|Born||November 15, 1957|
Richard notably prefers to sign all of his work, even professionally, under his alias Levelord and both Condition Zero and the Xbox version of Counter-Strike credit him as Levelord. He received this alias in 1994 when working on Blood at Q Studios.
Richard Gray originally started his career working as a software engineer at a company called Bauer Aerospace. He had wanted to get into the games industry since purchasing a Commodore 64 in 1983 but felt that writing game engines was too complicated. When Doom Editing Utility was released, he fell in love with Doom level editing and soon released his first level pack, GrayDOOM, online. This level pack caught the attention of Q Studios and Gray was offered a position on the Blood team which was his first job in the games industry. This position eventually also landed him a job on the Duke Nukem 3D team at Apogee Software/3D Realms.
In August 1996, Richard Gray left 3D Realms and founded his own company Hipnotic Interactive together with four other former 3D Realms employees. They would release Scourge of Armagon, a Quake mission pack, before the studio was renamed to Ritual Entertainment in June 1997 due to trademark issues.
Richard Gray would contribute to the Counter-Strike series when Ritual Entertainment took over development of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and Counter-Strike (Xbox) in August 2002. He acted as the lead level designer and was also responsible for three of the single-player missions for Condition Zero. Gray found working on the GoldSrc engine to be a fun experience as he felt that the relatively simple engine made it easier to concentrate on gameplay.
Following his involvement with Condition Zero, Gray worked on future titles at Ritual Entertainment until the company was acquired by MumboJambo in 2007 and he started working on casual games. Richard Gray retired in 2011, but made a return in 2016 by designing levels for Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour.
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|Turn of the Crank||Level designer||2003|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Shacknews | Where Are They Now: Richard 'Levelord' Gray
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The Adrenaline Vault Online Games Magazine - Feature Article - In the Presence of Map Makers. Archived from the original on 1998-01-19.
- ↑ LevelEd - Masters of LevelDesign - Richard "Levelord" Gray. Archived from the original on 1998-12-05.
- ↑ Electric Playground -- Quake Feature -- People -- Levelord interview. Archived from the original on 1998-12-06.
- ↑ 3D Realms Site: Press Releases: Activision spreading misleading information about Duke Nukem Team
- ↑ Hipnotic Interactive Inc.. Archived from the original on 1997-01-12.
- ↑ Ritual Entertainment's SiN Press - Ritual Entertainment. Archived from the original on 1998-01-25.
- ↑ CS-Nation - interviews - levelord. Archived from the original on 2003-06-01.
- ↑ RITUALISTIC || Interviews || Going Small - How the MumboJumbo Merger Will Affect Ritual
- ↑ Gearbox Software – The King Is Back! Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour Arrives October 11th!
- Richard Gray on Wikipedia