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Jeffrey Tunnell

aka: Jeff Tunnell

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Formerly Executive Director of Dynamix, a game development division of Sierra On-Line and Vivendi-Universal Interactive. Tunnell co-founded Dynamix in Eugene, Oregon in 1984 with Damon Slye and guided the company from an independent game developer for Electronic Arts to an affiliated label of Activision, then sold the company to Sierra On-line, a publicly traded company in 1990.

His role at Dynamix was as product and technology visionary and creative spark, directing development of new game genres and on new platforms. Tunnell has either designed, produced, or directed more than 70 titles including Rise of the Dragon, The Incredible Machine, Starsiege, and Starsiege: Tribes (Online Game of the Year, AIAS). He has pioneered new game genres such as Outdoor Sports with Trophy Bass and Family Entertainment with the 3-D Ultra line of products that includes such mass-market titles as Pinball, Maximum Minigolf, and Cool Pool.

In 1999 Tunnell founded Monster Studios with long-time collaborator Chris Cole, but left the company early 2003. In the same year he founded GarageGames with three of his Dynamix friends (Tim Gift, Rick Overman, and Mark Frohnmayer). GG is a game developer and an online community of independent developers, that also provides tools for the production of computer games and distributes the games made with those tools by independent developers.

In March 2008, the public beta release of GreatGamesExperiment.com went on line, a social networking site centered around gaming. GGE was created by Tunnell for developers and gamers, to promote, network, discover, download, and play games. On June 2, 2008, Tunnell left GarageGames to start a new company with another vision and a new set of promises. A few months later, on November 5th, 2008, his new startup Push Button Labs was announced.

Outside of games Tunnell started Furrer Farms in 2007, a 200 acre organic farm. For fun, he rides motorcycles (Yamaha FZ-1 and YZ250F), plays in a rock band Procrastinators, lifts Olympic weights, and spends a lot of time with his family. He and his wife Colleen have four kids (Heidi, Aaron, Jonathan, and Allison).

Credited on 59 games

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Villagers & Heroes of a Mystical Land (2011 on Windows) Special Thanks
Metal Drift (2009 on Windows) Special Thanks
Screwjumper! (2007 on Xbox 360) Special Thanks
Marble Blast Ultra (2006 on Xbox 360) Development
Blockland (2004 on Windows) GarageGames.com Staff
Marble Blast (2002 on Windows) The Marble Blast Team
Chain Reaction (2002 on Windows) Designers
The Incredible Machine: Even More Contraptions (2001 on Windows) Additional Design
3-D Ultra Lionel Train Town Deluxe (2000 on Windows) People that contributed to the original TrainTown
Return of the Incredible Machine: Contraptions (2000 on Windows) Original Concept
3-D Ultra NASCAR Pinball (1999 on Macintosh) Executive Producer
3-D Ultra Pinball: Power! (1999 on Windows) Executive Producer
Starsiege (1999 on Windows) Executive Producer
3-D Ultra Radio Control Racers (1999 on Windows) Executive Producer
Starsiege: Tribes (1998 on Windows) Executive Producer
3-D Ultra MiniGolf Deluxe (1998 on Windows) Co-Designer/Executive Director
Driver's Education '98 (1998 on Windows) Executive Producer
Red Baron with Mission Builder (1997 on DOS) Executive Producer
Sierra Pro Pilot 98: The Complete Flight Simulator (1997 on Windows) Thanks for welcoming subLOGIC staff to Dynamix
3-D Ultra Minigolf (1997 on Windows) Co-Designer

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Jeffrey Tunnell
source: 1991 Sierra Product Catalog

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