Greetings, and happy new year! Sure, we’re a little over a month into 2011 but it’s so hard to keep track of time with all the activity around the UT Videogame Archive. In late 2010 we received a large donation of hardware, software and other materials from David Rosen, former CEO of videogame powerhouse SEGA. The games Rosen donated nearly run the gamut: Master System, Genesis, Saturn, Game Gear, Sega-CD, and even Pico games are all represented. In all, the donation totaled over 500 cartridges, as well as the consoles and peripherals necessary to play these games.
In other exciting news, the Austin American Statesman, Austin’s premier news source, wrote a wonderful article on the UT Videogame Archive for its December 20, 2010 edition. Included in the article were quotes from Richard Garriott and Billy Cain, two high profile UTVGA donors. The article also mentions the final report of the Preserving Virtual Worlds project, a fascinating look at the problems and research opportunities inherent in saving and accessing video games and other interactive experiences.
The publicity generated by the Statesman article put us in contact with David Downing and Mike Hall, among others, who quickly chose to donate even more material to the Videogame Archive! Downing worked as a producer at Origin Systems in the 1990s, primarily on the bestselling Wing Commander franchise, and has more recently worked on titles such as Warriors of Might and Magic and Spongebob Squarepants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman. His donation consisted of several binders of design documents related to the above mentioned games, plus a few boxes of game software.
Mike Hall was kind enough to donate a working Vectrex console. Vectrex was released by Milton Bradley in 1982 and was one of the only early console systems to feature a built in screen.
That’s all we have to report for now but we’ll be back soon enough with another crop of videogame treasures. Until then, don’t forget to tell your friends, family, and total strangers about the UT Videogame Archive and the work we are doing in preserving videogame history!