About Sam A brief biography of Sam Twidale.

I’m a software engineer and game developer.

Here is the one minute biography.

 

When I was 3 I started playing games like Mario, Castlevania and Contra on a NES. By 11 I was discovering titles like Doom, Might and Magic, Wizardry on PC. I frazzled people with fire blast in RuneScape and started to learn the names of game developers.

 

At 15 I found Cooperative Linux, software for running Linux from the familiarity of Windows. I saw the kind of work went into open source software and began to pick up programming.

 

At 18 I began studying software engineering at the University of York. Through university I met Eric Westbrook, a partially-sighted crossword setter. Collaborating with him, I made an accessible crossword program to enable everybody to solve 3D crossword puzzles.

 

Whilst playing a one-switch indie game called Wizard Battle, I decided to also make a game like it, and a few months later I released my first game – Wizard Conflict.

 

After graduating from university I worked at Stainless Games on the Isle of Wight, where I maintained the mobile ports of the original Carmageddon games.

 

Today I live in Kingston upon Hull where I spend my days developing open source software like Geometrize and indie games like Werewolf Tycoon. In my day job I work on medical simulation and training software for radiotherapy.

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
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2020