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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

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R.I.P. Scott. Greatest Game Developer Ever!







We lost a good man today. I have been friends with Scott since we started College together. Scott Chaloupka was a kind, caring, funny, extremely intelligent human being. I had the privilege to get to know Scott very well over the past year or so. The first time I met Scott, was my first day of class at MATC for Computer Simulation and Gaming. It was immediately obvious that Scott had the same passion for wanting to make video games just as much as I did, which made it that much easier to become friends right away.

Our program at school is tough, and not many people make it through. There was a small hand full of us who have stuck it together out through these first 3 semester’s so far, and Scott was one of them. He had a such an amazing work ethic, knowledge of games, and programming that made him such a valuable member of our teams. He had a great sense of humor, and was always cracking jokes with the rest of us. I could always go to Scott for help with programming, or any issues I was having, and he would always take the time to help me figure it out. His knowledge of computers and video games blew my mind on a daily basis. I can honestly say that I am not only a better game developer because of Scott, but a better person for knowing him as well. I truly believe I would not have made it this far in school if it wasn’t for Scott and it’s going to be very hard to continue without him.
It was very easy for me to respect Scott and not because he was an intelligent, funny and easy going guy, but the fact that he was a big family man. It was very clear that he had a strong relationship with his family and he wanted nothing but the best for them. There was not a day that went by that he didn’t talk about them. It truly pain’s me to see something so tragic happen to such a stand up guy.
It was an honor and a privilege to have known and worked with such an incredible person. His tragic passing has caused me for the first time to ponder my own purpose here on earth. I will forever be immensely grateful for his compassion and friendship.

It still hasn’t sunk in yet for me, as I am sure it has for all parties involved. Which has put me for a loss for words. So I am going to end with something I felt appropriate, something I know Scott would have loved to hear…

"Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived."
—Captain Picard from Star Trek

You will never be forgotten Scott. RIP.