Wing Commander and Quake Artist Paul Steed Dies, Leaves Behind Controversial Legacy

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Paul Steed, a veteran videogame artist perhaps best known for his 3D modeling work at id Software where he worked on the Quake and Doom series, passed away over the weekend, The Jace Hall Show announced . Details of his death are unknown at this time, though that of his sometimes controversial career and his contributions to the gaming industry are well documented.

Steed's tenure dates back to the early 1990s when he began work at Origin where he put his imprint on the Wing Commander series. Throughout the course of his career, Steed spent time working for Iguana Entertainment, Virgin Interactive, Electronic Arts, WildTangent, Atari, Microsoft's Xbox Advanced Technology Group, and of course id Software.

One of Steed's claims to fame is the "Crackwhore" player skin he released for Quake II, which was a bit of an homage to the all-female "Crackwhore Clan." That character wouldn't be the only controversial legacy on his resume. Several people who worked under Steed at Ignition/Exigent posted unflattering and sometimes downright vile anecdotes at after Ignition closed a U.S. studio in 2010, accusing Steed of "abusive behavior" as a boss, among other things (see embedded NSFW video below to get an idea of his outward persona). Controversy aside, Steed helped pioneer 3D gaming and is remembered by The Jace Hall Show as "simply one of the first cutting edge low-poly 3D modelers to ever exist in the industry ."

Steed is survived by his wife and children. For those interested, a Memorial College Fund has been setup for his family with PayPal donations being accepted at trentsteet36 at gmail dot com.


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