Jeff O'Neill
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• Name: Jeffrey O'Neill
• Joined Infocom: 1984
• Games written: 2
• Left Infocom: 1988

Jeff was born in the May of 1958 - the year the microship was invented.

In 1982 he graduated from the California State University in Los Angeles with an undergraduate degree in journalism. For a while he worked in that trade, while taking some courses in computer science at a local community college.

But unsatisfied with that, he in spring 1984 decided to follow a call from Massachusetts and drop out of the school to become a beta tester at Infocom. The hours he spent on testing "Hitchhiker's Guide" are legendary.

A year later he had his chance to showcase his own creativity with "Ballyhoo," a mystery adventure taking place in a circus, which was published early in 1986. In 1987 he authored the unusual "Nord & Bert," which was less an adventure than eight short stories full of verbal trickery and puns.

His last recorded actions at Infocom are his preliminary work on a sequel to "Leather Goddesses of Phobos" and his attempt at translating "Zork I" to German.

None of these were ever finished, due to Infocom's financial problems and in case of the latter German also prove to be too complex a language to localize an adventure to.

Jeff's current whereabouts are unknown.

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Titles written by Jeff O'Neill:

Ballyhoo (1986)

Nord and Bert (1987)

Past Infocom:


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