Douglas Wayne Myres, Jr.
September 9, 1964 – May 3, 2001
Just before midnight on May 3, 2001, GodGames lost our heart and soul, and I lost my best friend in this world for the past 4 years. Doug Myres left us suddenly and unexpectedly due to an asthma attack, at the age of 36.
Doug was quite simply the best human being I have ever known. I won’t get into
all the reasons why right now, being that it’s about 6 hours after I got the
phone call that I’m writing this, and I’m still very much in shock.
We will be updating this page later with thoughts and reflections on Doug from the many, many people who were touched by him, as well as details on how and when people can pay their respects to Douglas and his family.
For now, suffice it to say that Doug was the kind of person who made me want to be a better person. He was a walking, talking reason to believe in the human spirit and goodness.
Services will be held at 2PM Monday, May 7 at the Laureland Funeral Home in Ft. Worth, TX. Visitation will be Sunday night from 6 to 8 PM. For more information, contact Bob Artiz at 817-572-0196.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that anyone wishing to send something make a donation to the Friends of Ft. Worth Nature Club and Refuge or a charity of your choice in Doug's name.
For anyone out there who loved Doug and would like to attend the services, but are faced with financial difficulties in doing so, please contact me at email@example.com and we'll get you here.
Doug’s Final Email to the Company
May 3, 2001- 5:15 PM
Late yesterday afternoon, after tensions had begun to run high in the office,
Doug sent the following company-wide email, instantly defusing the situation
with his characteristic humor, compassion, and common sense.
For those who didn’t know Doug, this email captures his unique essence and
reveals his capacity for tolerance, teamwork, and family. For those of us lucky
enough to have shared a part of his life, it’s quintessential Doug, and our
lives are all richer for having known him.
everyone gather around and let grampa doug tell you a little something about E3.
things do get nutty around this time, know this. every year, i see projects get crazy and people begin to melt down from the stress. by melt down, i mean they get behind or something goes wrong and the first reaction is to lash out or begin blaming other folks for the problems.
please understand that everyone is or should be just as stressed and behind as you are in one way or another. so try to think a little bit before blasting someone for screwing up something. chances are that same person can help fix whatever it is that went wrong.
in order for us to get to the lot in one piece, we really do need to work together and help each other out. seriously, please take a little extra time to think about what you say and do before you say or do it.
why this little campfire speech? today has was the first day that i've seen some projects going a little bad and people starting to slinging nasty grams back and forth. don't do this. love thy brother or sister. help someone out. show some compassion. it's only going to get worse as we get closer to deadlines, so start thinking a little more before you blast someone with some bad words, please.
it'll all be worth it when you get to LA and see harry and mike dancing together in drag on the lot, i promise.
as always, i'm thankin ya!
"a family that sweats together will stick together."
Doug was the kind of guy that people wanted
to be his friend from the very first moment they meet him. I
was really looking forward to knocking back a few beers with
him at E3.
I remember one late evening I was over at
the G.O.D. offices helping a bit on an E3 video.. Doug had
been awake for over 24 hours trying to get all of the videos
put together, but he still had his ready smile, and was upbeat
telling jokes as he worked.
We'll miss you
My sincerest condolences for your
loss. From what you wrote I feel your friend was a special
person, one of the few human beings that still really cared
for other people in a world that grows cold, if there is a God
I'm sure he's right up there besides the Big Guy, shakin' and
laughin'. And perhaps he's watching over the people he cared
for so much, that would be nice... I've never met Doug, but I
just know he made a difference. For the person that he was,
for the love and friendship he gave, from me to Doug: God
bless you Doug... God bless you.
For all the people he
knew, for you all in grief: We will remember him and try to be
as strong and caring, I hope this helps a little...
Our time together now seems so short.
Yet the blessings I have received over the last 5 years as a
result of knowing you are innumerable. You were the heart and
soul of Gathering - through thick and thin. I will miss you,
but I know you are in a better place, looking down on us, just
smiling that Fresh smile. The tears we cry in your absence are
tears of love, respect and admiration. Although our paths may
not cross soon, I find sanctuary from the fact that your
memories are in my heart and I will see you again. Know that
while you may be gone from our lives in the flesh, your smile
and charm will live on for as long as we are here. You were
truly a friend. I think God for letting me borrow some of your
time. You are gone, but never forgotten. I am a better person
for your passing through my life. I will miss you my
Doug was a man who said what he meant
and did what he said. I've never met a person who worked
harder, played harder, had a better attitude or shot as
straight as Doug. Even when he was calling you on the mat, you
knew his intentions were in the right place. There are no
words that suffice for the loss of a son, a friend, a great
person. I can only say that your love was felt by many and
will never be forgotten. Ride on cowboy I'll see you when the
It is very hard to express how very
important you have been to me and my family. Kindred spirit
relationships are so precious in life. Some never are blessed
to experience such pure loving kindness. You have touched so
many lives and your beauty will be forever missed. For those
of you who did not know Doug and are curious where the
foundation of his spirit comes from, there is only one place,
and that is heaven, where he now awaits our arrival with open
arms, the same wonderful opens arms he greeted us with here in
the physical. We must all feel blessed to have known him and
rejoice that he is now playing the most important God games of
all. I love you and look forward to seeing you again.
From the moment I started here at
GodGames Doug made feel more comfortable than I had felt at
any job or with any new group of people. I felt like I was
adopted into a family more than being hired for a job. Doug
was one of the nicest and most down to earth people I have
ever known. He had a wonderful sense of humor, a great outlook
on life, and his constant words of wisdom will always stay
with me. I'm glad I was able to spend the time that I did with
him. I'll miss you Doug.
I came to Godgames 3 years ago and
Doug was like a brother to me, he was the first to welcome me
into the family. I got to do some fun projects with Doug, I
wanted to do all I could for him. Everyone here is like family
to me I share the heavy loss with everyone else, my heart is
broken. I loved Doug and everyone else downstairs does too. I
feel honored just to say these few kind words about Freshy.
Peace be with you, my brother. See you on the other side, keep
an eye out for me.
Doug was instrumental in helping us
out with web site issues over this past year, and while I
can't say I know him on a day to day basis, he was nothing
more than kind and pleasant to me in all my business dealings
with the Gathering. I'll miss him, but that can't compare to
the ache that must be felt over at the Gathering at the
moment, as well as his family. My thoughts go out to his
family and close friends at this sad time.
What an infectious smile. Would it not
light up the darkest of rooms? How could you not feel like you
belonged when Dougie was around? Just his smile made you feel
like you were a part of whatever was happening even if you did
not know one other person there. I learned a great lesson from
Doug and I hope everyone can take it with them. He was
supposed to be in Spain during Mardi Gras but because all of
his friends were going to be in one place at one time he
canceled that trip. I asked him how he could pass up that trip
to Spain. He said "Some things in life are more important.
Friends and family don't get together in one place like this
all the time." Take the opportunities when you can get them. I
will. I only wish I had more.
I haven't met Doug in person, but from
our numerous corespondence I felt really connected to him. He
was THE man and will be deeply missed in my heart.
would like to pass along my personal condolences to all of his
family and friends.
God Bless Doug.
My life has been blessed with the
presence of a true and genuine person- fresh. As we know, at
times this industry can be ruthless, but it was people like
Doug who made all the negatives cancel out and make this
industry one of the best to be in. The gaming industry has
been blessed to have an individual like him cross our paths.
To his immediate family and to his extended family at
Gathering, you are in my prayers, as I morn the loss of Doug
with you. I thank you Doug for letting me have the honor to be
your friend and for the many smiles you have given me. I can
already hear you saying as we are all at a loss of
words..."C'mon Now"! You will be missed with many tears and
While I didn't know Doug, I do know
what it's like to loose a close friend at such an early age.
When we're young we often forget how fleeting life can be.
This life lesson is only amplified when the person we've lost
was close and so full of life. Please accept my sincere
condolences and know that maybe Doug's final gift to everyone
was to make you all appreciate those you know and love even
ever a smile on your face, if not an
i met you at the beginning at ion storm
you were one of the people there that kept me sane
radiated so much of yourself and warmed everyone who came in
contact with you
i shall miss you my friend
I met Doug working as a Musician on
his stage at one of the Big E3 shows, and I immeadiately felt
the kinship that has made your company stand out from the
rest. He reached his hand out and made a difference. I wish
the best for all of you and remember that he is smiling down
upon you today.
Doug and I spoke often about the
simple pleasures of life we share such as campfires surrounded
by a few good friends. Without a doubt I can say that out of
all the people I've known in this industry, Doug was the one
with the biggest heart. His passing is a very sad day for
everyone who knew him. I'll truly miss you my friend.
Doug was the coolest guy I knew...
Always will be.
I did not know Doug personally, but I
knew him in my mind and heart... With out him - My video game
career would not have been what it is... Doug was an
inspiration, someone we can look to as a friend... He will be
missed by all! What he has done for us and what he was will be
My condolences to both his
family, friends and co-workers... May he rest in
I'd like to say I have been truly
blessed by the few moments I've been allowed to spend with
Doug Myres. They don't come any better. I'm thankful for the
precious moments. Grab someone close to you because it can
happen in an instant. You're the best Dougie Fresh, "All
chicken but the gravy."
On behalf of Gamers Depot, I Just
wanted to express my condolences for your loss down there of
Douglas Wayne Myres Jr. I can relate to losing someone close
You and his family are in there prayers of the
The Fly! family suffered a great loss
last night with the passing of Doug Myres.
ways Doug was a part of the Fly! family well before most of
the public even knew who we were. Doug, or "Fresh" as friends
called him, would have been the perfect rock band roadie. He
was always behind the scenes, pulling off miracles, usually
with a ton of cables and electronics in tow. He was a
professional through and through, and one of the nicest people
I've ever met.
Keep on flyin', Fresh!
I am shocked and deeply saddened by
this news. Doug was one of the best people I've met in this
business. He had a great personality, terrific sense of humor,
and worked like a madman. He was my primary contact at GOD
because he was the guy that could get things done and I love
talking to him.
I will miss Doug terribly. This is
very, very sad news.
I sat right next to Doug for the first
2.5 years of Gathering. Doug helped make work a lot of fun. He
made life a lot of fun. He was one of those people you just
always feel comfortable around. Fresh was good people.
Long after leaving Gathering, seeing Doug infrequently
and catching up on things gave me a sense of peace. Doug was
down to earth, and always had your back no matter what. This
is an incredibly sad time for the entire extended Gathering
family. Doug was our brother. I love you Doug.
I am very sorry for your loss. I met
Doug in New Orleans and at the couple of E3s I've attended and
through brief emails. He was a very nice guy and a horrible
loss for his friends, family, and the gaming community.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
I'm truly sorry to hear of the death.
Its always hard to loose a friend, and I really do feel for
you guys. Though I didnt know Doug at all, I can certainly say
that im sure he was a great guy after seeing all those notes
Send my deepest condolences to his
friends and family, and to the whole G.O.D. staff.
I have no idea what to say about the
loss of Doug Myres. During my stint at ION Storm, he was one
of the very few people there that I felt I could really talk
to, and that he was one of the better people we have in the
industry. Intelligent, humorous, and loyal to the quick, Doug
was defnitely the kind f person we need more of, both in the
industry and the public at large.
To his family, I can
only say that I hope you can take heart in knowing that you
had a wonderful son, and someone I am truly proud to say I had
the pleasure of knowing.
