How Crash Bandicoot Hacked The Original Playstation | War Stories | Ars Technica

For today’s episode of War Stories, Ars Technica sat down with Naughty Dog Co-founder Andy Gavin to talk about the hurdles in bringing the original Crash Bandicoot to gamers around the world. When Andy and his partner Jason Rubin made the decision to bring the action platforming genre into three dimensions, it required living up to their company ethos of “leaving no stone unturned” in the search for memory - even if it meant hacking Sony’s library code.

Directed and Produced by Sean Dacanay
Edited and Graphics Animated by Jeremy Smolik

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  • By the way, the 3D program they use to demonstrate the bone system is called Blender 3D and it is free and open source for Windows, Linux and Mac. It is quite powerful too! Search ISproject for some demo reels of what it can do. The current version is 2.9

    JustWasted3HoursHereJustWasted3HoursHere2 klukkustundum síðan
  • 'There was the Atari Jaguar...which we took as a bit of a joke.." Ouch!

    JustWasted3HoursHereJustWasted3HoursHere2 klukkustundum síðan
  • Who came up with that stupid name?

    Darren WendellDarren Wendell10 klukkustundum síðan
  • Thank you. Loved this game.

    Prince SharmaPrince Sharma14 klukkustundum síðan
  • What amazes me about that era is , how did people get help when stuck. We have stackoverflow now. Lots of respect to early programmers.

    Sanjok GurungSanjok GurungDegi Síðan síðan
  • I wonder how he feels about the pretentious shlock his studio puts out now.

    zawarudozawarudoDegi Síðan síðan
  • This guy is responsible for some of the greatest experiences I had as a child

    It's legal to thinkIt's legal to thinkDegi Síðan síðan
  • Andy Gavin is a wizard of programming

    RaemRaemDegi Síðan síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="744">12:24</a> Crash 64

    RaemRaemDegi Síðan síðan
  • His word choice and logic behind explanation is impressive He's smart

    SEYMOUR LoveSEYMOUR Love2 dögum síðan
  • I truly admire the guy who is so into it and passionate about games. I really enjoyed listening to him!

    Arjun KelaiyaArjun Kelaiya2 dögum síðan
  • Wow, such a wonderful interview!

    Humberto da Silva JrHumberto da Silva Jr3 dögum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1767">29:27</a> - Polygon Man hahahahaha

    Jaime Humberto DiazJaime Humberto Diaz4 dögum síðan
  • This video is incredibly well produced. props

    gg4 dögum síðan
  • I get bandicoots in my backyard...Perth western Australia boii

    aussie battleraussie battler4 dögum síðan
  • I really enjoy these mini-documentaries. Tech, history, eccentric high-energy developer (who would probably be a nightmare to work with) and just enough devdetails to keep it interesting.

    ChrisChris5 dögum síðan
  • Ah, how far you've fallen ND.

    foxgloves321foxgloves3216 dögum síðan
  • Crash is the PS1 mascot, I dont care what Sony says. I can't believe my favourite childhood game was such a technical and coding breakthrough. This is fascinating now that I'm studying Computer Science.

    TidusDXTidusDX6 dögum síðan
  • Fantastic

    Emotion GraphicsEmotion Graphics6 dögum síðan
  • After seeing this video... I think Crash really deserves it to join SmashBros.

    Gummiphone InstagramGummiphone Instagram6 dögum síðan
  • Saw vid was over 30 mins and said I'm not watching all this... Then watched all of it...

    Jonny BoyJonny Boy7 dögum síðan
  • Crash Bandicoot is naughty dog's one hit wonder, they never made a good game again

    148 03148 037 dögum síðan
  • Respect this guy Thanks for the great games that he gave us

    Lee OswaldLee Oswald9 dögum síðan
  • Hello, I was watching Crash Bandicoot 2: Behind the Scenes at Naughty Dog - Electric Playground Classic and I found link to this awesome video. Very good telling and video editing. Big thanks for this video. Watch too: Crash Team Racing - Behind the Scenes [Making Of] [PlayStation Underground] Making of Crash Bandicoot 3 [PlayStation Underground] Making of - Crash Bandicoot Original Trilogy (1996-1998) The Naughty Dog Story, Crash Bandicoot, Jak & Daxter & more Crash Bandicoot Scrapbook by Naughty Dog 1994-1999

    PATWISTPATWIST10 dögum síðan
  • Crazy to think how far we've come. Look at what the PS5 is capable of now with it's SSD with RAM-like speeds.

    NytronNytron11 dögum síðan
    • Cerny's were in Naughty Dog before , So i think he already been did a long research on IO back in the 90's

      Mighty HadiMighty Hadi8 dögum síðan
  • crash bandicoot is a really masterpiece

    Girl IN GameGirl IN Game11 dögum síðan
    • yes especially 2 and 3, and perhaps crash team racing- number one was definitely revolutionary however if ever tried beating you know what I'm talkin about.. it is something else and I didn't beat the whole game until I was twenty something with really high focus (definitely broken by modern standards, for example you could get a game over by dying in bonus levels and have to redo a couple levels as a result, unlike later games that will definitely more kid friendly and saves progress better + much less "only one (difficult) way to beat this" obstacles in levels

      Dman9fpDman9fp7 dögum síðan
  • I have a whole new appreciation for crash now.

