Stephen Michael Ash

aka: Stephen Ash, Steven Ash, Steve Ash
Moby ID: 3208

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Stephen Michael Ash was a Programmer and Engineer. He started his career in the game industry at LucasArts Entertainment Company when he moved to California after completing an advanced degree in Pure Mathematics from New York University's Courant Institute.

Games he worked on at LucasArts include Outlaws (1997), Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Mysteries of the Sith (1998) and Grim Fandango (1998). He was recruited to work at Ion Storm in Dallas where he became Lead Programmer on John Romero’s Daikatana.

He returned to California at Big Ape Productions and then became one of the first employees of Double Fine Productions, where he was responsible for the physics system on Psychonauts (2005). He later went on to work at Factor 5 where he was responsible for the dragon flight mechanics in Lair (2007).

His last position was at id Software where he developed foundation gameplay mechanics and interactions for DOOM (2016) that were also used in Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, Quake: Champions, and DOOM: VFR. He spent a decade at id Software before passing away at the of 51 in May 2019. His last work is part of DOOM Eternal (2020), a game that is dedicated to him.

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Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods - Part Two (2021, Windows) Principal Game Programmers
Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods - Part One (2020, Windows) Principal Game Programmers
Doom Eternal (2020, Windows) Dedicated to the memory of our friend and teammate
Doom: VFR (2017, PlayStation 4) Senior Gameplay Programmers
Quake: Champions (2017, Windows) Senior Gameplay Programmers
Doom (2016, Windows) Senior Game Programmers
Grim Fandango: Remastered (2015, Windows) 16-Bit Rasterizers
Lair (2007, PlayStation 3) Software Engineers
Psychonauts (2005, PlayStation 2) Additional Programming
MTV Celebrity Deathmatch (2003, PlayStation 2) Programming
The Simpsons Wrestling (2001, PlayStation) Additional Programming
John Romero's Daikatana (2000, Windows) Additional Employees
Grim Fandango (1998, Windows) 16-Bit Rasterizers
Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Mysteries of the Sith (1998, Windows) Additional Programming
Outlaws: Handful of Missions (1997, Windows) Programmers
Outlaws (1997, Windows) Programming
Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (1996, Nintendo 64) Special Thanks

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