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Merry Christmas from 1988

Blog posted by Ste Pickford on Thu, 25 Dec 2008
Subject: Sketches

Ste Pickford

A merry Christmas to all our readers, and here's a blast from the past.

I found this in at the bottom of a pile of folders, undated. Careful detective work leads me to think that it must have been from Christmas 1988, but I'm not 100% sure it wasn't '89...

As our company Christmas card that year (whichever year it was) we at Zippo Games (the dev studio John and I co-owned in the late 1980s) decided to send this drawing via fax to all our friends and clients. Via fax! How crap was that?

Faxes were fairly high tech still, so maybe it was ever so slightly cool... nah, probably not.

This was around the time when we started developing games on the NES - probably only one of about three devcos in the UK who were working on the NES at the time - but it was in the shops in the UK by this time so people had heard of it.

I'm sure this was the year we received a beautiful, expensively printed, classily designed Christmas card from the 8-bit publisher Thalamus, and we just faxed this to everyone, on that awful thermal paper most likely, because we thought it was clever.


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