Nick Eastridge

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Nicholas Eastridge
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Born New Jersey, USA
Birth Place Unknown
Nationality American   USA.svg
Aliases Ned Ludd
Eastridge Technology
Nick
Eastridge Design

Nick Eastridge is a American computer programmer. He developed several games for Mindscape and Majesco through his company Eastridge Technology. Though Nick received numerous music credits, he wasn't a composer and only knew sound implementation and programming. Nick single-handedly developed several games for Mindscape for the NES and Game Boy, the first games being the Game Boy and NES adaptations of Paperboy. Because Nick wasn't a composer, he outsourced music to local musicians. Unfortunately, he was left uncredited in most games he worked on.

Shortly before retiring from working on video games, he programmed games for Majesco Games for a short time under the name "Ned Ludd", as verified by his former co-worker Scott Marshall.

Music Development

GB

Nick programmed a sound driver using the Game Boy's modified Z80. He wrote the music in assembly.

For WWF King of the Ring, Nick reprogrammed his sound driver that he used at Gray Matter and Mindscape.

GEN

Nick programmed his own sound driver which utilized both the Genesis' Z80 and 68000 processor. He then created a program to convert MIDI files to his Genesis sound driver. The only Genesis game to use his sound driver was Wayne's World.

NES

Nick programmed a sound driver in 6502 assembly language. According to Rich Shemaria, Nick would send him the hexadecimal/numeric values for the note pitches and lengths, and while he (Rich) wrote the sheet music sketches, he'd jot down the hexadecimal values next to it. He would then hand over the sheet music to Nick, who would code the music into his sound engine, which was made easier due to the hex numbers being shown on the sheet music.

For Dirty Harry, the game's two composers Steven Samler and Elliott Delman wrote MIDI files in Performer for the Macintosh. The MIDIs were then transferred to Nick, who coded them into his sound driver. Peter Stone and Mark Knight also used the same methods, the only difference being the programs used to create the MIDIs (Dr. T's KCS for the Atari ST for Peter, and Cubase for the Atari ST for Mark).

Nick later wrote a utility that could convert MIDI files to his sound driver. This can be heard in games such as Paperboy 2 and WWF King of the Ring.

SNES

Nick created a MIDI conversion tool, and composers' MIDI files were converted to his sound driver. His instrument samples were taken from different keyboards, including a Korg M1 for the slap bass. The instruments may have been provided by Sony. Because of the way his music engine was programmed, SPC files for games using his sound engine are undumpable.

Gameography

Released Title Sample Notes
1987-??-?? Dark Castle (DOS) Arranger?
1987-??-?? Infilatrator II (A2) Arranger?
1987-??-?? Infiltrator II (DOS) Arranger?
1988-??-?? Gauntlet (A2) Arranger?
1988-??-?? Gauntlet (A2GS) Arranger?
1988-??-?? Gauntlet (DOS) Arranger?
1988-??-?? Paperboy (A2) Arranger?
1988-??-?? Paperboy (A2GS) Arranger?
1988-12-?? Paperboy (NES) (ペーパーボーイ)
Arranged Hal Canon's music.
1989-??-?? Captain Blood (A2GS) Arranger?
1989-??-?? Gauntlet II (DOS) Arranger?
1989-09-?? Fiendish Freddy's Big Top O'Fun (DOS) Arranger?
1989-12-?? Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (A2) Arranger?
1990-01-?? Infiltrator (NES)
Sound Driver
1990-06-?? The Last Starfighter (NES)
Sound Driver
1990-07-?? Mad Max (NES)
Sound Driver
1990-07-?? Paperboy (GB) Arranged Hal Canon's music.
1990-09-?? Gauntlet II (NES)
Arranged Hal Canon's music.
1990-09-?? M.U.L.E. (NES)
Arranged Roy Glover's music.
1990-10-?? Orb•3D (NES)
Sound Driver
1990-12-?? Dirty Harry (NES)
Sound Driver
1991-??-?? Paperboy 2 (DOS)
Sound Driver
1991-02-?? Conan (NES)
Sound Driver
1991-07-?? Klax (GB) Sound Driver?
1991-09-?? Captain Planet and the Planeteers (NES)
Sound Driver
1991-09-?? Gauntlet II (GB) Sound Driver
1991-09-?? The Chessmaster (SNES) Sound Driver
1991-11-?? Paperboy 2 (SNES)
Sound Driver
1992-??-?? Pit-Fighter (GB) Arranger?/Sound Driver
1992-03-?? Pit-Fighter (SNES) Arranger?/Sound Driver
1992-04-?? Paperboy 2 (GB) Sound Driver
1992-04-?? Paperboy 2 (NES)
Sound Driver
1992-10-?? James Bond Jr. (SNES) Sound Driver
1992-10-?? Miner 2049er (GB)
Sound Driver
1993-??-?? The Incredible Crash Dummies (SNES) (クラッシュ・ダミー スリック坊やの大挑戦) Sound Driver
1993-??-?? The Ren & Stimpy Show: Veediots! (SNES) Sound Driver
1993-??-?? The Ren & Stimpy Show: Veediots! (GB) Arranger?/Sound Driver
1993-02-18 Wayne's World (GEN) Sound Driver
1993-04-?? The Terminator (SNES) Sound Driver
1993-04-?? Wayne's World (SNES) Sound Driver
1993-06-?? The Great Waldo Search (SNES) Sound Driver
1993-09-?? Battleship (NES)
Sound Driver
1993-09-?? WWF King of the Ring (GB) (キングオブリング)
1993-11-?? Steel Talons (SNES) Arranger?/Sound Driver
1993-11-?? WWF King of the Ring (NES)
1994-05-?? Relief Pitcher (SNES) Sound Driver
1999-12-?? Pong: The Next Level (GBC) Sound Driver
2000-09-23 Frogger II: Swampy's Revenge (GBC) Sound Driver
2000-09-25 Galaga: Destination Earth (GBC) Sound Driver
2001-06-10 Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure (GBA)
Unreleased Wing Commander: USA Version (AMI) Arranger?
Unreleased Days of Thunder: Mindscape (NES)
Sound Driver

Aliases

In WWF: King of the Ring and Pong: The Next Level, he was credited as "Eastridge Technology", although when he was at Majesco, he was credited as "Ned Ludd". This was the case for Galaga: Destination Earth for GBC and Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure for GBA.

Links

(The link to the Eastridge Technology website has been removed. For more information, see the Discussion page.)