Raymond Benson was born on September 6, 1955, in Midland, Texas. His family moved to Odessa, Texas when he was five and during elementary school he took piano lessons. He quit his lessons after two years because he didn't like being forced to play songs he didn't like; however, he continued to teach himself to play. In junior high and high school Benson involved himself with reading, writing, music, and drama. He won a few awards in high school for his music and acting abilities. In 1973 he graduated from Permian High School with honors.
Benson began college in the fall of 1973 by attending the University of Texas in Austin. He enrolled as an acting major, but switched to directing after only one semester. During his years in college, Benson was part of several projects that utilized his talents as a writer, singer, composer, and director. He graduated in 1978 with a BFA in directing with high honors.
After graduating, Benson moved to New York and became involved in several stage performances both in directing and music composition. Although some of his work earned him awards, he still needed to have a day job in financial services in order to get by.
Benson had been a huge fan of James Bond since age nine. He published the James Bond Bedside Companion was published in 1984. He has been involved in the James Bond community ever since with magazine articles, official novels and short stories, role-playing games, and work in several James Bond fan clubs. He even wrote and designed several James Bond video games.
Benson was married in 1987 and became a father in 1989. Not wanting to raise children in New York, the family moved back to Austin, Texas in 1990. He got himself an interview at Origin Systems and was hired to be the head writer for Ultima VII: The Black Gate (DOS).
In the summer of 1992, MicroProse Software offered Benson a job as a game designer and he moved to Hunt Valley, Maryland where he designed Return of the Phantom (DOS). The next year MicroProse was hit with financial problems and had to lay off Benson and many other employees.
Benson worked as a freelancer for awhile and continued to design computer games, but in 1993 he was hired by Viacom New Media as a game designer and had to move to Chicago, Illinois where he lives to this day. He designed and wrote scripts for several games, but in 1997 Viacom closed down their game division and Benson was once again out of a job.
Raymond continues to keep himself busy writing, teaching, and playing music.
|1992-04-16||Ultima VII: The Black Gate (DOS)||
||Arranged by Dana Glover.|
|1993-03-25||Ultima VII, Part 2: Serpent Isle (DOS)|
|1993-11-19||Ultima: Runes of Virtue II (GB)|
|1994-06-17||Ultima: Runes of Virtue II (SNES)|
As he appears in Ultima VII: The Black Gate (DOS).