Hello and welcome!

So I finally took the plunge and started a blog. Whenever I plan to run a blog I spend way too long deciding on how it’s going to look – usually so long that I end up never having a blog at all. This time it’s different. This time I’m just installing a base version of WordPress and will update the visuals one day in the future.

After all, a blog is really about the words, not the visuals.

I decided to focus my first post on a little introduction to me and why I gamedev.

Ever since the day my parents unveiled their recently acquired ZX Spectrum (complete with rubber keyboard and external tape deck) I’ve been a gamer.

My earliest memories of gaming involved time spent with Manic Miner, Horace and the Spiders and the wonderful Dizzy. My family soon moved onto console gaming with the Sega Master System. Alex Kidd, Mickey Mouse’s Castle of Illusion and Wonder Boy 3 being my main influences there.

Then it was Super Nintendo, PC (Windows 3.1), Playstation, Playstation 2, Game Cube then Wii all the while still mostly gaming on the PC.

Due to my love of computers I eventually learnt how to build websites which is what got me where I am today as a frontend web developer. I had always wanted to make games but never really knew where to start. I messed around with Klik & Play a LOT in my youth but nothing serious ever came of it.

It was only after I started hearing about One Game a Month that I really started to think it was possible to put my skills towards making games. The #1gam project opened up my eyes to the fact that with a lot of hard work and persistence it is actually a reasonable goal to finish a game. I took part in the One Game a Month for the first time in June 2013.

Not long after completing my first #1gam game, I started work on my second game. An educational game where you play as a zoo keeper giving talks about animals. I got about half way through that project when my daughter learnt to walk, thus gleefully taking all spare time away from me. Not that I’m complaining, my daughter is the most important thing in my life!

Fast forward six months or so and I decided to have another go at the #1gam thing, hoping to get something done every month from January onwards.

During those few months I’ve met a lot of wonderful people on Twitter who have really helped motivate me and have given me a hell of a lot more confidence to call myself a game dev.

My main project currently is a turn based football game called Turnstile Football. I’ll be sure to write a post about it soon enough.

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