|Born||June 15, 1977|
|Occupation||satirist, humorist, webmaster, managing editor|
|Alma mater||Queen's University|
|Genre||Comedy, video games|
|Notable works||Portal 2, Team Fortress 2 and Half-Life: Alyx|
Jay Pinkerton (born June 15, 1977) is a Canadian humorist known for co-writing, with Erik Wolpaw, the story of Valve's video game Portal 2. A former editor of both Cracked.com and Cracked magazine, PlayStation World magazine referred to him as a "one-man gag machine". Prior to joining Cracked, Pinkerton served as the managing editor of NationalLampoon.com, the website of the national comedy and film brand.
Jay Pinkerton initially registered his website, Jaypinkerton.com, to be a portfolio of his comedy and artwork. Afterwards, Pinkerton joined the forums of the Internet humor website "Pointless Waste of Time" (PWOT), and took the attention of the site's owner, David Wong, with whom Pinkerton worked on a now-defunct satirical news commentary, the "News Skim", and other comedy articles. It was around this time that he first published his redone Spider-Man comics, spawning an internet phenomenon.
In addition to Cracked, Pinkerton's work has also appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Modern Humorist, CollegeHumor.com and numerous other sites. He has also had his humor writing published in print, including in Jest Magazine, McSweeney’s Best Non-Required Reading 2003, National Lampoon’s Big Book of Love, The CollegeHumor Guide to College and Golden Words.
Pinkerton joined Valve in 2008 and served as a writer for their games. In June 2017, he announced he had left Valve for unspecified reasons. However, he returned to resume working as a writer for Valve in July 2018. Some of his work on return included writing for Half-Life: Alyx, the first original AAA VR title to be released in 2020.
- Braga, Matt (Apr 19, 2011). "Q&A with Portal 2 writers Erik Wolpaw and Jay Pinkerton". National Post.
- PSW Staff (March 13, 2008). "This is Vegas Gameplay Preview". Retrieved December 4, 2012.
- Corrigan, Hope (June 7, 2017). "Jay Pinkerton Becomes the 4th Valve Writer to Leave in Two Years". IGN. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
- Dransfield, Ian (July 30, 2018). "Veteran writer Jay Pinkerton returns to Valve". MCV. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
- Keighley, Geoff (November 21, 2019). "The Final Hours of Half-Life: Alyx". Retrieved November 21, 2019 – via YouTube.