I was lucky enough to have been born before the creation of home computers and when they arrived, I was reborn at the age of 14! I quickly learnt to program the VIC20, ZX81, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad, C64, BBC Micro, Apple II, bulky Commodore Pet and all the Amiga models. My first game was called Airlock on the CBM PET and I proudly pinned the code listing to my bedroom wall like a poster. After several projects and the wallpaper no longer visible by all the code listings (dot matrix printer output), my parents knew computing would be a career I would follow.
My favourite 8bit machine of all time was the C64 and coding demos and games in assembler was fun. When I left school, I decided to go work for a large computer company running IBM mainframes. It was 1988 and before I took the job, I had a chat with a company called Electric Dreams with the view to maybe going full time in game development. Looking at how the industry was starting to change for the worse, I decided to stick with a more stable job. Looking back, maybe a period in the game industry would have done me some good and I fully expect, more fun!