I only knew him for a few months, but
he was such a great guy that I remember him perfectly. He was
so sweet and helpful, always cheerfully doing his work.
Definitely one of those people ya don't forget, one of those
who influences those around him to be good.
Doug, we're going to miss you. Two
E3's and a couple of your sunny visits to frozen Wisconsin and
we felt like we had known you for ever. You encouraged us when
the going was rough and made the going lighter with that
infectuous grin and a good story. For myself and the team
members here who had the privilege to know you, we have met no
finer man in this business nor in this life.
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Although I'm just one of the "gamers"
out there, I would like to show respect to Doug.
wish strength to all of Doug's relatives, family, colleagues
and friends in these tough times.
We saw the news of your loss on
GodGames web site today, and although did not know Doug
personally, needed to reach out to you guys.
short months ago we too suffered a loss on our team. One of
our senior programmers, and our dear friend, Dave Pridie,
passed away suddenly of an asthma attack under similar
It has been a difficult time for us, as
I know it is for you now. We just wanted all of you to know we
are with you in spirit, and lend our strength to you at this
truly tragic time. To all of Doug's family and friends, our
deepest regrets and sympathy.
From all of us at
the Secret Level
When somebody dies, a cloud turns into
an angel, and flies up to tell God
to put another
flower on a pillow.
A bird gives the message back to
the world, and sings a silent prayer
that makes the
rain cry. People dis-
appear, but they never really go
The spirits up there put the sun to
bed, wake up
grass, and spin the
earth in dizzy circles. Sometimes you
can see them dancing in a cloud during
when they're supposed
to be sleeping. They paint the rain-
bows and also the sunsets and make
waves splash and
tug at the tide.
They toss shooting stars and listen to
wishes. And when they sing wind-
songs, they whisper
to us, don't
miss me too much. The view is nice
I'm doing just fine.
i know how it felt, when you lost
someone who you really cares. hereby i give to you all my
deepest condolence... may doug rest in peace
I was just browsing GodGames website
and saw your tribute to Douglas. I just wanted to let you know
that a random web surfer said a prayer for all of those who
were touched by his life, especially his immediate family. You
never know when your time on this earth will be over. It is my
belief that Jesus Christ is the only one who can offer lasting
comfort in a time like this. He helped me through my father's
death who died when I was a little boy. My dad was only about
2 years older than Douglas was when he passed away.
What terrible shocking news. It's
really depressing to try and sum up a character as rich as
Fresh in just a few lines. What I can say is that his presence
was always uplifting to me and I ever appreciated his
ceaseless good humour, his enthusiasm. In an often turbulent
environment he was a rare and cherished spirit, someone who
would always share love. My sincere condolences to everyone
that feel this tragic loss.
When everyone else ignored the new
guy, you took me to Burger King. You made me feel at home. I
never saw you in a bad mood and I can't remember a time I saw
you without a smile on your face. You never said "no". You
never even gave a simple "yes" for an answer when anyone
needed anything -- it was your nature to go out of your way to
serve. I can't fathom why you were taken away so soon -- I can
only believe that you were needed somewhere else.
doug was easily one of the most
genuine good guys i've ever met. he made you feel welcome and
accepted. i have many fine memories of late-nights with him at
ion, and i immediately noted his easy camaraderie. i never saw
doug mad. he treated people with care and respect. i liked his
sly smile and infectious enthusiasm. he had a magnetic aura.
doug's heart was as big as texas. the last time i saw
him (far too long ago), he gave me one of his famous bear-hugs
and told me he loved me like a brother. i feel the same way.
in the end, doug myres was just one of those rare
people you're privileged to know. As long as i carry his
memory, my fresh bro is always around, sneaking in with a
laugh and a finger-snap. bless his soul, friends and
I didn't know doug personally, I'm
just another gamer. I give Doug's family and friends my
deepest sympathy. Doug is in a better place now, even though
it is hard to believe since he is no longer with us, it is
true. I'm sure he appreciates everything you guys are doing to
honor him. I've recently lost a family member and understand
I leave you with my best
My condolences to the family and
friends of Doug Myres. I know how hard it is to lose someone
that close to you--I lost my mother to skin cancer in
1991--and you should always remember that he's gone to a
better place now, wherever that may be.
It seems to me that Doug believed in
many things which I myself did for a long time now, and even
some which I have recently come to grips with. I'm not a
mourning person, a lot is lost in mourning... I think we
should all think on what Doug did throughtout his life, and
learn from it, and maybe even aquire some things which he
truly believed in if they are meaningful to ourselves. Doug
was a brilliant man, and an excellent person, and under other
circumstances, it is very possible that we could've been good
friends. I heard great things from several persons about Doug
in the past few years, and if I would've heard his name in he
past, I am sure it would've been associated with the highest
degree of respect.
"Every heart that has beat strongly
and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the
world, and bettered the tradition of mankind." Robert Louis
I do not know Doug but I am very sorry
to hear of this sad news that someone so young had to pass
away. I had the privolge of attending E3 last year with 2
friends and meet some of the staff from G.O.D. games. They
were very cordial and showed us something that was very
important to us. I guess this man's kindness rubbed off on a
lot of the companys people. Gone but not forgotten!
DOUG MYRES is the keeper of my heart
and right now as I sit sobbing in Sydney, Australia. I find my
present task uncomprehending. Upon opening this site I see the
B+W photo used is one that I took at my house in Palm Beach,
Sydney. Doug had come out to steal some time with me, Xmas,
New Year of 1999. It was a beautiful summer and although some
days were cloudy, it didn’t matter cause DOOOUUUGGG MYYRREESS!
could bust all those clouds and make the sun come out, every
time, ALL THE TIME! I just heard him in my head in his
incredibly sexy Texan voice "Come on over here Tammy Sue and
lay a big 'ole kiss on me! My reply as always,"Anytime
I didn't know Doug, but I think that
each and every one of us knows someone just like him. My best
friend's name is Russ and to lose him after 18 years of
friendship would be a blow to my heart and my spirit. I could
jabber about how it was fated to happen, or that God meant it
to be, and while I am a firm believer in God, I don't believe
that he works that way. All I can say is to try and take every
good thing that he stood for and live up to it. I truly
believe that there will be a time when you will stand again
with your friend and tell him of the great things you were
able to do in this world because of the things that he
inspired in you. All that he was and is will only live on
through the actions of those that truly loved him. I am sorry
that he passed and pray that God will grant you the strength
to carry on in his footsteps.
Doug Myres was - and is - the most
generous, undemanding, selfless, compassionate, loyal,
honorable, humble, uncompromisingly genuine person I have ever
had the privilege to know or work with. If ever there was a
warm sun at the heart of the games industry, it was Fresh. If
each of us strived to be even just a little more like him, the
world would surely be profoundly marked for the better.
We deeply feel the pain of this tragic
event. Although we didn't know Doug personally, the spirit of
Gaming pulls us together as one family. After reading about
Doug, it's obvious he greatly contributed to the success and
survival of the gaming industry. His kindness, understanding
and visible leadership skills clearly strengthened GodGames.
The ability to work with another person in harmony was
his special gift. Although he is no longer here in the body,
his spirit will live on through the people that were blessed
to have known him.
From the staff at Planet Unreal, we
impart our heartfelt condolences to Doug's family.
After reading the sad news, and seeing
what kind of effect this gentleman had on so many lives I feel
compelled to say something. I did not know Doug personally nor
did I know anyone directly who did. But for what it is worth
myself and ClickRadio sends their deepest sympathies to the
friends and family on this terrible loss. God must have needed
you badly Doug. Why else would God take some one like him?
Doug you are in our thoughts and prayers. You where obviously
very much loved by many, many people. Godspeed on your journey
to heaven because that is where you are headed
I would just like to give you and your
family our condolences on your loss.
Mark Sloat and
I was deeply touched by everything I
read on the front page of your website. I did not know Doug,
but just through the multitude of feelings that appear on your
site about this person, tells me, and the thousands more
internet surfers out there, that he must've been one of those
unique persons in this world who make it a better place for
all of us. I am just another web surfer, but I just wanted to
say that you should not mourn so much his departure, but more
be happy about the fact that you've had the greatest of luck
to have known such a wonderful human being.
Douglas, my cous', how blessed I am
and have always been to have you in my life. I met you 26
years ago in Texoma, OK. I fell madly in love with my new
cousin that day and have been ever since. You are my sage that
has taught me during times when I needed to define myself. You
always see the good in me that I do not always show, and have
hope when I show weakness. I am heartbroken by the lost
opportunities, conversations. I love you and will miss
Dammit Doug, no more chats on films,
fastballs, John Prine lyrics, Heights-Southwest rivalries, and
of course, the game world. Damn, I'll miss you dude. You
redefined the dry-as-a-desert sense of humor. I'll miss that
e.e.cummings email technique and all those great wise-ass
online remarks. I'll miss your trademark fashion taste - the
do-rags, funky hats, and three dollar sunglasses. All
including those Bucky Dent good looks. I'll really miss that
calming effect you so easily inspired. I guess it's fitting
you worked in such high-paced jobs, because you definitely
knew how to bring calm to confusion. With you away, life will
be less colorful, less humorous, and less original. The
general rule is people stink. And yet, you were a great
exception. You were so humble, kind , thoughtful - just so
damn fun to hang around. I'll miss it all. And I appreciate
all you did for me.
It's always sad when someone has to
leave the party early, but doubly so when it's one of the
great "good guys". There are precious few that have the gift
of keeping the world on an even keel. Your calm and your cool
always exceeded my anxiety & bombast. I'm thankin
I was sorrowed to hear about Doug's
passing today. I was actually just thinking about him and you
the late last week, and whether you'd be going to Burning Man,
and what he thought of it last year. I wonder if somehow Doug
was touching each of the people he knew as he left.
was one of the good guys and will be missed. I'll think of
Doug whenever I ask someone to "love thy brother and sister."
My heart goes out to all of you and I'll send some good vibes
I never saw your face....but I saw
your heart I never shared a joke with you....yet I felt your
humor In this wild and free medium of expression you reached
out to me and gave me "good time". You were good to me and
never knew it and I appreciated you and never shook your hand.
And so I'll miss you for never knowing you except that you
lifted my boredom by your vision and for that I wish you
Due to reasons beyond my control (age,
school, parents) I can not attend the service that will be
held for doug. Of course, I also never even knew him, but I
feel I owe him something for the hours of gaming joy I have
experienced. Just let him somehow know that Jeff Campbell
thanks him for all that he did.
Doug was always the level-headed guy
you counted on to get the job done regardless of the
situation. He worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure
things went smoothly. If Doug was on the job you could rest
assured that things would be running smoothly.
you are a gift to all those who know you, you are a dear
friend and you will be sorely missed.
Although I did not work with Doug,I
was lucky enough to be his neighbor and friend. He was the
kind of guy who was always there to help, and encourage when
things went bad. All of you who worked with Doug, should have
been honored to have worked with him. As a neighbor,he was the
best, and as a friend,one that will always be remembered. God
I'm just a gamer who never knew Doug.
The only thing I do know about him, save for what I've learned
through reading other poeple's loving descriptions, is that he
was in the gaming business, which means that he was in the
business of bringing entertainment and happiness to millions
of poeple. In addition to enriching the lives of those who
knew him personally, Doug has, whether he knew it or not, also
enriched the lives of countless gamers all over the world.
