First Special Guest Announced: Mel Croucher

We are really pleased to be able to announce that our first confirmed special guest for PLAY Expo 2014 is industry legend Mel Croucher.

Mel is the creator of a number of award winning games including Pimania and the multimedia extravaganza Deus Ex Machina.

Mel announced his appearance at PLAY Expo to his Facebook followers in his own inimitable style…

“I’ve agreed to attend PLAYExpo, the most extensive celebration of video games history ever seen in the UK, to be held in Manchester UK on 11th and 12th October. My status is “special guest”, which translates as “old fart”, and I’ll be giving talks and signing stuff, as well as showing old and new games, blessing children and healing lepers.”

Deus Ex Machina 2 was the subject of a successful Kickstarter campaign last year and we are very excited to try it out at PLAY Expo.

Mel also has also released a book charting the birth of the games industry and Deus Ex Machina’s part in it.

DeusExMachinaBook“The billion dollar video games industry had to start somewhere, and this is the hilarious, heartbreaking, inside story of how it all began and where it’s all headed And in the middle of it all there was a game hailed as the best ever written. It was called Deus Ex Machina. It was a creative triumph and it was a commercial disaster. Meet the pirates, the nerds, the innovators, the charlatans, the superstars, the winners, the sinners, the good, the bad and the downright ugly. A remarkable story revealed by the founder of the industry himself, with gut-wrenching honesty and merciless humor. If you ever wondered how computer gaming turned us all into willing slaves, you’re about to find out in glorious style.”

Deus Ex Machine: The Best Game You Never PLAYed In Your Life is available now from Amazon or iTunes (includes exclusive additional content – ‘Fertilizer’ from the 2013 Deus Ex Machina 2 soundtrack featuring the legendary Ian Dury on vocals and Mel Croucher on bedsprings).