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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.

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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/

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RIP Ben. I remember playing Pee Man the game. Is he the original creator?

willKMR responds:

Yep

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!

RIP Ben

willKMR 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**

willKMR 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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