There is now one less wonderful, talented, and unique person
in this world who made it his business to bring joy to the
lives of poeple he would never know. On behalf of the entire
gaming community, I extend my sincerest condolences and
deepest regret over Doug's untimely passing. Doug, gamers the
world over will truly miss you.
I had never before tonight heard of
Doug (though surely of G.O.D), i'm no software developer or
even script kiddie for that matter. im just a gamer who went
to gamespy.com on saturday night to download the latest
gamespy arcade to find more T2 and Rune servers. there i ran
into this article about the untimely, inexplicable death of
one Doug Myres. Before long i found myself reading the entire
article and looking at all his pictures and becoming
incredibly, awfully saddened as i realized the loss that has
transpired. i can't imagine how those truely close to him must
be feeling right now. my thoughts and condolences are with you
all. and i implore you keep up the good work. its what he
would have wanted.
Hey, my name is Jas, and I recently
heard of your loss of Mr. Myres. I didn't know him or any of
you, but he seemed like a pretty great guy, and I wish I
coulda met him. I feel pretty bad, and I don't know exactly
what to say, because I've never met any of you guys. If you
guys need a laugh to try to cope with your sadness, check out
www.campchaos.com and hit their downloads of Napster BAD! It's
funny, you'll like it. I'm in no position to say "Doug would
want you to stop moping, laugh a little, live your lives to
the fullest and get workin'" Because I don't know that he
would say that, but from what I'm reading, I think in between
fishing trips with God, that's what he's saying.
hero "In mythology and legend, a man
who is endowed with great courage and strength, celebrated for
his bold exploits, and favored by the gods."
the one who told us, "Sleep is for the weak." You just smiled
when we told you that you were our hero, but there just aren't
that many people who I've looked up to and said, "Wow, that
guy is beyond cool, and I really want to be like him." Until I
met you I never understood hero worship. Since I could never
be Douglas, I am just glad I got to spend some time in your
shadow. I am a better person for that time... - thankin you,
now. Course, if you're getting this, you're just grinning,
ducking your head and sayin, "Ah, come on now..."
guess we'll see you catching a nap on the couch at 5:30am in
Valhalla - but you'll claim you weren't really
Though I never knew him personally I
read the staff message posted on the GOD games website and it
struck me what a friendly person he was. This may sound
overreacting but my father has had many executive like
experiences at his work and those were good and bad. His boss
was never a real inspiritation, not to him nor his colleagues
and work really suffered under it at his work. One thing that
also connects me to Douglas is the fact that my mother has
asthma too and almost died of it just 2 years after I was
born. Though I can't remember the event, I do know what I
would have missed if my mother died of an asthma attack. She
still suffers of it every day and I know how scaring it can
My condolences to the family and out of respect I
quoted Doug's line "a family that sweats together will stick
together." on the staff page on the site-under-construction
HLNation.com. He seems to me to have been a very good person
and wonderful colleague.
you challenged me daily to
live the best life possible and to find happiness in every
little thing. now that challenge is heightened with your
tragic death. to continue to feel the magic in the magic hour
that we loved so much, to still love to watch the trees dance,
to see that shooting star that you always just missed and
delight that it was meant just for me. it seems impossible to
bear all the excruciating beauty in this world without you to
share it with. you taught me how to love in a way i didn't
know was possible- honest, unconditionally, a friendship that
i can't quantify with words. my favorite friend, the person
who made me smile across the miles. just knowing you were
there made my days special. i always knew you'd be my friend
for life, that you had touched my soul and i'd never be the
same. that hasn't changed. i can feel you now- that blinding
glow that was you still shines bright in every memory, in
every smile you brought me. at my saddest moments i can hear
you singing "cotton-eyed joe" and see you clogging on the deck
of the tourist club just to make me laugh. you look at me with
your silly grin and say "come on girl, let's do this" and i
know i'm gonna be just fine. thank you dougie for changing my
life with your friendship. you completed ME.
You're hard work within GoD will not
be forgotten, and neither will your need and love for
perfection. My deepest condolences go out to your family and
friends, as well as anyone within GoD who knew what a
wonderful person you were.
Words don't do Doug justice, but I'll
try. Among the amazing group of people that make up the Dallas
gaming community, Doug was a shining light. He was the nicest,
friendlest of them all - even under fire. I remember editing
videos with him late into the night at the Gathering offices
when he'd gone without sleep for days. I'd say something like
"Hey Doug, I've got all our clips laid out, I know you're
tired but it'll only take an hour. Can we lay them down?" He'd
flash that trademark grin of his and say "Sure, let's see what
we've got." 16 hours (and lots of laughs) later he'd finally
be satisfied that we had a good video. Dead tired, worn out,
and under immense stress for every tradeshow or event, he
always had a smile and kind word for everyone. No one else I
know held up under stress the way Doug did, and no one else
helped everyone else pull through as well either. He always
had time to help his friends and give them all the advice and
insight he had. He was an incredible man and a wonderful
friend. I love you Doug.
My time working around Doug was brief
and I didn't get to see him as often as I would have liked to.
When I came to work at Ionstorm in Dallas, I really didn't
know anyone and wasn't really sure if I had made the right
move having left everything that mattered back in Pittsburgh.
Doug was always very friendly and was one of the guys that
made me feel very much at home. His genuine outgoing qualities
were a shining example to us all and a rarity in a field that
is notorious for it's inclusiveness. He will be missed.
I never knew Doug Myres, but I have
played games made by G.O.D. I stumbled onto a link to the
G.O.D. website where friends offered their condolences to
Doug. I read through each one, and after the last one I cried.
Even though I never knew Doug, his friend's accounts of his
outstanding character and personality made me sad to know that
such a great person has passed away. People like Doug
exemplify the importance of being human, and his death reminds
us of our own fragility. Through our thoughts and prayers,
Doug has proven to us that the strength of the human spirit
can transcend death. He will continue to live in our memories.
I would like to offer my condolences to the friends and family
of Doug Myres for having suffered such a great loss. "A man
can be destroyed but not defeated." - Ernest Hemingway
I met him briefly only once, this free
spirit everyone so affectionally called "Fresh." I am
obviously poorer for not knowing him as well as many of you
do. However, I grieve deeply not only Doug and his friends,
but his family as well. You see, my relationship with his
sister Karie and her husband Brett is as deep as yours is with
Doug. And oh my, the depth of their sorrow cannot be measured.
If you ever wondered why Doug is such a dynamic
person, look no further than his sister Karie. When she spoke
of him, there were always strong overtones of pride. An
obvious sibling love and a healthy measure of admiration for
her "little brother" that other brothers and sisters would do
well to take note ... for time can be a fleeting thing.
To Karie, my heart aches for you beyond description
for the loss of your beloved brother, Doug. To Brett, who I
know shares the pain of loss and the grief of his wife for her
brother, please be strong and supportive in this difficult
time. My prayers are with you all.
Some say that when God really needs
extra special help up above, he has to look elsewhere for his
greatest angels. Sometimes he has to pull one of us out of the
crowd, to help him out. Doug must have been chosen. And
everyone that was close to him, or admired him can tell you
why, Im sure. He has touched many of us gamers in different
ways then he has touched his family and friends, but everyone
should know that we feel the loss too. What would our
countless hours of yelling and screaming, laughing and
cheering be without the pure talent of people like Doug?
Gaming for all of us is a way of life, not a hobbie, and Doug
will sincerely be missed. We lost a special person, but God
just made a great friend, and talent. Now Doug will get a
chance to work for the Big Kahuna, so don't be sad. Doug just
got the greatest promotion of all. God's Speed, Doug. We love
ya, and miss ya already!
Robb and Jayne -
I loved you like a son. your warm
spirit touched my heart. a great loss to the world, a great
loss to all of our lives. but through us all you have left a
little piece of yourself behind. and hopefully we can all get
pass the pain of your loss; and learn from your selfless ways.
you will be missed more than words can say, but your memory
will remain forever here in the minds of all of those who love
I can't believe yet that you are gone.
I can't believe that we'll never talk again. I find one small
comfort in the fact that I truly believe that you somehow knew
how much you were loved. That would be what I would wish for
you. You really made this world a better place. Thanks,
This is the hardest goodbye I have
ever had to write. Goodbye Doug. I will miss you more than I
ever imagined. It seems impossible that even though we only
saw each other once or twice a year, I could already miss you
this much. I guess when you grow up with someone and you spend
your childhood and adolescence together, it creates a
friendship that can’t be erased by time or distance. I am so
glad that you finally got to live and work in the place you
always wanted to be. I will forever cherish all the fond
memories that I have of us growing up, playing ball, spending
who knows how many nights at each others houses, talking about
dates we had been on (or the ones we would like to have been
on), and just being there for each other.
thank you enough for your friendship all these years, and
luckily, I know I will see you again. What a reunion that will
I love you, friend.
Never having had the privilege to meet
Doug, I can not feel the same as those who knew him. Death
ends a life on Earth, but it does not end the relationship and
friendship, which survive in the hearts & minds of those
To those of you thinking: "How will I get
over this?", you won't.
You will get through it, but
you will never get over it.
Remember Doug, his life,
his ideals, his goals and his dreams.
That is the best
tribue of all: Remember.
Firstly, let me say I never met Doug.
But, as an avid gamer I like to think he touched my life at
least in some small way.
I like to think of the gaming
community -both developers and players- as a family. Thus,
losing one of "our" own is indeed a tragedy. The fact that he
was so young makes it all the more tragic. I can only guess at
the loss those of you who actually knew him are feeling.
My deepest condolences to his family and
From a few short days of Shuffle
Board, Mojo Molars and good times stemmed a friendship that
crossed the world. I just cannot believe it. My love and
thoughts go out to those who were close to you as their loss
must surely be immeasurable. There's a big old party going on
in the afterlife now, but here in our world you will be
I came to godgames.com casually but
reading this page and seeing the pictures I feel as if he were
the kind of person I've known all my life, and that's never
actually having met. My deepest condolences.
I didn't know Doug at all. In fact the
only thing I have in common with him is a passion for PC
gaming and our age bracket. I've been following several games
over the years which is what brings me here. You begin to feel
something in common with the people you read about on the web
pages. I suppose simply because in your mind, you are sharing
something (the excitement of the game's development) with
My heart is overwhelmed that someone could be
taken so suddenly. I think of his family and friends who now
feel such a devastating loss. Something I can appreciate not
through experience but empathy. And of course I feel for Doug
himself. To lose your life when you have everything to live
for. It's just not right.
Actually, I never met Doug in person.
We talked thru emails for a little over a month when I was
trying to get a job at Ion Storm in '98. I was totally caught
off guard when he started writing me back. He had no reason
to. Ion Storm wasn't even looking to fill the position I was
going for and Doug tried to squeeze me in. I had never seen
pictures of him till today and now I'm crying. I don't know
why. He looks like such an amazing person it makes me miss
him. It's kind of inspiring for me.
There is an
imbalance on Earth without Doug. I can't see it like yall can
but I can surely feel it. My best wishes go out to Doug's
family and friends and everyone at GodGames and Ion
From all of us at OMG we offer our
sincerest condolences to the friends and family of Doug. Life
can throw a wild curveball sometimes and all we can do is
close our eyes take the swing and hope for the best.
I didn't have the pleasure of knowing
Fresh. I regret that. Funny how you can miss someone that you
didn't know at all. My sincere condolences to all of you that
loved him. You are the lucky ones to have known him. I would
like to offer the following quote to all of you and to Doug...
