I found out that my nephew died unexpectedly a few days ago.
I never knew this, but he was apparently a well-respected member of the ZDoom modding community known as Ghastly. There are some lengthy forum threads over there of people sharing their condolences and memories, which fills me with some old gamer uncle pride.
I remember watching him play Doom at a PC that was bigger than he was when he was just a wee tyke. He would excitedly tell me every detail about all the Doom enemies from a little strategy guidebook, in that way kids do.
It’s surreal and hard to process.
Image: A screenshot from the award-winning ZDoom Community Map Project II.