I just received word that Eric Dybsand, an important contributor to the Artificial Intelligence community for game developers, has passed away this evening. He was a substantial contributor to the Game Programming Gems series, as well as authoring numerous articles for gamasutra.com and Game Developer magazine.
I had a long chat with him just outside of the Charles River Media party at GDC this year, and he mentioned that he was having some health issues, but I didn’t get just how serious it was. But that was Eric – always jovial. I always looked forward to running into him at the show, and catching up on his life.
The picture below is how I’ll always think of Eric – as part of the “AI Gang”. Eric is on the left.