Ben Houge

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'''Ben Houge''' (born 1974) is a composer and sound designer who worked on the WikipediaPlayStation 2|PlayStation 2 version of ''Half-Life'' and its CategoryHalf-Life Expansions|expansions.

==Biography==

In 1996, he entered WikipediaSierra Entertainment|Sierra after leaving college; there he remained for 7 years. During that time, he designed sound effects, recorded and edited dialog for ''Half-Life Opposing Force'' in 1999 and ''Half-Life Blue Shift'' in 2001.http//www.benhouge.com/games.html Official website - Games

In 2001 he also composed music and designed sound effects for the main menu of the PlayStation 2 version of ''Half-Life'', as well as recording and editing additional dialog, and composing the music for promotional trailer. For that work he was called at the last minute. A loop of only 53 seconds long, the main menu music was composed with synthesizers (this is the pieced used for the main menu of the PC port of ''Half-Life Decay'').http//www.benhouge.com/audio.html Official website - Audio

He also created the http//www.benhouge.com/SierraStudiosLogo.avi Sierra splash screen sound featured in every Sierra game published between 1998 and 2001, familiar to the ''Half-Life'' gamers before Steam. The video itself was created by Valve's http//www.mobygames.com/developer/sheet/view/developerId,26452/ Jeff Lane. 

In 2003, he left Sierra and joined WikipediaUbisoft|Ubisoft in Shangai in 2004 after working as a freelance audio contractor for around a year.

He worked on numerous video games, promotional trailers, prototypes, and other miscellaneous projects.

He also composed many classical/choir music pieces.http//www.benhouge.com/compositions.html Official website - Compositions

He also co-founded "Sound Currents", a group of Seattle composers dedicated to presenting fresh, new, creative music through concerts in Shanghai, where Houge resides.http//www.soundcurrents.org/about.html About Sound Currents on the Sound Currents official website

==Complete gameography==

*''WikipediaTom Clancy's EndWar|Tom Clancy's EndWar'' (2009)
*''WikipediaBrothers in Arms Road to Hill 30|Brothers in Arms Road to Hill 30'' (2005)
*''http//www.mobygames.com/game/hoyle-casino-empire Hoyle Casino Empire'' (2002)
*''WikipediaArcanum Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura|Arcanum Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura'' (2001)
*''Half-Life Blue Shift'' (2001)
*''Half-Life'' (2001) {{C|PlayStation 2 version}}
*''WikipediaGround Control (video game)|Ground Control'' (2000)
*''WikipediaGabriel Knight 3 Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned|Gabriel Knight 3 Blood of the Sacred, Blood of the Damned'' (1999)
*''Half-Life Opposing Force'' (1999)
*''WikipediaSWAT 3 Close Quarters Battle|SWAT 3 Close Quarters Battle'' (1999)
*''WikipediaKing's Quest Mask of Eternity|King's Quest Mask of Eternity'' (1998)
*http//www.benhouge.com/SierraStudiosLogo.avi Sierra's splash screen (1998)
*''http//www.mobygames.com/game/windows/leisure-suit-larrys-casino Leisure Suit Larry's Casino'' (1998)
*''WikipediaLeisure Suit Larry Love for Sail!|Leisure Suit Larry Love for Sail!'' (1996)

==References==
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==External links==
*http//www.benhouge.com/ Official website
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*http//www.soundcurrents.org/about.html Sound Currents
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*{{IMDb|url=name/nm0396402/}}
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