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In the eyes of a freelancer who worked for The Vision Factory

>> Friday, November 2, 2007

Recently another interesting person showed up at the CD-i Community who worked for The Vision Factory, which we know from excellent CD-i games like The Apprentice and Lucky Luke. Roland: "A looooong time ago I've done some free-lance work for The Vision Factory doing level design for Steel Machine and Accelerator. I was trying to become a professional graphic artist around that time and also did some test graphics for prototypes etc. I even did a complete graphic set for Steel Machine which sadly never made it into the game due to time constraints. I remember those days as some of the most fun I've had in my life, being young and getting paid for making video games was sweet! I eventually gave up graphics and became a programmer. I sort of gave up after seeing Niklas Malmqvist's graphics reaching levels I could never achieve hehehe." More after the click.

"I'm not sure if I can still get ahold of that Steel Machine artwork. I myself don't have anything left from those days, most of it ended up at the garbage together with my old Atari ST and Amiga 500. The story behind the Vision Factory started in the Atari ST demo scene. Stefan Postuma was involved with ST News, a disk based magazine targetting ST enthusiasts and other types of weirdos, where he got in contact with Tim Moss who, together with his brother Dave Moss and Mark Palmer, formed a demo group called The Lost Boys.

Stefan worked at SPC Company as a programmer and when SPC decided to start developing games for the CD-I, which was based on 68000 processor, like the Atari ST, he quickly hired Tim Moss as well to help develop Alien Gate. Niklas Malmqvist, who used to be Tanis in the swedish crew The Carebears, did the graphics for Alien Gate. I myself was involved in an unknown group (well, duo really) called Spirits of Doom, most famous for our huge megademo which NEVER got released... I was the graphics artist and Arjen Wagenaar the programmer. Soon after Alien Gate was finished Arjen got hired at SPC.

I then got involved with designing the levels for Steel Machine which Niklas did the graphics for and Dave Moss and Mark Palmer did the music in the guise of their band 'Fleshfarm'. In my humble opinion, Steel Machine has the BEST ingame music of all CD-I titles, EVER. Joris de Man, who used to be Scavenger in a the dutch group Synergy, ended up doing some music for a bunch of titles (don't know which anymore). Micael Hildenborg who also did a bunch of free-lance stuff, can't remember what exactly, used to be Flying Egg in a certain swedish demo group whose name eludes me at the moment.

So, I ended up doing level design and some test graphics, which didn't amount to much really. I ended up being a programmer and make my money building web applications these days. Stefan Posthuma now works for Electronic Arts in Vancouver. Tim Moss leads quite a succesful Playstation development team over at Sony somewhere in California, he's responsible for God of War which was quite a big hit on the PS2. Fabrice Odero a.k.a. Fury of Legacy, also works for him as far as I know. Niklas Malmqvist is still a graphic artist/animator, he works for a swedish company called king.com.

Arjen Wagenaar has his own company here in Amsterdam doing all sorts of programming, he's involved with streaming video techniques and what not. Last thing I heard about Joris de man is that he moved to Ireland or something. He did, amongst other things, the music for the Guerilla title 'Killzone'. What ever happened to Luke Verhulst I have no idea, but I'm sure he's still drawing cute stuff.

Ermm, that's about it really, like I said, the time at The Vision Factory was great fun. Endless evenings playing Doom at on the company network, listening to Nine Inch Nails at ridiculous volumes pissing off the rest of the entire building, talking endless streams of bullshit with Luke Verhulst, etc, etc. Good fun, good times and I'm still in touch with most of these guys, they're all doing good so that's wonderful."


Thanks to Roland

1 reacties:

Hangman 3D June 15, 2017 at 12:32 PM  

Hallo Bas,

Ik ben al een tijdje opzoek naar de mensen achter "The Vision Factory". Ik ben een groot fan van hun cd-i games en voor mijn werk ben ik bezig om de Nederlandse game geschiedenis in kaart te brengen. Voor mij is The Vision Factory hierbij onmisbaar. Het lijkt me super tof om met ze (of met jou?) in contact te komen.

