With the future of some software houses being abruptly curtailed, what kind of plans has Walker made for Taskset? "We have to be international in our outlook. It's no good being in just one country. You've got to be in Europe, which means providing games on disk because the disk market is much bigger there. We've also got links with America from the old days, which we're using to good effect."

America is probably a thorn in the side to many British games houses as American software sells rather well in this country. Walker asserts it doesn't bother him "it was bound to happen. The games are generally of very good quality and it's good healthy competition. So we can only welcome a move like that. The real winners are the customers. They're getting a colossally good deal."

Time for some more home-spun : Walker philosophy. "Customers have a lot of power. If only they'd realise it. They have the power to make or break software houses. For example, if people don't like Bozo, it would put them off everything else we do." And inverting that theorem, Bozo fans will invariably turn to Taskset for future games.

So Taskset is determined not to produce inferior games. It's all a question of credibility. Or, as Walker puts it, "we want to be known for original entertainment, and I'm quite happy with that as my major aim. We're not interested in business or utility software. We write games and we think we're good at it."

Seaside Special Taskset
Seaside Special by Taskset

But will Taskset's future games continue to be exclusively for the Commodore 64? After all, Commodore has just announced the 16 and Plus 4 models. Does Walker regard those as true gaming machines?

The answer is characteristically abrupt.

"I won't ever look at the 16, and with the Plus 4 the answer's a qualified 'no'. It's got no sprites and they've thrown away the SID chip. It's madness and a big step back for the gaming world."

"Neither of them will sell better that the 64. And the 64 will be around for a long time. Commodore couldn't kill off the demand if they wanted to."

Certainly, software houses continue to churn out innumerable games for the 64. Taskset doesn't work quite that quickly but it is currently launching two new games.

The first, Poster Paster, involves a character called Bill Stickers. And if Bozo reminded you of a character from a seaside postcard, you won't be surprised that the second game is called Seaside Special - must be something in the Bridlington air.


Article reproduced from Commodore User magazine October 1984 edition.
Although all text appears unchanged, some photographs or images have been added or modified for aesthetic purposes.


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