The story of Silas Warner

Polygon has posted a long and very interesting article about the life and work of one of the greatest but unknown pioneers of the video games industry, Silas Warner (1949-2004), who created the games Castle Wolfenstein (1981) and Beyond Castle Wolfenstein (1984) on Apple II, Atari 8-bit and Commodore 64, and thus started the Wolfenstein series.

His company, Muse Software, released several games in the end of the 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s on various platforms – including Maze Game, Escape!, Tank WarThree Mile Island, RobotWar, Titan Empire,  while also having a shop next to their studio in which they were selling their own games in Baltimore, USA. The company bankrupted in 1985, and Silas joined MicroProse (with Sid Meier, the creator of Civilization games) and then Virgin Interactive. In 1992, the Wolfenstein franchise was sold to id Software for just $5000….

Castle Wolfenstein, Muse Software (1981)