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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Software

Book

Oversized uncut game boxes

Website crawls

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Brad Fregger Videogame Collection, 1982-1997



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fregger, Brad
Title: Brad Fregger Videogame Collection
Dates: 1982-1997
Abstract: The Brad Fregger Videogame Collection includes his autobiography and most of the games that Fregger produced during his game producing career at Activision, Publishers International, and other companies.
Accession No.: 2013-086
Extent: 33 videogames, 1 book, 2 oversized uncut game boxes, 1 website crawl
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

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Scope and Contents

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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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Published games in our UTVGA collections are available for research by appointment only. Please contact the Briscoe Center Digital Archivist, Jessica Meyerson, at j.meyerson@austin.utexas.edu for more information.

Use Restrictions

The University of Texas Digital Repository (UTDR) holds digital works and provides related services that together constitute a campus institutional repository. The Repository was established to provide open, online access to the products of the University’s research and scholarship, to preserve these works for future generations, to promote new models of scholarly communication, and to help deepen community understanding of the value of higher education.

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History (DBCAH) makes available born digital materials from its collections through the use of the UTDR. On the UTDR, The DBCAH Community houses born digital materials from collections within our repository allowing researchers the ability to access these materials from the DBCAH reading room or remotely.

When clicking on a link within a finding aid a new tab will open and you will be taken to the relevant UTDR page. There you will see the record for the work you have selected. This work record consists of information such as the title, description, subject, files in the work, access restriction notes and other information.

Any questions related to UTDR access, please contact Colleen Lyon, Repository Curator, at utdr-general@utlists.utexas.edu to report the problem. For any questions regarding access to the digital material of the collection please contact Briscoe Center Digital Archivist, Jessica Meyerson, at j.meyerson@austin.utexas.edu.

Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Related Material

Forms part of the UT Videogame Archive.

A complete list of the games Fregger produced can be found here: http://www.fregger.com/software.htm

Or in an offline copy of Fregger's site, preserved here on UTDR: http://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/handle/2152/20638

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Brad Fregger Videogame Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Zach Vowell, June 2013. Subsequent revisions made by Matthew Cepeda, 1/2015.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Software

box
2013-086 shelf Ghostbusters, Activision, 1984
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns, Activision, 1984
The Great American Cross-Country Road Race, Activision, 1985
Hacker, Activision, 1985
[5]
Master of Lamps, Activision, 1985
[2]
Murder on the Mississippi, Activision, 1986
Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers, Activision, 1986
Shanghai, Activision, 1986
The Transformers, Activision, 1986
Aliens: The Computer Game, Activision, 1986
Portal: A Computer Novel, Activision, 1986
Solitaire Royale, Spectrum Holobyte, 1988
[2]
Solitaire Royale, Game Arts, (Japanese Version) 1987
Solitaire Royale, Software Resources International, 1989
Solitaire Royale, Software Resources International, 1988
Ishido, Interplay Productions, 1994
Ishido: The Way of Stones, Software Resources International, (Japanese version) 1989
Way of Stones, special edition with wood box packaging
Pharaoh's Revenge, Publishing International, 1988
[2]
Hometown, U.S.A., Publishing International, 1988
Jack Nicklaus 4, MacSoft, 1997
GameMaker: Science Fiction, Activision, 1986
[2]
The Music Studio, Activision, 1986
GameMaker: Sports, Activision, 1986
GameMaker, Activision, 1985

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Book

box
2008-287/12 Lucky That Way, autobiography by Brad Fregger

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Oversized uncut game boxes

box
2.116/OD1440 Ghostbusters, Activision [includes a Producer credit to Brad Fregger that does not appear on the commercially available edition of the game - see Software series for an example] 1984
Jack Nicklaus 4, MacSoft, 1997

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Website crawls

UT-Digital-Repository
DBCAH Community www.fregger.com, crawled: [https://repositories.lib.utexas.edu/handle/2152/20638] June 27, 2013

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