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RIP Douglas E. Smith, Creator of Lode Runner

On September 7, the video game world lost one of its early greats, with Douglas E. Smith passing away at the age of 53. Smith is most famous for being the creator of Lode Runner, a classic PC puzzle game – ported to numerous systems, including the Famicom, as you can see – that he designed while studying architecture.