Sad .plan update by Jim Dose...
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Jim Dose has just updated his .plan with a very sad pice of information. I can't say more about this, you'll have to read for yourselfs...
August 19, 2002
I'm still in shock as I write this and am pretty much at a loss for the appropriate
words. William Scarboro, whom I worked with at 3D Realms, died of a sever asthma
attack on August 9. His funeral was today at 1pm. Here's the obituary:
For those who didn't know William, he programmed the actors and weapons in Rise of the
Triad, and he coded the renderer that was going to be used for Prey. You can thank
William for the /EKG (Engine Killing Gibs) cheat in ROTT, as well as the over the top
weapon effects that most people remember from the game.
William found humor in extreme or excessive demonstrations of power. If he saw
anything that impressed him to some degree, it was "destructive", "sad", or "gone". You
sort of had to know his lingo to get what he was saying.
For William, math was the ultimate expression of power. He would call me up some nights to
describe to me some new mathematical concept he'd read about. In many ways, he helped me
better understand the math involved in 3D engines. Later, after he left the game industry,
he became a fan of component programming and COM. He would then call me up to talk about
the "destructive" power of templates or other programming topic.
William loved to laugh, and had a hard time stopping once you got him started. Tom Hall
was particularly effective at keeping William immobile on the ground in a fit of laughter.
Some of my favorites stories from working at 3D Realms involve our efforts to amuse William,
most revolve around inside jokes that you can only appreciate if you were there.
This picture pretty much sums up how I remember William:
Goodbye William. I'm going to miss you.
Our condolences from d3files.com, may he rest in peace. Losing someone you know is hard, and you need lots of support from people around you. My thoughts go out to all of his family and friends, and of course to Jim Dose.