Back in 2001, about 20 or 25 students , including me, were fortunate enough to take the very first Game Design class at the University of Central Florida. Mr. Christopher Stapleton and Mr. Erick Dyke were the masterminds behind the creation of this college course. They taught me what game design really is like. But while reading the blogs today, I found out Erick Dyke has died of cancer. He was a great person inside and outside of class. He even took all the Game Design students to his company, n-Space (the first game company I visited). He will be missed; he will always be one of my main role models in the world of videogames.
Source: Erick S. Dyke, President and Co-Founder of Orlando-based n-Space dies [http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_videogames/2008/11/erick-dyke-pres.html?cid=139017246].
Aproximadamente 20 o 25 estudiantes en el 2001, incluyendo yo, tuvimos la suerte de tomar la primerita clase de Diseño de Juegos en la Universidad del Centro de la Florida. El Sr. Christopher Stapleton y el Sr. Erick Dyke fueron las personas responsables por la creación de este curso universitario. Ellos me enseñaron lo que es en realidad el diseño de juegos. Pero mientras que leía las bitácoras hoy, me enteré que Erick Dyke falleció de cancer. Él fue una gran persona dentro y fuera de clase. Hasta llevó a los estudiantes de Diseño de Juegos a su compañía n-Space, la primera compañía de juegos que visité. Lo extrañaremos; él siempre será uno de mis principales modelos de conducta en el mundo de los videojuegos.
Fuente: Erick S. Dyke, President and Co-Founder of Orlando-based n-Space dies [http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_videogames/2008/11/erick-dyke-pres.html?cid=139017246].
From/De: The Orlando Sentinel
ERICK SCOTT DYKE, 41, passed away Monday, November 10, 2008. He was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 25, 1967 to Michael and Greta Dyke.
Erick was the president and co-founder of n-Space, Inc., an Orlando based video game company. He is survived by his wife Michelle Gornowicz Dyke, parents Michael David and Greta Joan Dyke, and brother Matthew David Dyke.
Erick was an inspiration to all those with whom he worked and touched. He will be remembered for his courage, vision, creativity, and love of life. Memorial services for Erick will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family of Erick S. Dyke has established an endowed scholarship fund in his memory at Erick’s alma mater, Michigan Technological University located in Houghton, Michigan where Erick was honored as an Outstanding Young Alumni in 2000.
For more information please visit www.mtf.mtu.edu/dykescholarship. Erick also requested that people visit www.donoharm.us and www.one.org.
Services entrusted to LOOMIS FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 420 West Main Street, Apopka, Florida 32712. 407-880-1007 www.loomisfuneralhomes.com