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Matthew Simmonds (4mat/Ate Bit, 4-Mat/Razor 1911^Cosine^Anarchy)
Codemasters/Code Masters Limited
Set up by brothers David and Richard Darling and their father Jim in October 1986 after a year of writing for Mastertronic. Prior to that, David and Richard had written Vic 20 games as Galactic Software while at school.
Code Masters publishes on the pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap basis, lots of titles, all at impulse buy prices. An extraordinary high profile PR campaign in 1988-9 by West End consultants Lynne Franks put the Darlings on TV and in the national press, making them one of the very few programming 'celebrities'.
Their first title was BMX Simulator (all formats) and as of March 1990, was still their best ever seller.
Legendary composer and scene/commercial game musician who has produced music since the late 1980s for 8- and 16-bit platforms (Amiga, C64, VIC-20, Spectrum), as well as the PC/consoles. Since 2005, 4-Mat has been active as a coder, gfx artist and musician in the scene as part of Ate Bit and has continued to produce music for Razor 1911 and Cosine.
More info. about the development and inner workings of 4-Mat's scene productions can be found on his blog: