Steve Hammond

I was involved in the Kingsway Amateur Computer Club from 1984 onwards, where the founding members of DMA Design met. I worked for DMA freelance from 1988 to 1991 and full time from then until 1997. Since then I've somehow managed to direct Britain's first ever Star Trek Fan Film (now a crowded field) and a few sequels, written a full-length original screenplay and a first draft of a novel. During the day I am mainly a programmer with an aerospace company.

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Nailing Jelly to Kittens

In anticipation of the release of GTA V tomorrow, The Guardian has produced a video of the making of the very original GTA. This gathers together some of the people involved – including myself – and lets them talk about the trials of bringing the game to reality. The Making of Grand Theft Auto

Hired Guns Fan Art

Why should GTA and Lemmings get all the love? Over at the English Amiga Board, a thread about Hired Guns has produced the first HG fan art I think I’ve ever seen. User Cherno has kindly allowed me to post some of them here. Not only had he been hard at work creating a boardgame…

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Hired Guns 20th Anniversary

Remarkably enough, it is only a couple of months until Hired Guns has the 20th Anniversary of its release. We celebrated Lemmings 20th two years ago. Though any recognition of HG is likely to be low-key, I’d like to do something. Watch this space…

Lemmings Statues Appear in Dundee

A Lemmings Statue

The first I knew that something was happening was a number of Lemmings references in my Twitter stream a few days ago. Without any warning it seemed that overnight a handful of Lemmings statues had appeared, climbing over a wall. It wasn’t until today that I was able to get the time to go and …

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The Spielberg of Gaming

A few years ago I, along with the usual suspects Mike, Dave and Russell, were interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland. You can find the interview here, although despite being on YouTube it’s audio only. At the time I wrote a blog post about it, of which I’ve placed an expanded and updated version below the …

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Real Lemmings – Sort Of…

Just for a bit of a change of pace, I found these whilst trawling Flickr. No context, but it’s nice to think that our little games made a lot of people happy!

Grand Thieves and Tomb Raiders

There’s a new book out called Grand Thieves and Tomb Raiders and I’m guessing this is what I have to thank for the recent upswing in page views. Hello new readers! I’ve bought myself a copy and am pleased to see that I’m even mentioned in it. Mike Dailly over at DMA Design ORG claims …

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Everyone Knows it was Race ‘n’ Chase

The history of GTA has been somewhat more illuminated in recent years than previously. To this end it is now common knowledge that the original design doc called it Race ‘n’ Chase. It was only ever meant to be a temporary name, even when at the time DMA had a habit of keeping temporary names …

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Alas, Psygnosis

So, obviously I’ve heard of the closure of Psygnosis. Not that it has been called that in many years, in the same way that Rockstar North isn’t quite DMA Design. I don’t have many memories of that publisher down on the Liverpudlian waterfront, but DMA visited there regularly and I went along for a couple …

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Scottish Games

Scottish Games are now allowing me to write a monthly column about games, DMA, and even me. I’m reprinting them here after a month’s delay. I’m putting them in a single location and also apply any corrections which are necessary. I may even expand on the original, time permitting. You can find the first one …

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