Ste Pickford

aka: STE, Steve Pickford
Moby ID: 34061

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Ste was born in Stockport, near Manchester, UK, in 1969, and drew the graphics for his first game (Ghosts 'n' Goblins on the Amstrad CPC) whilst still at High School, aged 15. Ste became Art Directory at proto developer Binary Design just a year later, working on dozens of hit computer games including Glider Rider, 180, Zub, and Feud.

Forming Zippo Games with his brother John Pickford in the late 1980s, Ste helped create NES classics such as Solar Jetman and Ironsword for Rare and Nintendo, before selling up and turning the studio into Rare Manchester.

Ste joined Software Creations in the early 1990s, becoming Art Director and designing SNES classics such as Equinox, Plok and Maximum Carnage, before leaving to form the studio Zed Two in 1996, where he co-created Wetrix, Aqua Aqua and Future Tactics.

In October 2006, he founded The Pickford Brothers along with his brother John. The company is more like a laboratory than a studio, and they create original game concepts and new video game IP. Their first self-funded indie video game is Naked War. They also work with established developers on new game concepts based on existing IP. At the same time, the two founded the licensing and publishing venture, Zee-3, a virtual company to exclusively publish and distribute all new Pickford Brothers games over the internet, as well as license their IP for other video game platforms and other media.

Credited on 40 games

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Lumo (2017, Nintendo Switch) Hat tips, Salutes & Hugs
DRM: Death Ray Manta (2015, Windows) Advice and Contributions from
Nobody Shooter (2008, Windows) Thanks to
Naked War (2006, Windows) Game by
Future Tactics: The Uprising (2004, Windows) Executive Producer
Dragon Tales: Dragon Wings (2000, Game Boy Color) Produced by
Aqua Aqua (2000, PlayStation 2) Executive Producer
Taz Express (2000, Nintendo 64) Producer
Wetrix (1999, Windows) Design, Graphics & Documentation
Venom • Spider-Man: Separation Anxiety (1995, SNES) Art Director
Foreman for Real (1995, Game Boy) Special Thanks to
Cutthroat Island (1995, Game Gear) Art Director
Ken Griffey Jr Presents Major League Baseball (1994, SNES) Main Artwork
Spider-Man / Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994, Genesis) Sega Lead Artist
Equinox (1993, SNES) Design By
Plok (1993, SNES) Game Concept
Spider-Man / X-Men: Arcade's Revenge (1992, SNES) Artwork
Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros - Visions of Power (1992, NES) High Scores
Solar Jetman: Hunt for the Golden Warpship (1990, NES) Graphics By
Cabal (1990, NES) Company Director

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