David Crane Interview

David Crane Interview

Interview by Peter Ward   Please could you introduce yourself in 5 or 6 lines. Born in a small town in Indiana, I was always a geek interested in games, electronics, and digital circuitry long before home computers.  I left high school able to program mainframe computers in three languages, and had learned electronic circuit design.  I attended DeVry University – one of the only purely engineering-centric schools available at the time – and worked in one of the integrated circuit design labs at National Semiconductor.  I left National to…

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Dave Perry founder of Shiny

Dave Perry  founder of Shiny

Dave Perry Interview by Peter Ward Dave was the President & Founder of Shiny Entertainment.  Shiny earned both critical and commercial success. Dave Started programming at 15 years of age,  he started writing computer game programming books . Since then, David has developed many games (a  lead programmer for most of them), Dave has developed for 23 video game platforms. All told, Perry’s games have totalled more than $500 million in sales.   Dave Perry CV Business Messiah (2000) (President) Sacrifice (2000) (President) R/C Stunt Copter (1999) (Production Management) Wild 9 (1998) (Tall Man & President) Production…

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Dave Perry Interview

Dave Perry Interview

Dave Perry Interview by Peter Ward Hello and Welcome to Retro Games Master. It is an honour to speak to one of the gaming TV Legends. You are now a Tattooist please give us some details and how this come about and why you moved away from the game industry? I actually moved away from the games industry when the publishing company I had been working for… Rapide Publishing ran into financial difficulties. Following the Mario 64 debacle on GamesMaster I had also gone on to work with Hewland on…

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Gari Biasillo

Gari Biasillo

Thank you for agreeing to doing an interview it is an honour to interview such a talented musician. It’s my pleasure. What did you want to do for a career when you were at school, and what was your first job? I vaguely recall wanting to be an astrophysicist but that was short lived.  Music, computers, and synthesizers fascinated me, so combining those skills together, a career in the games industry, such as it was then, was a goal from an early age.  The school I attended wasn’t really geared…

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Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Thank you for this interview it is an honour for me to interview such a Legend… What did you want to do when you were at school for a career and what was your first job? Throughout my school life I always wanted to get a job that involved drawing or art in some way, seemed to be the only thing I was really any good at or knew anything about. Art was the thing that kept my mates happy or bullies off my back throughout my school life. I…

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Ben Daglish

Ben Daglish

Ben Daglish Interview by Mark Hellewell and Peter Ward Music CV  Platypus II (2007) (Music) C64 Classix (2005) (Track2 “The Last Ninja (lv1 extended remix)”, originally composed by) Maziac (2005) (Music) Platypus (2002) (Level Boss Music 1, excerpt from “Trap”) Monty on the Norm (2001) (Music – Auf Wiedersehen Monty by) Chronicles of the Sword (1996) (Music) Druid: Daemons of the Mind (1995) (Music) Rapid Assault (1995) (Original Music) Touché: The Adventures of the Fifth Musketeer (1995) (Music by) Legends of Valour (1992) (Audio) Motörhead (1992) (Music) Axel’s Magic Hammer…

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Antony Crowther

Antony Crowther

Antony Crowther interview by Peter Ward and Mark Hellewell Thank you for this interview it is an honour for me to interview such a Legend….  What did you want to do when you were at school for a career and what was your first job?  When I was still at school, I was steering my career towards engineering/design. As I love Art, Woodwork  and Engineering Drawing. I ended up with a grade A A-level in Engineering drawing. When did you realise you wanted to get into game industry and how…

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Matt Gray Interview

Matt Gray Interview

Matt Gray Interview by Peter Ward Reformation Project Page click here An Introduction In 1986 when I first set out to write music on the Commodore 64, I was mindful of the impressive catalogues from legends like Rob Hubbard and Martin Galway. The SID chip was a fully working synth capable of sounds that even now are impossible on other synths. However, it only had 3 monophonic channels and Rob and Martin pushed it to its limits. They set the bar high. At the time I wasn’t sure if I’d…

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Doug Barnett Tribute RIP

Doug Barnett Tribute RIP

Tragically Doug passed away on 4th June 2017 and very sad by this news I had the pleasure of some online chats and the last thing Doug said to me was “You know, I have such admiration and respect for the young people whom are retro game lovers. These’s a special magic and in the early games…and these young people see it. Awesome. Please take care of yourself and I wish you the best of health and fortune. -Doug” Retro Interview: Doug Barnett by Peter Ward Bio Doug Barnett has…

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John Gibson Imagine

John Gibson Imagine

Interview with John Gibson by Peter Ward Thank you for this interview it is an honour for me to interview such a Legend…. What did you want to do when you were at school for a career and what was your first job? There were no such things as computers when I went to school so I didn’t dream of becoming a programmer. I don’t remember what aspirations I had but I certainly didn’t want to be a fireman or a train driver. My very first ‘proper’ job was driving…

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