Like many around my age, the early days of home computers made a big impact on me. They transformed an ordinary television into something magical I could control. The games at that time, while basic, were incredible. Better still I could program my own — creating little characters and commanding them to move around the screen to my own designs.
The enjoyment of making games has never gone away, and HEWCO is an outlet for me to return to my roots and make games for the early 8-bit computers.
From 2002 I made some games with Ovine by Design, a name in part coined from a cartoon sheep character I use to doodle on our pub quiz answer sheet.
Jump ahead to 2015 and Awful Jokes was born from the combination of discovering Autodesk Sketchbook and the left overs of a bunch of Christmas cracker jokes. I've been doodling a new cartoon every day since then.
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Ovine by Design
Ovine by Design was formed by Andy and Stu to remake some of our favourite games from the classic 8 bit and 16 bit era. One of our early remakes, Imogen, a quirky BBC micro game, received some positive feedback including a mention on the Sky One show called Gamezville.
Gamezville on SkyOne
We had previously made some games in the early 1990's. I'd created a snake maze game and Rockford on the Atari ST, Teserae on the Amiga and Stu making a version of Jetpac on the PC. We got together to make The Burps, a take on Atic Atac, all of these in assembler. I have been able to recover some of the games which can be downloaded from the front page. Thanks to .ΛRTΣTΛTΞ·DIGITΛL. for resurrecting Teserae and creating a cool start up DOS screen with everything ready to run.
I’ve always loved doodling little cartoons for as long as I can remember. Awful Jokes started after finding some jokes left over from a bunch of Christmas crackers one year. I put them into cartoon form and posted them for my daughter on Facebook. The next day I drew another, and then another, and have been doing that ever since.
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