Tom Clancy Passes Away at 66

The visionary writer passed away last night in Baltimore.

Critically acclaimed and bestselling author, Tom Clancy, has passed away. He was the brain behind such titles as Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon, and  Splinter Cell.

Clancy began his career as a prolific writer of political mysteries and thrillers. In 1996, he founded Red Storm Entertainment, which was eventually responsible for some of the most recognizable video games on our shelves. His foray into the video game industry has become a staple of our industry, and has changed the way many games are made and how modern interactive stories are told.

Clancy's influence in video games helped bring them from obscurity to a (somewhat) well-respected medium that can hold the weight of a complex story, and innovate in teamwork and social interaction. While his focus was not entirely on the games we know and love, his influence is undeniable and absurdly clear.

Clancy passed away at 66 in a hospital in Baltimore, MD last night. We wish the deepest condolences to his family, his friends and his fans.

Published Oct. 2nd 2013
  • Stephanie Tang
    Featured Columnist
    I was so sad to hear this news... Tom Clancy was one of the first writers who hit me with buckets of extremely detailed and technical stuff about things I'm not generally interested in, and still keep me hooked on the story. I haven't played any of the Splinter Cell titles, but his Jack Ryan series holds a special place forever in my heart and on my bookshelf.

    His fiction still managed to be personal, well-crafted, and human, even while maintaining the highest standards of accuracy he could achieve. He writes stories, not textbooks, but I still learned so much from them.

    RIP Clancy, you remain one of my biggest, and best, influences, and I thank you for that.
  • Max Jay
    Featured Columnist
    Criminally enough I haven't read any of his fiction. Though his impact on the gaming industry helped shape the genre of games I so desperately need and relate to (stealth/action).
  • Amy White
    Former Editor in Chief
    "You learn to write the same way you learn to play golf... You do it, and keep doing it until you get it right. A lot of people think something mystical happens to you, that maybe the muse kisses you on the ear. But writing isn’t divinely inspired – it’s hard work.” T.C.
  • Max Jay
    Featured Columnist
    That's a great quote.

    I'm going to save that one for future inspirational use.
  • Eli "The Mad Man" Shayotovich
    Featured Correspondent
    Brilliant. And deadly accurate. Like many of the weapons in his games. I'm doing what Max did and adding that to my inspirational quote list. ;)

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