Britsoft: An Oral History


Britsoft: An Oral History is a collective story of the early British games industry. Composed of interviews with thirty-five people who shaped the modern videogame.


ISBN: 9780957576827 Category:

Alex Wiltshire


“Britsoft documents a vibrant period of invention in Britain’s cultural history – the start of a new form of entertainment, created on ZX Spectrums, Commodore 64s, Amigas and Atari STs, in bedrooms and living rooms. Interviewees include: David Braben (Elite), Peter Molyneux (Populous), Rob Hubbard (Commando) and Jeff Minter (Attack of the Mutant Camels),

The book is a companion piece to the 2014 documentary, From Bedrooms to Billions, and draws from the hundreds of hours of interview footage to find new, untold stories, and craft an original narrative. Through the voices of programmers, musicians, journalists and business people, it traces the making of games such as Dizzy, Elite, Paradroid and Kick Off; and the birth of publishers, magazines and software houses, from Codemasters to Zzap!64.

Additional information

Weight 1108 g
Dimensions 17 x 24 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 9 November 2022
Number of pages 420
Format Hardback
Dimensions 17 x 24 cm
Weight 1108 g


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Alex Wiltshire is a journalist and writer, and a former editor of Edge magazine. He edited Britsoft: An Oral History and Japansoft: An Oral History for Read-Only Memory, and is author of several books, including the bestselling Minecraft Blockopedia. He works as a publishing editor for developer Mojang, and among many other publications writes a column about game design for Rock Paper Shotgun. He lives in Bath, UK, with his wife and two children.