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🌆 #16: Ben Spurgin's Legacy

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October 13, 2009 was the day that NG lost @ben-spurgin, a prolific and beloved creator known for his wacky games, music and Stick Slayer animations.

More recently, NG user @Jamessimo started working on a sequel to Ben's game Pimp's Quest. In researching Ben's work, he found himself falling down a rabbit hole of Spurgin history, coming out of it a certified "Ben-storian" with a wealth of knowledge to share.

Ten years after Ben's death, let James the Ben-storian (and Will the Very Curious Listener) take you through some Spurgin 101, discuss what made his work so great, and share how his findings have helped further inspire Pimp's Quest 2.


Some relevant links:

Toms original RIP post: https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1116018/
IpickupPennies: https://ipickuppennies.net/2010/09/rip-ben-spurgin/

some Pimps Quest 2 and Pimpsquest online stuff: https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/69210
online https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/112201

Section 8 Studios circa 2005: https://web.archive.org/web/20050828174816/http://www.section8studios.com/


GROUNDS PATROL is a podcast dedicated to informing and inspiring Newgrounds creators. New episodes come out every other Wednesday and feature artist interviews and roundtable discussions.

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I just found out.

I'm devastated.

I CAN'T BELIEVE this old login info still works. I haven't logged in 15 years! Saints' Blessings to Newgrounds for retaining this old account that properly allows me to share my grief!!!

RIP BEN, hope you can see this as some rad 4th-dimensional being on the other side...

Honestly must say I barely remember a thing about Ben, iconic as his name rings, but his legacy... it's nice to hear it'll live on! There was definitely a lot more edginess back then too. Even though I don't appreciate content that's edgy just for the sake of being edgy these days I do miss the times when people could just speak their minds, and not be judged about it. Or rather: everyone could judge everyone. All judgement could be judged just as much. People said and did what they wanted and sometimes that just so happened to be what also needed to done or said. And some people stood at the forefront of that freedom.

At the same time it was a time that bred people who didn't get as offended over the most petty things. An aggressive yet peaceful time of oddly conflicting coexisting views and community...

Gotta mention, regarding the recording: the voice was a bit flaky sometimes. Mic distance very varied, probably. But I love the passion! Would be cool to get some conversation going regarding livecorpse too, or other peeps from the in memoriam pages. That guy had a really sad backstory as well.

Good stuff, and good luck with that project @Jamessimo !


cool :D

Thanks so much @willKMR for having me on! Listening back to it I want to emphasize how good of an interviewer Will truly is to wrangle my ramblings into a coherent interview and @ninjamuffin99 for making my garbage audio and loud background noises into a pleasant episode to listen too. A true gem of a podcast and can't wait for many many more episodes to come!


Will responds:

Thanks James! You were a great guest!

It doesn't feel so progressive when you cant make something funny and offensive because feelings. When you can lose your job, your livelihood, for a joke or some creation meant in jest. It feels like the very opposite of progress and improvement in my humble opinion.

I do hope more people adopt the Live and Let-Live mentality as time goes on. We all got on average like what? 60 years of life? Less complaining, more procreating.

RIP Ben.

**slap-dances out of the room**

Will responds:

I was wondering if someone would engage on that part! Yeah, while I'm not on the same side I think there's definitely a bigger conversation worth having there.

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