Bill Budge Invented The Remix

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Posted by Jeff (5544 posts) -
GHOST BALLS!
GHOST BALLS!
Wanna know how to get me to read something? Start it out by talking about Bill Budge and his Pinball Construction Set. Gamasutra has a four-pager this morning that starts with PCS and runs through the rest of EA's "Construction Set" line, including another favorite of mine, Racing Destruction Set. It all gets tied together into today, with mentions of LittleBigPlanet and Visual Pinball, a modern-day equivalent to Budge's pinball builder. It's a solid look at the history of users making their own levels, tables, tracks, and courses. Actually... it skips Broderbund's Lode Runner entirely, but since the piece is really focused on what EA was doing back on the Apple II and Commodore 64, it's forgivable.

The piece is a web-only bonus chapter from a forthcoming book from Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton titled Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time. That title's a mouthful, but it sounds like an interesting read. Amazonclaims it'll be out near the end of March.
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#1 Posted by Jeff (5544 posts) -
GHOST BALLS!
GHOST BALLS!
Wanna know how to get me to read something? Start it out by talking about Bill Budge and his Pinball Construction Set. Gamasutra has a four-pager this morning that starts with PCS and runs through the rest of EA's "Construction Set" line, including another favorite of mine, Racing Destruction Set. It all gets tied together into today, with mentions of LittleBigPlanet and Visual Pinball, a modern-day equivalent to Budge's pinball builder. It's a solid look at the history of users making their own levels, tables, tracks, and courses. Actually... it skips Broderbund's Lode Runner entirely, but since the piece is really focused on what EA was doing back on the Apple II and Commodore 64, it's forgivable.

The piece is a web-only bonus chapter from a forthcoming book from Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton titled Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time. That title's a mouthful, but it sounds like an interesting read. Amazonclaims it'll be out near the end of March.
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#2 Posted by WREIII (2 posts) -

Wow! Old school gaming FTW. Love it Jeff! Us 30 somethings are out here remembering the good old days of  (Load "*",8,1)

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#3 Posted by norton123 (366 posts) -

The Vintage Games book seems pretty neat.

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#4 Posted by watership (23 posts) -

Now that's something I'm going to read:    

PS.  did you guys miss the Halo Wars demo?  I didn't see you mention it anywhere..

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#5 Posted by Phetz (119 posts) -

Oh my word.

My dad would mess around with that on his old C64!!!

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#6 Posted by Media_Master (3259 posts) -

I might look into it

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#7 Posted by Kohe321 (3569 posts) -

Thanks for the heads up, I might check it out.

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#8 Posted by MrKlorox (11142 posts) -

How to get gamers to read you book on games: Put Grand Theft Auto and Mario in the title.

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#9 Posted by erinfizz (1064 posts) -

Interesting read. Danke.

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#10 Posted by strangeling (1313 posts) -

I'm so cool.


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5.25 floppy FTW!
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#11 Posted by ZombiePie (6790 posts) -

Hmm, so some of these games provided obvious building blocks for future games.... I know that most games today are founded on pre-existing mechanics, but it's always nice to see how things evolve over time and get to point where they are today.

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#12 Posted by StaticFalconar (4918 posts) -

Funny, I thought Jenny Mccarthy did.....

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#13 Posted by Stray (118 posts) -

Man, I had that way back when... I really liked the record size packaging for EA products back then.

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#14 Posted by citizenkane (10873 posts) -

That book seems like an interesting read.  I might check it out.

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