Heb je tips voor me?
Je kan me mailen via: its_bas[at]hotmail[dot]com

Met vriendelijke groet,
Anne Bras

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Games 0-F

3rd Degree - PF Magic
7th Guest, The - Philips Freeland Studios
Accelerator - SPC/Vision
Adventure of the Space Ship Beagle, The - Denshi Media Services
Affaire Morlov, L' - Titus
Alfapet - Adatek
Alice in Wonderland - Spinnaker
Alien Gate - SPC Vision
Alien Odyssee - Argonaut
Aliens Interactive CD-i - Dark Vision Interactive
Ange et le Demon, L' - Smart Move
Apprentice, The - SPC Vision
Apprentice 2, The - Marvin's Revenge - SPC Vision
Arcade Classics - Philips ADS / Namco
Asterix - Caesar’s Challenge - Infogrames
Atlantis - The Last Resort - PRL Redhill (Philips ADS)
Axis and Allies - CapDisc
Backgammon - CapDisc
Battle Chess - Accent Media (for Interplay)
Battleship - CapDisc
Big Bang Show - Infogrames
BMP Puzzle - Circle (for ZYX)
Brain Dead 13 - Readysoft
Burn:Cycle - Trip Media
Caesar's World of Boxing - Philips POV
Caesar's World of Gambling - CD-I Systems
Cartoon Academy - Bits Corporation
CD-i mit der Maus - SPC Vision
CD Shoot - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Change Angels Kick-off - HMO
Chaos Control - Infogrames
Christmas Country - Creative Media
Christmas Country - The Lost Levels - Creative Media
Christmas Crisis - DIMA
Clue - 3T Productions
Clue 2 - The mysteries continue - 3T Productions
Connect Four - CapDisc
Creature Shock - Argonaut (for Virgin)
Crime Patrol - CapDisc
Crow, The - Philips POV
Cyber Soldier Sharaku - Japan Interactive media
Dame was Loaded, The - Beam Software
Dark Castle - Philips POV
Dead End - Cryo
Defender of the Crown - Philips POV
Deja Vu - Icom Simulations
Deja Vu 2: Lost in Las Vegas - Icom Simulations
Demolition Man - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Demon Driver - Haiku Studios
Discworld - Teeny Weeny Games
Dimo's Quest - SPC Vision
Domino - Wigant Interactive Media
Down in the Dumps - Haiku Studios
Dragon's Lair - Superclub / INTL CDI
Dragon's Lair 2- Time Warp - Superclub / INTL CDI
Drug wars - Crime Patrol II - CapDisc
Dungeons & Dragons - PF Magic
Earth Command - Visionary Media
Effacer - CapDisc
Escape from Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Evidence - Microids
Falco & Donjon & The Sword of Inoxybur - BMi / Zephyr Studio
Family Games I - DIMA
Family Games II - Junk Food Jive - DIMA
Felix the Cat - Philips Sidewalk Studio
Flashback - Delphine/Tiertex (for US Gold)
Flinstones Wacky Inventions - Philips Funhouse
Fort Boyard: The Challenge - Microids
Frog Feast - Rastersoft

