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John Gibson

Senior Programmer
Year of death: 2023

A British senior games programmer and developer, who started his career in the nascent days of the industry, beginning with Imagine Software in 1983, creating games for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. When Imagine folded in 1984, John Gibson co-founded Denton Designs in Liverpool, which released such games as Gift from the Gods (1984) and Cosmic Wartoad (1985), as well as pop culture tie-ins Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Roland’s Rat Race (both 1985) for the likes of the Spectrum, Commodore 64 and Amstrad. He left in 1986 to join Psygnosis’ advanced technology group, working on the likes of shooter Microcosm (1993), and stayed there until 1998, moving first to Warthog Games and then Evolution Studios, which was acquired by Sony in 2007. Gibson became a principal programmer within SCEE, helping to develop such games as MotorStorm (2006), and its sequels MotorStorm: Pacific Rift (2008) and MotorStorm: Apocalypse (2011), and Driveclub (2014). He retired in 2015.

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