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- Launch of the Play it Again Popular Memory Archive
- Play it again: John Passfield, Australian game developer
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John Passfield post updated in 2023 to include new links because the old ones broke. Original post published with permission to support the Play It Again: Popular Memory Archive (launch celebration here).
This month is home coders month on the Popular Memory Archive. That means we’re discussing the games that ordinary people wrote themselves, at home, during the 1980s. This week, the now professional Australian game developer, John Passfield, tells how he got his start, coding a game for the local Microbee computer.
It all started at the Lismore Show (really). Read about his inspiration, his favorite game from the local arcade, and the game he went on to code and then — on a lark — send off to a publisher. “Chilly Willy” would be the first of many published games Passfield would contribute. While some of John’s other game titles (TY the Tasmanian Tiger, Halloween Harry, Jaruu Tenk, Flight of the Amazon Queen, and Brainiversity) might have made a bigger splash, the first is always special.