Andrew Simon Thomas, a prominent figure in the New York game development scene and creator of several indie games, died following a collision with a vehicle on June 1. He was 32 years old.
Friends and colleagues on social media are mourning his passing, with some calling him an “incredible and chaotic creative force for good”. Others pointed to his pivotal role in community organizing, calling him a great leader.
Digital Trends Gaming section head Giovanni Colantonio (a longtime friend of Thomas’s) recalled their timeshare in a high school punk band. “In this group, he pushed me to think completely differently about art and to accept making people feel uncomfortable and being totally there”, Colantonio wrote:.
Heart Machine Community and Public Relations Manager Yiyi Zhang says that Thomas “had an incredible drive to improve himself, create great art, and uplift others”, and called him “a true inspiration and friend”.
Friends and colleagues near New York can celebrate his life today at Gumbo NYC. A rally takes place starting at 6:30 p.m. ET.
A picture promoting the event captured the creative and anarchic spirit of Thomas, turning a recently popular Internet taunt into a memorial message. “Andrew has always evangelized by touching the grass as a way to stay grounded and find calm,” the image read.