Developer BiographyDespite being under thirty, Mike Diskett can rightfully claim to be an industry veteran as he began writing computer games when he was just 13 with several being published on the VIC 20. Mike's interest in computers continued through his teens and he obtained a Computing Degree from Staffordshire Polytechnic, spending his year out working for the Ministry of Defence on head up displays for fighter aircraft.
However, after leaving College Mike decided that he wanted to use his programming talents in the computer games industry and so spent most of his time writing Amiga Shareware programs. His big break came in a very unconventional way as he won his first proper job in the games industry through a competition in a computer games magazine which was sponsored by Bullfrog Productions.
After cutting his teeth by programming a five player Amiga game, IT which was written especially for the computer games TV Show Gamesmaster, Mike worked on various projects at Bullfrog acting as project leader and lead programmer on the Amiga conversion of Syndicate and the Amiga and Jaguar conversions of Theme Park.
From there Mike was given his first original project at Bullfrog Syndicate Wars. The game was published in October 1996 and was critically acclaimed receiving 90% plus marks throughout the computer games press and also topping the PC CD chart. During the development of the PC version Mike also worked as the engine programmer on the PlayStation version which is due for imminent release.
After the release of Syndicate Wars, Mike decided to fulfil a long held dream to form his own development group and so left Bullfrog in February 1997 in order to form Mucky Foot along with Guy Simmons and Fin McGechie.
Mike lists his favourite computer games as Oids on the ST and Street Fighter Alpha on the PSX. Other hobbies include manufacturing home dairy produce and being tight.
He is also notorious for wearing shorts all year round.
Source: Selected articles from Mucky Foot Productions Official Company Website - Info - Individual People - Mike Diskett
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