|Joe Maruschak, a former Dynamix
employee, works at his desk in GarageGames headquarters. The
building is less than two miles from where Dynamix set up shop.
GarageGames was founded by four former Employees of Dynamix, a
video games development studio. Jeff Turnell started Dynamix in
Eugene, Ore., in 1984, and the company produced many acclaimed games
including simulations such as “MechWarrior,” puzzles such as “The
Incredible Machine” and first-person shooters such as “Starsiege:
Dynamix was purchased by Sierra Entertainment in 1990 and kept
as a distinct entity. Sierra itself was bought and sold repeatedly.
In 1997, its parent company, CUC International, merged with another
conglomerate, HFS Inc. Within a year, the newly formed conglomerate
of conglomerates revealed that CUC’s financial records had been
falsified, inflating the worth of the company by more than $500
The president of CUC was convicted of 14 counts of fraud and sentenced
to 10 years in prison. At the same time, many corporate levels lower,
Sierra came under new mangagement. Because of the massive financial
hardship of its parent company, Sierra reorganized into five divisions.
Four were “Sierra Something,” and the fifth was the enduring Dynamix.
The subdivision of a subsidiary of a massive, struggling business
empire survived another reorganization in 1999, but in 2001 Sierra
closed Dynamix. Four former employees of Dynamix were the original
members of GarageGames: Mark Frohnmayer, Tim Gift, Rick Overman
and Jeff Turnell. An artist, Joe Maruschak, was also employed by
Dynamix when it closed. He later returned to Garage Games as a project