Hey! We all love old video games, right? Hell yes of course you do that’s why you’re here. Well you might be interested to know about a crowd-funded documentary about the people that made them.
From Bedrooms To Billionaires is about the UK’s fledging game development scene in the early ’80s, when bright-eyed kids made a game, got rich quick and bought cars they couldn’t legally drive yet. Good times for all! Actually they were pretty rotten for most, but that’s what makes it so fascinating.
Growing up reading Zzap! 64 made me feel connected in some strange way to the UK game Dev scene in some strange way – even through the fact everything was lagged by months, separated by distance and the little fact I wouldn’t actually make a game myself for at least a decade after Zzap! 64 closed up.
They’re looking to interview people like Jon Hare (!), Geoff Crammond (!!) and ANDREW BRAYBROOK (!!!) and like a million other people who are like GODS to me. Hell they’re could have just said “oh hey here’s a 90 minute interview with David Braben” and I would have been all HUH HAVE MY CASH PLEASE TAKE IT ALL but Braben AND a couple of dozen other legends? Jesus.
Anyway! I think it’s an interesting topic to make a documentary about, so that’s why I’ll throw some dollars towards its completion…and that’s where I got SUPER interested.
$25 gets you a copy of the documentary, which is great. Super great. And there’s a couple of higher priced tiers that get you shirts and posters and stuff, but…
$750 gets your face put into a Zzap! 64 cover, DRAWN BY ZZAP! 64 ARTIST OLI FREY.
HOLY CRAP. That’s just about the best use of $750 I could ever think of. That’s…I honestly can’t think of a good analogy. Imagine Miyamoto putting your face in Super Mario Bros. Imagine Jack Kirby rising from the dead and going OH HEY MAN LET ME JUST PUT YOU ON THE COVER OF FANTASTIC FOUR #1 FIGHTING THE THING AND STUFF WON’T THAT BE A BLAST?
By the way if someone can give me $750 for no particular reason that would be smashing, thanks.
There’s a $320 tier that gets you a Zzap! 64 reviewer head sketch of yourself by Oli Frey, and I have to admit that’s so damn tempting. Like, I could probably scrape that together tempting. But then I think, I already have one, used on this site, by the wonderful Ant Stiller who drew them all for the final issue of Zzap! 64 that I was lucky enough to have helped with, and that’s special in its own way.
So anyway! Go check it out! Let me know what you think! Get yourself on a Zzap! 64 cover!