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Video: Will Wright remembers his first game, Raid on Bungeling Bay Exclusive

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January 24, 2013 | By GDC Vault Staff

January 24, 2013 | By GDC Vault Staff
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Courtesy of the GDC Vault is the fascinating postmortem of Raid on Bungeling Bay given at the Game Developers Conference 2011. Will Wright may be best known for designing SimCity, but it was his first developed game that inspired creating the city builder.

Wright shares here that his interest in Conway's Game of Life and a childhood fascination with helicopters led him to create to the action strategy game Raid on Bungeling Bay. During its development, Wright had written a map-building program to use on the Commodore 64 called Wedit, and his interest with this tool inspired him later to make the famous city-building sim.

In this lecture, Wright also looks at how piracy affected Raid on Bungeling Bay's sales on the Commodore 64 (20,000 units) compared to the NES version (800,000 units). He admits to spending a lot of time writing anti-piracy measures for the former but says the latter's cartridge-based format allowed the game to achieve much higher sales.

Session Name: Classic Game Postmortem - Raid on Bungeling Bay

Speaker(s): Will Wright

Company Name(s): StupidFunClub

Track / Format: Game Design

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Maria Jayne
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I played this game when it was new....now I feel so old :(

TC Weidner
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yep, feels like only yesterday. I think I had it on cassette. Talk about load times...

Maria Jayne
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Yeah I had it in cassette too for the C64, I didn't mind the load times so much.

I remember Shinobi and Ghostbusters 2 required load times after every play...they literally couldn't store enough of the game into the computer for more than a single play....now dying in those games really sucked. 10-15 minutes loading the game, 3 minutes playing the game, die, 10-15 minutes loading the game again!

Glenn Sturgeon
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Bungling bay is one of very few shooters on the NES, i actualy recomend to people.
Very enjoyable video. Thanks for the post.

Vince Dickinson
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Great game, loved it on c64, loved it later on NES. Excellent balance of action, a bit of strategy and discovery.

Piracy was a huge factor on c64. I bought retail games whenever I could, but I still had boxes and boxes of pirated games. Probably 20:1. I'm not surprised at those figures.

Craig Jensen
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Load times on a C-64 tape cassette game induced profound religious fervor in myself and my younger brother.

You didn't want an error while loading. You quickly learned not to touch anything while loading (static electricity, right?) and preferably not even to move or speak.

The only activity left to you while not moving or speaking way praying, right? Pray to the silicon goddess that she will make the motherf******* tape game load without any errors.

Bryan Provencher
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That Soviet space minute rocked my world.

Jeremy Holla
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Thank you gamasutra. The post mortems are my favorite, having access to these is incredible.


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