Pioneers of videogames
Once upon a time, not that long ago...some very special people created videogames...
There was once a time when videogames were made by people who were our gods..we went in to the computer shops during the 1980s and there they were....the Pioneers of videogames...
...and Andrew Hewson was one of them. From the early days of the ZX81 through to the Amiga...Hewson Consultants were part of a revolution in Britain that sparked a whole generation of young people (including us at GamesYouLoved) not just to take an interest in a new hobby..but to be come obessed with videogames. The computer stores up and down the high street contained little boxes of gaming joy with wonderful artwork and packaging that blew our minds. And then there's the games.
Our Hewson favourites are a real hit list and they are legends in the 80s world of micro computers; Uridium, Paradroid, Nebulus and Zynaps are just some of the names that we still recall and play to this day.But the reputation of Hewson goes beyond making games with fantastic art and gameplay.They were true pioneers earning the respect of hardcore gamers and the gaming community and industry.
Andrew Hewson wanted to create ways of allowing people in the industry to gain insight into how to create strong and powerful concepts, expert code and games that would last forever because they had foundation. Now many years later Andrew Hewson, working alongside his son Rob Hewson is opening up his story to us now. What a great opportunity to hear how it was all done.
GamesYouLoved wholeheartly supported the Hewson Consultants Kickstarter to finish and publish this wonderful book of computing history. We are just waiting for this great book to come out so we can review it for you.
Hewson Consultants reborn to Kickstart new book
“Hints & Tips for Videogame Pioneers”
Hewson Consultants Ltd is excited to announce its upcoming Kickstarter campaign for a
new book entitled Hints & Tips for Videogame Pioneers.
The book’s author, Andrew Hewson, was the founder of Hewson Consultants, 21st Century Entertainment and the founding Chairman of United Kingdom trade body ELSPA (now known as UKIE).
The book will feature contributions from numerous industry icons, including Steve Turner, Nick Jones, Dominic Robinson, Oliver Frey, Roger Kean, Stewart Gilray, and many more. What’s more, Kickstarter backers will have the opportunity to contribute to the book in a number of unique ways, including a backer’s interview section.
“When I started in the games industry with a ZX80 and a typewriter, it was an era of open platforms and cutting edge innovation,” Said Andrew Hewson, Founder of Hewson Consultants. He continued, “Today, thanks to digital distribution and the re-emergence of open platforms, we are returning to the kind of industry in which small creative teams can flourish. This book is an opportunity for me to share my experiences from two decades at the cutting edge of gaming with the industry pioneers of tomorrow.”
Hewson Consultants and 21st Century Entertainment forged reputations for releasing some of the most innovative and high quality titles of their era by discovering and fostering development legends like Raffaele Cecco (Exolon, Cybernoid), Andrew Braybrook (Uridium, Paradroid), John Phillips (Nebulus), Steve Turner (Avalon, Quazatron), Dominic Robinson (Zynaps) and the founders of DICE who launched their first games, Pinball Dreams and Pinball Fantasies, through 21st Century Entertainment.
Hints and Tips for Videogame Pioneers is about more than just the history of Hewson Consultants and 21st Century Entertainment, and it’s about more than just the games. It’s a book which digs beneath the surface to examine the forces which made those companies such prolific hit-producers, unearthing a rich tapestry of expertise for the new generation of bedroom coders. It’s a story of triumph and disaster, ecstasy and turmoil and perpetual market forces in an industry which is constantly reinventing itself
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