Rebecca Heineman

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Rebecca Ann Heineman
Born William Salvador Heineman
(1963-10-30) October 30, 1963 (age 51)
Los Angeles, California
Other names Burger Becky
Occupation game designer and programmer
Known for Programmer of The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate and Dragon Wars

Rebecca Ann Heineman (born William Salvador Heineman) is an American video game programmer. A long-time veteran of the computer game industry (originally credited mostly as Bill Heineman), Heineman was a founding member of Interplay Productions, Logicware, Contraband Entertainment. She has also been affiliated at various times with Barking Lizards Technologies, Electronic Arts, Bloomberg, Microsoft, MacPlay and Ubisoft, among other game companies. Heineman works as the CEO[1] of Olde Skuul in the Seattle, Washington.

She won the National Space Invaders Championship, sponsored by Atari, in November, 1980, making her the first person to ever win a national video game contest.[2]

In the mid-1980s, Heineman programmed the cult classic graphic adventure games Tass Times in Tonetown and The Bard's Tale III: Thief of Fate. Heineman also programmed the Macintosh, Super Nintendo and Apple IIGS ports of Another World, as well as some other lesser-known games, such as Mindshadow, Borrowed Time, Battle Chess, and The Tracer Sanction.

Due to her love of storing hamburgers in her desk drawers, her friends call her "Burger" (and when they would call for her, she would sometimes respond "Burger").[3]

In April 2001, she began writing novels based on Sailor Moon, Ranma 1/2, The Terminator, Ace Ventura and Independence Day.[4]

In November 2003, she was diagnosed with gender identity disorder[5] and began transitioning to a woman.[6]

On March 17, 2008, she launched a webcomic called Sailor Ranko[7] based on her novels set in the Sailor Ranko universe created by Duncan Zillman and Kevin D. Hammel, based on characters from Sailor Moon and Ranma 1/2. The art for the webcomic was done by Allison Decker while paneling and lettering was done by Joseph Fanning.

On November 30, 2014, she publicly released the source code[8] to the 3DO version of Doom.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rebecca's bio from Olde Skuul's website
  2. ^ Video Game History November 1980
  3. ^ Interview with Michael Cranford an audio recording of Michael speaking about how "Burger" got her nickname
  4. ^ Rebecca Heineman's page copies of Rebecca's novels and short stories
  5. ^ Becky's coming out letter from Becky's Livejournal
  6. ^ Interview of Rebecca Heineman that goes into detail of her career and transition
  7. ^ The Adventures of Sailor Ranko start date of the first page of the comic.
  8. ^ The complete archive for DOOM for the 3DO on Github

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