poisoning. It basicly caused his liver to stop functioning. He was taking it for tension headaches, and it eventually caused liver failure which left toxins in his system. This created a build up of fluid in his brain which led to brain swelling and eventually brain damage. The plug was pulled after it was determined all brain function has ceased.
maybe a bit more tact at the end there...


is this necro? or a newcro
this is a special case where the necro is cool.
 

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Wow I feel old after seeing this again. VE was one of the first internet sites on hw I visited along with hardocp back in the late 90s. It was thanks to the [H] and VE that I got a job at nvidia back in the day. Your dad was interesting and inspiration to a ton of us.
 

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Thanks for posting in this thread Dax. Your dad ran a nice site that I hit up quite a few times.
 

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Haha I figured it would definitely bring back some memories for the guys who were around during the voodoo extreme golden age.

Yeah, I am glad this thread was necro'd, I followed VE back in the day as well. Like many others, it was one of my favorite stops while Billy was involved. And like many others, I stopped following when Billy left. I count it a blessing that we can count his son among the members here and some part of him is still reflected in this world.
 
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Wow I feel old after seeing this again. VE was one of the first internet sites on hw I visited along with hardocp back in the late 90s. It was thanks to the [H] and VE that I got a job at nvidia back in the day. Your dad was interesting and inspiration to a ton of us.
It's so badass knowing how much of an interesting and Inspirational figure he was!
 
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He died from acetaminophen (tylenol) poisoning. It basicly caused his liver to stop functioning. He was taking it for tension headaches, and it eventually caused liver failure which left toxins in his system. This created a build up of fluid in his brain which led to brain swelling and eventually brain damage. The plug was pulled after it was determined all brain function has ceased.
He died from acetaminophen (tylenol) poisoning. It basicly caused his liver to stop functioning. He was taking it for tension headaches, and it eventually caused liver failure which left toxins in his system. This created a build up of fluid in his brain which led to brain swelling and eventually brain damage. The plug was pulled after it was determined all brain function has ceased.
Yep. That's right. He had a huge problem with painkillers for years. After many attempts at treatment. He finally got sober. He was living with his brother in an apartment. I had just seen him maybe 3 days before. He took some tylenol for a headache. And just went directly into a coma. The years of drug abuse really destroyed his liver. And that final tylonal just did it. Unfortunately. He was in a a coma for quite some time. Until eventually we had to pull the plug.
 
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Seeing Billy's son posting in this thread and talking about his dad got me all teary eyed.
It does feel pretty surreal (in a damn good way). Its just cool knowing how well known he was. I didnt know how massive his site was until I was older. Man, if I was my age now, only back then. I would have helped on that site.
 

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Man, thanks for the forgotten memories ...

Had totally forgotten about Voodooextreme .... my favorite gaming site from way way back in the day.

I even went back to the wayback machine to see some old screen shots and nothing ....
 
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Man, thanks for the forgotten memories ...

Had totally forgotten about Voodooextreme .... my favorite gaming site from way way back in the day.

I even went back to the wayback machine to see some old screen shots and nothing ....
Ya it was my pleasure man!
 

kohl

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Have to re-necro this thread. I am sorry to say I never realized until today that Billy had passed away. I remember VE fondly and visited the site regularly. I have great respect for him and other 'first gen' gaming sites because people like Billy did what they did out of love. Yes, some of the guys from that era ended up selling out for $$$ (their prerogative), but the mid to late 90's was a time I look back on fondly as a more pure Internet full of passion before so much of it became soulless and commercialized.

Anyhow, sorry for being very very late to this but wanted to pay my respects.
 
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