"I am wealthy in my friends." William Shakespeare
Obviously, Fresh was "wealthy" beyond measure. And I
am sure his smile is still beaming at all the love and support
Although, I have never met Doug. I am
a "fellow gamer" and have learned of his passing today, by
chance. I followed on to GoDGames.com to read about this
unknown person. After reading about this incredible
individual, and reading the variety of words left by those he
touched (in one way or another), I felt I too, had a friend. I
am 38 years old, and lost a close friend not too long ago.
I am moved to tears to have learned that an energetic,
kind, and warm individual has been taken from us, so early in
life. While Doug spent his precious time on Earth, he has
touched many an individual. He is an inspiration to us all.
Folks, let's not let him be forgotten!
God Bless Doug
and all of you!
The Freshest Ever! Doug should not be
gone, but he is, and I, for one, am pissed. He was one of the
first people I ever met in this industry, and he did
everything in his Fresh Power to make me feel like one of the
family--this included immediately hitting on me and suggesting
we get married right away. I feel so lucky to have known such
a genuine, compassionate spirit. Every email, every
conversation, every face2face with Doug was like finally
getting to take off my shoes, walk on the beach and relax for
a spell with an old friend. I won't say goodbye, just: see ya
Although I've never known you well,
I've always admired you as a well respected guy and never
failed to fulfill even the most difficult tasks. Till now, you
still remain in our memory as a guy we all follow, and treat
as a family member. You help guide everyone from enemy to
close friends, and help drive us with full motivation. Your
departure has caused a big loss in our life and I wished I
knew you better! Words cannot describe how much you mean to
us! We'll all miss you and will remember you in our memories
the only thing i can say is
was reading your email
i started to cry, i dont know
you but i think you as having been
a very good person,
a lot stressed working for the
video, i'm sure i see
something special posted by you
in the video, i hope so. well,
my condolences to the
and i hope you're playing a lot of
up there, see ya doug
i hope i can meet you in the
While I didn't know who Doug was, I am
sorry for your loss. It is obvious he was loved by many. I am
sending this to you because I am almost 36 (2weeksfromnow) and
I have known my share of losing loved ones, family and
friends, way before they should have gone.
watch over you all and know that he is taking care of Doug
now. Doug is in good hands.
Doug and I became great friends
throughout the years. I could go on and on about the fun times
I had with him. Times that Wilson, Billy, Jake Hughes, and I
shared. I am not making any sense anymore, because I just feel
so lost. Dougie was ALWAYS there for me, especially through
the horrible times I have had growing up in this industry. He
would always tell me, "ain't no thang" which was a great
philosophy to keep in the back of your head. He was just a
phone call away, reminding me to pull it out and remember.
To his family, please know through all these postings
and emails it's quite obvious that Doug touched so many
people. Most importantly, he cared a great deal for his
friends. He saved me from many achiness my heart has felt
phsically and emotionally. There are a handful of people that
I can completely give my undying, unconditional love and
friendship to, Doug will always have that from me. He wasn't
just a good person, he was a GREAT person! Anyone who had ever
met him could see in his smile. It's not fair.
sorry that the world had to lose him.
I would like to offer my condolences
to the loss of your colleague and good friend Doug. It's tough
to lose people and I have had to do it all too often this
year, so I know how you feel.
Over the past few days I've reflected
upon the guy we all knew as Doug, Dougie, Dougie-Fresh, Fresh,
Dooouuuuug Myrrrrrrs, and on.
I agonized over the
couple of short conversations in the past few weeks. Wishing
we had talked more lately. Wishing I'd had the chance to see
him since the last pass. Wishing my life wasn't so tied up in
this wacky industry of ours that I could concentrate more on
the peeps who mattered.
But as Doug would have said,
"C'mon now... That's enough, Raymo."
Mssr. Myers was a
Human Being with a capital H. Those of us who spent any amount
of time with him via phone, face, and mail know that no matter
what-and no matter how-he gave his all to everything he did.
Whether it was at Dede's Blair Witch 2 launch party
with Mike and a migraine the size of Texas or just fixin' some
problems at 2 am on the phone-Doug was a spark of joy.
And as much as the whole thing sucks-I'm going to hang
on to that spark for him-and drag it out kicking and screaming
no matter what.
See ya, man.
I am one who never knew Doug, but
being a G.O.D. fan and crossing this tribute warmed me up. In
this day and age, it is wonderful to know a person of such
loyalty and unselfish caring does truly exisit. I have not
seen such a thing for a long time. Mine and my family's hearts
go out to all his family and friends, and keep in your heart
and mind that it was his time to shine even brighter!!
God bless to you all, and may Doug rest in eternal
I am one of those people that are
often seen and not heard, but I decided to once break out of
my little bubble and say something. Maybe its because Doug
Myers is worth it- few people are. Maybe its because I need
closure. I think its both.
I don't have a lot of faith
in humanity, to say the least, but seeing Doug pass so early
in life is a reason for us all to step away from what we are
and ask ourselves how other people see us. Not only was Doug a
guy that said nothing bad about anyone, he was a guy that
nobody said anything bad about. I spent two years in the same
building as that man, often seeing him so completely exhausted
that he looked like you could thump him and he'd fall over,
but there he always was with a smile on his face and his
ever-present 12 'o clock shadow. It doesn't take much for a
soul to be strong during the good times. It was Doug's
stronger soul that was a rock when the winds blew and the
rains came down. When people needed Doug, he was there. When
people didn't need Doug, he was asking if he was needed. I
didn't know him as well as I'd have liked, but there are some
people in this world that you don't have to know heart and
soul to appreciate. Doug Myers was such a man. Doug exuded his
peculiar self by his mere presence, without saying a word. I
am sure that those at Gathering will feel that loss immensely.
And while words are drops water in the wellspring of time, I
give my condolences to those who knew and loved Doug (they
were one and the same) with a humble heart for myself alone,
yet still I offer them in hope that they give strength and
encouragement to those so close to him in this life.
May love and light be with you all.
I didn't work with Doug although its
obvious he was very well respected and loved by those who did.
I met him through my very dear friends Amy Reed and Harry
Miller shortly after they started dating. Doug is a beautiful
man and his smile literally lit up a room. His warmth and easy
going personality instantly drew me in. I feel so fortunate to
have had Doug as a part of my life, if only for a relatively
short time. Our friendship was a special one, a little
eccentric and different, but very special. He was an old soul
with a tenderness about him that makes me smile and cry at the
same time. He touched my life in a way that few people ever
have. The memories of my time spent with Doug are a treasure.
Doug Myres owns a big piece of my heart and he will forever
hold a very special place in mine. I loved him deeply and will
miss him every day of my life.
Back from my journey to Dallas and in
Orlando now, it's hard to think of the 'why'; it's even hard
to believe that I was there. It was exactly 3 months to the
day since I left Gathering and Dallas for Florida. I believe
that Dougie knew what he was doing, he wanted to keep everyone
together. Folks traveled nation-wide to gather again this past
weekend, I will be eternally grateful that I was reunited with
my family. It is a shame that we didn't have a crystal ball to
know that Doug's emails to us last week were the farewells,
the outpourings of feelings that seemed to come at an odd time
were the last - I know we'll treasure those emails forever.
Dougie was our glue, "The best of the light and dark meeting
in his aspect and his eyes." He was our inspiration to be
"good peeps" :) There is not a female who hasn't fallen for
him at one point or another, nor is there one man who doesn't
feel that he was a brother. We've all lost a part of
ourselves, the kind that you go on missing day in, day out. It
may be out there, floating around somewhere but it's no longer
in the form of that big, burly man with the shiniest, thickest
black hair you've ever see, the broadest smile, the most
sparkling eyes, the most tender voice and most soothing words.
A huge part of us is gone on now, and we will never
ever be the same, we will take with us the things we learned
from Dougie and of course, the music, food and good stuff he
turned us on to. Dougie was our great Sensei, our great friend
and now he's left us with our final lesson: Stick together and
love each other. Until we meet again, Dougilicious, I love
i haven't been able to write anything
until now, because something tremendous in me shut down when i
learned of fresh's death. A crushing blow, the death of
potential, so many things i wanted to say, thoughts I wanted
to expand, conversations i wanted us to have, ideas i wanted
us to act on, so much love i wanted to continue to share. i
went through some icq exchanges fresh and i had recently. and
through it all, one phrase continuously appeared: "i will take
care of you, celle. i always said i would." and i have trusted
that, instinctively, from the very first time we met--at a
time when i didn't trust anyone. he is not here in body, but
he is forever in my heart, my mind, my spirit. And he will be
taking care of me--of all of us. I do know this, fresh. you
are with me.
"The deep parts of my life pour onward,
as if the river shores were opening out.
It seems that
things are more like me now,
That I can see farther into
I feel closer to what language can't reach.
With my senses, as with birds, I climb
into the windy
heaven, out of the oak,
in the ponds broken off from the
my falling sinks, as if standing on fishes. "
--Rainer Marie Rilke
Live your life as if tomorrow will
never come. What wonderful words of inspiration. I didnt know
Doug very well, but what i did know he truely believed in that
phrase. He always had a smile on his face. I truely know that
he is in a great place.
Lots of love Doug.
Having lost a good friend myself a few
years back, I would like to offer you all my sincererst
condolences. As someone told me in my own period of mourning,
I also will say this to you: "Noone truely dies until they are
forgotten" It may not sound like much, but it has helped me a
lot then and I hope it will do something for you as well.
Again my condolences to you all.
I am very sorry for the loss that all
of you here feel so deeply. I am also saddened to have never
been able to know Doug the way you all have. It's clear that
he has touched all of you in a very special way. He will live
on in each of you.
We had the honor of being taken in by
Doug and the Krewe at this year's Mardi Gras, and while great
times were had by all it was the lessons in friendship that
will stick with us. We have learned that the power of many
makes everything in life that much better. And though Doug may
no longer be sharing in everything that we do, his power, his
life, and his spirit will continue to make our lives a little
bit sweeter. Our thoughts, condolences and prayers go out to
all who have been inspired by him.
Joe Krug and Austin
I'm an old fart - been around a long
time. You meet a lot of people in business. Some are jerks,
most are nice folks, and every once in awhile you meet someone
really special. Someone who will always step up to the plate
and generally gets on base. Doug was that kind of guy. Do
anything for you at the drop of a hat and really cared. Fun
and goofy guy too. My heartfelt sympathies to his family at
Gathering and at home and to all those who knew him well.
Sometimes it just ain't fair.
Words cannot express my sorrow I have
felt the last couple of days. I will miss but cherish that
award winning smile. I can't believe I will never have your
famous cornbread with the "special surprise in the middle." I
know God has other plans for you, but it really makes me mad
to think your time was cut so short. You have touched so many
peoples lives including my own. As I sit here and reflect, a
smile comes to my face, because I know that someday in the
future are paths will cross in a much better place. Thank you
for being there for me and everyone else. You have truly
changed my life with all your goodness. I want to be more like
I miss you so much!! When I heard you
were gone-I had a flashback to Zack's accident at the big ION
Storm party. He kept repeating,"I wish this was a dream." This
time I wanted someone to tell me to wake up. I knew I could
always count on you to be there and now in your absence you
are still there, living through our family and the extended
family you created for yourself. The outpouring of love we
have felt the past few days has been amazing and healing.
