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This is my own biography of Garry Kitchen cobbled together from bits and pieces I've read in magazines. Garry Kitchen has two other talented brothers: older brother Steve and younger brother Dan. The Kitchens' father built crystal radios and HAM radios as a hobby,which got all three brothers interested in electronics. Garry attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Upon graduation, the three brothers created some handheld electronic games for Parker Brothers and then went on the the Atari VCS when it became a big hit.
Garry first got into game programming by converting the Atari VCS version of Donkey Kong for Coleco. He also converted Space Jockey for U.S. Games to the Atari VCS. He then created his own game for Activision called Keystone Kapers based on an idea from his wife. The game was a big hit for Activision.
I currently don't know anything about the genesis of GKGM but I hope to do an interview with Garry someday to fill in the blanks. My guess is he developed some tools to help program his games and decided to go all the way and release those tools. As you can see by playing the sample games with GKGM, Dan helped out with GKGM. His brother Steve later created Space Shuttle for Activision.
Garry Kitchen at a recent Vintage Computer Faire
Garry Kitchen and David Crane now work together creating web-based games. Both prefer writing 2-d games and have lucked out by finding a way. Some of their work can be found at Candystand.com.
Read an old 1983 interview with Garry Kitchen.
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