It is on Twitter that we learned this weekend of the death of Stan LePard, composer emeritus and respected in the gaming world. His name may not speak to you, but let’s pay tribute to him by remembering his career, which was very strongly linked to Xbox licenses, but also to Microsoft.
Indeed, it is his work for Windows that first marks the IT landscape. LePard composed the installation music for versions 98 and XP, also used for MSN. Considering the length of the process and its frequency over the long term, a lot of 40-year-old geeks must feel a little something when these few notes ring out:
His compositions were then used from 2000 on many Xbox exclusives: MechAssault, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge, the saga Halo (Halo 3, ODST, Reach), Fable II. Still close in the days of Microsoft Game Studios, his work can be heard on Age of Mythology, Rise of Nations, Age of Empires III. His closeness to Bungie allowed him to work on destiny and its best extension Taken King.
Finally, a lot of players from Guild Wars 2 explored the vast world of Tyria accompanied by her music, especially for the extension Path of Fire.
Stan Lepard was admittedly less well known than other great composers like Nobuo Uematsu (Final fantasy) or Jeremy Soule (Skyrim), but his work on legendary titles from the Xbox universe deserved this tribute.
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