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Michael Webb

Developer Biography

Michael Webb is known to have worked for Ocean Software sometime around 1984. He went on to co-found and become chairman of Software Creations Ltd. which created such classic titles as Solstice (1990) for the NES, Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones and Ivan Iron Man Stewart's Super Off Road (1994) for the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive.

The NES development was a problem for Software Creations because Nintendo would only allow those already developing for the NES, to become NES developers - a vicious catch-22 situation. Mike solved this problem by reverse-engineering the NES, and creating a custom development system. According to Ste Ruddy in an issue of Retro Gamer, #37, it was a board with a stack of RAM chips plugged into a C64 that could be programmed through the user port. Then you had to unplug the stack of chips and plug them direct into the NES - a terrifying prospect, with a big power adaptor right near where you picked them up, with 240 volts going through it. Developers learned to be very careful ...

Software Creations went into liquidation in March of 2002, due to the fact that no contracts were forthcoming after the events of September 11th, 2001 - all of Software Creations customers were American and became reluctant to fly. Mike now lives in Australia, after emigrating with his wife and three kids in August 2003. Mike separated in 2010 and now lives by the Brisbane River.

Contributed by Sciere (663723) on Aug 23, 2009. [revised by : Mike Webb (2)].