Mev Dinc emigrated from Turkey to Britain in 1979 after marrying an English woman two years earlier, and harboured hopes of undertaking postgraduate studies in economics in his newly-adopted country. Alas, it wasn't to be. Academia's loss, however, would be the software industry's gain!
Dinc became interested in computers in a big way after buying a ZX Spectrum in 1982, prompting him in 1984 to quit his job as a cable factory worker in Southampton to become a full-time programmer. His first big break as a coder came when he approached Tony Rainbird and was given the task of programming GERRY THE GERM for the Spectrum.
Dinc crossed paths with Rod Cousens not long afterwards, who was setting up the new Electric Dreams label as Managing Director in his old haunt of Southampton. He would end up programming PRODIGY, BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA and KNIGHTMARE for Electric Dreams and its parent company Activision.
It was whilst producing the 8-bit Z80 conversions of LAST NINJA 2 in 1987/88 for System 3, however, that Mev Dinc met the highly-talented Hugh Riley and John Twiddy. The trio quickly developed a tight-knit relationship whilst working together and, before long, formed their own development label Vivid Image Design in 1988, following their successful completion of the 8-bit versions of LAST NINJA 2 for System 3.