New Oliver Twins video interview

New Oliver Twins video interview

Working on the Viva Computer project
Working on the Viva Computer project

The Centre for Computing History has posted a new video on YouTube  from the Cambridge, England museum’s  Heritage Lottery funded Viva Computer project.

In the video, Andrew Oliver (seen below) talks about the early days when he and his brother became legendary UK games programmers and pioneers in the 1980s. They became known to their legion of fans simply as The Oliver Twins, and decades later are still active today in the industry and the retro community.

Andrew Oliver speaks
Andrew Oliver speaks

At around the age of 12 the twins began their careers writing games for the UK games market, including the highly regarded Dizzy franchise, which is still popular with retro computing fans today.

In 1990 they founded Blitz Games Studios which at its height employed 235 people.

In 2013 they set up a new studio called Radiant Worlds along with their long term friend Richard Smithies, focusing on games as a service.

The new video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/z1EzM4OgxZY

Images courtesy the Centre for Computing History.
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New Atari forum opens online

New Atari forum opens online

Atari Boards
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A new forum for fans of classic Atari home computers and consoles has opened online – Atari Boards.

The discussion group’s primary focus is retro Atari 8-bit, but 16-bit and games consoles can all be discussed, with forums covering all of these plus relevant hardware, software, manuals and guides.

There is also scope for wider computing and gaming topics, including custom builds, arcade, Mame and jukebox/video dedicated systems – and more general topics.

For full details and to sign up, see:

http://atari.boards.net/