    SangermanSwagSangermanSwag11 dögum síðan
  • Watching this really made me want to play the original, not a remake. TBH? It's scary difficult, and you can only save during rare bonus stages, but it's timelessly fun and AMAZINGLY well made.

    jmoreno600jmoreno60011 dögum síðan
  • Naughty Dog were pioneers!

    Brandon HeadBrandon Head11 dögum síðan
  • This video was so well made! Wow!

    Jack'sVlogsJack'sVlogs13 dögum síðan
  • "Hey plumber boy, moustache man... your worst nightmare has arrived" xD

    Adrian MarksmanAdrian Marksman13 dögum síðan
  • this dude really just went and found like 6 ways to hack the playstation bEFORE IT EVEN CAME OUT

    ablationerablationer13 dögum síðan
  • Naughty Dog isn't the same without Andy and Jason. Ever since they left the company, the Doghouse has turned into a Cathouse.

    SnowblindOtterSnowblindOtter15 dögum síðan
    • @SnowblindOtter damn.. it doesn't say it on wikipedia. They need to update it!

      Playstation1Playstation114 dögum síðan
    • @Playstation1 Yeah, just after Last Of Us was released, if I remember.

      SnowblindOtterSnowblindOtter14 dögum síðan
    • Did they leave Naughty Dog????

      Playstation1Playstation114 dögum síðan
  • im playing uncharted HD TROLOGY ON PS 4 NICE GAME

    Aaron GangaAaron Ganga15 dögum síðan
  • Thank you sir 🍎

    Tremayne DouglasTremayne Douglas15 dögum síðan
  • This is my favorite video on the planet. I could watch this forever on repeat. This series is incredible!

    J&CJ&C16 dögum síðan
  • Very cool video. I remember reading, I think it was a article, about the technical hurdles of Crash Bandicoot and how Naughty Dog overcame them. Seeing Andy himself explain them, and do it in a way that even an average Joe could understand was really impressive.

    BlackstarBlackstar17 dögum síðan
  • The bs with limited resources he had to go through to complete this pioneering masterpiece is crazy. Other developers have it good today and they make the same game every year!

    GhostRider5370GhostRider537018 dögum síðan
  • And afterwards they made Crash Team Racing. Best kart game ever.

    ganiniiiganiniii18 dögum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="123">2:03</a> Yeah, it's a shame Sonic 3D kind of sucked though...

    gringochuchagringochucha18 dögum síðan
  • H E A D B O N E

    OilyOily18 dögum síðan
  • This almost makes me want to cry. I used to struggle to phantom what kind of humans and the kind of education the guys who made those engaging PS1 games had. Watching it these many years later, I’m not disappointed.

    Lanre OladejoLanre Oladejo18 dögum síðan
  • Pretty insane how just under 20 years ago, we needed a console to play games that we could easily play on a web browser and smartphone today. They were just getting into 3D. What's coming in the next 20?

    cmartinez89cmartinez8918 dögum síðan
  • This dude is so white. I am in awe.

    Alden LambertAlden Lambert18 dögum síðan
  • the original crash bandicoot was such an amazing game i would rate it as probably best game of all time.

    Manny32VManny32V19 dögum síðan
  • Holy crap. A million dollars in capital?

    HillDueceuaHillDueceua19 dögum síðan

    ol caponeol capone20 dögum síðan
  • Thank you. I had so much fun with this great game.

    Luis AlvesLuis Alves20 dögum síðan
  • so i can thank this guy for my childhood?

    Christian OrtegaChristian Ortega20 dögum síðan
  • Tbh the 3d on crash sucked so bad I loved the game but hated Camara angles

    NISMO 226NISMO 22620 dögum síðan
  • It's brilliant!!

    Yan GomesYan Gomes21 degi síðan síðan
  • I wonder where is my classic PSX console right now... 🤔

    Leonardo VariniLeonardo Varini21 degi síðan síðan
  • This is the third time I'm watching this video. Such a fascinating story, and should be shared in computer science classes.

    TickyTack23TickyTack2322 dögum síðan
  • I wish you guys brought Jason Rubin.

    CPL45CPL4522 dögum síðan
  • your company sucks now bud

    Nathan FitzerNathan Fitzer22 dögum síðan
    • @Samuel Costa I never really got that far I paid for some sort of PlayStation premium account just to play that game made it to a part where you're throwing rocks to distract some people decided it wasn't worth it.

      Nathan FitzerNathan Fitzer20 dögum síðan
    • it's sony's company nowadays. but Last of Us is a great game

      Samuel CostaSamuel Costa20 dögum síðan
  • When developers were looking for ways to achieve maximum efficiency for their games, now it's just about getting maximum use of the console without taking worry about the actual thing,THE GAME. -still one of my favorite video games, thx sir.

