Memories of Firebird: The Unofficial and Unauthorised History – PRE-ORDER

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Memories of Firebird: The Unofficial and Unauthorised History – PRE-ORDER

Original price was: £49.99.Current price is: £39.99.

Written by Richard C Hewison

In 1984, telecommunications giant British Telecom decided to enter the fray and become a computer games publisher, creating Firebird Software. Firebird produced almost 250 different titles, with classic games including Booty, Thrust, Elite, The Sentinel and Virus to name just a few. This is their story.

272pp. Large format 11 x 8.5-format full colour paperback.
ISBN 978-1-84583-226-1
Published 1 September 2024

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When the IT revolution began, and microcomputers started appearing across the UK, computer games were not far behind. Emerging from the hundreds of publishers born in the early 1980s, British Telecom established Telecomsoft, and its Firebird Software publishing label, as one of the biggest and most fondly-remembered publishers in the industry. Responsible for almost 250 different titles for over a dozen different computer formats, Firebird Software sold a quarter of a million games inside the first three months and had many memorable titles over the next six years, including multiple conversions of the epic 3D space trading game Elite and many highly original titles such as BootyThrustThe Sentinel, and Druid, and arcade coin-op conversions of Bubble Bobble and Flying Shark, not forgetting the deliberately terrible Don’t Buy This. Written by a former Telecomsoft employee and with contributions from many of the people who produced the games, this book tells the story of Firebird Software, from its entrepreneurial beginnings within mainstream BT right up to the final title published in 1990, after BT had sold up to a rival publisher. Including hundreds of game covers, screenshots, and candid photos, Memories of Firebird is the definitive guide to BTs first computer games publishing label and a fascinating insight into the early history of the UK video game industry that today generates billions of pounds each year.y.

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Weight 1.65 kg
Dimensions 28 × 21.5 × 3 cm

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