Jez San holds a very distinct position in the realm of video games. When he was only a teenager, Jez San founded his firm Argonaut Software. Who would’ve guessed that Starglider, his free-roaming 3D shooter, would become a vital and commercial hit, making way for an association with the renowned firm Nintendo which would birth the Super FX chipset, and famous titles like Star Fox and Stunt Race FX.
His firm, Argonaut, went on to be placed among the most renowned software and tech companies in the United Kingdom, joining forces with big names like Apple, Philips, etc. However, in 2004, the firm fell victim to the impacts of a changing market.
In 2005, Jez San launched PKR, which was among the very first online casinos in the United Kingdom. He stayed as an angel investor for some time and is now occupied in the vast world of gaming cryptocurrency with FunFair.
When asked by Nintendo Life how he initially got into the gaming industry, Jez San stated that he got his first computer, a TRS-80, Level II, at the tender age of 12. The computer was black and white and costed 16k. This was in 1977 hence before the launch of C64 and Spectrum. He stated that, in only a few days, he learned how to program in Basic. He then made his way to Assembly since the slow processer made it difficult to do anything in Basic. His first couple of programs were utilities. His first program was when he did a driver which was able to detect a printer’s output and convert it into handwriting since printers used to print in blocks at that time. He then followed that with writing simple games. He got himself a BBC computer and a Commodore 64, and constructed a development system known as "Programmers’ Development System" together with some friends.
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