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The Jace Hall Show Website has the shocking news that Paul Steed is dead, though the circumstances behind him passing at such a young age are not clear. Paul was probably best known for his work at id Software as a modeler on the Quake series, but among other things, he also worked on Wing Commander in his days at Origin. Personally I will say that Paul and I were friends, in that internet/work-related sort of way. As is often the case it did not start out like that: Our shared lack of tolerance for bullshit caused clashes before giving way to mutual respect, but after that we had some good laughs back in the day. I'll have to suffer some regrets of us not managing to get together for a Scotch and a cigar as we had been discussing on and off for a while now. I guess there's a lesson in there.

And he would have really liked that I cursed in remembering him.

R.I.P. Paul.

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16. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 20:39 Hoop
 
I vaguely remember him mouthing off about Unreal & how horrible it was compared to Quake 2, pretty sure he backed down on that. His plan updates were epic & by way of showing Epic his views had changed he included a picture of his office at id with a box copy of Unreal with all his other games. He seemed to stay a little obsessed with hinged animation from what I remember, when it was all going skeletal.

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15. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 20:18 Prez
 
Is that the first time Blue has used profanity in his OotB update? I certainly don't remember a previous instance. Nice send-off though; I'm sure Paul Steed would have appreciated it.  
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 20:02 ASeven
 
Damn, there goes a good guy, sad to see him go at such a young age. RIP.  
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 19:13 Fantaz
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 11, 2012, 18:08:
Like many, I traded emails with Paul. It was hard not to back then - he was one of the loudest people in the industry, whether you agreed with anything he said or not.

When he got cleared out of the id house it seemed like a memo went out to everyone in the industry to not be as, well, loud.

Any time I think of him I inevitably end up googling Levelord, too.

I hope Levelord is not next to go... that guy has some eating issues.
 
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 18:08 Beamer
 
Like many, I traded emails with Paul. It was hard not to back then - he was one of the loudest people in the industry, whether you agreed with anything he said or not.

When he got cleared out of the id house it seemed like a memo went out to everyone in the industry to not be as, well, loud.

Any time I think of him I inevitably end up googling Levelord, too.
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 17:48 Jim
 
So if you have clear skies tonight (not here) the Perseid meteor shower peaks. This is the best one of the year where you don't have to deal with -10 degree temperatures.

http://www.theskyscrapers.org/2012-perseids

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10. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 17:42 xXBatmanXx
 
Bet wrote on Aug 11, 2012, 17:40:
There will probably be an Obituary either tomorrow or Monday for sure, if people really want to know. Assuming he died within the last day anyway. Though those are often annoyingly vague, so who knows.

Pretty surprising - I give my best to his family, real life and online. I wasn't aware he worked on much outside of Wing Commander or Quake series. pretty impressive.

http://www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,1065/

 
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 17:40 Bet
 
There will probably be an Obituary either tomorrow or Monday for sure, if people really want to know. Assuming he died within the last day anyway. Though those are often annoyingly vague, so who knows.  
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8. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 17:37 xXBatmanXx
 
nin wrote on Aug 11, 2012, 16:51:
Double post - sprint, you fucking suck.

The site hung for a while, I posted something and it sat for 2 minutes before it posted....was weird.
 
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7. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 17:32 Bill Borre
 
One of the few books I've read on game development was written by Paul Steed. He seemed like a good guy.  
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 17:24 Fantaz
 
R.I.P....  
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 16:59 DangerDog
 
Vaguely remember the .plan fiasco that resulted in him resigning posting up his "thoughts" on the internet.

http://planetquake.gamespy.com/pagetools/pagetools.php?act=printnews&id=57933

maybe he shouldn't have taken up that hot sauce challenge after all.

http://www.loonygames.com/content/1.5/feat/

so much nostalgia reading that interview, and then you come back to the here and now.



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4. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 16:51 nin
 
Double post - sprint, you fucking suck.  
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 16:50 nin
 
I'd be courious of his age and the circumstances, neither of which seem to be online. The news certainly surprised me, and pictures confirm he wasn't that old.

Sad.

 
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2. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 16:45 Cutter
 
Sorry to hear that. Blue. The joys of getting older, eh?
 
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1. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2012, 16:20 space captain
 
i remember trading emails with that guy way way back, when i was having some issues getting a q2 model to animate properly...

so i woke up this morning and got myself a beer
 
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