RGM at Geek 2017 – RETRO GAMESMASTER
Interview with James Lightfoot by Peter Ward
What is your first gaming experience?
Grannys Garden on the BBC Micro at school. It enchanted and scared me in equal measure. There is an ode to this in Woolley Mountain – you play a text adventure on a speccy in the game which is based graphically on GG.
What got you into programming games?
When I was a kid I loved my speccy so much and dreamed of being a programmer so would start by copying game code out of magazines or books, and then tried making my own games from scratch. They were terrible and barely games but I enjoyed doing it so much. My first game coded from scratch on the speccy is called Cars: The Remix, and i have recreated a fully ‘playable’ version, pixel for pixel, in Woolley Mountain
What development tools or coding did you use?
Unity, Udemy courses and books
What hurdles did you have making your current game?
Not planning it out. My impatience ensured that I just dived in, which is important sometimes, but as I have learnt and progressed, the later acts n my game were far more planned out, and therefore, have far fewer bugs,
After the completion of the game what game will you make?
I plan on bringing to life a bunch of characters from my school days that my friends and I used to run around acting out. They all came from my mind and i want to put them in a 2d run and gunner platform game,.
What other games have you made you made?
Only Cars: The Remix and Woolley Mountain.
My favourite computer was my Amiga and console the Megadrive do you have a favourite?
Always my Spectrum 128k
What is your favourite retro game?
Monkey Island 2
Do you still game on the current consoles if so whats your favourite game?
Last Of Us. Uncharted 4. Inside.
Whats the worst game you have ever played?
Cars: The Remix
Finally what game or feature would you like to see on Retrogamesmaster in the future?