R.I.P.: Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin

By now you've heard or read of the freak accident that killed Steve Irwin, the famous Crocodile Hunter. He was stung in the heart by a stingray while filming a new documentary on deadly ocean species.

We'd like to pay tribute to him in our own small way.

The first reason why Joystiq readers should mourn his loss is that that he was involved in making video games. Though he only appears to have been involved in the creation of just one mobile title (The Crocodile Hunter: Operation Rescue), that's not bad for a guy who loved the outdoors to the exclusion of almost everything else. Given Irwin's passion for education and nature, we assume that he helped create the game because it was another venue to educate the public about environmental issues that were important to him.

The second reason his loss is a loss for all of us was the man's inherent playfulness and mad reflexes. The dude dodged snake strikes for a living; you think he'd have a problem pwning you newbs in Halo 2? Not likely.

Rest in peace, Steve!

This article was originally published on Joystiq.