Paul Steed, industry legend has passed away

According to the Jace Hall Show's website, Paul Steed has passed away suddenly. Paul Steed for those of you who may not know his name is a long time industry veteran and dare I say legend. He has worked on such little games as Quake 1 and 2, worked on the Wing Commander series, and infamously was fired from id Software back in 2000 over the fallout from what would eventually become the Doom 3 project. He recently was working for a company called Exigent, a 3D art company he himself founded.

He got his start in the gaming industry working as an art illustrator on the Wing Commander series. Then worked on several Origin System games. He then moved on to Atari, id Software and Microsoft where he worked on the Xbox 360. He is best known for Quake I and II however, especially for his "Crackwhore" playerskin that he released for Quake II. He was also well known for taking part in GDC but also spoke at colleges and art institutes. Paul also wrote several books about modeling and 3D art design.

There are no other details surrounding his death at this time. He is survived by his wife and children. Jace Hall counted Paul Steed as a close friend, and had Paul on a very memorable episode of the Jace Hall Show back in Season 1 which is linked to earlier in the story and below.

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Damn. I remember seeing his name in the credits at the end of all the good ol' ID games... Sad to see him go. I had no idea there was "Doom 3 fallout" though!

What?! Oh ****.

I met Paul when he stepped in for David Jaffe at a talk at GDC '09. Hilarious guy, down to earth, great advocate for the industry. We'd talked a couple times on LinkedIn as well.

He will be missed.