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John Szczepaniak papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 111.1448
The John Szczepaniak papers contain recorded audio and a digital print article. In 2006, Szczepaniak interviewed Jim Rushing and Joseph Ybarra about their involvement in the development of the game M.U.L.E. This collection contains the complete audio recordings of those interviews, which were later utilized in the article “Mechanical Donkeys” published in The Gamer’s Quarter #6 (Fall 2006). A second recording contains an interview with Dale DeSharone relating to his career, which included producing games for the Commodore 64 and the Philips CD-i systems.

The John Szczepaniak papers are arranged into two series, one of which is further divided into subseries. The physical materials are housed in one archival document box; digital materials are stored on the internal network of The Strong.


  • 2006
  • 2013



The materials in this colleciton are in English.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is open for research use by staff of The Strong and by users of its library and archives. Though the donor has not transferred intellectual property rights (including, but not limited to any copyright, trademark, and associated rights therein) to The Strong, he has given permission for The Strong to make copies in all media for museum, educational, and research purposes.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

726 Megabytes (Digital files) : Accessible on-site at The Strong.


This collection contains two original audio cassettes of interviews with video game developers and a digital copy of an article in a video game journal. The digitized audio from these cassettes (on DVD and digital files) has also been included in this collection.

Biographical Note

John Szczepaniak is a freelance journalist based in the United Kingdom who has covered the computer gaming industry for magazines such as Retro Gamer, Official PlayStation Magazine, and The Gamer’s Quarter. He is also a frequent contributor to Hardcore Gaming 101. In 2014, Szczepaniak published the Kickstarter-funded The Untold History of Japanese Game Developers.

System of Arrangement

Series I: Recorded interview audio, 2006, 2013

Subseries A: Audio cassettes
Subseries B: Audio CDs
Subseries C: Digital audio

Series II: Digital journal article, 2006

Custodial History

The John Szczepaniak papers were donated to The Strong in April 2011 as a gift from John Szczepaniak in memory of Dale DeSharone. The materials were accessioned by The Strong under Object ID 111.1448.

Processed by

An initial inventory and data entry were created by James Leach in 2011. Revised processing to include digitized audio files was done by Julia Novakovic in June 2016.
Finding Aid to the John Szczepaniak Papers, 2006, 2013
Julia Novakovic
27 June 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository

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