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Andrew O'Neil

May 27, 1972June 10, 2019
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We are sad to announce Andy O’Neil passed on Monday, June 10, 2019 at his home in Austin, Texas. Andy had moved to Austin in 1999 from Birmingham, England to pursue a career in the video game industry. Andy was the first son of Isobel Noreys O’Neil and Peter O’Neil and was born on May 27, 1972, which made him 47 years young when he passed.

Brought up by his father from the age of 10 years in a slightly unconventional manner, (no access to a t.v. in the home) he was allowed to pursue his interest in electronics and computing freely. His first computer, a Sinclair Zx Spectrum, was received Christmas 1982.

Andy graduated from the University of Birmingham as a Bachelor of Science (Physics with Electonics) in 1994 and also had been responsible for the computer network of his halls of residence. He worked at home on his PC to produce programming demos, which he would send to companies. He got a job in Aldridge as an entry level programmer in C+.

He moved to Austin to work for Acclaim and then went to Retro Studios, where he was lead programmer on Metroid Prime. Not long after, Andy decided to go it alone, founding Bluepoint Games in January 2006 along with Marco Thrush.

Notable achievements for Bluepoint Games over the next decade or so were having the first downloadable game for the PS3 anywhere in the world available on PS3 launch day on time; written in his spare room, and remastering God of War from PS2 to PS3. Other titles such as ICO, Shadow of the Colossus, Metal Gear Solid, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Flower, Titanfall Remastered, Uncharted, Gravity Rush, and others.

Andy said, “In the end though, it basically comes down to getting your head down, avoid the shiny distractions, and do the best job you possibly can.”

Andy was a voracious reader and typically consumed a novel in 48 hours. He was also an extremely talented guitar player and first played in a band called “Just” whilst in school, also then playing lead guitar in a thrash metal band. In Austin he was in a local band that Andy was proud to say played at Stubbs.

Andy is survived by his brother Alistair, his two nieces, Isobel and Lucy, half-brother David, all of England, and his girlfriend Stephanie of Bee Cave, Texas. His passing has been devastating to his survivors.

His memorial service will take place at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Weed-Corley-Fish North Chapel, 3125 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, Texas and another will take place in England in the coming days.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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Jon Harrison

July 8, 2019

I worked with Andy at NMS Software in the UK. I remember Andy as one of the happiest people you could wish to meet. His personality was infectious.
He was a genuine talent. He could code and code well. He also had that creative flair which meant he could add that extra touch and speak to the artists. What am I saying. Andy just spoke to everyone - that's what made him Andy.

I do think back to the great time we had at NMS and so many great people there, Andy being one of the biggest memories.

God bless you fella.

Jon.

Eduardo Lobo

June 21, 2019

I never had the chance to get to meet him in person but I know he was a great man and I am very thankful for all the effort and love he put into his projects that allowed me to escape to another world, to escape from all my problems. Rest In Peace

Wilson Martino

June 19, 2019

I was not fortunate enough to know Mr. O'Neil, but I am thankful to have experienced his work from the comfort of my room for over 20 years. From Acclaim to Retro to Bluepoint, Andy has been part of Video Game history and his family should know his legacy will live on forever through the art he had the creativity to direct. As a fan, im forever grateful for his contributions to our community and mourn in solidarity with his family. Thank you for sharing Andy with the world, we are forever grateful for him.

Chase Williams

June 19, 2019

I had the privilege of meeting Andy a few years ago. His shining generosity was exemplified in the advice he would enthusiastically give, the books he would lend at a moments notice, and a genuine desire to help people. I owe Andy a great deal for his guidance. It saddens me greatly knowing that one of the most brilliant minds in video games is no longer with us.

Zach Carwile

June 18, 2019

I unfortunately didn't know Mr. O'neil, but I am familiar with his work. I have been a fan and avid player of the games he helped build for the last 15 years. I hope his family can feel pride in him for what he has accomplished because it has brought me, a perfect stranger a thousand miles away, countless hours of joy. Thank you for everything, Andy. I am sorry I didn't have the pleasure of knowing you and I wish I could have shook your hand.

Nicky Bennett

June 18, 2019

Andy was a great friend of over thirty years. We met during a residential arts week when just teenagers. We formed a band and had a blast! As a band, we were inseparable - creating, rehearsing, chilling and mostly hanging out in our flat!

Over the decades we have kept in touch. He showed me the sights, sounds and tastes of Texas - memories I will cherish. He used to turn up on my doorstep with no warning!

‘Hiya’ll’ he’d say

This was usually at Christmas-time, I then had to change out my PJs quickly to go to a pub and/or restaurant.

I will truly miss his smile, conversation, thoughtfulness, generosity and hugs x A true, honest, loyal, humble friend x

RIP friend x

Matt Davies

June 18, 2019

Didn’t know you personally but want to thank you for allowing everyone who was touched by your work to escape to another world. Being 6 years old and hearing the rain fall for the first time on Tallon IV will never leave my mind.

Love and best wishes to the family

Daniel Rose

June 18, 2019

I had the opportunity to spend a little bit of time working with Andy during the development of Shadow of The Colossus. I remember a night where he and a few of us from the studio spent the night sipping whiskey outside and chatting about all sorts of stuff. It was excellent. I didn't know him well, but based on my brief interactions with him, the company he founded, and the people he chose to work with, he clearly was a good man. Condolences to both his families.

Pratik Patel

June 18, 2019

I was shocked to hear of Andy's passing. We lived next door to each other in Walsall and also worked at the same company. Our shared love of music, books, beer, video games and sci-fi meant we became good friends and spent many hours working and partying together. I was delighted that Andy became so successful after moving to the US but not at all surprised; he was definitely one of the most capable engineers I have worked with in my career. My condolences go out to his family and friends.

Rest in peace mate.

Jordan Pewsey

June 18, 2019

I had the pleasure of getting to know Mr. O’Neal while he was a guest with us. He always took the time to come by the front desk to see how our day was going and discuss all the food we missed in England.

Mr. O’Neal treated the whole front office staff like we were family making sure we had something to eat during our shift. When we did have food he would still insist on us trying something he had personally picked out for each of us at Whole Foods.

I will always remember Mr. O’Neal for the positive impact he had on my life, and the other staff members. We will honor your memory each and every day by striving to better the lives of the people we encounter as you did we us.

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