Ian Bell (programmer)

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The BBC Micro version of Elite, showing the player approaching a coriolis space station

Ian Colin Graham Bell (born 31 October 1962 in Hatfield, Hertfordshire) is a game programmer, game designer and game producer. He is best known for co-developing the computer game Elite (1984) together with David Braben, which met with critical success.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Bell attended the independent St Albans School. He studied at Jesus College, Cambridge,[1] graduating with a degree (1st) in Mathematics in 1985, and a Cambridge Diploma in Computer Science in 1986.

Works as a Senior Software Engineer for Autodesk.[2] Bell was a speaker at the 2009 GameCity game festival.[3] Bell mentioned in his speech about the impact of games: "You're reaching into the minds and the imaginary spaces of children, and you’re to an extent shaping their characters and their life stories. I’m glad [Elite] isn't Doom because I'm glad that even though we didn't really think in these terms, I think its effect on players and on people's lives is good, both in the sense of giving them good memories but also in making people think in different ways and awakening interest."[4]

Game development[edit]

His work on Elite (1984), included programming in machine code with the assembly language. The game was based on an open-ended non-linear game model, and included revolutionary 3-D graphics, at the time.[5] Prior to Elite, he developed Free Fall, a game set inside a coriolis space station with the player controlling an alien punching astronaut. Free Fall, was published by Acornsoft in 1983, also a game for the BBC Micro.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Francis Spufford (18 October 2003). "Masters of Their Universe". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "An interview with Ian Bell". 9 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Stuart, Keith (October 2009). "GameCity: the interview". guardian.co.uk (London: Guardian News and Media). Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  4. ^ Marko Susimetsä (20 October 2009). "My life with elite event in Nottingham, UK". Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  5. ^ LaMosca, Adam (July 18, 2006). "Lost in the Void". The Escapist. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Ian Bell. "Free Fall". Retrieved 9 May 2015. 

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