Introducing the Ben G Russell Trophy for Raleigh Game On:
The Trophy cup will be at the event and we will have pictures of the winners with it, so come out to the first Raleigh Game On next Monday evening to see it!
Ben G Russell worked as a programmer for Gas Powered Games and Surreal Software, now a part of Warner Bros Games. From the young age of five in New Hampshire, he was confident in being a “computer engineer” and making games while his peers aspired to nursing, fire-fighting and being cowboys. In grade school he tutored math in stealth mode because his family was not even aware for a while. He used his savings to learn fluent french over the summer in high school one year.
Like many gamers, Ben wasn’t afraid to embrace traditional games like chess and poker, where he strategized and taught other people to play. Russell moved to the Seattle area for college where he was one of the first graduates from DigiPen with a BS in Real-Time Interactive Simulation. While there he worked part-time debugging code for Gas Powered Games.
Throughout his life, Ben was really into music. He jammed on sax and bass guitar and spent much time going to Boston for concerts and attending shows in Seattle at places like Shorty’s.
Unfortunately, Ben passed away in 2009. Instead of lamenting our loss, we are choosing to honor and remember what was great about Ben. We want to remember his dedication and passion for the game industry and compassion to all his friends and family. His life ended before most, but his dream lives on with us!