Thank you for being you. I love you little/big brother.
I only worked closely with Fresh on a
couple of occasions but I think I got to know what he was
about fairly quickly. Here's what I found out... He was a
class act. Amazing to be around. A friend to all. But, most
importantly I finally figured out why you guys are always in a
good mood over there. No matter what is going on I always hear
laughter when I'm there. I believe that his spirit has planted
itself very firmly in everyone at The Gathering and I know
that when I hear one of you guys laugh or see you smile I'll
think of Fresh.
Take care, brother.
I have always seen GoD Games as a
great company with great games. And I feel that after the
passing of a friend, worker, and as I hear a wonderful person,
that he will be remembered by everyone that has just a little
to do with the gaming industry or to someone that's whole life
is centered around gaming. But I do understand how it is to
lose someone and I want to send all of my condolences to the
friends, co-workers, family and to anyone that had just met
him while walking down the street one day. After reading this
story of Doug's life and seeing the pictures of him it really
put a big impact on me and I feel that in mind and spirit he
will always be with us. And while Doug is up in the Computer
Game Heavens he has become a GoD of gaming we will always
I am so sad to hear of your loss.
I am blessed to have had the opportunity to work with
Doug during the beginnings of the Gathering. As I got to know
everyone in the company, it became clear early on where the
goodness and togetherness came from. If you looked in the back
corner of the loft behind a big computer monitor and other
assorted components you would find Doug, anytime day or night.
He made everything alright.
Doug, we are all better
people for having known you and were "thankin ya for it".
In the early days at Ion Storm, Doug
was always the calm voice of reason when things became
chaotic. Everyone at Eidos enjoyed working with Doug and we
are very sad to hear of his passing. Doug was the nicest guy
in the world; he will be sorely missed.
Everyone here at ELSA, Inc. would like
to send our condolences to both Doug and his entire family as
well as the GOD crew. We feel honored that we have been able
to work with such a great group of people over the last few
years. Keep your heads high and your memories close by.
Douglas, I've known and loved you
since your beginning. Your smile, your sweet ways, the energy
and talents shown during your growing-up years resulted in
this outstanding, much-loved man with a wide grin and a heart
as big as Texas.
You were truly blessed with loving,
supportive parents and sisters who have always considered you
special. Grandparents doted on you, and the rest of the family
and all your friends knew how fortunate they were just sharing
Holidays, parties, our lives -- none will
be the same because of your physical absence, but your spirit
is always with you. Our loss is surely Heaven's gain.
Doug Myres was my friend. For that, I
am blessed. In the many years I knew Doug, we got to share
experiences that maybe only other 2 people in this world would
share. Like rolling out of our tents to run and catch Willie
Nelson at Woodstock or taking the best pictures ever taken of
ourselves in Amsterdam right before my train was to take me
towards home or creating/editing my rehearsal dinner video for
my wedding or knowing that we were the same souls, but in
different skins. Of all of the friends I have ever had, Mr.
Doug Myres always knew how to ‘bring out the sunshine’. Never
was there a tense moment or negativity, towards me or others.
Doug just always looked on the bright side of life. Doug made
you positive by simple, just and appropriate interaction with
all he encountered. He caught a lot of fish with his methods.
He caught a lot of friends with his spirit.
miss my friend Doug Myres. Until the day I die I will miss
him. It is ok to miss. I may get comfortable with the brutal
fact that Doug has passed on. I will never get comfortable
with the brutal realization that Doug is just not here. I need
Doug to be here. We all do. I can only remember who and what
he was and let it inspire me to greatness. Doug was only
unsatisfied with anything short of my best work. I always felt
I owed him my best, even if I didn’t think I owed myself my
best. He inspired me then and he inspires me now. Nothing has
changed there. One of my truest (if not my truest) friend is
away from me, for now. But always in my thoughts.
Doug, you good peeps.
I'm thankin' 'ya.
I was just stunned to learn of Doug's
passing last week. While so many of the postings talk of his
kind and wonderful spirit as a leader at your company, my
thoughts go way back to 1981 when he was one of the few
sophomores on the varsity baseball team at Southwest High
School. Even back then he was something very special -
something unforgettable. My thoughts and prayers are with his
family, as well as with each of you who must somehow try to
move past this tragedy that doesn't make any sense to any of
us right now. Doug, if you're reading this (smile!), I will
remember you always. And, so will all the rest of your
baseball buddies and friends at SHS. You were a shining star,
and your memory will shine brightly forever!
I can’t believe the depth of the loss
that I feel after only having had the pleasure of hanging with
Doug four or five times. At the risk of repeating so many
other people’s thoughts verbatim, Doug’s smile was infectious.
I know of no other way to describe his light other than to say
that he seemed to wear his spirit on the outside. It was a
rare gift for me to know someone so genuine, and I hope that
everyone affected by this loss will strive to embody a
fraction of the “Fresh-ness” that they remember. I’m grateful
for everything Doug did for Jason, and for providing us all
with such a fine example of how to make the world a brighter
place. We’ll miss you.
Fresh, I want to thank you for being
in my life, the year we went over the pond to ECTS in England
was cool. After which - you, me and Andrew went on a trip to
Amsterdam. We were only there for a few days, but in that time
and the times that I knew you at GoD - you were the nicest
person I know and as selfless as they come. At the time in
Amsterdam, we didn't know each other hardly at all, but that
didn't matter with you - you treated me as though we were
brothers. As the three of us partied there and rode through
the streets of Amsterdam on rented bikes at 5 in the morning,
you showed me how a human being can be truly free - by giving
whatever it is you have to give to even those you don't know
and not expecting anything in return. I only knew you for a
brief time Doug, but right now my stomach is turning with
grief - you will be missed dearly Fresh, but wherever you are
- your smiling that big ol' smile like you did all the time
and once more showing everyone there what a great soul you
My heart is deeply, deeply saddened by
the loss of one so wonderfully unique. He boosted my spirits
and my ego countless times. In just seconds, Doug's verve and
humor could alter even the darkest of moods. He was so kind,
so compassionate. He truly was a breath of "fresh" air. The
loss is immeasurable.
Having just completed booking a flight
to Dallas for an upcoming event, I decided to ring up Doug
since he's always up for a beer. Out of curiosity, I headed
over to the GoD site to see how things have been.
Working with Doug never really seemed like working -
Doug approached everyone at a personal level. I felt like his
friend when we first met.
During my attempts to break
in to the gaming industry, Doug took every opportunity to try
and fit me in. This stands out in my mind because he was
really personally motivated on my behalf. I have never had the
opportunity to really thank him.
I would like to
express my deepest condolences for your loss, as I can only
imagine how difficult this has been for the people at
"grendel" - GamesNet
Douglas, I am sitting here at a loss
for words which is unlike myself as you know. In thinking of
you I guess maybe the word that comes to mind is regret. I
regret you are gone before the fishing trips or motorcycle
rides we talked about. I regret that my two boys Hudson and
Brock will have to look at me as their example of cool instead
of you (what a shame for them). I regret that they will not
spend time on your ranch each summer like we discussed. I
regret that you wont be able to teach them baseball near as
well as you. (I was often close to the last picked). I will
look for you often and hope to see you many times in their
eyes as they play their childhood games and do the things we
both know little boys do. Douglas you would be so proud of
both of your parents how they are handling the tradegy of your
passing. They have shown us all the true meaning of faith in
god through these hard times and have personally taught me
some lessons that the only way I can repay them is to teach
them to your nephews. Your sisters seem to be doing as well as
possible but grieve deeply for their loss and I know that
their pain will be with them for a long time to come, they
both think so highly of you and always will . Dont worry about
Karie I will always do my best to provide a good life for her
and try to fulfill her needs through both the good times and
the bad as I promised about 6 years ago. I will do my best to
keep a helpful eye out for Laura and be there whenever she
needs me, and always be there for your parents in the coming
years as if they were my own. But most importantly I will do
my best to guard and protect the children in our family and
ask for your helpful eye from up above. Hope you're having fun
with your grandmother Lucille and grandfather Lancaster and
all of our families other loved ones. If by chance you see a
lady with warm brown eyes playing a guitar and laughing with
children kiss my mom for me and tell her I miss her. Douglas
you will be missed greatly at all of our family gatherings but
in our hearts we will know you are with us all. Can't possibly
say "goodbye" to you so drop on by when you're in the
neighborhood gotta cold beer with your name on it.
Forever in our hearts is his legacy.
Never agan will I open a game from GOD Games and not think of
Doug. I believe Doug was part of the right company, GOD games,
for God will be watching over him for all eternity. Keep him
in your hearts as your life progresses, never forget, but do
not dwell, for you will see him again in another world, a
perfect world without violence, disease, or hatred.
Doug, watch over us, keep us safe, until we meet you
"there is such a thing as immortality,
and love is at its heart." -norman grabo
every morning i choose a tiny card which offers a bit of
wisdom in various quoted words... the day of your funeral, i
randomly drew out the above quote... given the outpouring of
love at your service, i think it's a safe bet you've landed in
the realm of immortality...
i have been so reluctant
to visit this website.... your death has been so hard for me
for so many reasons, not the least of which is how dearly i
love aunt clel, uncle doug, laura, karie, brett, and the kids
and how painful it is to know they are hurting and that there
is very little comfort i can give them.... the comfort i give
to myself is how joyous your reunion must be with granny and
"mr. lancaster" (as i always referred to your grandfather)...
by the way, were they sitting alone sipping iced tea talking
about potting soil, favorite dogs, the texas rangers, broken
hips, and their three mutual grandchildren when you arrived?
(those are just some of the things i remember them discussing
during their weekly visits at your house)...
course, i have tons of memories of you over the past thirty
years.... the most poignant and one of the most recent
memories i have is of your composure at granny's funeral....
for six years until i came along, you were her baby and the
object of much doting, i am sure.... not to insinuate she
continue to spoil all six of us rotten to the
core after i came along.... anyhow, i remember sitting in the
family area, feeling weakened by my uncontrollable wailing at
her funeral... about three-quarters of the way
the service, i managed to look up for the first time only to
set my gaze on the pallbearers (each of which looked
broken-hearted).... but i focused my attention on you, because
your eyes were bloodshot with tears... you were crying so
steadily... so rigorously... just like me.... but you
weren't making a sound.... i had so much admiration
for your quiet dignity, which was so real... it wasn't a mask
at all.... and it quieted me... it made me be still and know
that all was right with the world, though it certainly didn't
feel that way.... and then to realize that you would be
carrying her casket, and were still able to hold yourself
together, to be strong like
granny was.... it was (and
remains) a peace-bringing experience for me.... i witnessed
her strength in you, and i have remembered that image of you
every single day since her death... i can truthfully say the
strength i saw in you that day is what keeps me from losing it
when i remember granny.... and i never, in my wildest
imaginings, thought i would be calling on that strength you so
wonderfully displayed to help me deal with your absence....
thank you for giving me that image of you to hold on to
forever and ever....
douglas... things won't seem
right, i'm afraid, at family functions... you were a
much-needed energy.... you were so great with all the kids, so
interesting and charming to all the adults.... my heart
continues to ache with your leaving us.... do me a favor? give
granny one of those BIG bear hugs you were so great at, and
tell her it's from me.... i love you both, and i miss you
shelley "not to be
confused with the other shelley whose mom had sense enough to
spell her name right" peacock
Wonderful guy. I wrote some music for
your video game trailers in 2000. I will say he was quite a
nice guy, at the same time he got respect. Very likeable guy.
