From Bedrooms to Billions - The Power of the BBC Micro [Exclusive]

In this exclusive clip from upcoming UK games development documentary From Bedrooms to Billions, Peter Molyneux, Geoff Crammond and many others talk about the powerful influence of the BBC Micro.

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skittzo_s
skittzo_s

It's ironic, that very thing those women were putting together in the production line, is the very thing that will one day take over their jobs.

OldKye
OldKye

Anyone else just click on this cause it had Papa Molyneux on it lol? ^.^

pyeeater
pyeeater

I remember being part of the  'Teletext Club' at school in the mid 80's.  This involved trying to create news pages and sports pages using the teletext mode on the BBC Micro.


My greatest achievement was transposing the NFL logo onto the teletext screen.  It's been downhill since then :P

gajbutler
gajbutler

I remember these at school, they were really dated in the early 90s but most schools I went to still had them laying around in a big pile with so many games. I used to have to stay in a classroom for an hour or two after school while I waited for my parents to finish work so they could pick me up. I ended up setting one of these machines up each time and play various games, it's weird because I would sit there and play text adventure games, used to have to type out what you wanted to do with key words... just weird how I had the patience for it all.

gameofthering
gameofthering

I'll have to watch this some day. I find this sort of stuff interesting.

Dramacide
Dramacide

I loved my BBC micro i got it for my 8th birthday with a stack of 5 1/2 inch floppy disc games and a stack of programming books and I wouldn't leave my bedroom. It's the reason I wear glasses today lol.

hystavito
hystavito

"you could deploy a piece of software to every machine in the classroom with a single command"

Do they mean the machines were networked and with one command you could send software to all of them?  That sounds pretty impressive for early 80s, certainly for a desktop personal computer.

dpclark
dpclark

What is interesting is to see how these people have aged...

vadagar1
vadagar1

some people get lucky most dont 


no skill or innovation about it, does not matter how skilled or talented u are, humanity is not build like this


if ur lucky ur "skill" will be of use u might make something new and advance tech or art or whatever a bit, 99% of the time millions of people with far better ideas die form frustration or get killed in third world countries


its just luck, its all chaos, 

look at G. lucas or that director that makes transformer crappy movies ... are they talented?? sure, in a way, are thier people what can do it better, HELL YAH


but the coin landed in their favor thats it

ahope1
ahope1

Yes. The networking system for the Beeb was called Econet.

uncompetative
uncompetative

@vadagar1 I counted 35 mistakes in your post. That's ignoring your assertion that there are millions of people who have died of frustration. You even managed to use 'ur' twice to mean both "you're" and "your".

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@vadagar1 i hate to admit that, but thats very true. Some people do get lucky. MOST dont. I mean thers millions of actors on this planet and you only see a handful in big blockbuster movies. I mean Leonardo Di caprio has been in ho many Martin Scorcese movies now? (no disrespect to Caprio, hes the best young looking actor in the industry i think right now, by far, hes always 150% invested in the role hes playing, or he seems to be anyway). But theres millions of actors that might be just as good out there that will NEVER ever get a shot.


So yeah, there is definately some luck involved. If you are really good at what you do AND you are lucky or you manage to be in the right place at the right time, then thats great.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@vadagar1 

I agree - some people managed to be in the right place at the right time through sheer luck.

Minasodrom
Minasodrom

@OldKye OMG i wrote my first comment prior to watching the video xD