Videogame Archive Exhibit opens at the Austin Airport

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History is proud to present an exhibit of items selected from the collections that form the UT Videogame Archive. The exhibit, entitled Behind the Screens, will be on display at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) in the main terminal concourse until January 26, 2010.

Much of the material in the exhibit is from the collections of the archive’s first three donors: Richard Garriott, Warren Spector, and George “The Fat Man” Sanger. Visitors to the exhibit can take a peek inside the videogame industry and have the opportunity to view rare items, such as the program code for an early Garriott game that is stored on computer “punched tape.”

Also featured is a rare prototype cartridge of M.U.L.E.‘s “lost” sequel, “Son of M.U.L.E.” and design documents from Warren Spector’s innovative classic Deus Ex. And that’s just the beginning! The Briscoe Center is thrilled to showcase these unique and fascinating materials to the public, which might have been lost if they had not been donated by the game developers themselves. This exhibit is an excellent introduction to videogame history for travelers to and from Austin.

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Conceptual artwork for an undeveloped game Warren Spector had conceived. Spector (Warren) Papers, di_05378.