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Nukey Shay (Kurt Howe) has died. :(

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It's sad that he's gone, but if you have to go out that way, at least it has a video game connection.

 

youtu.be/EvU3LewUnZM?t=239

 

 

I'll probably go out in some boring, non-video game way and that's no fun.

 

Some Dead Guy: "How did you go out?"

 

Dead Me: "I sneezed and banged my head on the sharp corner of a shelf."

 

Some Dead Guy: "Damn, what a boring way to go."

 

Dead Me: "I'm sorry, I'll try to get hit by an asteroid or eaten by an alligator next time."

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Nukey was so talented, and helped out so much on 2600 hacks.

 

Rest in peace Atarian and friend.  :(

 

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I always enjoyed reading his posts as well... Condolences to his family and those who knew him. :(

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Just hear the news, very sad. He lived within a few miles of me IIRC although we never actually met in person. One of the first things I remember when joining here was reading his custom status of "Sheik Yerbouti" and spitting out my pop from laughing so hard once I got it (hey, the internet was a simple place back then) RIP buddy...

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Ugh what awful news. Nukey will be missed for sure. :(

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We won't forget about you, Nukey Shay. Thank you, for being apart of AtariAge...

R.I.P. Nukey Shay (Kurt Howe)
1965 - 2020 ⚰️

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This is one of those things that you read, and re-read, and still can't believe it.

 

Nukey was such a fixture here. Contributing to so many projects. Elevating games to new heights. Fer cryin' out loud - he actually made a version of the original Pac-Man that I liked.

 

 

That takes talent. He'll be sorely missed. My most heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.

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Every reply to this thread has me hoping it’s Kurt to say he is actually alive and well.

 

My heart sinks again with every reply that is not him. It’s time for me to face reality.

 

He will be missed here…by his other family.

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Really sad to hear this news. Nukey was an AMAZING guy!

Not only did he make the incredible Hack 'Em / Hangley Man version of Pacman (which I argue is the best 2600 version that exists) but he also hacked Midnight Magic for me to use the paddle controllers like the cover art shows. He even made the alternate version of River Raid with the three bullets just cuz I had said I saw an iOS version and wondered if it was even possible on original hardware.

All of these (and many more) he did just for a giggle and a challenge and his turnaround time was hours.

AtariAge has truly lost one of the nicest and most skilled 2600 experts and I was very happy to have known him.

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I didn't know Kurt but of course knew OF him here. I played many of his hacks and enjoyed them. Much love to his family and friends. Safe travels to Kurt, you are missed by all of us here on AtariAge.

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That is just horribly bad news. You read his name on here and knew deep knowledge was spread. Thanks for all you did here & have a better one!

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Wow, that's horrible, if it's true =(

 

I can't really say anything that hasn't been said already, he was always very helpful around here.

 

As soon as I saw the thread title, I realized "Yeah, I haven't seen him in a little bit..."

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I’m so saddened by this news. Kurt helped me on so many early projects, was such a great guy, and contributed so much to our community. A tragic loss for everyone who knew him. :(

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Kurt basically wrote the kernel for my game 1 vs 1 Basketball,   which was my first 2LK and opened up that world to my programming thereafter .

 

He also instructed me on how to do write the start vectors for bank switched games and how to make these compatible with Flashback .

 

He was generous enough to do much of this through personal message .        He directly touched my life for sure . 

 

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Saddened to hear the news. 

 

I didn't have much interaction on this website early on (returned only recently after an eleven year absence) and tended to read more than post.

 

Nukey was one of the names I remember from those earlier, dare I say, happier times. 

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Posting this before reading the whole thread.. But this is really sad news.. :(  With the passing of some greats in the Atari community the last couple years.  I really enjoyed all the hack threads where he was involved or managed to "tweak" or improve some game, fix bugs and all sorts of cool Atari 2600 goodness.  I believe he even did a few things for the Atari 8-bit series as well.  Sad news indeed.  :| 

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This one hurts. So many of his hacks are what drew me back into 2600 gaming after a long hiatus.

He was always kind, and clearly had a real love for this hobby. He was a real asset to this community. I’m glad that his posts and roms will live on here at Atari Age. Condolences to his family and loved ones.


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Some names, to me, defined AtariAge and what community meant. Nukey Shay was one of those. 

I think we should all be required to post to the forum a "proof of life" photo holding the day's newspaper, at least once a week.

Two years is way too long for us to have noticed this.

 

 

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My God - I literally just found out about this while watching the @ZeroPage Homebrew podcast tonight.

 

I can't believe all of the good people we are losing. :(  Kurt helped me while I was still fooling with the 5200 hacks... 

Gutted.... just gutted....

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