Gregory Yob Video Game Designer

Gregory Yob (June 18, 1945 – October 13, 2005) was an American computer game designer. Gregory was born in Eugene, Oregon. An article about his experiment on simulating gravitational fields with droplets of water on a soap bubble was published in Scientific American in December 1964, under The Amateur Scientist. His one published game, Hunt the Wumpus (1972), written while he was attending University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, is one of the earliest adventure games. While living in Palo Alto, California, Yob came across logic games on a mainframe computer named Hurkle, Snark, and Mugwump. Each of these games was based on a 10 × 10 grid, and Yob recognized that a puzzle game on a computer could have a far more complex structure. He created the world for Wumpus in the shape of a dodecahedron, in part because as a child he made a kite with that shape. In the late 1980s he designed Comfort House. He wrote: "Comfort House is a new form of entertainment. High technology and interactive systems combine with your participation to give you an enjoyable evening uniquely attuned to your senses and mind." It did not get built.

Personal details

Date of birth
June 18th, 1945
Date of death
October 13th, 2005 at age of 60
Places lived
Eugene , Oregon
pop. 159,190 (2013)


1. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Colleges/University

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is one of five campuses and operating subdivisions of the University of Massachusetts (UMass). It is located in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, United States, in the center of the South Coast region, between the cities of New Bedford to the east and Fall River to the west. It became a UMass campus in 1991 when Southeastern Massachusetts University was merged into the University of Massachusetts system.

Type Land-grant university
2010. 34 mil. $
Institution colors
285 Old Westport Rd, 02747 - North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
2010. 7,749
2009. 7,982
2011. 1,450
2010. 1,683
Acceptance rate
2011. 70.0 %
2010. 71.0 %
Local tuition
2011. 11.1 K $
2010. 10.4 K $
2009. 10.4 K $
2008. 8.86 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by gender

People attended University of Massachusetts Dartmouth connected by profession and/or age

b. 1955., Comedian
b. 1959., Organization leader
b. 1963., Politician
b. 1959., Politician
b. 1953., Politician
b. 1961., Scriptwriter
b. 1977., Actor
b. 1969., Visual Artist


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