I remember the late '90s so well... so vividly. I remember when the original Portal was introduced. I remember when Video Game Director's Cuts was in its infancy and how it would eventually evolve. I had even submitted website graphics to Randy's evolution. Oh, do I remember it so... (it was a scene from The Revenge of Shinobi that I used to make a VGDC website title banner)
I was merely 13-years-old when I first experienced the wonder of Randy's work. Sure, it was simplistic and goofy, yet being the avid gamer myself it wasn't difficult for me to decipher his humor. He and Rob Foor of Razoric often distracted me from the hellish misery that was junior high school. Even my science teacher loved his stuff.
My word, Randy Solem. Other than the two paragraphs above, it's hard to say anything else. Only ten years my senior and your life was cut short. It is a reminder that life is a fleeting thing, so wasting it would make an ocean of regrets upon anyone. Though I never physically met the man, I am sure Randy never wasted anything regarding his life. You were never my family and yet, there you were; your animations making me laugh and smile when I was at odds with my own family.
I will certainly miss you, Randy Solem. May you rest in peace for eternity.