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Title: Games developers who contributed type-in programs to magazines
Post by: CrookieMonster on 16:37, 14 May 21
I've been thinking about type-in listings and whether anyone who contributed them went on to have flourishing careers in the games industry.


I know Philip and Andrew Oliver had a listing publishing in C&VG and David Perry began his career writing code for books.


Does anyone else spring to mind?
Title: Re: Games developers who contributed type-in programs to magazines
Post by: Gryzor on 16:51, 14 May 21
Interesting question indeed, but why limit it to the games industry? I'm pretty sure tons of people went on to become successful developers in other areas.

...then again I realise that "so-and-so went on to be lead producer for MacSheets Pro 2002" is not as interesting :D
Title: Re: Games developers who contributed type-in programs to magazines
Post by: CrookieMonster on 17:13, 14 May 21
haha. Very true.
Title: Re: Games developers who contributed type-in programs to magazines
Post by: eto on 17:36, 14 May 21
Different platforms, mostly C64 and Amiga, but unfortunately never Amstrad afaik:

Chris Huelsbeck, probably most famous for the Turrican soundtrack, went on to become a famous and professional games musician.

All started with a music contest in the German magazine "64er"

http://www.homecomputerworld.at/magazine/64er/1986_06_64er.pdf (http://www.homecomputerworld.at/magazine/64er/1986_06_64er.pdf) (page 173)
here is the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7_RAJQ02eA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7_RAJQ02eA)


Title: Re: Games developers who contributed type-in programs to magazines
Post by: eto on 17:37, 14 May 21
then again I realise that "so-and-so went on to be lead producer for MacSheets Pro 2002" is not as interesting

Indeed....

So, I had a type-in in 1988 and ended up as a Software developer for some time. Well... BOOOOOORIIIING
Title: Re: Games developers who contributed type-in programs to magazines
Post by: CrookieMonster on 20:05, 20 May 21
I’m racking my brains thinking about an Amstrad type-in listing that was so big it ran across several magazine issues. But which mag? Was there once a big type-in in Amstrad Cent Pour Cent?
Title: Re: Games developers who contributed type-in programs to magazines
Post by: BSC on 20:38, 20 May 21
I%u2019m racking my brains thinking about an Amstrad type-in listing that was so big it ran across several magazine issues. But which mag? Was there once a big type-in in Amstrad Cent Pour Cent?

I don't know where you hail from, but I think there once was a giant CAD program for CP/M which spanned more than 1 issues of the german mag "Happy Computer" IIRC. I also believe it was written in Pascal, so the poor guys who actually typed it in had to copy the complete Pascal runtime as hex-codes :D It was MASSIVE.
Title: Re: Games developers who contributed type-in programs to magazines
Post by: BSC on 20:41, 20 May 21
I've been thinking about type-in listings and whether anyone who contributed them went on to have flourishing careers in the games industry.

EGS aka Elmar Krieger published some type-ins in your typical german CPC mags around the edge of the 80s to 90s. And he wrote some actual games published by some actual publishers.
Title: Re: Games developers who contributed type-in programs to magazines
Post by: BSC on 20:43, 20 May 21
And even myself, I published some listings and might start a flourishing career in the gaming industry if all of you and their dogs bought my mobile game :D

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.binaermayer.timelineolympics.demo

Title: Re: Games developers who contributed type-in programs to magazines
Post by: Nich on 21:05, 20 May 21
I’m racking my brains thinking about an Amstrad type-in listing that was so big it ran across several magazine issues. But which mag? Was there once a big type-in in Amstrad Cent Pour Cent?

Maybe you're thinking of Axys: The Last Battle? It was published over five issues of CPC infos, and I even thought it was worthy of its own CPCWiki article (https://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/Axys:_The_Last_Battle). :)

CPC Infos specialised in publishing very long listings spanning more than one issue.
Title: Re: Games developers who contributed type-in programs to magazines
Post by: eto on 23:49, 20 May 21
Axys: The Last Battle?

WOW - this is insanse for a type-in... especially since this included an intro screen, a title screen and title music. Probably already 20% of the data statements.

But definitely the best type-in I have ever seen.



 
Title: Re: Games developers who contributed type-in programs to magazines
Post by: CrookieMonster on 00:15, 21 May 21

That was it!!! Thanks so much! Thought I was losing my mind for a mo.

Maybe you're thinking of Axys: The Last Battle? It was published over five issues of CPC infos, and I even thought it was worthy of its own CPCWiki article (https://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/Axys:_The_Last_Battle). :)

CPC Infos specialised in publishing very long listings spanning more than one issue.
Title: Re: Games developers who contributed type-in programs to magazines
Post by: Gryzor on 09:34, 21 May 21
Maybe you're thinking of Axys: The Last Battle? It was published over five issues of CPC infos, and I even thought it was worthy of its own CPCWiki article (https://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/Axys:_The_Last_Battle). :)

CPC Infos specialised in publishing very long listings spanning more than one issue.

We should include the listing in the article probably... will try to extract it (am at work) later on :)