PC Gaming Monitor Catches Stray Bullet, Saves Life, And Keeps Working

PCGamesN has picked up on a pretty unique story, originally reported stateside last week, which could have been so very tragic, but ultimately had a happy ending.

It reports on Fresno resident Eric Gan, and his MSI gaming monitor. An international student, Gan was sleeping at the home he shares with roommates when five bullets were fired from outside, penetrating walls and windows.

Nobody was hurt in the attack - which police later confirmed was not targeted at Gan or his roommates - but one was on a trajectory that would have taken it close to where Gan was lying, asleep.

Thankfully for the PC gamer, an obstacle was between the shell and his skull (and the rest of him): his MSI Optix G27C2, a 27" curved LED monitor. It caught the bullet, preventing it causing anyone in the residence any harm; and what's more, the monitor still worked after taking the damage.

Gan tweeted about the experience, with photos of his still-operational monitor, on 4 March (yes, this story is reaching us a little behind the curve). "What a day," he wrote, tagging in a pair of official MSI Twitter accounts.

Note the bullet hole behind the monitor, in the Razer desktop photo, where it entered Gan's room. Creepy AF.

On seeing this, MSI - aka Micro-Star International, a Taiwan-headquartered company that also manufactures gaming laptops and desktop PCs - tweeted that it would donate a dollar per retweet, up to a total of $10,000, to an "anti-violence charity".

MSI reached the 10,000 RTs inside 24 hours, and subsequently posted: "Thank you for the retweets from everyone during this weekend. Happy to say, we achieved 10,000 retweets within one day! It's a pleasure to see the power of gamer (sic). We're now approaching several anti-violence charities, and will update with all of you soon!"

Gan told local media Fox 26 that he was "pretty relieved" - to be alive, sure, but also "because it's not cheap to have this monitor". Fair.

Featured Image Credit: Eric Gan/Twitter

Mike Diver

Head of Content at GAMINGbible. Ex-editor of VICE Gaming and co-founder of Waypoint. Former writer/consultant for BBC's The Gaming Show. Former contributor to Edge, Eurogamer, Kotaku, PCGamesN, Official PlayStation Magazine, gamesTM. Author of 'Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming' (2016) and 'How to Be a Professional Gamer' (2016). New book, 'Retro Gaming: A Byte-Sized History of Video Games', coming in 2019. Contact: [email protected]

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