About me

My name is Matthew, I grew up in Te Awamutu, New Zealand where I lived until I was 19.

In 1999, when we moved to nearby Pirongia (literally, we picked up the whole house and shifted it), I got sick of the town very fast and finally moved out of home to Frankton, Hamilton.  In 2001 I moved to various places in Hamilton East where I attended The University of Waikato and studied Software Engineering and Maths (yup, that makes me a geek alright).  I graduated in 2004 and moved to Auckland where I worked for CJN Technologies.

In 2006, my friend Ian consistently pestered me into moving to London with him, which I eventually did.  It was only supposed to be six months but 3 and a bit years almost 6 years later and I’m still here, cos I love it.  I worked for UBS Investment Bank as a Software Developer for the first four years that I was here and now I work for my own company called g2 Technology Limited.

I currently live in London E1 – The Swine Flu capital of Britain, more formally known as The London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

I’m a mama’s boy so I dearly miss my family back in New Zealand… and all my friends as well.  It’s a lot harder to make friends in London… partly because it’s big and partly because people tend to stay in London for 5 or 6 months and then leave.  And partly because I’m far from “normal”:  I have Asperger’s, which you can read about here.  Also… I’m gay, but I’m very politically conservative… not a good combination!

In addition to Software Development, I also do web design in my spare time.  I also like to write games – I have a website darnkitty.com where I post my Flash and Java games online.  People log their high-scores and compete against one another – the site is guaranteed to keep you busy for at least 5 minutes!

I like computer games – like the old games Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy (both of which I have re-written for my website and you can play there).  I loved the Sega Megadrive and the Sonic The Hedgehog series of games, but as soon as games started going 3D I no longer understood them!

I had a Commodore Vic-20 and later a Commodore 64 from the age of 5 that I used to tinker with.  I loved the games Blagger, Jet Set Willy II, Bounty Bob Strikes Back, Ancipital, Cauldron II, Pac Runner, Crossroads II, Dino Eggs, and Ultimate Wizard, just to name a few off the top of my head.

When I was a student and actually had free time during the week I used to go snowboarding three or four times a month at Turoa.  Not much time for that now, nor is there enough snow in London.

Thanks for reading!

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  1. Comment by Simon Weekes — August 18, 2009 12pm  

    Hi Matthew,

    My name is Simon and I work for Zeppotron, a tv production company. We’re trying to find out who currently owns the rights to Manic Miner as we’d like to use a couple of noises from it in our show, which is a one-off special on classic video games. I’m assuming that you contacted someone before making your flash version so any right directions you could point me in would be very much appreciated! My e-mail’s <Ed: removed>. Cheers boss (and thanks for making the flash game, I love it!)

  2. Comment by matt — August 18, 2009 6pm  

    Hi Simon!
    You know what, I actually don’t know who owns the rights to it. I did do some investigation at the time (although this was back in 2005).
    Because I couldn’t find anything, I direct people to the following page:
    Andrew Broad has done a lot of work on Manic Miner and I think a lot of the comments on this page apply to me as well. As with him, if somebody could prove their rights to Manic Miner, I’d take the game off my site. But I hope they wouldn’t force me to, since I don’t actually charge to play the game and the Google Ads don’t even make enough money to cover the hosting costs.
    Sorry this doesn’t help you conclusively.

  3. Comment by Elmer CapenerJuly 16, 2022 10pm  

    Hey, re GeoCities, does anyone know of any sites which have an archive of the old GeoCities homepages? Thanks

  4. Comment by matt — July 16, 2022 11pm  

    There’s a small amount of information at the GeoCities Wikipedia page – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahoo!_GeoCities
    But I don’t personally know how good the archives are.

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