A story till the completion of Windows "3D pinball", how did an unnamed startup make a game loved for 20 years?

ByHenry 9112

I was in the Windows 95 expansion packWindows 3D pinballAlthough it is not included in Windows Vista or later, this is actually because "nobody at Microsoft could understand how the code works". About 20 years ago, before the release of Windows 95, how unknown small startup developed Windows 3D pinball, the unknown history has become clear.

How Space Cadet pinball won the Windows desktop

With regard to the release of Windows 95, Microsoft has released the Rolling Stones song "Start me upAlthough it is spending a huge amount of advertisement expenditure by using, etc., advertisement marketing has already started since 1994, which was the year before the release, and the slogan "Where do you want to go today? (Where are you going today? I want to appeal to the masses who do not have expert knowledge by changing to "?We had a promotional campaign.

It was just around this time that game developer David Stanford got a chance. At the time, many developers were developing applications for Windows 95, while for games, applications for MS-DOS were developed for technical reasons. Meanwhile, Mr. Stanford set up a company called Cinematronics with two of Mike Sandidge and Kevin Greiner who met in Conference, and decided to develop a game for Windows 95. Mr. Stanford was responsible for contracting as a manager and creating relationships with clients, Mr. Greiner was in charge of graphics, and Mr. Sandidge was responsible for writing the actual code based on the graphics Mr. Greiner made. Cinematronics said it was a typical startup saying "I do not have any money, but my dreams are big and small staff members are working on long hours everyday."

Three people first started up a 2D shooting game from the top down viewpoint, but as many people wanted 3D games, 2D games were not looked at. However, three people did not feel depressed, "It is popular especially at that time to say" Let's make 3D games if everyone wants 3D games! "DOOMTo make Windows version of. And the clone of DOOM was completed by the summer of 1994.

ByScott Kellum

At that time Microsoft wanted a game to be recorded on OS with reversi and solitaire. Windows 95, which had implemented innovative features that have never been before, had the ability to load the most exciting game that is more exciting than card games, but already with the Federal Trade Commission and the US Department of Justice Microsoft wounding an antitrust litigation from him wanted to avoid having more problems by recording a rich game of games.

Knowing the trend of Microsoft, the stalled Cinematronics tried to fire the glue instead of bullets, but this game called "Gluem" is said to be "a sinfully ridiculous game" .

Mr. Stanford is a friendMicrosoft DirectXIt is also the founder ofAlex JohnI tried consulting with Mr. John, who is my boss and responsible person for Windows 95David ColeHe said he did not respond much to Gluem. However, according to John, Mr. Kohle said he was leaking out the word "Do not be a pinball or something?" When he heard Gluem's idea.

Mr. Stanford, who heard the word "pinball" from Mr. John, wrote the idea of ​​a 3D pinball game using a fictitious pinball machine called "Pinball Wizard" on the spot, without consultation with his colleagues I informed Microsoft about the contents of the game. Then, Microsoft is interested in Cinematronics, a small company born in Santa Cruz, USA. Furthermore, when showing the proposal to Microsoft, Microsoft showed a very good response "I want to see that game."

And Stanford cooperated with Cinematronics artists and worked on the design work at the expense of holidays, but the design of the pinball made by connecting the graphics of each part was "awful" Looking back then, Mr. Stanford says.

But it seems that even programmers who are overworked have gotten stuck as if Microsoft is "unmindfully" when you can play the game "" send a demo ". Mr. Stanford, who was forced to send something of some form to Microsoft, thought, "Perhaps it might look like a real game,Dot matrix printerIn addition to those printed inThermofaxSend it to you, send a screenshot of the game to Microsoft. It was a screenshot sent with praying feeling, but Microsoft said "I like it, I like to play with this soon" that he gave me a good reply.

ByThomas Hawk

In the end of the summer of 1994 following the above circumstances, Cinematronics decides to concentrate on pinball game development until Windows 95 is released. Only nine months were left until April 1995 when the release took place, and there were a lot of things to do. Although it may be difficult to imagine from now on, in order to develop on a weak machine equipped with the prototype of Windows 95, the Windows 95 version 3D pinball was a complicated game.

Also, Mr. Greiner who is in charge of graphics was studying graphics, but it was one of the reasons why I was forced to struggle because I had no experience of making games using graphics I created. Mr. Greiner frequently went to the game center and took pictures and checked how the components are working on the whole, such as bumpers, flippers and plungers. Since 3D pinball development was not using the latest rendering technology that was expensive at the time, it used codes that do not know who made it, so "It can not be said that it is too sophisticated," said Grinder He comments.

ByThomas Hawk

And based on the graphics Mr. Grinder made, Mr. Sandigi will implement the code. Mr. Stanford thought "It's a simple and 3D graphic-like game like a 2D game from a top-down perspective", but if you really are a top-down 2D game, game development has been much easier Should The reason is that if the 2D graphic seen from directly above, the size of the ball has to be constant all the time. However, in the case of a 3D game with depth, the ball gets smaller as you go to the other side of the platform, and it must be the biggest when you are in front. It is a detailed point, for Mr. Sandigi, this "fine point" was very important. At that time Mr. Sandidge did not think he could complete this complicated game in a short time.

In addition, because Microsoft was little involved in developing games, it was hard for members of Cinematronics to have had to find and fix bugs themselves. "We were always panicking, I was in a panic all the time," Sandidge said. Mr. Sandidge who started coding at early in the morning, worked about 18 to 20 hours a day and was sleeping in the warehouse instead of going home, but someone who came into the warehouse did not notice Mr. Sandigi When I dropped my luggage down on my body, it seemed that I ceased to sleep in the warehouse as expected.

In December 1994, Microsoft announced that it will postpone the release of Windows 95 until August, due to the fact that it takes time for backward compatibility of OS. 3D Pinball had kept on reaching the point that "The completed form could be made by some delivery date", but it was said that further improvement could be made by the grace period being born.

And in August 1995, along with the release of Windows 95, 3D pinball "Space Cadet" will see the eyes of the day.

A big hit drama of America in the 90's "FriendsActor who appeared in "Matthew PerryAnd an actressJennifer AnistonSpace Cadet will also be taken up in the video guide of Windows 95 which appointed.

Microsoft Windows 95 Video Guide with Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry from Friends - Full Video - YouTube

Windows 95 expansion pack "Microsoft Plus! For Windows 95"Space Cadet which was included in" Windows NT 4.0, 2000, Me, XP will be recorded later, but when Windows Vista is being developed, even though there was a bug, "Microsoft's I could not understand how anybody's code works, "he said.

Cinematronics, thenMaxisIt was acquired by Maxis in 1997Electronic Arts, The development members of Space Cadet became scattered, he said that they never contacted twice. Microsoft seems to have tried to develop original pinball game based on Cinematronics data, but the result is staggering, and Microsoft pinball game is not realized now. And 20 years after release Windows 95 is no longer used, even 3D pinball "Space Cadet" is not forgotten,It is loved by many people.


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