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Ciaran Eugene Gultnieks (born 1970) is a British computer game programmer, whose projects include Star Wars (1988, for home computers), Dogfight (1993), Slipstream 5000 (1995) and Hardwar (1998) for the PC. He also founded F-Droid, a software repository for free Android software, and contributes to the microblogging platform StatusNet.
Gultnieks was the first employee at Vektor Grafix, later moving on to work for Microprose and Spectrum Holobyte. In 1993, he co-founded development house The Software Refinery, which closed its doors in 2002. In recent years he has contributed to various open source software projects, most significantly microblogging platform StatusNet.
He is credited on the following games:
- Star Wars (1987), Domark Software, Inc.
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1988), Domark
- Fighter Bomber (1989), Activision
- Strike Aces (1990), Activision
- Killing Cloud (1991)
- Dogfight (1993), Microprose
- Air Duel: 80 Years of Dogfighting (1993), MicroProse
- Slipstream 5000 (1995), Gremlin Interactive
- Hardwar (1998), Gremlin Interactive
- Magazine interview about Hardwar
- Crash Article
- Ciaran Gultnieks' bio, Mobygames.com
- Article/interview in PC Format - Best of British supplement
- Hardwar FAQ - Closure of The Software Refinery
- Mobygames profile
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