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Mev Dinc

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Mev Dinc
Photo of Mev taken circa 2000 Mev_dinc.jpg
Mevlüt Dinç
BornMevlüt Dinç
1957
Ordu, Türkiye
🏳️ Nationality
Mevlüt Dinç
💼 Occupation
Game Developer
Last Ninja 2, Enduro Racer, First Samurai, Actor Engine

Mev Dinc, born Mevlüt Dinç, (1957 in Ordu, Turkey) is a Turkish/British game developer and an BAFTA Academy Member[1] for his recognized contributions to the early years of the UK gaming industry.[2]

Mev graduated from the Academy of Economics and Commercial Sciences in 1979 in Ankara, Turkey. He moved to England where he taught himself programming on one of the earliest home computers, the ZX Spectrum in 1983. [3][4]

His professional gaming career began consulting on the conversion of Ant Attack from ZX Spectrum to Comodore 64 in 1984.[5]

His first original game Gerry The Germ [5] was published by British Telecom's game division Telecomsoft/Firebird in 1985.[6]

Mev worked with System 3 Software and developed the Last Ninja 2 for Spectrum and Amstrad in parallel with the C64 version which was developed by John Twiddy and Hugh Riley[7]. Mev was also responsible for the Amstrad conversion of Enduro Racer.[5]

Vivid Image[edit]

He co-founded Vivid Image with John Twiddy and Hugh Riley in 1988. Vivid Image developed award winning games such as Time Machine, First Samurai, and Street Racer.[5] Mev also programmed the Konix Multisystem version of Hammerfist.[8]. Vivid Image created the development system for the Commodore 64GS in 1993 and helped publishers with putting their games on the C64GS cartridges.[9].

Sobee[edit]

After 21 years in the UK, Mev returned to his native Turkey in 2000. He played key roles in the development of Video games in Turkey. He founded Sobee in 2000, which was acquired by Türk Telekom in 2009 and Mev continued to manage the company until May 2013. He produced İstanbul Kıyamet Vakti, I Can Football, I Can Football 2, Süpercan, Süpercan 2, Kayıp Armağan. Mev was the founder and first elected president[10] of the Turkish Digital Games Federation in 2011, which is now superseded by e-Sports Federation of Turkey on April 24, 2018.

He published his autobiography, Life is A Game early 2021 which he wrote in Barcelona, London and İstanbul.

Mev continues to mentor and accelerate younger developers. People he touched and influenced became the first unicorns of Turkey, such as Peak Games, which was bought by Zynga for $1.8B in 2017.[11][12]

Games[edit]

Year Title Role Genre Developer Publisher
1984 Ant Attack Consultant[13] Action Quicksilva
1985 Gerry the Germ Goes Body Poppin' Director[13] Action MD Software Firebird Software
1986 Prodigy Design and Development Action MD Software Electric Dreams Software
1987 Super Hang-On Music Racing/Driving SEGA-AM2 Electric Dreams Software
1987 Knightmare Design and Development Adventure Focus Creative, MD Software Activision
1987 Enduro Racer Programmer Racing/Driving SEGA-AM2 SEGA
1988 Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance Programmer Action System 3 Software System 3 Software
1990 Ninja Remix Programmer Action System 3 Software System 3 Software
1990 Time Machine Action Vivid Image Activision
1990 Hammerfist Producer Action Vivid Image Activision
1991 Last Ninja 3 Thanks To Action System 3 Software System 3 Software
1992 First Samurai Producer, Design, Development Action Vivid Image Image Works
1993 Second Samurai Producer, Design, Sound Action Vivid Image Psygnosis
1994 Street Racer Producer, Design Racing/Driving Vivid Image Ubisoft
1994 Second Samurai Producer, Design, Sound Action Vivid Image Psygnosis
1998 S.C.A.R.S. Producer, Design Racing/Driving Vivid Image Ubisoft
2002 Dual Blades Producer Action Galip Kartoğlu Metro3D
2004 [Online Football Manager] Producer Online Sports Sobee MyNet
2004 [Semih Saygıner's Billards Magic] Producer Online Sports Sobee MyNet
2006 İstanbul Kıyamet Vakti Producer MMORPG Sobee Sobee
2006 Kabus 22 Producer Action Son Işık Vestel
2008 Citroen C4Robot Producer Racing Son Işık Citroen TR
2009 I Can Football Producer Multiplayer, Sports Sobee Sobee
2011 Süpercan Producer Action, Adventure Sobee Sobee
2012 I Can Football 2 Producer Multiplayer, Sports Sobee Sobee
2012 Süpercan 2 Producer Action, Adventure Sobee Sobee

Books[edit]

  • Life Is A Game (2021, Memoir/Autobiography)[14]

Actor 3D (Game Engine/Technology Demo)[edit]

Vivid Image developed Actor 3D, their game engine with collaboration with MathEngine. Actor 3D was demonstrated at Game Developers Conference in 2000. Intel got interested in the demo and recruited Vivid Image to develop a specialized version of Actor 3D to showcase their Pentium 4 capabilities worldwide.[15][16][17] [18]


Interviews[edit]

External links[edit]


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References[edit]

  1. "Current members of the Academy". 26 January 2016.
  2. Mev Dinc. LIFE IS A GAME. p. 293. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. "Mev Dinc". Retro Gamer. 30 December 2014.
  4. "Turkish Telekom Investor Relations Annual Report" (PDF). 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Mev Dinc". Retro Gamer. 30 December 2014.
  6. Oktay, Murat (May 23, 2019). "Inverview with the founder of Pixel Age Studios: Mevlüt Dinç". Play4 UK. London.
  7. Dinc, Mev (6 April 2021). Life Is A Game: The Inspirational Success Story of a Legendary Game Developer!. Mev Dinc. ISBN 978-1-914078-59-0. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  8. "Interviews". Konix Multisystem.
  9. "The Mevlut Dinc Interview | Commodore Format Archive". Commodoreformat.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2016-05-25.
  10. "Dijital Başkan Mevlüt Dinç". 29 May 2018.
  11. "Zynga acquires Turkey's Peak Games for $1.8B, after buying its card games studio for $100M in 2017". TechCrunch. 1 June 2020.
  12. Mev Dinc, Sidar Şahin (2012). Sidar Şahin & Mev Dinc Gaming Summit Istanbul, 2012 (English Subs) (in Turkish). Gaming Summit Istanbul, 2012: Mev Dinc.CS1 maint: Unrecognized language (link)
  13. 13.0 13.1 https://www.retrogamer.net/profiles/developer/mev-dinc/
  14. Dinc, Mev (6 April 2021). Life Is A Game: The Inspirational Success Story of a Legendary Game Developer!. Mev Dinc. ISBN 978-1-914078-59-0. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  15. "ACTOR Physics Demo".
  16. Mev Dinc. LIFE IS A GAME. p. 189. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  17. Turkish Telekom Investor Relations
  18. https://www.forbes.com/forbes/2000/0515/6511328a.html?sh=259801f32a8a

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