When Andrew Hewson announced to GamesYouLoved.com he was going to bring the wisdom of the 80s and 90s game development experiences to life through a 'hints and tips' book -- we were excited to say the least!
Not only had Team - GamesYouLoved.com grown up with playing the Hewson and 21st Century Entertainment gaming classics across a range of different microcomputers - we had been fully aware of Andrew's part in the UK's gaming history which sprung up during the 80s and into the 90s. It was more than just making and publishing the games for Hewson. It was about a whole generation of kids like us at the time inspired to use a computer. The part Andrew played in providing articles and content for the gaming press as well as his own published books of the 80s is a testament to this cause.
There were the games too, Pinball Fantasies, Zynaps, Uridium and Nebulus -- really fantastic games with amazing graphics and addictive gameplay.
The people involved with Hewson in the design, artwork and development of these games were our heroes. We wanted to know more and Andrew was there with the help of his son Rob to do the job for us.
Kickstarter provided a great forum for the project to live and really happen on a scale and was successful in its fundrasing and we at GamesYouLoved.com supported this thoroughly along with worldwide retrogaming community.
We were also privileged to hear first hand some of Andrew's experience of Hewson in the 1980s at Play Expo Manchester last October.
We heard about setting up the business and the early days, how Andrew marketed the business with investment in development rather than expensive advertising. Through the growth of gaming generally in the 80s, and Hewson with it into the years with 21st Century Entertainment.
This footage provided by GamesYouLoved.com in collaboration with Hewson will help formulate the bigger story to what is an amazing narrative of gaming history - which is due to be told with the forthcoming release of the book.