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Tom Clancy passes away at 66

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Tom Clancy, arguably the most influential modern military novelist, and certainly one of the most read ones, has passed away at he age of 66.

Tom Clancy, best known by most people, for his series of books about Jack Ryan, the CIA guy who rose up the ranks to become US president. Many of them have been given the Hollywood treatment, with The Hunt For Red October,Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears all getting adapted to the silver screen.

Many gamers though, would be more familiar with Clancy’s established universes through the games he leant his name to;  Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and H.A.W.X. His gaming legacy is set to continue with the next generation, in Tom Clancy’s The division.

He died Oct. 1 in a hospital Baltimore, his hometown, following a brief illness.

Ubisoft,  who publishes and develops the Clancy universe games issued a statement. "We are saddened to learn of Tom Clancy’s passing and our condolences go out to his family," they said on Facebook. "Tom Clancy was an extraordinary author with a gift for creating detailed, engrossing fictional stories that captivated audiences around the world."

What ‘s your favourite Tom Clancy-related gaming memory?

Last Updated: October 3, 2013


  1. Rincethis

    October 3, 2013 at 10:35

    RIP man. Prolific to say the least.


  2. TiMsTeR1033

    October 3, 2013 at 10:41

    Rainbow 6 vegas and second one. Rip old man, you will be missed.


    • Mark Treloar

      October 3, 2013 at 10:58

      Ghost Recon FTW


      • Johan Fourie

        October 3, 2013 at 16:11

        Raven Shield. FAK YARR!


  3. Scruff304

    October 3, 2013 at 10:44

    Very sad day indeed. RIP.
    Used to love playing the first Rainbow 6. Was just as good fun playing multiplayer!


    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 3, 2013 at 10:48

      Was epic mp!!


    • Tarisma

      October 3, 2013 at 11:54

      Pity other people had to play with you. I bet they resented that.


      • Scruff304

        October 3, 2013 at 11:56

        You are a dick…


        • Tarisma

          October 3, 2013 at 12:08

          you love it


  4. Circuitflow

    October 3, 2013 at 10:44

    Going to be the devision LOL Right now Splinter Cell


  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 3, 2013 at 10:45

    I don’t have a favourite, I’ve enjoyed ALL the Splinter Cells, Ghost Recons & Rainbow Six’s I’ve played.


    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 3, 2013 at 10:47

      I never liked ghost recon games much..


      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        October 3, 2013 at 10:56

        Go & play your CoD heathen!


        • TiMsTeR1033

          October 3, 2013 at 10:59

          I just didn’t like the future crap, When I play games and see too much future stuff I loose interest.


  6. JJNutter

    October 3, 2013 at 10:49

    Really sad. Currently reading his ’94 book “Debt of Honor” and also “Rainbow Six” not to mention the great games. RIP


    • M

      October 3, 2013 at 11:17

      Not sure if you have read “Red Storm Rising”, but if not…..do yourself a favour. I’ve read it about 5 times, and loved it each time. It would be excellent if they made it into a TV miniseries (perhaps something in the vein of Band of Brothers).


  7. ElimiNathan

    October 3, 2013 at 10:50

    The sum of all Fears, loved that game


    • TiMsTeR1033

      October 3, 2013 at 10:52

      Was a great game!


  8. Umar Jaeger

    October 3, 2013 at 10:51

    R.I.P may the path to the afterlife be illuminated bright green!


  9. Deano

    October 3, 2013 at 10:59

    Rainbow 6 or the original Splinter Cell on Xbox 🙂



  10. A 2 Brute?

    October 3, 2013 at 10:59

    RIP. I am a fan of his books and quite a few of his games. My favourite of his was Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. Absolutely loved it, and the co-op was freaking awesome!


  11. Lord Chaos

    October 3, 2013 at 11:10

    Seems it’s not a great year for amazing writers. First James Herbert and now Tom.

    Fond memories of Splinter Cell.


  12. Ir0nseraph

    October 3, 2013 at 11:21

    O I loved Rainbow 6 the game’s and the book , it was Awesome
    R.I.P you legend


  13. Grant Hancock

    October 3, 2013 at 11:40

    Although I’ve enjoyed many of the Tom Clancy games of recent years… my fondest memory must be of the original Ghost Recon form 2001… played the shit outta that game ! 🙂


  14. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    October 3, 2013 at 12:13


    I’m off sick and this happens????

    Thats it!!! NEVER taking sick day again!


  15. Admiral Chief of Rivia

    October 3, 2013 at 12:14

    As for gaming moment, each and every TC game


  16. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    October 3, 2013 at 13:01

    Not a fan of his books and his writing style always left me with a massive facepalm, but you can’t discount his contribution to military fiction or his effect on Hollywood and games.

    Rest in peace old man! 66 is far too young!!


  17. Tero

    October 3, 2013 at 13:07

    Ah sad news. RIP


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