Last month pioneer video game artist Paul H. Steed passed away. Steed's credits included the Quake and Wing Commander series. He also served as an Advisory Board member for the Game Developers Conference for a number of years. Out of respect for Steed, the Game Developers Conference Advisory Board announced the launch of a memorial fund for Paul Steed's family.
"Unlike most of us, Steed didn't labor in obscurity. If you were involved in games during the '90s — whether as a professional or as a fan — it was hard not to pay attention to Paul Steed. He worked on some of the seminal titles of the decade, notably the Wing Commander series and the Quake series," recalled Steve Theodore, a GDC Advisory Board member and technical art director at Undead Labs.
"He produced the first demo for Xbox 360, presented a Game Career Seminar keynote at the Game Developers Conference, and was a leading exponent of art outsourcing — proving that he could remain topical for nearly two decades. Always outspoken and always controversial, he was not a typical game artist — but he was the most public exemplar of what we do for people both inside and outside the business."
Those wishing to help Steed's family during this troubling time can do so by visiting this page on the official GDC site. They can also contact GDC general manager Meggan Scavio for additional information.