It’s the story that just keeps on giving. I met Steve Wilcox a number of years ago when I invited him to Revival – a retro event I organised in Wolverhampton that attracted a couple of thousand people over a weekend. Steve owns Elite Systems – a company that released some fantastic games onto the 8-bit computers in the 80s – Airwolf, Bombjack, Paperboy and Rollercoaster to name but a few. After producing the Ocean book, Roger Kean and I started dialogue with Steve on producing a book on Elite Systems – it seemed the logical choice.
This was at the time he was running a Kickstarter to produce a re-created ZX Spectrum. I had heard rumours possibly over a year before that a new Spectrum was coming, and here was the campaign that was going to make it happen. Towards the end of the 30 days, many programmers started coming forwards complaining of being ripped off by Steve. Suffice to say, Roger and I thought best not to progress the book and severed our ties – the US Gold book was then born.
So skip on a couple of years, and the thought of doing an Elite book came up again in conversation. Time had passed, hopefully wounds had healed. Then today, an article on Eurogamer has sort of put a book on the company on ice again – an article entitled ‘When Kickstarters go bad: chasing down the Recreated ZX Spectrum’….check this OUT.