I just lost my brother almost the same week, so I am wishing
them both well. This is so sad. Best wishes to all friends and
family of his. Sundae, thanks for the brief oppurtunity to
meet him last year at E3.
I never knew Doug- I just decided to
check out your tribute to him- and I'll tell you this- he must
of been a really great person for so many people to say so
many good things about him- I wouldn't dare try to speak for
him either- but as for me, I would consider myself to be one
lucky bastard to be remembered in so many good ways.
My condolances to all his family and friends.
Sorry for the total loss as I too know
how it is to lose a friend so close, that in another destiny,
you're brothers by blood. To work long and hard to make a
living and get to where he was today took real strength! I'm
sure he misses you as much as you do up in the ol' GOD Games
place in the sky. Just remember, the more you think of the
times you had fun spending with him, the less you'll feel sad.
I don't know you, nor did I know him, but what I do know is
that happiness should prevail over sadness...so keep smiling
and keep your chin up. It'll take time, but it's best to do it
along the way sometime!
Erick "Evil Ernie"
Douglas, I am so sad…I missed out on a
terrific friendship. I was so excited about taking you to see
Toni Price at Continental Club. I know you are in great hands,
but I will miss you. I am so proud to have you as my cousin.
You were always so accepting of me and Brad. I thank you for
that. You, your sisters and your mom and dad are so dear to
me. I thank God that I was "married" into your family. God
I didn't know Doug Myres at all. I saw
his photo with the "in loving memory..." on the opening page
and followed the link. While reading it I was very sorry to
hear of his early passing. As I'm 35 myself and spent roughly
the first 13 Christmases of my life in the hospital for
asthma, I feel for this guy. Doug, if you're reading this, I'm
sorry for not having had the opportunity to get to make your
acquaintance, you sound like a really great guy. From my
family to the Myres': we wish you peace, and know that you're
in our prayers.
This is for Doug! You are the man! I
met you in Vegas and was around you for 1 night and low and
behold when it came time for my bachelor party in New Orleans
you and Wilson showed! I remember that look you gave me at 5
am after a long night I remember us talking over coffee while
everyone else slept and even though you packed up your
backpack and walked out of the French Quarter before the rest
of us so you could get back It touched me for you to be there.
My fondest memory however will be in Mardi Gras when I
approached the balcony and there you were-arms out calling me
up smiling the whole time A hug and a high five was more
comforting than you knew! Doug you touched people you didnt
even know that good ; that is a true testament to friendship
You will be missed! Mike Wilson you are on my mind
To all of Doug's family and to his
friends, it is sad to see a great "light" flicker and to go
out. I've read all of your letters and now Know that he lives
on in all of you. Don't ask how cruel could have God been, but
think how loving he was to send Doug into your lives. And the
next time you thinking if there is a God or if Angels are
real, think back, to Doug and know that you met one of God's
Angels. My heart goes out to you all.
John M Anderson
I didn't know Doug for long but he was
the kind of guy that became your instant best friend with his
easy-going attitude and friendly humor. I remember hitting the
baseball around with him in a park in Dallas. I kept missing
the ball when he hit me a grounder but he just told me to not
be afraid of the ball and get in front of it. We had to stop
when it got too dark to play but I could see that he could
have stayed out there all night just playing ball. I've never
met an adult with a spirit as energetic and carefree as Doug's
and it saddens and angers me that his life was cut short. I'll
never forget your warm smile and kind spirit Doug.
In Loving Memory
While your time here was cut so short please know how many lives you touched and changed for the better. You let me in as a friend and later became my brother. We will cherish that forever. We love you.
Rick & Kelle
You are the most amazing person i have ever met, and just to have known you at all was a great gift. I'm sorry we couldn't spend more time together; now your words ring deep. I will miss you greatly.
I would like to pass along my personal condolences to all of you on the untimely passing of Doug. I can only imagine what all of you are having to deal with.
When I think of Fresh and this situation, I am reminded of this quote:
Every heart that has beat strongly
and cheerfully has left a hopeful
impulse behind it in the world,
and bettered the tradition of mankind.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson
Again, my condolences.
could make the sun shine - through sun punch or his smile.
There are no words in my mind to describe what a
wonderful man he was. If
anyone was to have GREAT Karma - it was Doug.
He thought of everyone else before he thought of
himself. He made
people smile even when they really didn't feel like it.
We were all brothers and sisters in Doug's eyes and I
hope we all stay that way for him.
I don't know anyone who didn't love him... He was that
really didn't know Doug too well, but from the interaction I
had with him, I knew that we were truly blessed to have met
I guess you
could say that Doug was technically my boss... although it
never really felt like it.
More than anything he was a friend.
He gave me the chance to do the job that I've always
wanted to do, for which I will be eternally grateful to him.
He's allowed me to experience so much working with
GodGames. Basically given me the chance to work my dream job.
I offer my
condolences to both his family and friends, as well as to his
family at GodGames. You
will be missed Doug... Missed like crazy.
I came to GoD,
and met the family that I never knew I was missing.
The last 2 years at GoD have been fun and frustrating.
They have been filled with joy, wonder, and happiness
in cities all over the country, but through it all, Fresh was
always right there in the middle of things.
Smiling, laughing, cajoling, and singing with us all
the time, he was the glue that pulled us together.
When you made Doug laugh, the sun came out.
As I sit here today and feebly attempt to put into
words what he did for my heart, my eyes are filled with tears.
I love you,
Doug. We all do.
And you will be sorely missed.
did not know Doug for very long... much less so than the rest
of the folks at GodGames.
But, Doug had that kind of soul that made you feel like
you had known him forever.
If anyone could put a smile on my face, or make a
gloomy day beautiful, it was Doug.
In our eyes, he made the sun shine.
For his always kind words, his passion for...
everything, and his heart of gold, Doug Myers will be
sincerely missed by all.
We love you, Fresh.
Doug was an extraordinary
person. I hear that said about so many on their passing,
but anyone who knew Doug knows what an understatement that is.
He was, without exaggeration, one of the finest people I've
ever known. His has always been the face that leapt to
my mind whenever someone mentioned "good people",
and I expect that for me, it always will be. His example
influenced those around him to become better people
themselves. I've never known someone who more completely
embodied the phrase "Love thy neighbor".
To say he will be missed is
inadequate. Words cannot convey the magnitude of a loss
like this, but his memory will always serve me as a shining
example of the way selflessness and unconditional goodwill to
others can make the world a better place, one person at a
Doug took a chance on my skills and gave me a shot in this industry on faith alone. For this and the thousand other things that made all of us love him, I will never forget Doug. We will suffer his loss every day of our lives.
He was someone who always, always had a smile for you. The room was always better and happier for his presence in it. A hard worker, a dependable individual, a talent--sure. But really, he was a solid, great guy. It is unbelievable he is gone. Fresh will be missed.
Tom Hall, ION Storm
Wow, i'm in shock. I can't believe what has happened. Doug was a truly great person -- a real friend, and very honest. I can't believe something as simple as asthma has claimed his life. It's just incomprehensible. I know he'll be missed here at Ion, and I'm sure the feeling at GoD has got to be 100 times stronger since Doug was very close to everyone down there. I'll miss his ever-ready smile, wit, and true honesty and friendship.
John Romero, ION Storm
Doug was an inspiration to all who knew him. I've never met someone with such energy and a continually upbeat outlook. He could make you smile when sad, or bring calm to a tense situation. He gave without ever expecting anything in return. He was a friend to all who knew him. The gaming industry lost some of it's fire today.
Tim Gerritsen, Human Head Studios
There's something I noticed when I met Doug. I think it's something that everybody notices really. They may not even be conciously aware of it at first but they always walk away with the feeling they just met somebody special. Somebody who has "it"...you know, that thing you can't put your finger on but you know in your heart it's the holy grail of our being: an inner peace, an understanding of self, a focus, Karma, or Chi. It's more than that really, words cannot truly describe what is mysterious and almost magical. But that was Doug. He had that energy, the Spirit of Fresh, and he couldn't help but share it with those around him.
It saddens me this day to know that one of the bright shining stars has suddenly faded away. Doug was a very outgoing, caring, and giving person and I am stunned by this loss. In all of the time that I knew him, there was never a moment when Doug was not 100% positive and happy towards everyone. We enjoyed some good and goofy times together talking over drinks at one of the many fun parties in Dallas. He was always there with a smile and a joke to make you laugh. I have nothing but wonderful memories of Doug and I thank him for making my life that much brighter. You will be missed oh Fresh one!
Doug was the most giving and unselfish person I've known, and in the limited time we spent together, we all felt he was our brother. In the days to come, when the shock turns to sorrow and the sorrow turns to anger, just realize that for some reason God chooses to take his brightest stars earlier than we would like, and we should feel fortunate that we were graced by his light when he was here.
Doug was a caring, loving, extremely witty and sarcastic man...I totally connected with him on many levels and never got the chance to tell him he was the best boss I have ever had. I am going to miss him very much. I still hear his voice and still feel his presence. Not only was he a pleasant person to work with but an all around good person. His bright smile and witty charm always added some laughter to the cave.
I don’t know what to say. I want to pass on my personal condolences. Fresh was one of the best persons on the planet, insanely fun to work with (the master of laughter), reliable, and glowing with inner light.
I share the grief.
Petri Jarvilehto, Remedy Entertainment
I grieve the loss of you my friend. You were my mentor, and my guiding light to a better way of living. I hope you will know what a profound and positive impression you have made on my soul. "Love" doesn't quite cover it as a word.
Doug was the very essence of "Cajun" cool. With a semi-devilish grin, the man could charm the habit off a nun. I'm going to miss hearing "oh go on now" or "aw shucks" in that cool accent. I'm missing you already.
Tricia "Kazi Wren" Harris, RuneGame.com
Doug carried Love and goodness with him always. The most enlightened spirit. I cherish our friendship. Klik Klak, Fresh! You truly made the world a better place for me.
Jake Hughes, ION Storm
I didn't know Fresh as well as I would have liked, but I would still name him as one of the reasons I am where I am today. Every time I had the chance to interact with him, he was always kind, generous, funny, helpful, and just plain uplifting to talk to. He would always lay down the truth for me, but at the same time, he never had anything bad to say. Seeing people like him in the industry made me want to be here. It made the gaming world shine in my eyes. But the thing of it is, it wasn't the industry that made Doug
shine, it was Doug that made the industry shine. My sorrow for Doug's passing reaches out not to Doug, who is hopefully in a far far better place, but for all the countless people who never had a chance to see Doug shine...
Lucas Davis, ION Storm
Doug Myres is one of the best guys I have ever known. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone and he always had a great big smile on his face!!
Larry Herring, ION Storm
I am very sorry to hear about Doug. He was a LIGHT that brightened the path of everyone he met. I know he is in a much better place now without the suffering he faced so bravely. I can truly say I was blessed to work with Doug because he could make even the worst of situations a little more tolerable with a smile and a quick little sumpin, sumpin. You will all be in my prayers during this time of GREAT loss.
I was really sorry to hear about Doug Myers today. While I only met him a few times the one thing that stuck in my mind about Doug was that he had qualities that I would like to see more of in me. He always seemed happy, he always appeared determined, he was always there for others. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this tough time.
