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BulletBall!

No one wants to become famous the way Marc Griffin did. Very few people ever act upon, let alone realize, their brilliant idea. And infinitely fewer offer it up for scrutiny on national television. But Marc did… only to have his hopes and dreams shat upon by shortsighted judges on American Inventor, a reality show produced by the world’s leading public humiliation profiteer, Simon Cowell. Watch the video below if you have no idea what we’re talking about:


Above: Marc Griffin sold his home, his car, and his wedding ring investing twenty years of his life into BulletBall!

But the internet was there for Marc! And GamesRadar isn’t about to sit by and let pandering and pedantic camera whores dictate what is and isn’t fun… BECAUSE BULLETBALL RULES! While the two-handed hybrid of Ping-Pong and Air Hockey may be a bit too expensive and cumbersome for an Olympic Sport, as Marc believes, it’s perfectly suited for touchscreen videogaming.


Above: ORDER NOW – ONLY $299!

We know Marc Griffin’s with us, because he actually contacted GamesRadar after we wrote a brief aside in an article assessing the iPad’s gaming aptitude. Go ahead and tell yourself BulletBall’s a stupider idea than Air Hockey, or the billion or so other clones populating the App Store. We see the potential in BulletBall, and after reading our game pitches to Marc Griffin below, there’s a 100% chance you will too.

GamesRadar: I love the BulletBall!

Marc Griffin: [laughs]

GR: What is Inclusion Sports exactly?

MG: Inclusion Sports is… you know a lot of the people we work with through BulletBall are disabled?


Above: Former Mrs. Wheelchair America rocks the BulletBall

GR: Oh, okay.

MG: So we put together - my brother Charles and I - put together a company called Inclusion Sports, because BulletBall is a game that is inclusive of all people.

GR: There’s two different versions of BulletBall, right?

MG: Correct. There’s BulletBall: The Game, which is more of a family version. You know: kids, parents, all that. It’s fun and it’s more restrictive than Bulletball Extreme, which is really the sport version of the game.

GR: The sport version? As in, there’s no score?

MG: Oh yeah [there is a score.] There’s rules and regulations that govern the game. Actually, everything is the same between Bulletball and Bulletball Extreme in terms of the rules and regulations.

GR: The game is played with two hands?

MG: From the tip of your elbow, to the tip of your fingertips. Front and back.

GR: So, from what I can gather, one [move] is a flick and one is a block?

MG: Not necessarily. In any way that is most comfortable for you to play, just as long as you hit the ball with the space between the tip of your elbow and the tip of your fingers.

GR: Can you grab the ball?


Above: BulletBall Extreme: Only $525!

MG: No. It has to be hit and you get one hit to return it to your opponent’s playing surface.

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33 comments

  • Cleanser247 - May 8, 2010 9:43 p.m.

    Poor guy, I can't help but feel bad for him. Especially since he spent over 26 years on it.
  • xlyesterdaylx - May 4, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    I wouldn't touch that thing if they paid me a million dollars....well maybe just a poke.
  • skynetiscoming - May 4, 2010 1:36 a.m.

    This GR article is like the seventh serach result for "bulletball." I think that says something about its success when typing in Modern Warfare or any other videogame doesn't even wield a GR result.
  • rafa_slash - May 3, 2010 6:11 a.m.

    there are WAY dumber ideas out there that made it big, dont tell me that fucking scrabble sounds like fun the first time,I really hope the videogame makes it big,even if its not really for us, it will make a crap load of money and I think nobody deserves it more than Mark
  • drroxxo1 - May 3, 2010 3:21 a.m.

    fuckin bulletball! how does it work?
  • Strangleme - May 2, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    I must admit, he shows determination in it's truest form, but this doesn't look like a great idea. Although that doesn't mean he won't be successful. Many inventions aren't very appealing at first, but with the right money and advertising behind it, it can brainwash enough people to become profitable. So I wish Mark all the luck in the world on his journey. Remeber, there is a market for everything!!!
  • RainbowStalin - May 1, 2010 5:48 p.m.

    Oh my god, that bulletball flash game could be the most bewildering thing I have ever played
  • RainbowStalin - May 1, 2010 5:29 p.m.

    Chris' interview with this guy was so difficult to listen to
  • StoneDreadnaught - May 1, 2010 5 p.m.

    I think I'm gonna side with the minority and say that this has the potential to be great. THe price is far too high to be sold to the average person and the tabletop version looks too flimsy. If he knocked off about $125 bucks off the price, I'd consider it. Certainly would be interesting to make up 'Bullet-Beerball'.
  • Apollomon - May 1, 2010 4:44 p.m.

    @dpowers real prototypes actually cost a bomb to research and design, but more so he prob invested the money in his life since he quit his job... as he said he got idea from pushing ball back and forth with his wife- thats like saying they were playing catch and decided to sell it...people do and will play stuff like this all the time when messing around, but your not going to cough up at least 50 quid to put some sides up on your table that you can do anyway...when you want to play football do you make a goal using a wall or some coats or do you buy a full size one that is always there if you use or not...unless you are serious footballer you wouldnt buy a goal, and football is a proffessional sport...so even if this was a pro sport (which i doubt it ever will be) only the real enthusiasts would buy the table top. Its the sort of game no one ever owns cause its something you mess around with when you are passing a ball back and forth, like he did, its nothing more than that I think Marc just has to accept its not going to change the world, he said the judges got fired but i doubt that for being bad somehow since one of those people was Peter Jones and he an awesome british business man...he made like a million, went broke and still did it all again to be worth over £200 million now, he knows what he talking about...and when not talking business he's quite a down to earth guy :D
  • darkdispatch523 - May 1, 2010 11:02 a.m.

    For the TRUTH go to:: http://www.sovereigntimes.com/
  • philipshaw - May 1, 2010 10:49 a.m.

    BulletBall FTW!
  • FreddiexKruegerxinxmyxWetxDreams - May 1, 2010 7:34 a.m.

    I remember seeing this on TV a long time ago
  • it_burns - May 1, 2010 6 a.m.

    The BulletBall website looks like it was designed in 1996, complete with annoying music.
  • BulletBall - May 1, 2010 4:26 a.m.

    To really find out more about BulletBall and its success you have to go to: www.youtube.com/inclusionsports
  • dpowers - May 1, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    i'm sorry but i just don't understand how it took that much money to make/invent this. i mean in all honesty why did he have to sell all his stuff to make this? it just doesn't seem like its all that complicated.
  • Limbo - May 1, 2010 12:31 a.m.

    The game seems fun, but with a little time anyone could make a pretty decent copy of it for way less than those prices. I'm not seeing the potential in it being a video game either, at least with the technology we have today. It'd be like Pong with some walls. I feel horrible for Marc Griffin though, he poured his entire life into making this a success and, unfortunately, it will probably never fully take off. At least he followed his dream instead of letting it die.
  • skyguy343 - May 1, 2010 12:15 a.m.

    Nice Solitaire Salesman reference. I saw what you did there.
  • CurryIsGood - April 30, 2010 11:32 p.m.

    This is honestly one of the saddest things I have ever seen I know it is not a good game but when he got rejected I think I cried a bit

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