Old programmers... where are they now?

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Old programmers... where are they now?

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I'm not actually asking as such, but I'm just asking a question generally that might be answered by those in the know.

Thing is, I've had what I think is a great idea for a book, which I think would fill a niche that hasn't really been tapped by any of the videogames books I've read. But there wouldn't be that much point going ahead with it if I wasn't going to be able to get hold of the folks that made games in the 80s, as well as other personalities from the time.

So, does anyone know how well hidden they are these days, and how reluctant they are to come out of hiding for such things? I'm just trying to gauge how much point there might be to starting any sort of prep work...
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The book I am currently part of the way through writing will have a big section on software houses and programmers.

Through Retro Gamer I know it can range from being very easy to find someone, to being incredibly difficult and then the person being reluctant to talk.
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Hmmm... that could also impact on whether I start anything or not. It would probably be quite different, but there's not much point going over already-trodden ground.
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Mine will be focused on the C64, but will contain a lot of where are they now detail...
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Ah, well mine might be a different take, in that case...

I'll have to have a think, though.
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Professor Brian Strain wrote:Mine will be focused on the C64, but will contain a lot of where are they now detail...
Any more info on this book you were talking about Andrew?
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Iain wrote:
Professor Brian Strain wrote:Mine will be focused on the C64, but will contain a lot of where are they now detail...
Any more info on this book you were talking about Andrew?
On hold indefinitely. I'd like to finish it someday. But that would probably mean a Kickstarter/pre-order campaign to fund it.

With major surgery on the way in 2015, it won't be this year.
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Makes sense on both accounts!

Kickstarter would seem to be the way to go these days, especially as you would have good "community reach" (did I just invent another Bulshit Bingo term there?!). Let's hope surgery sucess in 2015 leads to a book success in 2016! :)
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