|Pinball Construction Set|
|Publisher(s)||BudgeCo, Electronic Arts & Ariolasoft (Europe)|
|Platform(s)||Apple II, Atari 800, Commodore 64, Apple Macintosh, DOS (booter)|
|Input methods||Keyboard and joystick|
Pinball Construction Set (PCS) is a computer game by Bill Budge published by Electronic Arts. A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual that creates Video games A developer may specialize in a certain video BudgeCo was a Video game developer and publisher of the early 1980s Ariolasoft was a German computer game developer, publisher and distributor A "game designer" is a person who designs Video games or one who designs traditional games such as Board games Video Games Designer A video game designer Bill Budge (born c 1954 is a Computer game programmer and designer. In Computing, a platform describes some sort of Hardware architecture or Software framework (including Application frameworks, that allows The Atari 8-bit family is a series of 8-bit Home computers manufactured from 1979 to 1992 Macintosh, commonly nicknamed Mac is a Brand name which covers several lines of Personal computers designed developed and marketed by Apple Inc DOS, short for "Disk Operating System" is a shorthand term for several closely related Operating systems that dominated the IBM PC compatible market See also [[Game classification]] Video games are categorized into Genres based on their Gameplay interaction Pinball is a type of coin-operated Arcade game where a player attempts to score points by manipulating one or more Metal balls on a playfield inside a Glass In video gaming, single-player refers to the variant of a particular game where input from only one player is expected throughout the course of the gaming session Digital media (as opposed to analog media) usually refers to Electronic media that work on digital Codes. A floppy disk is an increasingly Obsolete data storage medium that is composed of a disk of thin flexible ("floppy" Magnetic storage medium encased In Computing, a keyboard is an Input device partially modelled after the typewriter keyboard which uses an arrangement of buttons or keys A joystick is an input device consisting of a stick that pivots on a base and reports its angle or direction to the device it is controlling A personal computer Game (also known as a computer game or simply PC game) is a Video game played on a Personal computer, rather Bill Budge (born c 1954 is a Computer game programmer and designer. It was released for the Apple II and Atari 800 in 1983 and was later ported to other platforms, such as the Commodore 64 and DOS (as a booter). The Atari 8-bit family is a series of 8-bit Home computers manufactured from 1979 to 1992 DOS, short for "Disk Operating System" is a shorthand term for several closely related Operating systems that dominated the IBM PC compatible market A PC booter, or booter, is a type of Software for Home computer era (early 1980s to early 1990s Personal computers that was loaded and executed
Pinball Construction Set created a new genre of computer games—the "builder" or "construction set" class of games. With PCS, users can construct their own virtual pinball arcade machine, by dropping controls onto a table. Pinball is a type of coin-operated Arcade game where a player attempts to score points by manipulating one or more Metal balls on a playfield inside a Glass An arcade game is a coin-operated entertainment machine typically installed in businesses such as Restaurants Pubs Video arcades and Family Entertainment In Computer Graphical user interfaces drag-and-drop is the action of (or support for the action of Clicking on a virtual object and dragging it to a different Controls included bumpers, flippers, spinners and other standard pinball paraphernalia. Pinball is a type of coin-operated Arcade game where a player attempts to score points by manipulating one or more Metal balls on a playfield inside a Glass Paraphernalia is a term of art from older Law. Paraphernalia was the separate property of a married woman such as Clothing and Jewelry "appropriate Attributes such as gravity and the physics model could also be modified. Gravitation is a natural Phenomenon by which objects with Mass attract one another Physics (Greek Physis - φύσις in everyday terms is the Science of Matter and its motion. Users could save their creations and develop custom artwork to go along with them. Tables could be saved on floppy disks and freely traded. A floppy disk is an increasingly Obsolete data storage medium that is composed of a disk of thin flexible ("floppy" Magnetic storage medium encased
Budge originally published and distributed this game via his publishing "company" (really just him and his sister), BudgeCo. BudgeCo was a Video game developer and publisher of the early 1980s In the more competitive publishing era of the 1980s, however, he willingly allowed EA to publish his game when they approached him in 1983, since he didn't really want to be an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur is a person who has possession over a company enterprise, or Venture, and assumes significant accountability for the inherent risks and the outcome
Budge was inspired to program the game after developing Raster Blaster, the first pinball game for the Apple II. Raster Blaster is a 1981 computer Pinball game for the Apple II resembling the classic Firepower table He encountered many hurdles in trying to develop an open-ended pinball development tool, mostly because of the Apple's relatively limited processing power and graphics capabilities.
Pinball Construction Set was ported to the numerous home computers of the era, including the Commodore 64 and as a PC booter. See also Software portability In Computer science, porting is the process of adapting software so that an executable program can be created A home computer was a class of Personal computer entering the market in 1977 and becoming common during the 1980s A PC booter, or booter, is a type of Software for Home computer era (early 1980s to early 1990s Personal computers that was loaded and executed PCS went on to sell over an astounding 300,000 copies in all platforms. EA followed with Music Construction Set, Adventure Construction Set and Racing Destruction Set all from different authors. Music Construction Set ( MCS) is a Music composition notation program. Adventure Construction Set (ACS is a program used to construct Ultima -type games written by graphic Adventure game pioneer Stuart Smith Racing Destruction Set is a Car racing and Motocross Computer game that was published in 1985 by Electronic Arts.
Computer Gaming World considered the game quite revolutionary, and easy to understand because of its representative icons and drag-and-drop method of constructing a table. Computer Gaming World ( CGW) was founded in 1981 by Russell Sipe as a bimonthly publication The nine-page manual was considered "overkill", since Pinball Construction Set required no programming knowledge; CGW reported that an eight-year-old had no problems creating his own tables. 
In 1993, Budge went on to port his game to the Sega Genesis under the name Virtual Pinball. The is a 16-bit Video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988 North America in 1989 and the PAL region in 1990
Pinball Construction Set is an inductee in GameSpy's Hall of Fame. GameSpy, also known as GameSpy Industries, is a division of IGN Entertainment, which operates a network of game websites and provides online video game-related 
In 2008, Pinball Construction Set was honored at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for "User Generated Content/Game Modification". A Technology and Engineering Emmy Award is given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS for outstanding achievement in technical or Bill Budge accepted the award.