About Sam The brief biography of Sam Twidale.

I’m a game developer and software engineer. Most recently I’ve been developing indie games.
Here is the one minute biography.

When I was 3 I started playing games like Super Mario Brothers, Castlevania and Contra on the NES.

By 11 I was online and using a PC with a turbo button, discovering games like Doom, Might and Magic, Wizardry. I frazzled people with fire blast in RuneScape. I started learning the names of people who made these games.

When I was 15 I heard about Cooperative Linux, software that let me run Linux from the familiarity of my cheap Windows laptop. I experimented with Linux and started to see what was going on behind the scenes with open source software. Soon after I started to pick up programming and scripting.

At 18 I started studying software engineering at the University of York.

Through university I met Eric Westbrook, a crossword setter who specialized in making crosswords accessible to visually impaired people. Thanks to him I made accessible crossword software to enable blind people to solve 3D crossword puzzles.

One day whilst playing an amazing indie game called Wizard Battle, it dawned on me that I could make a game like it. A few months later I released my first game, Wizard Conflict.

After university I moved over to Stainless Games on the Isle of Wight. I maintained the ports of the original Carmageddon games for mobile and helped out on some of their other titles.

I currently live in Kingston upon Hull. Recently I’ve been collaborating with friends on games like Werewolf Tycoon. In my day job I develop radiotherapy-related medical simulation and training software.

1993 Acquired NES
2000 Acquired Internet
2006 Started Using Linux
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011 First Game Released!
2012
2013 Stainless
2014
2015 Independent Development
2016 Vertual
2017