David Mertz

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'''David M. Mertz''' is a game developer and writer who worked at Gearbox Software.

==Biography==
At Gearbox, he held several positions such as level designer, senior level designer, and lead level designer. He got involved with level design, content creation, and design and content team management.

With Rob Heironimus and Randy Pitchford, he co-wrote the story for ''Half-Life Blue Shift''. He also designed the Santego Military Base for ''Half-Life Opposing Force'' and several ''Blue Shift'' levels.http//davidmmertz.wordpress.com/projects David Mertz's personal website

==Trivia==
*In the room right below Shephard's dormitory (only accessed by noclipping) can be found an Easter egg, consisting in initials and a date ("DMM 1999"). "DMM" is the signature of David M. Mertz; "1999" is the release date for ''Opposing Force''. Mertz http//www.halopedian.com/DMM_2003 did it again for ''http//www.halopedian.com/Halo_PC Halo PC'' in 2003 (''Halo'' ported for the PC by Gearbox), in the multiplayer map ''http//www.halopedian.com/Timberland_(Level) Timberland'', where he signed "DMM 2003" behind a group of trees.

*With other Gearbox employees, he gave his name to an List of minor HECU members|HECU recruit seen in Santego Military Base in ''Half-Life Opposing Force'' and a Mertz (scientist)|Black Mesa scientist accommodated in the Level 3 Dormitories in the Black Mesa Research Facility|Black Mesa South Wing featured in ''Half-Life Decay''.

==Work==
===''Half-Life Opposing Force''===
*''Boot Camp''
*''Vicarious Reality''
*''Black Mesa Biodomes''
*Power Struggle (multiplayer map)|''Power Struggle'' (multiplayer map)

===''Half-Life Blue Shift''===
*''Insecurity''
*''Captive Freight''
*''Focal Point''
*''Power Struggle''

==Selected gameography==
*Half-Life (Dreamcast port)|''Half-Life'' (Dreamcast port) (2001)
*Half-Life (PlayStation 2 port)|''Half-Life'' (PlayStation 2 port) (2001)
*''Half-Life Opposing Force'' (1999)
*''Half-Life Blue Shift'' (2001)

==Gallery==

FileDmm bootcamp 1.jpg|Mertz's signature in Santego's hidden room.
FileDmm bootcamp 2.jpg|Ditto.
FileSantego.jpg
FileOf4a3 holo.jpg
FileSecurity2 lobby.jpg
FileSuv magnum1.jpg
FileBa yard50000.jpg
FileChumtoad lair.jpg
FileBa focuser03.jpg
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==Official biographies==
{{CollapsedBio|19991127150606/http//gearboxsoftware.com/talent.html|November 27, 1999|Dave Mertz - Level Design|(''No text.'')}}

{{CollapsedBio|20001006034131/http//gearboxsoftware.com/talent.html|October 6, 2000|David Mertz - Level Design|Before joining Gearbox Software, David was a graduate student at Virginia Tech working towards a Master’s Degree in Biomedical engineering. While David has been editing levels since the days of Doom, his path to professional game development started with levels created for Quake and Quake 2 and popular game variants such as Rocket Arena and Rocket Arena 2. Like many members of the Gearbox team, David is an avid deathmatch fan and plays under the alias “Alpha_Male”.}}

{{CollapsedBio|20010110074000/http//gearboxsoftware.com/talent.html|January 1, 2001|David Mertz - Level Design, Game Design|Before joining Gearbox Software, David was a graduate student at Virginia Tech working towards a Master’s Degree in Biomedical engineering. While David has been editing levels since the days of Doom, his path to professional game development started with levels created for Quake and Quake 2 and popular game variants such as Rocket Arena and Rocket Arena 2. For Gearbox, David was responsible for the building the Boot Camp of Half-Life Opposing Force and co-designing Half-Life Blue Shift. Like many members of the Gearbox team, David is an avid deathmatch fan and plays under the alias “Alpha_Male”.}}

==References==
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==External links==
*http//davidmmertz.wordpress.com Personal website
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