Where it all started, the ZX81 #altc

Today’s keynote from the 2016 ALTC conference was from the great Ian Livingstone – he of the Livingstone and Jackson fighting fantasy books, of Games Workshop, Eidos, and many other gaming initiatives.

One aspect of Ian’s keynote that was picked up on by a number of us on Twitter was how we started with the gaming, through Ian’s books, the game consoles, early computers, etc. Ian highlighted that, at the time (late 1970’s) publishers like Penguin didn’t understand what these fighting fantasy and dungeons and dragons ‘things’ were, but put their faith in the editors and staff who did understand them, and the people who’d end up buying them. This the transformed into the emerging world of smaller, more powerful computers, and the arrival of ‘home’ computers.

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