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Guildford artist set to spend four years making favourite retro video games from cardboard – In Your Area


A Guildford man will spend the next four years creating a cardboard version of his favourite retro video game to encourage others to share his passion for gaming.

The graphic designer and film-maker grew up in Surrey, before moving to Southampton for university.

Now back home, Bill Thorpe spent the lockdowns making and recreating video games from cardboard, alongside his furry friend, pet dog Wilson.

The 38-year-old decided to use his gaming expertise not to make games, but things related to them.

He recreates them in cardboard and then painstakingly films himself playing out famous scenes with the cardboard models for his online subscribers.

Mr Thorpe explained: “The covid period was the perfect opportunity to do it properly so I have done quite a few games now, such as Mario and Sonic.

“I use fire to burn things and make everything with my hands, being as creative as possible. It is a very time-consuming hobby but it is what I love doing.

“Doom came out when I was 10 years old, and that game became my favourite of all time. So the passion for that game was put into this cardboard creation.

“Gaming is a great way to reconnect with old friends and now that I am back here, it motivates me more as Guildford is the Hollywood of gaming. There is lots of stuff going on here.”

Mr Thorpe shares his creations on YouTube but does not do it for monetary gain, rather his enthusiasm for all things gaming, and fits it around his busy job.

He hopes it will get the next generation interested in the original versions of games which have been recently released again, and understand where they came from and how they looked ‘back in the day’.

Bill admits it can be very frustrating when filming the games in action.

He said: “Sometimes I need six hands but only have two! It is extremely difficult to make the shots and those that last 30 seconds could take me two weeks.

“In the past I have left the lens cap on the camera, or you might burn it or knock it down. This four-year project will be no longer than 30 minutes long.”

You can find Bill’s YouTube channel page here.



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