Bill Williams (game designer)

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Bill Williams
Born May 29, 1960
Pontiac, Michigan
Died May 28, 1998
Rockport, Texas
Occupation Game designer and programmer and author
Known for Designer of Bart's Nightmare

Bill Williams (ca. 1960–1998) was a game designer and programmer and author.


He was the author of the acclaimed Atari computer games Salmon Run, Necromancer, and Alley Cat, and the Amiga games Mind Walker, Sinbad and the Throne of the Falcon, Pioneer Plague, and Knights of the Crystallion. Alley Cat was actually started by another programmer, John Harris,[1] who abandoned the project and left him to finish it. Near the end of his game development career he wrote Monopoly for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Bart's Nightmare for Super NES. Williams was disappointed with the way the last game turned out, calling it "Bill's Nightmare."

Williams' games are admired for their unique and imaginative design concepts, beautiful graphics, innovative sound and music, and skillful implementation. Pioneer Plague was notable as the first Amiga game to make full use of Hold-And-Modify mode for the in-game graphics.

Williams wrote the book, "Naked Before God: The Return of a Broken Disciple", published by Morehouse Publishing in May, 1998. It imagines himself as a disciple of Jesus with cystic fibrosis in the present day, trying to understand his struggles with CF and diabetes, and Jesus's message.

Williams died from cystic fibrosis in 1998, at the age of 38.[2]

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