Shamus Young (1971-2022) was a modder, musician, novelist, humorist, software engineer and general Jack of All Trades (at least all the nerdy ones). Young was an early modder in the Doom community and made several generally well-regarded maps, including Doom City for Doom 2. Had a regularly updated blog found here and a YouTube channel found here, on which he published varied written and video works, amongst them the webcomics DM of the Rings and Chainmail Bikini. He produced the Stolen Pixels webcomic and the game opinion column Experienced Points for The Escapist. He was a co-founder and member of the Let's Play group Spoiler Warning between 2010 and 2017. Outside of his Speculative Fiction writings (such as The Witch Watch and Free Radical) his works usually varied between edutainment, reviews, insightful analysis of video games (and several other media) and the demonstrations of his own adventures in graphics programming and game design.
Known to have definite political opinions and maybe even a religious belief or two, but didn't blog about them, ever. Also known for detesting DRM and Digital Piracy in equal amounts and frequently writing about both topics and the interconnections between them. Sometimes seen as an authority on the subject of Procedural Generation, though he'd be the first to declare that this isn't because he's doing something exceptional with it, just that there weren't many people in the field. Created some rather cool things with it, like "Pixel City", a dynamically generated night-time city and "Frontier", a procedurally generated world larger than World of Warcraft, with differing climates and topographies.
Young passed away in 2022 from cardiac arrest.