Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Paul Drury, who is displayed on card number 2771, from the Superstars of 2017. Paul has been a writer for Retro Gamer (UK) since 2004. He has interviewed over 150 programmers, designers and artists of games such as Nolan Bushnell, Eugene Jarvis, Warren Davis and Ralph Baer. He also reviews games for his local paper, The Nottingham Post. Paul has bridged the gap between the USA and Europe for Video Game culture. Using his knowledge and talent Paul has paved the way for current writers and enthusiasts across the UK and America.
How early in your life did you know you would be a writer?
Writing is just a lovely sideline for me – I trained to be a teacher after leaving university and have always worked with children and adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, teaching in various special schools and colleges and running residential homes for disabled adults. I’m now a Senior Lecturer in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion at Nottingham Trent University. Since 2002, I’ve been writing about videogames both old and new, first in the pages of my local paper the Nottingham Post and then in 2004 I started writing every month for Retro Gamer magazine… and still do both to this day.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Warren Davis, who is displayed on card number 239, from the Superstars of 2012. The designer and programmer of Q*Bert, Warren has been around the gaming industry for decades. He has worked at such companies and Gottlieb, Williams/Bally/Midway, Disney Interactive and ILM. Other games Warren worked on are Us Vs. Them, Joust 2, T2: Judgement Day, and Revolution X to name a few. His video digitization system was used on many games including Mortal Kombat and NBA Jam. Warren is still marginally involved in the videogame industry today working with Sony on PS4 projects. His future projects will involve PSVR. Warren has also worked as an actor when not involved with gaming. He has been seen in such shows as House M.D. and Criminal Minds.
What is your favorite game you have worked on in your career?
I've enjoyed all of them in one way or another. I'm not very good at picking favorites. If I had to single one out it would probably be Us Vs. Them, because we were able to combine my love of video games and my love of filmmaking in a way that was unique and innovative for its time.