Joe Weisbecker Video Game Collection

About this collection

    Joe Weisbecker was an engineer at RCA who invented an 8-bit microcomputer architecture that would serve as the foundation of RCA’s future microprocessor business. Weisbecker was well versed in programming languages, and during the 1970s contributed to the development of RCA’s programmable video game and educational systems: FRED, STUDIO II, STUDIO III, and STUDIO IV, and Microtutor.
    In addition to his work at RCA, Weisbecker ran his own business, Komputer Pastimes, which provided another outlet for his creativity. With it, Weisbecker developed simple games based on computer language for children and adults, wrote children’s books, and designed toys and greeting cards.
    This collection comprises digital files extracted from cassette tapes found in Weisbecker's collection as well as selected documents related to RCA's video game systems and Weisbecker's work with Komputer Pastimes. The video clips of gameplay were provided by Kevin Bunch working from binaries converted from tapes by Andy Modla and Marcel van Tongeren. For more information, see the emulator developed and maintained by Marcel van Tongeren.
    Image: Controllers and consoles photographs, 1977. View in the collection.

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