Mike Riedel

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Michael J. Riedel
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Born Unknown
Birth Place Unknown
Nationality American   USA.svg

Mike Riedel is an American game programmer who was the founder of Riedel Software Productions in 1986. Riedel started his work on games while attending the Rochester Institute of Technology. Later in 1982, he started work for Atari and ported their arcade game Robotron 2084 to the 2600, a daunting task. One of the first games he developed was Spy vs. Spy for the Commodore 64, which is probably his most popular work. Riedel's later games were based on television shows. On the NES, his company only made four games; two of them for Sesame Street, and the other two based on game shows, and though his NES development team was short, they got their job done. He designed the sound driver for some of their games. His NES games were revolutionary for the time in that they had very good digitized sound. Riedel later licensed his NES sound driver to Radiance Software. His talented programming can be very complicated, as an NSF ripper said his NES games were 'spaghetti-coded', making it an extremely difficult task to rip the NSF. During RSP's SNES development, instead of programming a sound driver himself, he was provided a sound driver by Chip Level Designs.

Ever since March 2008, Mike has been working for OpenText as a software development manager.

Music Development


Mike wrote a sound driver for the NES. He also wrote a tool that converted MIDI files to his sound driver. He loaned his sound driver to Radiance Software for The Great Waldo Search and Rollerblade Racer and The Software Toolworks for The Chessmaster (NES). According to Mike, Big Bird's Hide and Speak sounds different because he could only make the game use two instruments due to all of the digitized voices in the game.


Released Title Sample
1984-??-?? Spy Vs Spy (C64) Arranger and programmer
1990-01-?? The Chessmaster (NES) Sound Driver
1990-03-?? Win, Lose Or Draw (NES) Sound Driver
1990-05-?? MTV: Remote Control (NES) Sound Driver
1990-10-?? Big Bird's Hide and Speak (NES) Sound Driver
1992-02-?? Sesame Street: Countdown (NES) Sound Driver
1992-12-?? The Great Waldo Search (NES) Sound Driver
1993-02-?? Rollerblade Racer (NES) Sound Driver

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