S3:E11 Interview With Game Developer Jon Williams

Episode 11 May 27, 2020 00:55:38
S3:E11 Interview With Game Developer Jon Williams
Into The Vertical Blank : Generation Atari
S3:E11 Interview With Game Developer Jon Williams

Show Notes

An Interview with Jon Williams a Gamer Developer for the Atari 8bit computers, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore C16, Amiga and many other platforms. 

We discuss some technical details about developing for the Atari 8bits, Commodore C16 and C64, and well as dive into his game development history and what he is working on now. 


Jon Williams Game Video



Original Games



Jet Book Jack 1984 - Really difficult but great looking unique platformer in the style of Miner 2049er

Berks Four 2019 - More like Shamus than Baby Berks

Major Blink 2018

Time Slip 1986 - justs good and difficult as 2020

Fandal New versions

Baby Berks 2020 http://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=7853 - Combo of Daleks and Berzerk

Major Blink 2020 http://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=7855 - combo of crossfire and Kid Grid / Amidar

Time Slip 2020 http://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=7859 - frantic Zeppelin on acid


Pyaramax 1990 http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-st-pyramax_10329.html 

Tony Longworth’s Patreon


Atariage Thread about Timeslip 2020


Antic Podcast with Jon


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Written, Edited. Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton

Branding by Daryl Litts

Additional Music "Chill Wave" by Tony Longworth

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