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Started by O2William, June 24, 2008, 08:22:53 AM

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grgh

#31
UK, that helps :-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GST_Computer_Systems
QuoteOriginally GST Software Products was known as Electric Software and produced software for the ill fated Sinclair QL and MSX range of computers.

Of course, there isn't anything about the videopac as the searches bring up all their later stuff:
http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&client=firefox-a&channel=s&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&hs=Dvq&q=gst+technology+cambridgeshire&btnG=Search&meta=cr%3DcountryUK%7CcountryGB

A search for Jeff Fenton finds:
http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/greenstreet-software-goes-into-liquidation
http://www.videopac.com/ reborn Dec-07, forever an ongoing project.

grgh

#32
Hey this guy worked for Electric Software. and posted recently!
http://www.msx.org/forumtopic8502.html
Maybe he knows something. I'm gunna email him as he left an email address.

Quote
Personally, I wrote Buzz Off, and the Graphics (and unfortunately stillborn Music) Editor for Electric Software - and was part of a small team for Shark Hunter (myself, Andy Eltis, Jake Dowding & Graham ???). Team members also developed Le Mans (Mick Rouse, tech lead), The Wreck (Andy Eltis / Jake Dowding), Barnstormer (Andy Eltis) & Norseman (Andy Eltis / Jake Dowding).- and probably some I've omitted, for which I apologise (I must also apologise to Graham, the fifth team member, whose surname I forget - and for any factual errors, which are all mine!).
http://www.videopac.com/ reborn Dec-07, forever an ongoing project.

Rene_G7400

#33
Quote from: grgh on June 28, 2008, 11:04:08 AM

...Norseman (Andy Eltis / Jake Dowding)...


So that's the "Jake" of Martian Threat.

Apparently Backgammon, Super Bee and Interpol were written by Mick Rouse (mic-ro).

Their names do appear in Videopac Norseman:


O2William

Amazing!  It looks like the mystery of GST is finally being solved!  Good detective work, everyone.  The MSX forum posts from Paul Johnson that grgh found are very interesting.

Quote from: Paul JohnsonElectric Software was part of GST (General Systems Technology) which was owned by Jeff Fenton

So that's what GST stands for.  It looks like they named "Greenstreet" after "GST," not the other way around.

Incidentally, the person who answered my inquiry at Greenstreet is none other than Jeff Fenton.  He seemed willing to help but has not yet answered my follow-up email.  If Greenstreet is in liquidation then he may have more important things to worry about right now...

grgh

Quote from: Paul Johnson
Hi George,

I didn't work on the Videopac - I joined GST only a few months before Electric Software was spun off, so I only did MSX gaming software for them (through Electric Software). For GST, I worked on the Atari-ST, and the Amstrad-PC 1512 (remember the GEM os, which linked the two?). I ported GST 1st Word Plus from Atari GEM to Amstrad GEM, for example, and was also involved with Timeworks Desktop Publisher (Atari ST).

I'm afraid I've not kept in touch with anyone from those days (though they may well be traceable on the web now - Andy Eltis, Jake Dowding, Mick Rouse (chief engineer, Electric Software), and Graham Conduit being the names that spring to mind immediately. All four were also involved with the Videopac, I believe.

If you didn't know, GST eventually went bust (a good few years after Electric was closed) - I was a minuscule shareholder, so got all the gory details, and for what its worth I have nothing but fond memories of my time at GST / Electric.

Feel free to ask anything else,

Paul Johnson.

Anyone want to input any questions when I drop Paul another line?
http://www.videopac.com/ reborn Dec-07, forever an ongoing project.

O2William

Quote from: grgh on June 29, 2008, 12:40:04 AMAnyone want to input any questions when I drop Paul another line?

Wow, quick response!  From reading Paul's posts on the MSX forum, I get the impression that GST developed its G7000 games first, then ported them to MSX and other platforms.  That's exciting, because it puts "our" machine ahead of the others!  Can Paul confirm this?  Did he play Super Bee while writing Buzz Off?  Does he know if GST worked on porting games to the Philips VG5000 computer?

Rene_G7400

Quote from: O2William on June 29, 2008, 01:01:59 AM
From reading Paul's posts on the MSX forum, I get the impression that GST developed its G7000 games first, then ported them to MSX and other platforms.

It couldn't be the other way around, because the first MSX computers were available in 1985, and the Videopac production ended in 1984.

Rene_G7400

#38
Quote from: O2William on June 29, 2008, 01:01:59 AM
Does he know if GST worked on porting games to the Philips VG5000 computer?

I don't think so:



grgh

Mick Rouse
http://www.generation-msx.nl/msxdb/company/474

Andy Eltis
Technical Designer, Cambridge, United Kingdom
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/0/860/03b
Oh yes, that's gotta be a hit! I've been invited to linkedin many times, so maybe it's time I did it.

Jake Dowding
Anyone have a facebook account and can check if this is relevant?
http://www.facebook.com/people/Jake_Dowding/624583973
Seems unlikely...

Graham Conduit
http://www.classic-consoles-center.at/videopac/shark-hunter-owners-list
See N26!!! Maybe Dieter has his contact details.
http://www.videopac.com/ reborn Dec-07, forever an ongoing project.

Sweersa

Quote from: grgh on June 29, 2008, 02:24:55 AM


Jake Dowding
Anyone have a facebook account and can check if this is relevant?
http://www.facebook.com/people/Jake_Dowding/624583973
Seems unlikely...


I have a facebook account and I don't think this guy is it.  He looks like he is in his 20-30's, with a somewhat rough looking face and he has his middle finger in that universal hate symbol lol.  On his middle finger it says "fuck you."

I think, and hope its not who we thought it was. lol

Janzl

Quote from: Sweersa on June 29, 2008, 04:23:13 AM
he has his middle finger in that universal hate symbol lol.  On his middle finger it says "fuck you."

I think, and hope its not who we thought it was. lol

Well... people wanted more shocking Vpac/Ody games... i think we have found our guy!!!  ;)
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Sweersa

Quote from: Janzl on June 29, 2008, 10:22:57 AM
Quote from: Sweersa on June 29, 2008, 04:23:13 AM
he has his middle finger in that universal hate symbol lol.  On his middle finger it says "fuck you."

I think, and hope its not who we thought it was. lol

Well... people wanted more shocking Vpac/Ody games... i think we have found our guy!!!  ;)

LOL  Seems so!

Seob

Nice to see that our comunitie is turning into sherlock holmes ;).
Great finds, hope there will be more info to come.
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ANDYRYALS

It's funny you should mention Sherlock Holmes, this game was going to be released at one stage and a lot of work went into trying to get the release sorted but it stalled, maybe one day..............  ??? ???
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