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Documentary on UK Software Industry - Kickstarter

Postby Grunaki » Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:49 am

Thought you guys might be interested in this - came up on my FaceBook Newsfeed, endorsed by Mel Croucher (of Automata fame)

From Bedrooms to Billions

Click on the link to go to the Kickstarter page - already £7,668 pledged towards their £18,000 goal and 57 days to go..

'From Bedrooms to Billions' is a two hour feature length documentary film telling the remarkable, true story of the British Video Games Industry from 1979 to the present day and how the creativity and vision of a relatively small number of individuals allowed the UK to play a key, pioneering role in the shaping of the billion dollar video games industry which today, dominates the modern world's entertainment landscape.


I'd deffo like to see this one come to fruition..
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Re: Documentary on UK Software Industry - Kickstarter

Postby DarkLord » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:24 am

That looks interesting.

I wonder if we could hope that some mention of Atari might be in it? :)
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Re: Documentary on UK Software Industry - Kickstarter

Postby Grunaki » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:44 am

DarkLord wrote:That looks interesting.

I wonder if we could hope that some mention of Atari might be in it? :)


TBH I think it would be limited if it does come up, although the promo says they're taking it from the late 70s into the 90s, so it's likely to be mentioned..

It'll most probably put most of its focus on the popular British micros of the late 70s to late 80s - ZX80/81, Spectrum, Amstrad, BBC Micro / Acorn Electron and the Commodore 64 (which yes, is American, but did have quite a following in the UK).

ST and Amiga didn't really get popular there until after 1986 / the 520 STFM that had an on-board drive and a TV modulator... They pretty much peaked around 1992/93 as after that everyone started getting 486 or Pentium PCs.
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Re: Documentary on UK Software Industry - Kickstarter

Postby nativ » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:38 am

Team 17, The Populous 'Pete' creator and Core Design, were 16 home systems creators.

If there are keen on mentioning the Sinclair lot then the Jag should get a mention!
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Postby Mug UK » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:13 am

I just backed it. Roll on September when the Blu-Ray edition arrives :)
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Re: Documentary on UK Software Industry - Kickstarter

Postby Dal » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:03 pm

Wow you put in the remaining £10.4K?
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Re: Documentary on UK Software Industry - Kickstarter

Postby DarkLord » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:07 pm

Dal wrote:Wow you put in the remaining £10.4K?


Yeah, I'm impressed too! 8O
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Re: Documentary on UK Software Industry - Kickstarter

Postby calimero » Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:02 pm

Grunaki wrote:
DarkLord wrote:It'll most probably put most of its focus on the popular British micros of the late 70s to late 80s - ZX80/81, Spectrum, Amstrad, BBC Micro / Acorn Electron and the Commodore 64 (which yes, is American, but did have quite a following in the UK).


How popular Atari, Amiga, Mac, C64... and others were popular in UK beside BBC :)

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Re: Documentary on UK Software Industry - Kickstarter

Postby calimero » Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:08 pm

nativ wrote:Team 17, The Populous 'Pete' creator and Core Design, were 16 home systems creators.

If there are keen on mentioning the Sinclair lot then the Jag should get a mention!


something like this :)
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Re: Documentary on UK Software Industry - Kickstarter

Postby Mug UK » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:28 pm

DarkLord wrote:
Dal wrote:Wow you put in the remaining £10.4K?


Yeah, I'm impressed too! 8O


The 'I'm a cheap b*stard' clue was in the 'get the Blu-Ray edition' as that was £30 :)
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Re: Documentary on UK Software Industry - Kickstarter

Postby Grunaki » Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:53 am

So they met their Kickstarter goal within the first week.. Now their long-term projection is to get up to £100,000 before the Kickstarter ends (42 days).. They reckon that if they get up to that level, everyone who's pledged to get a DVD or Blu-Ray copy of the film will be upgraded to the extended edition with outtakes, extended interviews and other extras on it.
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