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Ben Houge

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Ben Houge
Ben Houge in Shanghai.jpg
Biographical information


Place of birth

York, Nebraska, USA[1]

  • Composer
  • Sound designer

Ben Houge is a composer and sound designer who worked on the PlayStation 2 version of Half-Life and its expansions. He worked on numerous other video games, promotional trailers, prototypes, and miscellaneous projects.[2]


In 1996, he joined Sierra Entertainment immediately after leaving college where he remained for seven years. During that time, he designed sound effects and recorded and edited dialog for Half-Life: Opposing Force in 1999 and Half-Life: Blue Shift in 2001.[2]

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 the promotional trailer. He had been called in at the last minute to complete this work. A loop of only 35 seconds long, the main menu theme was composed with synthesizers.[2][3]

He also created the Sierra splash screen sound featured in every Sierra game published between 1998 and 2001,[2] familiar to Half-Life players before Steam. The video itself was created by Valve's Jeff Lane.[2]

He left Sierra in 2003 and, after working as a freelance audio contractor for a year, he joined Ubisoft in Shanghai in 2004 before departing at the end of 2008. He has continued to consult on sound design for game companies since then.[2]

Houge has composed many classical/choir music pieces[4] and co-founded "Sound Currents", a group of Seattle composers dedicated to presenting fresh, new, creative music through concerts in Shanghai, where he resides.[5]

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