RIP Jonathan Smith, Speccy Hero

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  • Blerk Moderator 28 Jun 2010 09:02:09 48,225 posts
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    Jonathan Smith died at the weekend after a short illness. He was 43.

    If you were a Speccy kid in the 80s then I have absolutely no doubt that you played at least a handful of his games even if you don't recall the name.

    Joffa was 'something of a card', a regular poster on the World of Spectrum forums and had been working on a brand new Spectrum game called 'Saucer' (which may or may not have been finished).

    :-(
  • woodnotes 28 Jun 2010 09:13:13 4,925 posts
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    Every time I see the names of old Speccy/C64 games, I get a fuzzy warm feeling.

  • mrpon 28 Jun 2010 09:29:49 28,922 posts
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    :( just downloaded Zx Nostalgia on the Apple store as well ;_;

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Murbal 28 Jun 2010 09:31:07 22,223 posts
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    ;_;

    Played about half of those, but yes - I instantly knew the name. Sad news.
  • Retroid Moderator 28 Jun 2010 09:58:55 44,782 posts
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    ,o7
  • warlockuk 28 Jun 2010 10:13:57 19,171 posts
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    :/

    I'm a grumpy bastard.

  • gallow 28 Jun 2010 10:17:45 486 posts
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    I loved Cobra and Green Beret. 43 thats only 7 years older than me. So young.
  • mrpon 28 Jun 2010 10:22:04 28,922 posts
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    Was he squashed by a boot falling from the sky?

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • jonsaan 28 Jun 2010 10:24:08 25,352 posts
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    :(

    RIP sir.

    FCUTA!

  • Murbal 28 Jun 2010 10:26:33 22,223 posts
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    mrpon wrote:
    Was he squashed by a boot falling from the sky?

    Wrong Smith.
  • mrpon 28 Jun 2010 10:27:46 28,922 posts
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    Matthew!!

    /slaps head

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • JetSetWilly 28 Jun 2010 10:31:44 5,721 posts
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    Some of my favourite Speccy stuff ever came from that guy. :-(
  • Whizzo 28 Jun 2010 10:34:29 43,131 posts
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    I spent far too many hours playing Green Beret.

    /stabs commies

    RIP JS

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  • Retroid Moderator 28 Jun 2010 10:37:26 44,782 posts
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    Many a school lunchtime playing Green Beret on a mate's 48K.

    :'(
  • StarchildHypocrethes 28 Jun 2010 10:39:05 25,902 posts
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    Green Beret was rock hard.

    You may have therefore caused me untold hours of agonising frustration in my youth Mr. Smith, but RIP :(
  • malteaserhead 28 Jun 2010 10:42:06 13,444 posts
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    StarchildHypocrethes wrote:
    Green Beret was rock hard.

    You may have therefore caused me untold hours of agonising frustration in my youth Mr. Smith, but RIP :(
    Unless you positioned yourself between two enemy sprites running in the same direction as your chap. Feeble but it worked on the later levels.
  • StarchildHypocrethes 28 Jun 2010 10:43:24 25,902 posts
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    Hah, I didn't know that :)
  • StarchildHypocrethes 28 Jun 2010 10:43:48 25,902 posts
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    Would have saved a hernia or two...
  • mrpon 28 Jun 2010 10:45:20 28,922 posts
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    Having now actually realised who this chap is, wow!! what a back catalogue. I can honestly say I've played all of those games. Pud Pud was especially good, it seemed to be quite rare back in the day. Was great to try and get further and further into the game - loved it.

    Being a shmup fan, Terra Cresta certainly hit the spot for me - played many an hour on that. Ruined so many keyboard membranes on Hypersports/DTS as well. Loved Cobra and what a great soundtrack on Mikie! They really were super games.

    Sad times :(

    Give yourself 5 or gig, you're worth it.

  • Cappy 28 Jun 2010 10:49:26 11,941 posts
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    That's an impressive catalogue for somebody to turn out in their teens. There did seem to be a lot of youngsters working behind the scenes on Spectrum games.

    I only owned Firefly and Terra Cresta. I can't say they were my all time favourites but they were definitely well done.
  • Bremenacht 28 Jun 2010 13:06:10 18,284 posts
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    That's no age to go. :(
  • KujiGhost 28 Jun 2010 19:04:32 382 posts
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    Sad news indeed...
  • Dirtbox 28 Jun 2010 19:12:26 78,209 posts
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    Aw. Game over, Mr Smifff.

    +1 / Like / Tweet this post

  • jellyhead 28 Jun 2010 19:27:34 24,350 posts
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    No way! ;__;

    I played and loved most of those games, damn. RIP Jonathan, an old speccyhead will miss you here.

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  • Dizzy 28 Jun 2010 20:10:30 2,701 posts
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    Damn, I met him a few times. Rip.
  • TOOTR 28 Jun 2010 20:18:06 9,568 posts
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    That is such sad news. So many great games. Some of them directly responsible for the break down of some of my trusty Kempstons.

    And 43! Seriously too young to pass away. :(

    Sadness.

    Everybody should just calm down a little bit and have a nice cup of tea.

  • eltonbird 29 Jun 2010 11:53:37 5 posts
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    Sad news indeed. 43 is too young and Joffa was a legend. I was lucky enough to chat to a couple of other legend Speccy coders and they all had nice words about him.

    His knack for nailing arcade gameplay with Green Beret, Mikie, Hyper Sports was fabulous. Then later stuff like Batman Caped Crusader and Firefly showed he could originate too.

    What a skilled guy he was.
  • Nth 29 Jun 2010 11:59:38 3,121 posts
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    Only a few weeks since tech journalist Guy Kewney died too from cancer - I remember reading his stuff a lot back in my Spectrum days.
  • jaxon58 29 Jun 2010 13:19:47 2,422 posts
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    Is this the same guy who has an interview on the front page?
  • Blerk Moderator 29 Jun 2010 13:24:27 48,225 posts
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    Where?
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