Joyce A. Weisbecker papers
The Joyce A. Weisbecker papers have been arranged into one series and are housed in one archival document box.
- 1976 - 1982
- Weisbecker, Joyce Ann (Person)
Conditions Governing Use
0.2 Linear Feet (1 archival document box)
The daughter of a teacher and an RCA engineer, Weisbecker learned how to program on her father Joseph’s experimental homemade computer system, which they called “FRED” (for “Flexible Recreational & Educational Device”). After graduating high school, Joseph Weisbecker asked Joyce if she would like to program video games for RCA, and she was hired as a contractor in 1976. For the RCA Studio II, Joyce programmed TV School House I (a two-player computer quiz which required the use of a supplemental question booklet) and the combination cartridge Speedway—Tag (a racing game and a chase/tag game, both for two players). She estimated that these games took about 200 hours of work in full to program. Joyce also programmed three additional games for the RCA Cosmac VIP [Slide, Sum Fun, and Sequence Shoot] while under contract with RCA.
Weisbecker double-majored in Computer Engineering and Actuarial Science at Rider College (now, University). After working as an actuary for nearly 20 years, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Computer Science. She has since retired.
For additional information on Weisbecker, see Benj Edwards’ interview
System of Arrangement
Series I: RCA programming documentation, 1976-1982
- Cosmac VIP
- Electronic games industry
- Game design and development
- RCA Corporation
- RCA Corporation. Distributor and Special Products Division
- RCA Studio II
- Speedway/Tag (Computer game)
- TV School House I (Computer game)
- Video game industry
- Video games -- Design
- Weisbecker, Joseph A.
- Wenger, Fred G.
- Women in Games
- Finding Aid to the Joyce A. Weisbecker Papers, 1976-1982
- Julia Novakovic
- 23 August 2021
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Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA