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Descriptive Summary

Biographical/Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Company Files

Design Documentation

Design Media

Promotional Materials

Merchandise

Awards

Manuals / Game Literature

Strategy Guides

Gaming Magazines

Books

Software

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the David Downing Papers, 1990-1998.



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Downing, David
Title: Downing, David, Papers
Dates: 1990-1998
Abstract: The papers document Downing’s work as a producer with Origin Systems and his work as a consulting producer in later years. The design documentation and associated media relates directly to the Wing Commander franchise and his work at Origin Systems.
Accession No.: 2011-026
OCLC No.: 956382748
Extent: 5 ft., 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

David Downing served as a producer at Origin Systems in the 1990s and worked primarily on the Wing Commander franchise. After working at Origin he continued to work as a producer for such games as Warriors of Might and Magic and Spongebob Squarepants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman.

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Scope and Contents

The papers document Downing’s work as a producer with Origin Systems and his work as a consulting producer in later years. The design documentation and associated media relates directly to the Wing Commander franchise and his work at Origin Systems. A majority of the software in the collection has ties to Origin Systems and Electronic Arts.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Access to portions of this collection are restricted. Contact repository for further information.

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

Use Restrictions

A portion of this collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

The donor retains copyright on all materials by the creator. Written permission must be obtained from copyright holder in order to photocopy or publish from the collection.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Downing, David
Subjects (Organizations)
Origin Systems
Subjects
Video games
Places
Austin (Tex.)

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Related Material

Forms part of the UT Videogame Archive

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David Downing Videogame Collection, 1990-1998,Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Matthew McKinley, February 2011

Finding aid and revisions made by Matthew Cepeda, June 2015

Subsequent revisions made by Jennifer Allen, August 2016

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Company Files

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2011-026/3 Origin Systems Inc., #33: Studio Contracts Reference Guide (Confidential), ca. 1996

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Design Documentation

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2011-026/3 Wing Commander III: 1st Unit Lined Script, April 1994.
WC3: Master Story Board Log (By Set)
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2011-026/4 WC3 (Wing Commander 3)
RecRoom Edit Companion, August 1, 1994.
Barracks Edit Companion, August 1994.
[Master Camera Lists for Sets], April 1994.
Wing Commander III Deal Book, ca. 1994.
Wing Commander 5 Game Design Document, October 1996.
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2011-026/5 Wing Commander: Prophecy Technical Design Document, Version 1.0, February 13, 1997.
Wing Commander 5 (PC and PSX) Technical Design Document, Version 1.0, July 19, 1996.
Wing Commander V Script / Story Design / Mission Design, First Draft, December 18, 1996.
Wing Commander Armageddon (Work in Progress) [Wing Commander 5]
[Wing Commander IV binder], Cost Report, Extra [costs?], ca. 1995.
Wing Commander: The Movie [script], by Kevin Droney, October 27, 1995.
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2011-026/6 Crocodile Prod. / W.C. IV [storyboards], April 20, 1995.
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom, Script / Design Document, 1995.
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom, Treatment and Treatment Notes, February 7, 1995.
Gunnery Edit Companion [WC3] April 1, 1994.

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Design Media

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2011-026/1 VHS
"Crusaders of Might and Magic" [labeled "music -no copyright. It can not be send out to Public!"]
"Wing Commander Footage"
"Wing Commander III"
"Wing IV Intro"
"WC IV Reel #8 w/ TC Burn"
"Origin Systems WING IV The Price of Freedom Promo & Making of Video 11/13/95"
2.
"Wing Commander: Prophecy 7-14-97"
Betamax
"Wing Commander 2-19-98 WC IV - Trailer; WC Prophecy Trailer, Compiled Wing Footage"
Unlabeled Iomega Zip disks
2.
CD-R labeled "WC3 Final 1-2 CD 4 set 1"
Unlabeled Oversized Nintendo 64 Cartridge

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Promotional Materials

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2011-026/1 Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger
1995 Monthly Calendar
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom
Promo sheets
Cardboard stand-up
Wing Commander: Prophecy
E3 1997 materials
Fold-out poster / ship guide
4.
Mousepad

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Merchandise

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2011-026/1 Wing Commander action figures
Marine Blair
Blair in Fight Suit
Kilrathi Pilot
Kilrathi General
Wing Commander Collectible Trading Card Game Terran Starter Deck

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Awards

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2011-026/1 Finalst, 1996 PC Magazine Award for Technical Excellence [in frame]
Best Use of Video - Wing Commander IV, Computer Game Developer's Conference Spotlight Awards 1991 [in bubble wrap]

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Manuals / Game Literature

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2011-026/2 Wing Commander: Prophecy
Strike Commander
Wing Commander: Special Edition

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Strategy Guides

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2011-026/2 Strike Commander Playtester's Guide
Ultima: The Avatar Adventures
Ultima Underworld II Clue Book
Wing Commander III
2.
Wing Commander IV
Privateer Playtester's Guide
The Official Book of Ultima

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2011-026/2 Gaming Magazines

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Books

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2011-026/2 Wing Commander: Fleet Action
Wing Commander: Freedom Flight
Wing Commander: Heart of the Tiger

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Software

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SRH 2.322 [Restricted] Ultima Online: Charter Edition, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1997.
[4-Disk] Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1994.
Strike Commander, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1993.
Wing Commander: Privateer, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1993.
Wing Commander / Ultima VI: The False Prophet, The Software Toolworks, Inc., 1991.
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, Interplay Productions, 1994.
Wing Commander IV / Crusader: No Remorse [DEMO CD], ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1996.
Wing Commander / Wing Commander II, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1994.
Wing Commander Deluxe Edition, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1992.
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger (Disc 1), ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1994.
Sid Meier's Civilization, MicroProse Software, Inc., 1991.
Sid Meier's Civilization II, MicroProse Software, Inc., 1996.
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss / Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1992.
Ultima VIII: Pagan, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1994.
Wing Commander: Armada, Dong Seo Interactive, 1994.
System Shock, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1994.
Ultima VI: The False Prophet, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1990.
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1992.
Pirates! Gold, MicroProse Software, Inc., 1993.
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1995.
Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger [French], ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1994.
Ultima IX: Ascension [Dragon Edition], Electronic Arts, Inc., 1999.
Blade Runner, Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc., 1997.
Wing Commander: Prophecy, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1997.
Ultima III: Exodus, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1983.
Privateer: Righteous Fire, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1994.
Wing Commander: The Secret Missions / The Secret Missions 2: Crusade, Fujitsu Interactive, 1994.
Wing Commander, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1990.
EMPTY Bill Budge: Pinball Construction Set, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1986.
Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1988.
Strike Commander / Wing Commander: Privateer, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1994.
Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1991.
Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi Deluxe Edition, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1992.
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1996.
Abuse, RedHat, 1995.
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss / Ultima Under World II: Labyrinth of Worlds, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1993.
Ultima: The Second Trilogy IV-V-VI, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1992.
Ultima: Trilogy I-II-III, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1989.
Magic Carpet 2: The Netherworlds, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1995.
Jane's Combat Simulations: [ATF] Advanced Tactical Fighters, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1996.
Top Ten Pak II
Wing Commander Deluxe Edition, ORIGIN Systems, Inc., 1992.
Shadowcaster, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1993.
Michael Jordan in Flight, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1993.
Grand Slam Bridge II, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1992.
Seven Cities of Gold Commemorative Edition, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1993.
Starflight 2, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1989.
Kasparov's Gambit, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1993.
Heroes of the 357th, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1992.
Indianapolis 500: The Simulation, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1989.
PGA Tour Golf, Electronic Arts, Inc., 1990.

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