Jamie Leece, Take Two
Knowing you was such a blessing to me! No matter when I saw you, you always had a big hug and that fabulous smile of yours for me. You always seemed sincerely happy to see me. I so enjoyed out last visit when you were here recently. So many around TRI and The Gathering have thought of me as mom for years - I was so proud to be a "mom" to you, Doug. I feel blessed to have known you. God speed, my dear!
Marilyn Webb, TRI
After I heard the news and had a moment to reflect on Doug, my mind raced with thoughts about all the people who would be devastated by the news. Everyone loved being around Doug so much for his quick, dry wit and endless friendship.
Mike's statement that Doug was the heart and soul of GodGames is 100% correct. He was always the voice of reason, the mediator and the instigator. He was incredibly smart and had a vision for the future unlike anyone I've ever known before.
To say I will miss him is an understatement. I relied on Doug for so many things, both personally and professionally, and have been fortunate to develop such a strong friendship over the past several years. We rarely have the opportunity to know someone so incredible in our lives, and I'm blessed to be friends with Doooooouuuug Myyyyyyyyyyrrres!
I've known Doug for several years and though we only had a working relationship, he was always gracious, friendly and cooperative. Doug was the kind of guy you liked from the moment you met him. He had an infectious wide smile that included his entire face. He was a kind soul who bent over to any degree to help you out. I only wish I could have been there to somehow return the favor.
I'm even more affected because Doug had been at our office this week tirelessly working on an important E3 video for Duke, and Doug's positive contributions and dedication to this video will be apparent to all who see it.
Doug, you will be missed, but you will not be forgotten.
Scott Miller, 3D Realms
I have no idea what to say about the loss of Doug Myres. During my stint at ION Storm, he was one of the very few people there that I felt I could really talk to, and that he was one of the better people we have in the industry. Intelligent, humorous, and loyal to the quick, Doug was definitely the kind of person we need more of, both in the industry and the public at large.
To his family, I can only say that I hope you can take heart in knowing that you had a wonderful son, and someone I am truly proud to say I had the pleasure of knowing. Godspeed Fresh.
Chris Johnson, Surreal Software
Doug was a very unique man. He was selfless in nature and wanted everyone to be happy. He enjoyed pushing himself to the extreme no matter what the situation was. There was always a crooked smile on his face when he would greet you to let you know that he held a special place in his heart just for you. Doug was, by far, one of the most caring and loving individuals that I have met in my journey through life. I hope that the people who's lives he touched come to realize this and realize that Doug presented himself in the best way that he saw fit. Doug had taught me so many different things about people, about patience, and most importantly he showed me that no matter what life throws at you it is still possible to be able to confront it with a smile and an attitude to match. Doug is someone that we should all keep in our minds for the rest of our life. He is that one special friend that you need to look back upon and realize how fragile life can be. Doug was a good friend and a great person. I wish I could have seen him one last time before he left us. There was always that: "Oh I will see him sometime soon..." that lurked in the back of my head... I regret not acting upon that sooner...I am going to miss him dearly.
Doug... Piggly Wiggly... now we're thankin' you... for being such a
great friend. God Bless.
Noel Stephens, ION Storm
I just wanna say....
FRESH CHEEZEŠ was by far once of the brightest souls to find his odd way into my path. I first met Doug on a phone call for some funky event he wanted to pull off and I informed him I was a production company, which I at first thought was an odd combo. An hour later, on the same conversation, this man Doug persuade me to do an event for Gathering of Developers. That was my first adventure with Fresh Cheeze three years ago. Since then, I have been one of the Fresh Cheezeąs biggest fans. Let me tell you, I love me sum Fresh Cheeze, no matter if he was a cheeze poo, doodle, ball, platter, Linberger or any way serviced up. I always loved hearing from Doug, via phone, witty emails, or even better in person. There is not one single thing I could ever say about Doug that would be negative. I loved everything about that man. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to have him in my life. I am devastated and shocked by Dougąs untimely passing, but the FRESH CHEEZE smile will always brighten my dae!!
Sundae, Charger Entertainment
...I'm really in shock. I'm going to really miss you bro, we had some good times over the years. We both moved to Austin from Dallas around the same time a few months ago. We both were very busy working very hard, never taking time to look up. We'd planned on getting together and knocking some beers back for the last few weeks, but I could never find the time in MY schedule. Each week I'd tell you, maybe this week, I'm kind of slammed now. You'd say, "whenever, it's not a big deal". You were always like that...laid
back and calm. You were definitely full of life and good times. Through all the time I knew you, not once did I hear you mutter a bad word about someone else. I only wish that I could say that about myself. You were an inspiration to me throughout moments of despair. I remember the time you helped me put together a demo tape of my work. You did this on your own time after hours. What I thought would only take an hour of your time, took all night long. It took all night long because you wanted me to do it right, not
to just throw it together. It was your idea to take my talents to the next level and wanted me to achieve better. You asked for nothing in return but gave so much of yourself. I never got to take you out for that steak dinner and whiskey. I will miss you my friend. You were one of the good guys. You won't be forgotten. I want to thank God for giving you to us for the time we had you in our lives. You've sincerely touched all our hearts.
Den Johnson, ION Storm/ Austin, TX
We've worked on so many projects that have frustrated me to no end. Every time a new challenge came along I thought it had to be the most difficult task you ever lined up for me. Looking back now, I cherish the challenging times as much as the good times. You brought out the best I had to give, and I thank you for that.
And now I'm faced with the most difficult challenge you've ever given me, saying good bye. While I always tried to tell you this in one way or another, and I hope you were able to hear it... if there were one last thing I could tell you, "Doug, you are my hero."
Always wanting people to smile... Your concern for others and positive outlook were reflections of what a giant heart you had. You always took what little time you had to say, "hello" or give a hug. You looked for the beauty in everything and always found the best in others. For this, you left the world a better place. My heart is broken but I will not grieve too much. When I feel sad, I'll just remember all the funny things you did, and how you made others feel so good inside, when you really didn't have to.
"Some people come into our lives, leave footprints on our hearts and we
are never, ever the same." - unknown
I'll miss you.
I recently heard about the terrible loss of Doug, co-founder of GodGames. The guys here at kromestudios give our condolences to all of Doug's family and workmates/friends. Events like these always seem to bring people back to reality, life must go on. I have much respect for GodGames, keep up the good work guys and take it easy!
First of all, my most heartfelt condolences. Please know that
my heart and soul goes out to everyone that knew him, especially those
closest to him. Though I didn't know him, I know people like you have
described, and they are the few that make the rest of the world and its
selfish problems look good. When people like that pass, it is up to
those of us that knew them to carry on the spirit that they helped to
"Most people search high and wide for the keys to success. If they only knew, the key to their dreams lies within." -George Washington Carver
It sounds like your friend understood this more than some people will
ever understand it in a lifetime.
You were truly an amazing young man. At the service today at Laureland Funeral Home in Ft. Worth, Texas, I have never seen the out pouring of love from so many friends and companions. We will truly all miss him. To the mother and father, Doug and Clel, may God Bless You for a job well done.
Don and Denver
I just wanted to send my condolences to you. I know you and Doug were close. I liked Doug a great deal, and he was a shining light through the darkness on many occasions. There are not enough people like him around.
When i think of Doug, i picture him shoeless, wearing shorts, a t-shirt, his favorite hat, and a big smile. every day when i walked into the office, he always had a big "morning bob!" for me. working with him was always a pleasure, and i'm glad i had the opportunity to do so. i'll certainly miss him.
We have just heard the terrible news of Doug's passing and would like to express our sympathy to his family and friends. We knew Doug only briefly when he came to Australia last summer but we shared some memorable times together. Learning to surf, playing baseball in the frontyard and boating out on Pittwater. His generous spirit and easygoing nature struck a chord with everyone he encountered.
Mike & Nicole Newling
I got word this morning that Doug had passed away and I just can't believe it. I met Doug and the other God guys when I was at ActionAce.com and he, I have to confess, made my heart sigh for the south. He was a gentle soul who had a smooth smooth way.
We all had such a good time, laughing and dancing. Just ask Harry about the Dutch Oven. Oh we laughed so hard.
I'm thinking about you boys in Texas now. Love to you all.
We are mother/father-in-law to Karie Myres Bearden, whom we love dearly. Each time we were in the presence of Douglas, we enjoyed his delightful charm immensely. We always knew that he would be successful in any path he chose to take -- he was just that kind of person. How sad we are to learn that his journey was cut so short, but all of us are lucky to have been on his path or met him along the way. He just made it a little brighter. We want to say that he was blessed with Doug and Clel, just about the best two parents that anyone could dream for -- and that says a lot about why he was so wonderful too. God be with all family and friends as we share in your grief at such an incredible loss.
Chuck and Barbara Bearden
All games4mac people are sorry for what it's happened and expresses its sincerely condolences to all Douglas Wayne Myres' relatives and friends.
Ciao Doug da tutti noiS
I didn't know Doug at all and we had never even met. But as my Mother-in-law was the very best of friends with his mother, and I am friends with his sister, I feel as if I should have known him better. Doug was like a 4th son to my in-laws and my husband and I certainly share in the grief with the Myres family. I only hope that the family eventually deals with this grief and knows that Doug is in a far better place, surrounded by people who love him.
Justin and Tiffany McMillan
Please accept my condolences for the loss of Doug Myres, and convey my sympathy to his family. He was quite kind and reassuring to me, a Mac owner, when I worriedly asked about whether Myth 3 would be released for the Mac Platform. He quickly e-mailed back to me: fear not ;-)
I am very sorry for your loss.
I had only met Doug once in passing, but it is obvious from the outpouring of grief his death has brought that he was a very unique, talented and well loved individual that will be sorely missed.
The very idea of someone so young passing away is incredibly disturbing to me and I am sure the pain you are feeling is beyond my comprehension.
I never knew Doug, or any of you for that matter, but I'd like to offer my deepest condolences. I know that the world as a whole is losing a wonderful person and a valuable resource in Doug. It's easy to see how we all need to be a bit more like him. At times such as these, the loss and sorrow may eventually turn to anger since we can't understand why Doug was taken. But one thing to keep in mind, and always remember:
The souls that touch our hearts and our lives are often recruited to a better, more important role -- because Heaven needs Angels too.
I got to know Doug a few years back and from my first contact with him I got the feeling that it's going to be a pleasure working with him. But little did I know. In fact, working with Doug proved to be an experience I will never forget.
Doug was always cheerful, very easy to work with and 100% trustworthy. And even when he was surrounded by people tearing him apart from all directions he still managed to keep smiling and get things done.
I truly miss him.
My condolences on your loss, I had met Doug on a number of occasions, mostly through our mutual enjoyment of The Flametrick Subs.
Fresh was one of the most down to earth, unselfish people I know. As most of us have said, he was truly a unique human being and to know him was a honest blessing. In some way Doug touched each of us and in our time of remembrance I think that we should take what he taught us or brought in our hearts and share it with everyone around us..... for Fresh! He will be terribly missed, but may the memories of him enlighten our hearts and inspire us to be better! I See You Baby......
An obviously tragic loss to happen to someone so young, it hits home to hear someone who died so young. I'm 36 years of age as well. My heart goes out to his family and friends and co-workers for your terrible loss.
