The UK video games business has been paying tribute to Paul McLaughlin, who died in December on the age of 57 following a battle with most cancers.
He spent over 30 years in video games growth, beginning out at Theme Park developer Bullfrog Productions. He spent 15 years as artwork director of Lionhead Studios, the place he helped oversee manufacturing on the Fable and Black & White collection. Most just lately, he was head of artwork at Peter Molyneux’s newest studio 22cans.
Eurogamer collected tributes for McLaughlin, led by Molyneux who stated: “Paul entered my life again in 1990 when he began at Bullfrog as worker quantity 4. He was the primary correct video games artist I had ever encountered. Instantly he grew to become invaluable, a vital a part of the various titles all of us labored on. He completely made all of the distinction on Powermonger, Syndicate, Magic Carpet, Theme Park and Dungeon Keeper.
“Then, when Lionhead was arrange, he not solely guided Black & White, The Films and Fable, but in addition helped direct the corporate. An incredible artist, an exquisite mentor and an inspirational man. Paul was an enormous cornerstone in my life. He was an expert, ethical and humorous one that had the power to see the truthful and wise strategy in any scenario. I miss him day by day in each method. His legacy can be felt and seen for a protracted, very long time.”
22cans lead artist Annah Wootten-Pineles known as him “a really proficient artist and artwork director, whose quiet and methodical steering made him a well-respected chief of the crew,” with Hiddengrin CEO Jonty Barnes saying “he was humble, inspiring, and did not shrink back from a tough dialog once you sought his opinion. He introduced positivity into the room and was grounded with a dry humour, reminding us that making video games was a privilege and must be an gratifying vocation, so we did not take ourselves too severely.”
McLaughlin is survived by his spouse and three youngsters.