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A Guide to the Brad Fregger Videogame Collection, 1982-1997
Over the course of two decades, Brad Fregger produced over 100 business and consumer software products, many of which were videogames. He began his career in the game industry in 1981 at Atari, as Director of Training, and soon moved to product development at Activision.
In April of 1983, Activision named Fregger as its first Computer Game Producer, and he went on to produce several titles for the company, including Pitfall II: Lost Caverns, Ghostbusters, Master of the Lamps, Great American Cross Country Road Race, Fast Tracks, Fireworks Construction Set, Hacker, Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers, Aliens, Murder on the Mississippi, Shanghai, Portal, Transformers, Designer Pencil, Garry Kitchen’s GameMaker, GameMaker Designer’s Library – Two Volumes, Sports and Science Fiction, Music Studio, and Paintworks.
Fregger left Activision in 1986 to co-found Publishing International/Software Resources International, where he produced and published the first computer solitaire game, Solitaire Royale. While working at Publishing International/Software Resources International Fregger produced and designed additional titles, including Solitaire Deluxe, Solitaire for Windows, The Dragon (FMTowns), Ed Bogas’ Music Machine (FMTowns), Ed Bogas’ Music Machine Lite (FMTowns), Seize the Day, 18 Seize the Dat Plug-ins, Heaven and Earth, Steepia (FMTowns), Steepia Life (FMTowns), Ishido 1989, Ishido 1990, Hometown U.S.A. (Won 1988 Software Publishers Association Excellence in Software Award for Best Creativity Program for an Educational Product), Pharaoh’s Revenge, and Reader Rabbit.
After working at Publishing International/Software Resources International, Fregger went on to produde Windows and Mac versions of Jack Nicklaus 4: Computer Golf and Jack Nicklaus 5: Computer Golf for Accolade, in the 1990s.
The collection consists of 33 videogame or software products, most of which are copies of games that Fregger produced at Activision and Publishers International. The collection also includes Fregger’s autobiography Lucky That Way, and two oversized uncut game box sheets.
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Brad Fregger Videogame Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Zach Vowell, June 2013. Subsequent revisions made by Matthew Cepeda, 1/2015.