It Was 20 Years Ago Today…

It Was 20 Years Ago Today…

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It’s actually twenty years ago come Monday, the 14th, but LEMMINGS, one of the first truly international superstar smashes of the home computer era is 20 years old.

Created, nurtured, ported and developed in Dundee by DMA Design back in 1991, the game has gone on to appear on many of the most popular home computers, consoles, handhelds and almost anything capable of playing a videogames apart from the Nintendo Game-and-watch.

Interactive Tayside has organised an evening to celebrate the game’s twentieth anniversary.  Taking place at Abertay University from 5pm-7pm, it’s free entry (plus drinkies and nibbles) and will feature Lemmings memorabilia, members of the original development team, anecdotes, episodes from the secret history of the game, a commemorative bucket of lemmings being poured from the roof of the university, followed by a cease-and-desist letter from Sony.

OK, the last two may not happen, but it is definitely a worthwhile evening out for anyone with an interest in the history of videogames.

If you’re interested in heading along, let the good people at Interactive Tayside know and we’ll see you there.

STV were there to speak to the original development team.

BBC Scotland popped along too.

[The image at the top of this article comes from the unofficial Lemmings t-shirt]


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  4. I STILL love Lemmings! I still HAVEN’T FINISHED the game. I still play it once in a while, on any of a variety of computers or my Atari Lynx.

    When my wife and I honeymooned in Hawaii, we climbed Diamond Head and at one point you can look across a narrow valley and see the people ahead of you going up a trail that zig-zags back and forth up the side of a cliff. We saw that and in the same breath screamed out, “Lemmings!” We took a picture and it is in our honeymoon album. 🙂

    Chris Chiesa
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