A great number of Top Tier Tactics readers only know this site exists because of my Spy lesson videos on YouTube, on which I frequently advertise my other creative ventures. From the very beginning of Team Fortress 2, I was enthralled with playing the Spy. There was so much intrigue, danger, and hilarity.
As you probably know, playing Spy isn’t easy, which might explain why there are so many Spy tutorial videos out there. We all have our espionage heroes, be they OMFGNinja, Evil Daedalus, stabby stabby, or whomever. I have a small contingent of subscribers myself. But before I was anyone’s Spy role model, SubtleArt was one of mine.
And for that reason, I was greatly saddened to learn that he passed away this February.
Gaming as a hobby is relatively new; even if someone was already 30 or so when gaming first became popular, it’s likely he or she would still be alive today. Thus, we don’t really expect to lose an icon very often. SubtleArt, also known as SubtieArt, Lt. Cyndi Lauper, and LouLou, can’t have been that old, but he inspired thousands of future backstabbers with videos that captured Team Fortress 2’s distinctive, chaotic moments with well-placed stabs, heart-pounding music, and helpful, easy-to-follow tips. His videos, even when they were montages, always involved the kind of context that help teach amateurs not only how to stab, but also how to get into position and how to make an effective escape.
Unfortunately, most of his Spy videos were deleted from YouTube at an earlier date, though his sister is currently updating his channel with some of her favorites from among his works. While I don’t know how he died or under what circumstances, I extend my condolences to his family, friends, and his many fans.
I can’t help but think about the likelihood any of us could meet such an untimely end. What will become of any of us when our fate is complete, and what will we leave behind as our legacy? While I’m glad to provide entertainment to those who’ll listen, I can’t say I’ve yet accomplished much, and I don’t know if some poorly-compiled videos and long-winded articles can ever be considered a contribution to the world in any meaningful way.
Did you follow SubtleArt? Do you have any favorite videos, stories, or experiences playing with him?