John Twiddy became involved with computers when he received a Commodore PET 2001 for his 17th birthday. He continued his love affair with computers whilst at university in Newcastle. After leaving university he sent his monitor program to everyone in the industry. He received two replies, one from the great Jeff Minter, the other from Supersoft. As a result of this he wrote the C64 version of Amidar for Supersoft (released as Pesky Painter). His big break came with the conversion of the classic Tau Ceti for CRL. This was followed by Ikari Warriors for Elite and Last Ninja 1 and 2 for System 3. In 1988 he formed Vivid Image with Mev Dinc and Hugh Riley.