Rippy grew up in the Spring area of Harris County, Texas and now resides in Plano, Texas, near Dallas. Making video game music
was not Rippy's original career goal. He attended the University of Texas in the early 1990s to study visual art, and only took a
few music courses.
Rippy worked for Ensemble Studios as the head of the Audio department with friend and collaborator Kevin McMullan. He is best
known for his sound design and scores on the Age of Empires series, its spin-off Age of Mythology, and the Xbox 360 strategy
game Halo Wars.
Ensemble was closed down shortly after the release of Halo Wars. Rippy joined Bonfire Studios, a development studio formed
from ex-Ensemble employees and led by Rippy's brother David.