Chris Jones

Developer Biography

Christopher Jones is a videogame designer. He is most famous for his series of interactive movies starring the hard-boiled, out of his time gumshoe Tex Murphy, a private investigator that lives in the San Francisco of the middle of the 21st century.

Between 1982 and 1999 Chris was the co-owner and CFO of Access Software with Bruce Carver until it was sold to Microsoft in 1999. Chris was the creative force behind many early adventure games, including Countdown, Amazon: Guardians of Eden, and the first two Tex Murphy games: Mean Streets and Martian Memorandum.

In 1991, Chris began a collaboration with Aaron Conners that resulted in three more Tex Murphy games: Under a Killing Moon, The Pandora Directive, and Tex Murphy: Overseer. After hashing out the story concepts and the game design together, Aaron would write the script while Chris handled production.

He also worked on various incarnations of the Links golf franchise after the Microsoft acquisition as part of the company Indie Built, Inc., and various Xbox and PC titles in general.

The partnership between the two developers continued for several years after Microsoft acquired the company through a number of high profile (but ultimately unreleased) projects, including The Black Pearl, with Mark Hamill, and an action/adventure title based on the world of Steven Spielberg's A.I. Plans to develop another Tex Murphy game never materialized and Chris left the videogame business in 2004.

He returned in late 2007 when he teamed up with Aaron Conners again to develop the psychological thriller 3 Cards to Midnight at his new company Big Finish, Inc.

Contributed by Jeanne (76599) on Feb 19, 2006. [revised by : Cantillon (14410), Jeanne (76599) and Sciere (502430)].