Mike Bithell is on the Game Industry Biz Top 100 list

A huge well done to Mike Bithell (BA Computer Games Design Graduate) for making the Games Industry Biz Top 100 Most Influential People in the British Games Industry List.

Taking up coding at a young age, Mike Bithell was destined for games. Although he worked at studios such as Blitz, it was his indie project Thomas Was Alone that made his name.

Taking inspiration from filmmakers such as Kevin Smith, Bithell focused on making impressive titles with a tight budget. Now he is an aspirational figure for many a hopeful one-man indie, but when asked for advice on how to make it in games, he reminds fellow developers that “they are not on the same journey.”

“The business changes weekly, so I try not to give too much advice,” he says.

Following huge commercial success came the chance to meet his heroes, such as Hideo Kojima, which Bithell describes as a “massive privilege.” But according to the Volume creator, it’s the audience that drives him.

“It sounds corny, but the best part of this job is meeting the people who play our stuff,” he says. “Fan art, cosplay, videos – everything that folks do with the games we make.”

Extract from http://www.gamesindustry.biz/top100/indie-leaders

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Thomas Was Alone is released on iPad

So Mike Bithell has been pretty busy, not only has be been busily working away on his new game Volume, he’s also released Thomas Was Alone on iPad.

Mike has also been talking about the release of the iPad version in Polygon.


Newport Alumnus Mike Bithell Develop awards nomination

Mike and Thomas was Alone is nominated in several categories including, New IP, Use of Narrative and Micro Studio.
The July 10th Develop Awards will toast another diverse array of the finest European game development talent.

Almost 100 different companies have been listed as finalists for the July 10th event.

The shortlists for the 19 main prizes represents 36 different games and their creative talent, 49 different games studios and ten different European countries.

 

http://www.develop-online.net/news/44031/Develop-Awards-2013-The-finalists-are


Mike Bithell’s Thomas Was Alone wins Games BAFTA Award 2013

Mike Bithell’s Thomas Was Alone has won a Games BAFTA Award 2013, in the Performer category for Danny Wallace’s narration. Well done!

Mike also announced a few weeks ago that Thomas Was Alone will soon be making it’s debut on PS3 and PS Vita!

 


Mike Bithell’s Thomas Was Alone gets 3 nominations at the Games BAFTA Awards 2013

It’s great to see that Thomas Was Alone is in the headlines once again. This time Thomas has been nominated for three Games BAFTA 2013 awards, in the categories, Story, Original Music & Performer (for Danny Wallace’s narration).

 

 

 


Thomas Was Alone is released

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Newport alumni Mike Bithell’s game Thomas Was Alone is now available to download from Desura and Indie City.

Over the last few days there has been great press coverage and reviews… Rock Paper Shotgun, GamasutraGamespot UK, IndieGames.com, Just Press StartSize Five Games and GameZone, to name a few.

Follow Mike Bithell on Twitter.


Thomas Was Alone is set for release on June 30

 Thomas Was Alone is a minimalist game about friendship and jumping and is due for release on June 30, 2012. It will be out first on Desura, then shortly on other digital distribution platforms.

Thomas Was alone has been created by Newport graduate Mike Bithell, in his spare time, whilst not working as Lead Designer at Bossa Studios.

There is a great review/interview on Gamasutra and a short preview on N4G.

We can’t wait to get our hands on it and have a go.