Steve Perrin, a British author from Birmingham, is writing a book about the history of gaming in the 1980s & 1990s when British gaming culture was on the rise and in many ways laid the foundations for the multi-billion pound entertainment industry it is today. Steve wants to cover every publisher & developer, the games they created and how it all impacted and shaped gaming to what it is now.
The cost of mass-producing such a book is very expensive so Steve has launched a Gofundme page to try and raise the £30,000 necessary to bring his dream project to life. For more information here is the link.
I’ve put together a slideshow of the first 10 pages of the book for you to read here and get an idea of what the book is about:
I have been chatting with tbe author and he gave me the following quotation on why he is creating the book and what to expect in the finished product:
“I’m a man with two passions, video games & writing.
Right now – I’m very busy writing a book covering several of the best and most famous British game developers/publishers of the 80s & 90s. I feel that when people talk about the games industry that the U.K. is often overlooked despite the fact that many of the big names producing games today cut their teeth during the British gaming revolution of that 80s & 90s era.
The book will cover numerous companies including Psygnosis, Ocean, Gremlin Graphics, U.S. Gold and many, many more. Each chapter of the book will tell the story of a company from the very start to the end, highlighting the people behind the scenes as well as taking a look at some of the games released.
My aim is to compile a history book of the British game industry that will be as entertaining as it will be educational and interesting. I want to try and capture a huge piece of gaming history that I hope young and older gamers will enjoy. A trip down memory lane for the 40/50 something gamers who remember the good ole’ days and an interesting insight for younger gamers who never got to experience that awesome 80s & 90s period of gaming when us Brits were producing some of the finest games ever made.”
If you want more information also see the author’s blog on Little Bits Of Gaming.
Read on for the first 10 pages of the book to give you an idea of what the full book will be like when it’s finished.