About Sam A 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 played games like Mario, Castlevania and Contra on a NES.

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

At 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. Collaborating with him, I made accessible crossword software to enable blind people to solve 3D crossword puzzles.

One day whilst playing an 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 began work at Stainless Games on the Isle of Wight. I maintained the ports of the original Carmageddon games for mobile and helped out on some other titles.

I currently live in Kingston upon Hull, and most recently I’ve been doing contract programming work and collaborating on games like Werewolf Tycoon. In my day job I develop proton-based radiotherapy medical simulation and training software.

1993 Acquired NES
2000 Acquired Internet
2006 Started Using Linux
2011 First Game Released!
2013 Stainless
2015 Independent Development
2016 Vertual