CD-i Games Index G-M

Go - CapDisc
Golden Oldies - SPC Vision
Golden Oldies II - SPC Vision
Golgo 13 - Japan Interactive Media
Great day at the races, A - CD-I Racing, Dove Films, Total Vision
Guignols de l'Info, Les - Canal+ Multimedia / INTL CDI
Heart of Darkness - Amazing Studio (for Virgin)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The - Philips Kaleidoscope
Holland Casino CD-i - HMO
Hotel Mario - Philips Fantasy Factory
Inca - Coktel Vision
Inca 2 - Coktel Vision
International Tennis Open - Infogrames
Jack Sprite vs. The Crimson Ghost - PF Magic
Jeopardy - Accent Media
Jigsaw - Novalogic
Joe Guard - DIMA
John Dark: Psychic Eye - CapDisc
Joker's Wild!, The - Accent Media
Joker's Wild Jr., The - Accent Media
Kether - Infogrames
Kingdom - The far reaches - CapDisc
Kingdom 2 - Shadoan - CapDisc
Labyrinth of Crete - Philips Funhouse
Laser Lords - Spinnaker
Last Bounty Hunter, The - CapDisc
Legend of the Fort - Microids
Lemmings - DMA Design / Psygnosis
Lettergreep - Wigant Interactive Media
Lingo - SPC Vision
Link - The faces of evil - Animation Magic
Lion King, The - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Litil Divil - Gremlin Graphics
Litil Divil 2: Limbo Years - Gremlin Graphics
Lords of the rising sun - Philips POV
Lost Eden - Cryo (for Virgin)
Lost Ride, The - Formula (Lost Boys)
Lucky Luke - The video game - SPC Vision
Mad Dog McCree - CapDisc
Mad Dog McCree II: The lost gold - CapDisc
Magic Eraser - Circle (for ZYX)
Mah-Jong - Japan Interactive Media
Making the Grade - 3T Productions
Man Before Man - Cryo
Marco Polo - Infogrames
Mario Takes America - CIGAM
Master Labyrinth - AVM AG/HQ
Mega Maze - CapDisc
Memory Works, The - Compact Disc Incorporated
Merlin's Apprentice - Philips Funhouse
Microcosm - Philips Freeland Studios
Micro Machines - Codemasters
Monty Python's Invasion from the Planet Skyron - Daedalus CD-i Productions
Mutant Rampage - Body Slam - Animation Magic
Myst - Sunsoft (for Cyan)
Mystic Midway - Rest in pieces - Philips POV
Mystic Midway 2 - Phantom Express - Philips POV

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Games N-Z

Name that tune - Philips Fantasy Factory
New Day - Bits Corporation
NFL Hall of Fame Football - Philips POV
Othello - HMO
Pac Panic - Philips ADS / Namco
Palm Springs Open - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Pool - SPC Vision
Pinball - CapDisc
Plunderball - ISG Productions
Power Hitter - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Power Match - Two's Company
Pursue - BEPL
Pyramid Adventures - Compact Disc Incorporated
RAMRaid - PRL Redhill
Return To Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Riddle of the Maze, The - Fathom Pictures
Riqa - Bits Corporation
Rise of the Robots - Mirage Technologies
Sargon Chess - Spinnaker
Scotland Yard Interactive - AVM AG/HQ
Secret Mission - Microids
Secret Name of Ra, The
Shaolin's Road - Infogrames
Skate Dude - Viridis
Smurfen, De - De Telesmurf - Infogrames
Solar Crusade - Infogrames
Solitaire - BEPL
Space Ace - Superclub / INTL CDI
Space Ranger - Studio Interactive
Special Operations Squadron - SPC Vision
Sport Freaks - SPC Vision
Star Trek - Philips POV
Star Wars: Rebel Assault - LucasArts
Steel Machine - SPC Vision
Striker Pro - Rage
Strip Poker Live - Greenpig Production
Strip Poker Pro - Interactive Pictures
Super Fighter - The Super Fighter Team / C&E
Super Mario's Wacky Worlds - NovaLogic
Surf City - Philips Sidewalk Studios
Tangram - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Taco's Toyroom Troopers - Creative Media
Tankdoodle - Creative Media
Tetris - Philips POV
Tetsuo Gaiden - Creative Media
Text Tiles
Thieves' World - Electronic Arts
Tic-tac-toe - BEPL
Tox Runner - ISG Productions
Treasures of Oz - Philips Kaleidoscope
Ultra CD-i Soccer - Krisalis
Uncover featuring Tatjana - SPC Vision
Uninvited - Icom Simulations
Video Speedway - ISG Productions
Vinnie the Pinguin - Pandemonium Labs
Voyeur - Philips POV
Voyeur 2 - Philips POV
Whack-a-Bubble - Creative Media
What's it worth - Marshall Cavendish Multimedia / Spice
Who shot Johnny Rock? - CapDisc
Wordplay - BEPL
World Cup Golf - US Gold
Zaak Sam, De - Toneelschool NL
Zelda - The wand of Gamelon - Animation Magic
Zelda's Adventure - Viridis
Zenith - Radarsoft
Zombie Dinos From The Planet Zeltoid - Philips POV

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