|★ AMSTRAD CPC ★ Stephen Curtis ★|
|Stephen Curtis (SinclairUser)||Games - Auteurs|
STEPHEN CURTIS from Wales is 22 years old, and became interested in computing at college.
"The first game I sold was Hammer House of Horror in 1983 to Lasersound. I signed the contract but the company went bust, although I did get the advance."
Stephen has written about 13 games of which 10 have been published. They include Morris Meets the Bikers for Automata, Tiler for Interceptor and his latest game, Nonterraqueous for Mastertonic, written with Mark Jacobs.
"Approach four or five companies with your game – most won't reply unless they want it. I sent Nonterraqueous to four before Mastertronic.
"In February one company offered me 50 pence for Nonterraqueous and they had a game in the top ten. The royalty rate was only about 4 per cent."
Stephen's advice to anyone thinking of going freelance is "Don't bother. Mainly because computer programs are becoming more and more sophisticated and development times are becoming longer and longer for less money."
SinclairUser, August 1985