|Born||January 20, 1966 (age 47)
Ilford, Essex, England
|Occupation||Computer game designer, game artist, musician|
Jon "Jops" Hare (born 20 January 1966, Ilford, Essex, England) is a British computer game designer, game artist and musician. He is one of the two founder members and directors, with Chris Yates, of Sensible Software, one of the most successful European games development companies of the late 1980s and 1990s.
Hare was co-designer and artist of all of Sensible's hits prior to 1992 including Parallax, Wizball, Microprose Soccer, SEUCK and Wizkid. He was also the lead designer and creative director of Mega Lo Mania, the Sensible Soccer series and the Cannon Fodder series, some of the most popular software franchises of the mid-1990s.
Hare is also known for writing the music for a number of Sensible Software's games, including Cannon Fodder, Sensible Soccer, Sensible Golf and the never released Sex 'n' Drugs 'n' Rock 'n' Roll, which featured over 30 tracks written and arranged by Hare and his frequent musical collaborator, Richard Joseph.
Since the sale of Sensible Software to Codemasters in 1999, Hare has worked in the capacity of a consultant designer on many games including numerous strategy, action and sports games including Real World Golf and Sensible Soccer 2006. Hare is also one of the founders and owner of games company Tower Studios, founded in 2004 with two former Bitmap Brothers it has developed a number of successful titles including mobile phone versions of Cannon Fodder and Sensible Soccer.
Hare has been a voting member of BAFTA across all media since 2004 and works periodically for BAFTA as both a juror and a mentor.
In 2006, Hare contributed a weekly politics feature to UK video game radio show One Life Left.
Hare then became a director of development at Nikitova Games, a games developer with offices in Chicago, Los Angeles and London; and development studios in Kiev, Ukraine. They worked on several projects for Nintendo DS and Wii, such as Showtime Championship Boxing and the as-yet-unreleased CCTV.
In January 2010, Hare announced the launch of a new independent online games publisher, Me-Stars, a games network for browser and iPhone platforms. All Me-Stars games were to feature in game Me-Stars to pick up, win and redeem and interactive high scores and friends lists that appear inside each game during gameplay, depicted by the animated photo-realistic heads found in Me-Motes Messenger (released January 2010). However the Me-Stars games network was never launched and instead became a relaunch of Tower Studios as a publisher on many mobile and online downloadable platforms of classic licensed games from the 80s - 90s as well as new designs from Jon and other game developers. Tower's most successful title as a publisher to date has been 'Speedball 2 Evolution' a remake of The Bitmap Brothers classic game which topped the iPad and Mac charts across Europe in 2011.
Hare has also been a prolific songwriter since 1982 and has featured in a number of bands over the years as a singer and guitarist, including Essex outfits Hamsterfish, Dark Globe and Touchstone, all of which also featured Chris Yates on lead guitar. Dark Globe was particularly important in the formation of the creative reltationship between Hare and Yates prior to the formation of Sensible Software and rehearsed in the house of Richard Ashrowan one of Hare's closest friends since childhood. From 1990 onwards, Hare was also a frequent musical collaborator with Richard Joseph, another close friend with whom he co-wrote and arranged all of Sensible Software's best known musical tracks including the soundtrack for Cannon Fodder the GBA version of which was also nominated for a BAFTA in 2000, and is still the only small-format soundtrack to be recognized by BAFTA to this day. In 1995 Hare and Joseph embarked upon an epic 32 track soundtrack for the multimedia product Sex 'n' Drugs 'n' Rock 'n' Roll, signed to Warner Interactive, however in 1998 Warner bowed out of the games market and their Magnum Opus was only ever released as a limited edition audio CD.
Since 2004, Hare has been writing and performing with the Little Big Band, which often features Jack Monck, and he is a member of the shapeshifting C64 rock band SID80s, featuring Mark Knight and Ben Daglish, with whom he has performed at various retro gaming concerts. He is also the owner of an independent online music publisher Sensible Soundware, co-managed by him and Daglish and specializing in the publication of music created by artists in the games, TV and film industries.
Games designed or co-designed
|1985||Twister, Mother of Charlotte||ZX Spectrum|
|1987||Wizball||C64; ZX Spectrum|
|Microprose Soccer||C64; ZX Spectrum|
|1990||International 3D Tennis||C64; ZX Spectrum; Amiga; ST|
|1991||Insects in Space||C64|
|Mega Lo Mania||Amiga; ST; Mega Drive; SNES; DOS|
|Sensible Soccer||Amiga; ST; Mega Drive; SNES|
|Sensible Soccer International Edition||Amiga; ST; Atari Jaguar|
|1993||Sensible Soccer 92/93||Amiga; ST|
|Cannon Fodder||Amiga; ST; DOS; Archimedes; Mega Drive; Atari Jaguar; 3DO|
|1994||Cannon Fodder 2||Amiga; DOS|
|Sensible World of Soccer|
|1995||Sensible World of Soccer 95/96|
|Sensible Train Spotting||Amiga|
|1996||Sensible World of Soccer European Championship Edition||Amiga; DOS|
|Sensible World of Soccer 96/97|
|1998||Sensible Soccer 98||DOS; Windows 9x|
|1999||Sensible Soccer 98 European Club Edition||DOS; Windows 9x|
|2000||Cannon Fodder||Game Boy Color|
|2001||Prince Naseem Boxing||PlayStation; Game Boy Color|
|2002||Mike Tyson Heavyweight Boxing||PlayStation 2; Xbox|
|2003||World War II: Frontline Command||PC|
|2004||Sensible Soccer||Mobile Phones|
|International Rugby Sevens|
|2006||Real World Golf||
Xbox; PlayStation 2; PC
|Sensible Soccer 2006|
|2007||Showtime Boxing||Nintendo Wii; Nintendo DS|
|2008||Casper's Scare School (video game)||Nintendo DS|
|M&Ms Adventure||Nintendo Wii; Nintendo DS|
|I Can Football|
|Real Madrid: The Game||Nintendo Wii; Nintendo DSi; PSP; PC|
|2010||Me-Motes Messenger||iPhone; PC|
|Shoot to Kill||iOS; PC|
|2011||Alien Puzzle Adventure||Nintendo DSiWare|
|Speedball 2 Evolution||iOS; Apple Mac; Nokia Smartphones; Sony Minis|
- "A Talk With Jon Hare". Cubed3. 2009-07-11.
- Mod AT, Jagex staff member (2009-07-08). "Twitter / Jagex Ltd: We're delighted to welcome ...". statuses. San Francisco, CA 94107, United States: Twitter. Retrieved 2009-07-08. "We're delighted to welcome Sensible Software legend Jon Hare to #Jagex as our new Head of Publishing"
- "A Talk With Jon Hare". Cubed3. 2009-07-11.
- Hare's profile on MobyGames
- Desert Island Discs style interview with Hare at GameShadow.com
- Interview with Jon Hare
- Radio interview
- Video of renowned C64-music retro band PRESS PLAY ON TAPE and Jon Hare, playing the theme from Cannon Fodder on various game controllers
- TV Interview with Jon Hare on Channel m's Re:Loaded
- A Talk With Jon Hare on Cubed3
- An interview with Jon Hare on Beefjeck.com