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.
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.
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.