Tim Guest: UK virtual worlds writer dead at 34

Friday, 7th August 2009 15:30 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Tim Guest, author and Second Lifer, has died of heart-failure at the age of 34.

Guest was a contributor to Martin Stanford’s 7pm program on Sky News,and part of Rivers Run Red who built the Sky News Second Life island.

He wrote loads about the appeal of virtual worlds in Second Lives: A Journey Through Virtual Worlds which was widely acclaimed as realistic and honest dissertation of the realities and potential of Second Life and other virtual environments.

His writing helped ordinary people understand online games and virtual communities, breaking down the barriers and allowing a bit more understanding of the subject.

There’s more over on Massively and Sky News.

Thanks, BraveArse.



  1. Psychotext

    Jesus. I suddenly feel like booking a doctor’s appointment.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. Robster1979

    Heart failure at 34…. thats some bad shit.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Robster1979

    Not a good advert for sitting at a computer all day.

    I’m sure there must have been some underlying issue tho, generally people just dont drop dead so young.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Redh3lix

    Damn that’s young. R.I.P

    #4 5 years ago
  5. No_PUDding

    And with him, goes faith in virtual worlds.

    Hopefully an analogy for the short lived time all virtual worlds stayed popular!

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Retroid

    Bloody hell, that’s too young :(

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Mike

    Terrible. My thoughts are with family.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. No_PUDding

    It won’t have just been as it appears, I am sure. The guy must have ahd other problems. Anyway, yeah, thoguhts with the family etc. But I didn’t know the guy.

    Just the age is shocking.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Syrok

    There are plenty of ways to die young without any noticeable issues beforehand sadly.


    #9 5 years ago
  10. BraveArse

    Yup – a friend of my partner’s died in his sleep of heart failure when he was 30 a couple of years ago. He had no problems whatsoever, he was, in fact, quite fit and very active. Just turned out he had a congenital flaw that had never been pushed before – somehow something happened which pushed it over the edge.

    Of course staying fit obviously reduces your risk of heart problems severely but it doesn’t put you in a bubble of invincibility or anything. There’s still always *some* risk.

    A real shame, it must be a terrible shock for his family.

    #10 5 years ago

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