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CGEUK 2005... Meet the gaming gods!

by Nick Haywood on 28 April 2005, 00:00

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Meet your childhood gaming heroes!

Meet your childhood heroes! The Guys who founded computer gaming in the UK!



CGEUK 2005 is looking very good thanks to an awesome line up of names that kick started computer gamin in the UK…

Held at Fairfield Halls, Croydon on Saturday 13th August 2005, the Classic Gaming Expo has some very special guests this year, as well as plenty of stalls with something of interest for anyone into gaming.

Among the notables turning up on the day you’ve got :

Matthew Smith, responsible for the classics Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy - back in the day of the humble ZX Spectrum.

Archer MacLean, rightly credited with some of the finest software on the Commodore 64, including Drop Zone, International Karate and IK+ Archer also coded the superb Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker for the Amiga and other 16-bit platforms. More recently, MacLean has been working on Sony's PSP and is credited with the radical game Mercury for the hand-held beast. He'll be bringing part of his private collection of arcade machines along with him too!

Andy Nuttall, famed for his writing on the magazines Amiga Format and The One as his work at Bullfrog. During his time at Bullfrog, Nuttall worked on many games that will be instantly recognisable to many retro gamers, including the classics Populous 3, Theme Park and Theme Hospital.

Simon Butler & Mark Jones, these guys worked on some of Ocean’s finest big-budget games for many 8 and 16-bit machines during the 80s and 90s. Butler's worked on the games Hunchback, The Never Ending Story and the joystick-destroying Combat School whilst Jones is credited with work on the ZX Spectrum versions of Wizball, Gryzor and Vindicator.

The Shaw Brothers, between 1985 and 1992 these guys produced no less than 40 different games released through many software publishers at the time, and some of which also ended up on magazine cover tapes such as Sinclair User and Your Sinclair.

Jonathan Cauldwell was responsible for many games for the ZX Spectrum during the early 90s and has recently produced some technical marvels in more recent times for the platform, including the superlative platform/puzzler Higgledy Piggledy and game creation kit Platform Game Designer.

And finally, Gary Whelan, who is the current world record holder for the highest score of Galaxian. He is attempting to beat his own world record during the day.

And if that weren’t enough, there’s even a chance to win a MAME arcade machine that will be built throughout the day! Check www.cgeuk.com for full details.