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Hints & Tips for Videogame Pioneers is a new book by Andrew Hewson, founder of Hewson Consultants, 21st Century Entertainment and the founding Chairman of UK videogames trade body ELSPA (now UKIE).
If you were a Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad, Atari ST or Amiga gamer, then the chances are you played games published by Andrew's companies:
Throughout the 1980s Hewson built up a reputation for quality games and great box artwork, publishing numerous smash hit titles, such as:
After Hewson shut its doors, company founder Andrew Hewson went on to setup 21st Century Entertainment which revitalised a whole gaming genre - the Pinball simulator.
Andrew Hewson was also the founding chairman of ELSPA, the original industry trade body in the UK. ELSPA responded to concerns about violent videogames by establishing a movie-style age ratings system for games and continues to represent the UK games industry today under its new identity as UKIE.
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Andrew Hewson has been out of the videogames indsutry for almost 15 years, so why is he choosing to write this book now and what exactly is it about?
“When I started in the games industry with a ZX80 and a typewriter, it was an era of open platforms and cutting edge innovation. 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.” - Andrew Hewson
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.
We are delighted and humbled to have many of the legends who created the games and other industry icons of the period on board to contribute to the book. The confirmed list so far includes:
- Steve Turner (Graftgold)
- Mike Male (Night Flight 1 & 2, Heathrow Air Traffic Controller, Southern Belle)
- Nick Jones (Co-developer of Exolon & Cybernoid)
- Raffaele Cecco (Cybernoid, Exolon, Stormlord)
- Dominic Robinson (Zynaps, Uridium Spectrum conversion)
- Andreas Axelsson (Co-founder of DICE)
- Fredrik Liliegren (Co-founder of DICE)
- Olof Gustafsson (Co-founder of DICE)
- Barry Simpson (Software Manager at 21st CE)
- Stewart Gilray (Assistant Producer at 21st CE, now CEO of Just Add Water)
- Paul Chamberlain (Software & Operations Manager at Hewson, now Executive Producer at Sumo Digital)
- Oliver Frey (Illustrator for Zzap 64 and CRASH)
- Roger Kean (Zzap 64 and CRASH)
- Ben Daglish (Composer - Firelord)
- Jeroen Tell (Composer - Eliminator, Cybernoid 2, Stormlord)
- Gari Biasillo (Creator of Slayer, Steel & Future Basketball)
- Jonathan Dunn (Music composer for Subterranea)
Hewson believed in promoting the creators of the games they published. Over the years many legendary developers worked on Hewson and 21st Century Entertainment published titles, including several who launched their careers with the companies:
What do we need funding for?
Andrew has got about 30,000 words in the can and we need the following to bring the project to fruition:
- An editorial assistant
- A book designer
- A marketing budget
- A print run budget
Your kind contributions will allow us to fund these requirements while giving Andrew the support and opportunity to focus on making the book itself as good as can be.
Risks and challenges
The principle challenge for this project is time. Scheduling is not an exact science and while we have been as thorough as possible with our planning and will work extremely hard to deliver the book and rewards on time, there is always the possibility that the schedule will slip.
The project also naturally relies on the ability of the author and our valued contributors to deliver what has been promised. We have absolutely no reason to believe this will not be so, but life can throw up surprises, challenges and traumas which can sometimes derail our best laid plans and intentions.
We will work hard to keep all our backers fully informed of our progress and how the schedule is looking throughout the entire process and will do what we can to compensate for any hiccups which life may throw at us along the way.
All being well we foresee no complications beyond those things which are impossible to predict to prevent us from delivering the book and rewards on time and to our backers satisfaction.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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