Posted 03 July 2005 - 03:41 AM
On that day I received the notification of the death of a very good friend and fellow modder. Mapping-legend Heiko Feege, better known as Odie, passed away on Tuesday, June 7th, 2005. I hope you understand that out of respect for his widow and son (8) I can't go into any details.
It was Odie who created my interest in GTA modding, it was Odie who introduced me to GTAForums, it was Odie with whom I exchanged more than 1600 emails over the last 3 years. And I miss it, I miss him.
Odie was one of the best map modders GTA has ever seen, an outstanding member of the community. Not only did he contribute massively to game research and documentation, he was also the most creative and productive mind when it comes to map modeling. And he was a pioneer. His Stunt Park was the first complete map mod for GTA3, the Beach Park the first one for Vice City. His Berlin Mod might've even been the first TC ever started for a GTA 3D game. And of course he released the first full-blown lot for Myriad. Furthermore there is the unfinished CCM as expansion to his GTA3 Stunt Park, the LC Intercity Highway (in cooperation with illspirit), the Statue of Liberty (completing Liberty City), the unfinished FunWorld mod (initiated by him) and a Skyline and some mansions for Myriad. He was working on even more lots, including a church and a factory, but didn't have time to finish them. Also, he was working on a yet unannounced huge island, which has an overwhelming landscape and some innovative features (like a cable railway).
I'm in contact with his wife and we agreed that we can't let his awesome work go to waste, and she is trying to sort out his tons of files to find those that might be of interest to us. But I have no idea yet how to organize the continuation of his work...
Odie, I hope you have internet access wherever you might be now, to see that people care about and admire you. You left way too early. No words can explain our loss, we miss you and we will always remember you.
(Sorry for telling you so late. Maybe I didn't want to spoil your fun with SA. Maybe I didn't feel like writing all this. Maybe I tried to forget. I don't know...)
Posted 03 July 2005 - 03:47 AM
Posted 03 July 2005 - 03:55 AM
I'm feel so sorry for Odie, since I know the past few years haven't been kind of him personally. But even through rough times he still contributed to the community.
I'll miss you Odie. Rest in peace.
Posted 03 July 2005 - 04:08 AM Edited by Modder, 03 July 2005 - 04:10 AM.
Lets Have 1 Minute Silence every time we vist the topic.
Respect - We Should Make a mod for SA for him to be rememberd like a sign.
Posted 03 July 2005 - 04:11 AM
It's sad to hear that he's gone, but I didn't know him that well at all, so this post is just to pay respsects.
Posted 03 July 2005 - 04:18 AM
Posted 03 July 2005 - 04:27 AM
Best wishes to his wife and son.
Posted 03 July 2005 - 04:28 AM
Posted 03 July 2005 - 04:34 AM
Posted 03 July 2005 - 04:36 AM
ODIE and I never collaborated, but we did exchange PMs. I was honored that he felt me worthy of sharing his personal life with as I did with others. I too hope that wherever you are, you are happy.
|QUOTE (ODIE @ for as long as I can remember)|
|I think about GTA3: "I was made for modding you baby..."|
Posted 03 July 2005 - 04:39 AM
Posted 03 July 2005 - 04:43 AM
give his mods to them for another GTA Game like his highway for example a highway for GTA LCS. I Must Say Again goodbye Odie your in a better place now.
Lest We Forget
Posted 03 July 2005 - 04:48 AM
I know that my words may not mean much, since I've been an outsider to many of the memories most of you have made with this man, but rest assured that his work and his person will be sorely missed by all of us silent modders. Rest In Peace Odie.
Posted 03 July 2005 - 05:07 AM
I propose making a memorial lot for ODIE on his illcom c4_r1 lot, my old lot
Posted 03 July 2005 - 05:09 AM Edited by MiLO83, 03 July 2005 - 05:18 AM.
Currently i'm at college taking arts fundementals with plans on taking 3d Game design after i finish. ODIE was a major major inspiration to myself personally.
I will have few smilies in my posts for a while, and really feel this loss like losing
a real close friend I never talked to, but highly respected.
Something should be done. Did he have contact with anyone at rockstar?
If so it would be extremely fitting that a tribute to him be boldly placed in the next
GTA game, as he probably sold alot of games, and there are few people in the
community who I would stand firm on this about.
I'm feeling like I miss someone.
But strangely he's still alive, and visitable, whether it be in berlin, myrid, or at the
statue of liberty.
I'm out of words, yet I could write pages.
Thanks for everything ODIE.
P.S - I've had the same sig for 2 years.
EDIT: This topic should be perminately pinned.
Posted 03 July 2005 - 05:09 AM Edited by dertyjerzian, 03 July 2005 - 05:15 AM.
Long Live Odie And The Stunt Park. Someone shoud port it to SA and put a statue of him there. Not the Odie dog, the Actual Odie. And a plaque. Readable. I had no Idea he was such a huge part of the progress you all have made today.
I'm so veryy sorry for the loss, and though this seems selfish, I'm srry I came around too late and never got a chance to meet someone who becomes one of my heroes, only all to late as well.
I send my love and best wishes to everyone missing someone today.
This is so sad, Im going to rest and have a coffee. God Bless.
And a little 8 year old a wife, this is too much for me. Everyone, I hope you are all ok. I never knew the man, but this community is amazing, I'm sure he was a big part of that being so.
Posted 03 July 2005 - 05:23 AM
Its really hard to express my feelings here so excuse me if that made little to no sense
Posted 03 July 2005 - 05:54 AM Edited by [DRuG]NikT, 03 July 2005 - 06:11 AM.
Reading the posts in this thread are a testament to the amount of fellow modders that were inspired enough by his work to go on and make it their passion... This was his effect on me as well.
RIP Odie - one who really left his footprints.
Posted 03 July 2005 - 06:13 AM
what did happen?
if you do not want to explain, its fine.
what makes me want to cry is....he probably didnt get to play san andreas for PC. :'(
Posted 03 July 2005 - 06:15 AM
man.. i use to just completely be amazed at odie's work..
Posted 03 July 2005 - 06:44 AM
RIP Odie- You WILL be missed.
Posted 03 July 2005 - 06:46 AM
RIP, Odie. My condolences go out to his wife and son.
Posted 03 July 2005 - 07:27 AM
didnt know him personally, but its really sad to hear hes not with us any more, and that his wife and child are now without a husband and father
Posted 03 July 2005 - 08:10 AM
Anyway... I always enjoyed his work and admired him for it. The man was truly talented, may he rest in peice.
Posted 03 July 2005 - 09:58 AM
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