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

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  1. simiosys

    Alberto, thanks for your comments about Erick.

    I remember when n-Space was created in Orlando. It was the time that you could just start a game development company with some bright and talented people. Orlando is so lucky to have had Erick and his partners to put Orlando on the map in the game world. I was very impressed with what nSpace was and did. When starting to teach at UCF after working with Universal Studios for ten years, I called my friend Erick Dyke to see if he would help teach a game class, back when it was not as popular within university curriculum and Erick opened his doors and his heart to the students and gave them the experience of a lifetime. Their eagerness was matched by Erick desire to give back. He never charged for his time, never complained about taking time out of his day. He respected the students as equal and I am glad to realize they appreciate that rare experience. There are not many people in the entertainment industry would take time out of their day.

    Where I thought I knew so much, he taught me so much. His war stories and observations were of fascination and and the love of his craft/art and it was so appreciated by the students. There are not many instructors that put as much kindness into their teaching as they did with thier wisdom.

    I guess one of the most important rule I learned from Erick about entertainment games, goes for life. “make losing fun!” Erick was a winner, however he approached things approached things so he won no matter the outcome, because he was determined to make it fun. Thanks for that lesson Erick. You will be in our memories for a long time.

    Cheers,
    Christopher Stapleton, Fellow Game Design Instructor
    Simiosys.com

  2. n-Space CEO: “n-Space is down, but definitely not out” | “n-Space se ha caído, pero no está vencido” « El Mundo Tech

    […] After reading the rumors of n-Space closing down its only office (here in Central Florida), I just wasn’t sure about this. The game developer has been working on various different Nintendo DS game titles this year, some of which have already been published, but the blog posts on Kotaku [http://kotaku.com/5659586/rumor-geist-call-of-duty-ds-developer-n+space-shuts-down] and Gameblurg.net [http://www.gameblurb.net/news/game-studio-n-space-closes-their-doors/] gave me something to think about. After all, when I think about n-Space (or gaming in general), I remember Erick Dyke, co-founder and former president of n-Space, and Christopher Stapleton, the ones in charge of a Game Design class I had at the University of Central Florida back in 2001. Click link for related story: [http://elmundotech.wordpress.com/2008/11/13/erick-dyke-ucf-nspace/]. […]

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