Hugh Riley started computing in 1984 whilst on the dole. He studied animation at college and wanted to get into the field. He thought the computer would be the quickest way to achieve his objective. He bought a C64 and started to experiment with computer animation. In 1986 System 3 approached him with an offer to do the Last Ninja graphics. He continued to work for System 3 until September 1988 where he was responsible for the graphics for Bangkok Knights, Predator, Last Ninja 2, Dominator and Tusker. While working at System 3 he met Mev Dinc and John Twiddy, and the trio formed Vivid Image in 1988. He claims to have no time for hobbies other than sleeping and snoring very loudly.