Doug, it was an honor to have known you.............I'll see you again one day, maybe then you can explain to me why you had to leave so suddenly. People who know and love you are having a pretty rough time around here since you left but we all know deep within ourselves that the brightest and greatest are always chosen first. I keep thinking you will walk around the corner anytime now as I sit here and write this. Hearing the laughter and greetings echo down the hallway that were created every time you came by the office. Looking at me with that big FRESH smile and shaking my hand as we greet yet another time, damn I miss you Doug. I will carry you within my heart for the rest of my days, that special gift you have within you will live on within us....................... I promise.
Thanks for being you Doug.
Although I don't know any of you folks, I understand how you must feel about your loss and you have my deepest most heartfelt condolences. I too lost someone very important to me just a day before you did. Darin was a special person who inspired me to become what I am today in the world of digital art. He was a teacher, a mentor, a sounding board, a mediator and more often than not, my voice of reason when everywhere there was chaos. But most importantly, and above all else, he was my friend. From reading Doug's email, I see a lot of Darin's personality there, so I know how much it must hurt for all of you.
Doug, I cannot say enough about you my friend. I still remember my first few days at Southwest High walking off the practice field, not knowing a sole. You and Robby Bolinger approached me and you went way out of your way to make me feel at home. You did that with everybody. There are a handful of people that I have stayed in touch with since our school days, and, i'm glad we had the opportunity to talk just a few months ago after not seeing each other in a couple of years. I still remember you walking into my apartment the day you were drafted by the Mets, and I was so proud of you. You were such a hard worker. I'm gonna miss you.
I haven't seen Doug in years. I met him through a lifelong friend 22 years ago or so. Our lives have come back together through the years for very short intervals. It is always nice to know that a person's joy for life and good people can stay constant through the adversities of modern life. Like most wonderful people, Doug faced many adversities through the years I have known him, but Doug was always good at maintaining that joy for life we all seek. I knew Doug before he found his path in life, and I just wanted you all to know that he was just as wonderful to be around then.
I was thinking, thinking of the remarkably few moments of our lives that are truly magic. Those moments that sear indelibly into our souls and carry us with hope and dream into the future. That Is what those happy few do for us they leave us with those deep smiles and give us hope for a future that is bright.
There is magic in every day life. There are more than just those special moments. There is the sun, the joy in a child giggle, there are visions, all things that could evoke emotions of joy if we let them. There are successes and new adventures and memories. There are family and loved ones and friends.
So while you now are mourning, don't forget to also remember Doug and all of the wonderful things that make you feel for him. DonŐt forget times you spent good and bad. DonŐt forget moments of him. And mostly donŐt forget to smile because people in our lives, friends and time we have had with them can be of those magic moments. Those that lead us to the future. We should learn the wisdom, courage and outright gall to make the small and great happiness as grandiose as we are wont to make the small and great sadness. Do not forget to make great the thoughts of him. And make great seeing flowers, skies, grass. And making great pictures you take, and successes you make. And of dreams you have, visions you see and memories you carry. And of family and of loved ones and of friends you have. I am sorry for your loss, and I am thinking of you, knowing that things will be well with you, of that IŐm sure. Life is what we make with our hands and with our hearts, and we build only what we choose.
a friend of Andrea Schneider
I didn't have the pleasure to work with Doug directly, but judging from the memorial you folks have posted on his behalf, I can see he was a well loved and highly respected member of the G.O.D family. Please accept my condolences (as well as everyone else at Imagine Media). The loss of good people is always tough news.
Wilson Lau and all the kids at Imagine Media
I just run through your web site and see that terrible thing.
I'm sorry for you. I dont know you and him either, but i'm touched because my girlfriend suffer the same disease.
I'm sorry for you and I have to tell you.
We heard the bad news today about Doug Myres, and would like to wish his family, and friends at GoD the best during this hard time. We had looked forward to meeting with Doug at this year's E3, and will miss never getting to meet such a nice and friendly man.
Brian Lee Jones
I am webmaster of Express World, a website dedicated to games by Poptop Software, published by GodGames, me and my readers would like to pass on this message:
We the fans of the games from your company, did not know you at all, we never met you, but we all understand how hard it is to lose someone close to you. You have contributed to the whole gaming community with your work at Gathering of Developers and we thank you. You helped a great company to grow, and your contributions will be missed.
James Stevens (webmaster) & Express World Readers
Your easy going ways touched me, and changed my life. You were the one who was always there helping me out, offering to lend a hand or go the extra mile. I enjoyed your company and will never forget you. You will always stay alive in my mind when I think of those now famous words.....I'ma Thankin' ya!
I was shocked and saddened to hear about Doug today, and I wanted to express my sympathy for your guys' loss. Doug was a great guy, and he will really be missed. We had a lot of fun times together. I'll never forget the night at E3 driving around in that limo while Mike and Doug kept babbling about snore flaps. That was one of the silliest, funniest conversations I'd ever heard. I guess Doug's conversational genius helped make him unique.
I wish you guys the best in dealing with this, and I know Doug is somewhere smiling and missing you too.
Once in a while, if you're lucky, you meet someone that embodies all the good qualities that should be present in every human being. Doug was that person for me, as I'm sure he was for many people. He had an amazing energy that made everyone around him feel special. He was truly a gift to everyone that was lucky enough to meet him.
Doug, I love you and I will miss you always.
One of the good guys has left us. His laughter, good nature and sanity shone through the madness and darkness on many occasions. I will miss you. My deepest condolences to your family and friends.
Doug went with me to see Lucinda Williams sing on Tuesday night. He could have seen her the night before in Austin, but he made the trip to Dallas so that we could all see her together. I had my arms around him. And we were both singing. And he seemed so strong in my arms. I just don't know how that big ol' heart could have stopped beating! All I can think today is how incredibly lucky I was to know him how I did. The day before he died, he emailed me and told me that I was his family - that I would always be. And I'm so grateful that I told him that I loved him then. Oh gentle Doug, you were just too good for this world. I will miss you everyday, for as long as I live.
I am saddened and shocked by the loss of Doug Myres. He was one of those people that you met and knew instantly that you were going to be better off for having known him. Every time I would see Doug the greeting would be the same, a big old smile and a "hello darlin'". I never saw him without that smile on his face. He radiated goodness and happiness and he passed that on to those in his presence. There are not enough words that can really describe why Doug was so special, he just was. I will miss him tremendously. The world is not going to be the same place without him in it.
Best wishes and deepest sympathies to Doug's family and all of you at GodGames.
I was walking the other day and this guy driving by in a jeep honked and waved. I was happily surprised when I realized that it was our friend Doug. We had a brief conversation, and afterward I wished that I had asked him to pull over to talk more. As he drove off, he turned and flashed this huge grin that those of us who were lucky enough to know him will always remember. Doug had this special ability to smile at the whole world and only you at the same time. I have never met a more real and honest person in my life. He will be sorely missed by all those blessed to have met him.
It's hard for me to put into words how much I love you Doug.
I was looking forward to hangin' with you this weekend - drinkin' beers,
tellin' lies and gettin' ugly!
I'd made it my personal project to get you OUT of the office and back
into "enjoying" life. You deserved it more than anybody!
We'd talked about doing so many things together in Austin. Like shooting
a film, building welded sculptures (on Freshy Ranch), hiking the local
trails, going to Burning Man, the list goes on and on...
I'm deeply heartbroken I didn't get the chance to say goodbye.
You will always be my brother Doug. I wish I could hug ya.
I love you soooo much it hurts.
I have to admit this is the first time I've ever heard of Doug, hell it's the first time I've even been to God Games, but he sounds like he was a hell of a guy and I send my condolences. I know how it feels to lose a friend.
I met Doug when we webcasted the opening of the Ion Storm offices in Dallas back a few years ago. From the moment we met, it was clear that he was the type of person that would do just about anything to help. He was warm, very funny, and very much a real down to earth person. I got the chance to hang/party with doug when we went to Woodstock 99 together. He was so full of life, and so fun to be around. I am in shock that someone with so much life can be gone so soon. I was really looking forward to seeing doug's smiling face at E3. We have lost someone very special.
To be honest with you, I don't know Doug and today was the first time I saw this site. However after reading throught most of the messages on this site, all I can say is that Doug must be an angel.......nothing more...nothing less.....and I wish I could have known him.........
My sincere condolences to his family and close friends.....they are the sufferers...but I am confident that Doug will be looking in on them from time to time to ease the pain!
I never knew Doug, and unfortunately, I never will. Judging by what everyone has said about him, he must have been a great guy. I wish to express my condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. Although Doug himself never affected my life, his work at GoD did. Rest in Peace, Doug.
Avi Weinryb (Rogue36)
I just heard the sad news about Doug and I wanted to drop a line to express my condolences to you and the Gathering family. While I never had the privilege to work closely with Doug when I was at ActionAce, his easy going good nature, joy of life and professionalism and dedication certainly left an impression. He seems to have an ability to make a bad situation just a little better. In particular, one incident sticks in my mind. From your tribute page, it is obvious that Doug had this effect on a lot of people. I'm lucky I had the chance to meet him.
I became aware of the passing of Doug (E. Fresh) while away out of town, marrying off my brother and planning on some R&R in the outreaches of Montana.
Close friends let me know of the terribly saddening event.
Now back in town, and addressing the issue, it is hitting me...
I went to school with Doug in high school. I got to know him better through close friends after moving back to town after years away. It was then, he showed his supportive side (as others have professed) while I was looking to begin some career (get a job) right after college.
In the 10 years since, he had been a force in many great/special/important/... times being back in Texas. Doug always seemed to contribute to things being great/special/important/...
It is ironic (I guess) that as I read other comments and reflect, I have been listening to music just received from a music club while away , many which remind me of times with Doug E (Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Toadies concerts...or just listening & enjoying much, from The Sundays to Jane's Addiction with him).
And that's just it! He was a kindred spirit. Apparently, kindred with so many...
Those of us who had the privilege to know him well, through the years, will have a hard time ever letting his presence subside. And maybe that is the important part. He was such a gem of a guy that, I think, even his memory will give us some joy, some encouragement, some strength,...
Peace be with you, eternally, brother Myres!
My friends and I called him Nolan, and we had nicknames for the rest of his group as well. But my memory of him is the most crystal clear, in a bar in the French Quarter, sitting, staring, so handsome --ironically close to the moment that he would turn 36 years old. It wasn't until a few months later that we would become familiar with his intelligence and playful wit, and get to know his smile.
It was with deep sadness that we learned of Doug's death. To his family who we do not know, and to his friends that we do, we offer our most sincere sympathy.
Three friends from New Orleans
The first time i came to this site was May 7, the reason why I came to this site was to try to get a serious sam demo. When i reached the site i saw a picture of a man with a wide smile and a interesting look in his eye. At first i couldn't put my finger on it, but it was like just seeing his smile made me feel conformable or at home or maybe just a special peace inside myself. When I read what happened i just though "oh, how sad" Then, i read what some people said about him and I though "Well, i guess he was a pretty good guy." But when i read his final e-mail that he sent the team about going to e3 and how the team has to be constructive and not destructive and don't blame things on each other. I finally realized that this man was Beautiful. If you asked me this man was the happiest man on earth. When people are around you they will always remember Doug's great qualities and you will have a piece of heaven, something Doug had while he was on this earth.
P.S If i was ever able to speak to Doug I would say "fly on my sweet angel, fly on though the sky fly on my sweet angel tomorrow im going to be by your side." -Jimmy Hendrix
Landon Lee Burch