Archive entry by Ste Pickford on Fri, 09 Apr 2010
Subject: World Darts
This is a favourite graphic of mine. It's the announcer who pops up on the screen in World Darts on the Amiga, to announce that you've scored 180 or whatever, and he pops up on the title screen too.
I think we did it as a separate screen layer on the Amiga, so could easily appear over the top of any other screen. This was probably the first time we'd worked on a machine with multiple screen layers, so the idea of sliding massive graphics over the top of the screen seemed really novel and exciting to us.
I like this graphic because it's probably the very first time I captured something of my drawing / cartooning style in a video game graphic. John was always pushing me to create more hand-drawn looking graphics, with more personality, but the needs of video games tend to push you towards more generic, clean, re-usable graphics. It's only really with our more recent work like Magnetic Billiards that I've managed to get more of my own drawing style into the graphics of the game.