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 is a American computer programmer who founded Eastridge Technology, and programmed games for Mindscape. Though Nick received numerous music credits, he wasn't a composer and only knew how to arrange music, program music and sound, and make sound effects. His first known video game work was the NES conversion of Paperboy, the first NES game to be developed in the United States. He also did the whole conversion of M.U.L.E. for the NES. 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. Composers would then send Nick their MIDI files, which were then coded by hand into his sound driver.

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
1988-12-?? Paperboy (NES) (ペーパーボーイ)
Arranged Hal Canon's music.
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! (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) 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 Days of Thunder: Mindscape (NES)
Sound Driver

Links

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