The biggest game dev you've never heard of... Distinctive Software

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The biggest game dev you've never heard of... Distinctive Software

Post by Dudley » Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:30 am

Ok, this is my biggest project and my brave attempt to do something more like the stuff @Kim Justice does so well.

Distinctive Software is a name you probably won't recognise but they were founded by one of the most notorious people in the industry and by some measures are now the biggest game developer on the planet. If you're posting on rllmuk you've played many of their games.  If you're breathing you've heard of at least 1.  Their games have been in movies, one of them has become a movie.  Their influence extends to most parts of the gaming industry.

Over 5 weeks I follow how they got from two blokes working in a computer shop in Canada to global games domination and the creation of 3 of the most famous game series on the planet.

https://youtu.be/92h69Gh8TFQ
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Post by Dudley » Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:06 pm

In Part 2, DSI are ready to unleash their first break through hit.  But it would start a chain of events that would eventually see a messy split with the publisher they called home.

Well they probably called them "Accolade" like everyone else but you get the point.

Find out how that happened in Part 2, The Test Drive Years.
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Post by Dudley » Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:58 am

​In Part 3 DSI are homeless, destined to wonder the desert making ports and original driving games for various publishers, some more famous than others. Will they find a new forever home? Find out in "The Wilderness Years"...

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Post by Dudley » Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:32 pm

​Reaching Endgame.

In Part 4 of "The Biggest Games Developer you've never heard of", Distinctive Software become EA Canada and go on to create 2 of the top 10 best selling video game series of all time...

https://youtu.be/pqjbVrz0DdM

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Post by Dudley » Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:04 pm

​And now the finale! 

In "The Now Years" we look at where the key people from DSI ended up, including how DSI founder Don Mattrick managed to become the most notorious man in gaming. And TV. And Sports.

https://youtu.be/TofBo8tKowY

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