The Rise and Fall of Britain’s Bedroom Coders | Design Icons

September 30, 2020 251738 Views

GMTK’s game history series Design Icons takes a trip to the UK, to see how the early British games business started as a cottage industry of bedroom coders

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[1] November 1984 | CVG
https://archive.org/details/cvg-magazine-037

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https://paullicino.tumblr.com/post/140850063441/paul-dean-as-i-understand-you-were-born-in-the

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[8] Commercial Breaks – The Battle For Santa’s Software | BBC (Archived on YouTube)

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Find out more

From Bedrooms to Billions | Steam
https://store.steampowered.com/app/342430/From_Bedrooms_to_Billions/

Sinclair ZX80 and the Dawn of ‘Surreal’ U.K. Game Industry | Wired
https://www.wired.com/2010/06/sinclair-zx80/

How British video games became a billion pound industry | BBC
https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/how-british-video-games-became-a-billion-pound-industry/zmr6wty

Bandersnatch: The game that killed a company and inspired a Black Mirror episode

Bandersnatch: the game that killed a company and inspired a Black Mirror episode

The Complete History of DMA Design | Mike Dailly
http://www.javalemmings.com/DMA/DMA1_1.htm

Credits

Thumbnail Image licensed from Adobe Stock
Fastfall by Lifeformed used under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license
Ending Music from Robocop on Spectrum
Other Music by Lee Rosevere (https://leerosevere.bandcamp.com)
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch © Netflix
Further credits – https://pastebin.com/VtimVwmU

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