Thomas Pytel (a.k.a Tran) is an American demoscene legend. Having formed
famous demogroup Reneissance in 1992, Thomas has been
active in the demoscene until 1997. Most famous for writing one of the first
true protected mode kernels for demo programmers named
PMODE back in 1993, Thomas has indeed brought protected mode, flat memory
model programming to the masses. Further development
on this project has brought forth the evolution of the first reasonable
replacement to famous DOS extender for the Watcom C/C++ compiler
named DOS4G/W (used in many demo- and non-demo-scene productions including
legends such as Doom
which was one of the first games to truly utilize protected mode) called
PMODE/W, which is even today still used in many demoscene
productions. PMODE/W has even been used by several games, including the
first version of Baryon
Among his demoscene accomplishments, Thomas is one of the many demo coders
to have switched to game programming, the first commercial success of which was the popular shooter Zone 66
for Epic Megagames
. Tran was last seen working on Prey over at 3D Realms
After leaving the gaming industry, Thomas became one of the lead developers of the engine behind PayPal (an online payment service now owned by eBay).(contributed by Tomer Gabel)
Also Known As
- Tomasz Pytel
- Tran (Demoscene handle)
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- Jet Set Willy (1999), RetroSpec
- Axia (1998),
- Manic Miner (1997), Alchemist Research
- Blind People Simulator (1996),
- Chain Reaction (1996), Webfoot Technologies, Inc.
- World Rally Fever: Born on the Road (1996), Ocean Software Ltd.
- Biing!: Sex, Intrigue and Scalpels (1995), Magic Bytes
- The Raven Project (1995), Mindscape, Inc.
- Xixit (1995), Optik Software, Inc.
- Traffic Department 2192 (1994), Monkey Business, Inc.
- Zone 66 (1993), Epic MegaGames, Inc.
- Kaeon (1992),
- Dork's Dreams (1991),