Bill Budge collection
The collection is arranged into two series and housed in one archival document box.
- Budge, Bill (Designer, Person)
Conditions Governing Use
1 Linear Feet (1 box)
Budge developed Pinball Construction Set in 1983. This program allowed users to craft their own pinball playing field without any prior programming knowledge. After Electronic Arts published the game, it sold over 300,000 copies across several platforms. Budge also wrote the original source code for MousePaint, a bitmap-based graphics painting software for Apple Computer, issued in 1984.
Over the next two decades, Budge worked for The 3do Company, Electronic Arts, Sony Computer, and Google. Budge received the 2011 Pioneer Award from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences for his work with Pinball Construction Set, considered the first computer game to feature user-generated content as part of the game design. Budge’s innovation has influenced both game developers and players in the “construction” genre of video games.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Computer manuals and guides, 1976-1980
Series II: Programming printouts, 1971-1985
- Finding Aid to the Bill Budge Collection
- Julia Novakovic
- 10 May 2013
- Description rules
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA