NoSkill Memorial Site
April 22, 1978 - Dec. 26, 2001
[chunkk] ladies and gentlemen..its as simple as this...
noskill is doomgod..and im right after him
Chris "NoSkill" Crosby and his son, Jacob *
Who was NoSkill?
NoSkill was one of the earliest, high-skilled Doom2 Deathmatch players. He was known as the original "Doomgod" and was active around 1994-1996 (demos I have span May, 1995 through April, 1996). At the time he was best known for his Doom2 Map11, Map7 and Map1 games, and reportedly liked Map3. He played modem-to-modem doom, primarily.
Why is this a "memorial" site?
Noskill died in an unfortunate 1-car accident that occurred on December 25, 2001. He was a passenger in a car on a ramp leading from northbound I-65 to northbound I-465 around 4:50PM, in North West Indianapolis, and the car ran off the ramp. Local troopers believe that the car was going too fast for the ramp. NoSkill's name in real life was Christopher Crosby, and he was 23 at the time of his death. He was married to Nicole Crosby and had a son named Jacob.
Update: 4/23/02 : Mynx emailed with some additional information that we did not have before. It turns out that Chris was actually wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident (we were told before that he was not). However, the driver of the car, his friend David, was not. The new information as it was emailed yesterday by his wife, Nicole Crosby, reads as follows:
>>Chris was wearing his seatbelt. David was not. David was partially ejected
>>and landed with his rear end on Chris's head/side, his head and chest out
>>the back of the 2 door car.
>>Chris died on impact basically from being shook so hard his brain couldn't
>>handle it. David survived and didn't get completely ejected because he
>>landed on Chris.
How do you know it was him, for sure?
The accident was described on the website of a local newspaper, The Indianapolis Star , and a long-time acquaintance of NoSkill named Mynx has verified both his name and the description of his family as it appears in the obituary. The newspaper's sites referring to the accident and the obituary are no longer available on the website due to their age, but screenshots of the websites have been preserved locally, and can be viewed here: accident.gif and obituary.gif .
Why was NoSkill special to Doom2?
He was among the first players to develop a sophisticated Map1 game.
He was among the group of players that first developed a highly-skilled Map11 game.
He was, to our knowledge, the first player to be referred to as "Doomgod". This was originally a singular term, referring to the one highest-skilled active player. The term has changed over the years to permit multiple Doomgods.
Thorough analysis of his Doom2 recordings shows that he used an extremely uncommon keyboard and mouse configuration known as "Mouse+Keys Assist". It had no official differentiation from normal "Mouse+Keys" until recently. The difference can be summarized this way: He used the mouse primarily for movement, and the keyboard as a comparatively minor aid. This config requires extremely high mouse sensitivity to be used skillfully. Detailed technical information about Mouse+Keys Assist configurations will probably be written about soon.
Are there any NoSkill recordings around?
These are all of the recordings available on Doom2.net to date.
Players and download Dates Map NoSkill vs. "Meg" May 21, 1995 Doom2 Map11 NoSkill vs. Avatar May 27, 1995 Doom2 Map 1 NoSkill vs. Stoney June 3, 1995 Doom2 Map 7 NoSkill vs. EvilGenius August 10, 1995 Doom2 Map 1 NoSkill vs. "Sil" September 16, 1995 Doom2 Map 3 NoSkill vs. Smight October 15, 1995 Doom2 Map 1 NoSkill vs.
December 29, 1995 Doom2 Map 1 NoSkill vs.
March 31, 1996 Doom2 Map 1 NoSkill vs.
April 3, 1996 Doom2 Map 3 around April 4, 1996
Doom2 Map 1
A zipfile containing all of the above demos can be downloaded here.
If you have material you would like to submit for use (pictures, unpublished demos, information, whatever), you are welcome to send it to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Links to other sites
Nicole Crosby's Memorial Site
Mynxisms December archive
Thanks to John Castelli for providing the Nos. vs. Hawk demo
* Many thanks to Nicole Crosby, NoSkill's wife, for making this title picture of NoSkill available.