Doug Wood was most known for creating many of the iconic animated sequences in Half-Life 1, such as the tentacle scene in Blast Pit and many of the character/npc animations, including the headcrab jump.
After Half-Life 1, Wood went onto work on many other titles at Valve, like the Left 4 Dead series and he also worked on the animation systems for the Source and Source 2 engines.
The announcement came from Wood himself via his own Facebook profile, in the form of a public post:
Big news!! After almost 19 years at Valve I’ve decided to retire. I want to spend more time with my kid (whether he wants me to or not), and do more travelling. Valve has been such an amazing part of my life. I can’t believe how fortunate I am to have been able to work alongside some of the greatest designers, animators, and programmers out there. Seems like just yesterday I started animating headcrabs jumping on scientists in Half-Life 1. I still dream about those little guys… I’m still at work for a couple more weeks, so if you work with me, let’s grab lunch!
As mentioned in the post, Wood claims his reason for retiring is to spend more time with his family and to do more travelling.
He also uploaded a photo of the original Half-Life 1 Team, from 1997, to go with it:
Doug is pictured to the left, in-front of Greg Coomer in the blue t-shirt. You can also see Half-Life series writer Marc Laidlaw, who also recently retired from Valve sat at the front next to a younger looking Gabe.
LambdaGeneration would like to thank Doug for the amazing work he has done on the Half-Life series and wish him the best for whatever comes next in his career.