Blog posted by Ste Pickford on Fri, 23 Dec 2011
© Dave Bulmer
Another nice Zub surprise popped into my inbox this week, a lovely Zub Christmas card / fan artwork, courtesy of Dave Bulmer.
The email came with a brilliant story about Dave playing Zub as a kid:
"I finally get to say thanks for Zub. It was one of the first few computer games I ever had, when I was about five or six, and I loved it. I couldn't get past the first level, and that's even with just one chattery little chap knocking me off platforms, but sometimes Dad would sit and play it with me, and he got the whole thing finished. I remember still, going 'Dad, why did they execute him then, if he found the thing for them?' 'Well, they're aliens. Sometimes they do things a silly way round.' Zub was one of those rare games that appeared not to concern itself at all with the system's limitations, those animations made the game feel completely alive. It's great that you’ve got such an extensive Zub Archive, and I only wish more games from that time could be explored in that much detail."
I almost had a tear in my eye reading that.
It can be a bit lonely at times working from home, and the odd bit of fan-mail like this really gives us a boost and makes it feel worthwhile spending all the time and effort that we do trying to make great games.
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