    Guillermo ArgudoGuillermo Argudo23 dögum síðan
  • And this is why Naughty Dog is still one of the best studios.

    Spooky PsycheSpooky Psyche23 dögum síðan
  • Despite naughty dog the ps1 would have still gotten hacked because part of sonys security was useing absoure at the time linux firmware which the rise of Google was very sudden and flabergasted the entire market because google is essentially another Microsoft expect Google thrives from open source software trading which quickly had all the major software compaines on googles site as part of a security net and peace treaty in concept that promoting Google is gurenteed income even if a product fails as long as nobody in the promotion is launching hate campaigns against each other. the long lasting side effect of google was that the common man had new softaware tools that were not advailble before like modifing PlayStation or any linux based thing as the linux software had become popular and ven Microsoft takes tips from Google's philosophy to the point where windows is basically a trying to be more linux like for the fully customizble culture.

    Damien HartleyDamien Hartley23 dögum síðan
  • This was my first real experience playing a 3D game and playing PlayStation. It was just mind blowing, till this day still my favourite game

    Maxi EnterprisesMaxi Enterprises23 dögum síðan
  • This was incredibly interesting

    Alex MillerAlex Miller23 dögum síðan
  • It really is crazy how far we have come

    Peter HerreraPeter Herrera23 dögum síðan
  • To think this is the company that made a 3D game in 1 meg now is responsible for a 100 gb SJW shitshow like TLOU 2.

    Eff YiewEff Yiew24 dögum síðan
  • Fantastic presentation. Greatness requires solving problems.

    hamyncheesehamyncheese24 dögum síðan
  • Hearing him talk about working through what the camera should look like in a 3D platformer (in-front, behind, to the side) really makes me appreciate how insanely innovative Super Mario 64's camera was. The mario 64 camera is pretty much a prototype for all 3D action game cameras that come after it. These guys must of been pulling their hair out when mario 64 beat them to market.

    rofl0botrofl0bot24 dögum síðan
  • I can't see how anyone could thumbs down a video like this. The enthusiasm alone is inspiring.

    joseph kingstonejoseph kingstone24 dögum síðan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1588">26:28</a> No offense to this guy.... but Doom 1 was written this same way. 1992.

    firebirdude2firebirdude225 dögum síðan
  • I Really Enjoyed This!!

  • This is what makes Naughty Dog one of the best video game studios in the world, "good enough" isn't good enough for them. Even in the PS3 generation with the Uncharted and Last of Us games they kept pushing graphical and gameplay boundaries with the games looking even better than PC games on max settings. A Naughty Dog game just feels more polished than the competitors.

    D DD D25 dögum síðan
  • Love this! He'd make a great mentor to learn off of. Loves his job and explaining how things work. So much enginuity in this game that I never appreciated as a kid but do now!

    Cory McDonaldCory McDonald25 dögum síðan
  • He's a genius.

    FeefafoozleFeefafoozle25 dögum síðan
  • I wish I had the same amount of passion as this guy

    Quantum ImmortalityQuantum Immortality26 dögum síðan
  • it'd be nice if his voice wasnt getting drowned out by the background music.

    heretustayheretustay26 dögum síðan
  • This guy is brilliant

    Josh DanielsJosh Daniels26 dögum síðan
  • Great work on the video, I enjoyed every minute of it. Thanks!

    Joshua MJoshua M26 dögum síðan
  • Stunning memory management. I never actually had a Playstation, but could appreciate this game's personality and style. Hearing the efforts they went to make it possible just blows me away.

    Gideon DavidsonGideon Davidson26 dögum síðan
  • God damn I wish I was this smart.

    nightshadednightshaded27 dögum síðan
  • HD version takes so many GB of memory, that compared to SD version it's crazy - 3 Crash Bandicoot games in a single cd disk... I even wondered why Crash had such good graphics, I knew, that scientists thought somehow to run games efficiently now I know, I was right to thinks so. Also they created a technology to use CD space to compensate over memory, but for PC, games never run from cd or dvd. It was so strange shock for me back in the days, because for PS it was ok, while for PC it never even happened, you always needed to install the games, which was kind of bad. Even though pc was considered better winning tech than PS, but they were lacking tech what PS used after Crash Bandicoot... Even now I want pc games to be as much portable as possible, so I would not install them, I even now think - installation is time waster... And you never really uninstall software, especially when old software leaves behind some bits of information behind itself and later you find an annoying add, that didn't uninstall altogether. I had so many times to reinstall OS, to get rid of junk that is impossible to get rid off otherwise... For PS1-2 you never install anything, only swap disks...

    Alvydas JokubauskasAlvydas Jokubauskas27 dögum síðan
  • now my computer is powerful and I still complain about little things.

    RaedRaed27 dögum síðan
  • That was a good video! Well explained!

    Ama Aje My FrenAma Aje My Fren27 dögum síðan
  • He's pretty modest for what they achieved, they pushed the PS1 to it's absolute limit, to the point where Sony was worried Crash bandicoot would break their console. The virtual memory techniques pioneered are almost ubiquitous now.

    Spencer HowardSpencer Howard27 dögum síðan