Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Xbox developer killed by husband in murder-suicide


10:57 AM on 08.03.2008
Xbox developer killed by husband in murder-suicide photo



Melissa Batten, 36, who worked as a software development engineer in Microsoft's Xbox division, was killed by her estranged husband earlier this week. Her husband, Joseph Batten, also 36, murdered Melissa before shooting himself.

Melissa had worked for Microsoft since 2002 and her name can be found in the credits of such games as Halo 3 and Gears of War. She had been working more recently with Rare for its Xbox 360 titles. Prior to joining Microsoft, Batten had worked as a lawyer with a Harvard education. 

Joseph Batten, who had also worked in Microsoft before joining Wizards of the Coast, was described as verbally abusive and obsessive. Melissa had previously sought a protection order after finding out her husband had purchased a handgun. 

Destructoid offers its condolences to Melissa's family and colleagues.






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.







Microsoft

6:00 PM on 03.23.2015
Xbox One is getting more descriptive Achievement notifications

Another Xbox One system update, another opportunity to use some insane cartoon image. Microsoft is rolling out updates for Xbox One Preview Program members in two waves -- the first hits today, while the second will arrive ne...more



12:30 PM on 03.23.2015
Fans will be 'really happy to see' Rare's next game

In recent months, there's been talk of Rare "building a uniquely Rare game," but that's as much as we've gotten -- talk. While I'm looking forward to seeing if that project comes to fruition, Playtonic has more of my attentio...more



9:30 AM on 03.20.2015
Microsoft-canceled Xbox One Phantom Dust reboot leaked, looks alright

Microsoft announced a reboot of a 10-year-old Xbox cult-classic, Phantom Dust, at its E3 conference last year. This raised a lot of "huh?" and a lot of "uh, ok" (from me included) but people who played the original were excit...more



View all Microsoft






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more