Bruce Carver

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Bruce Carver
Born Bruce Eugene Carver
(1948-05-04)May 4, 1948
Montpelier, Idaho
Died December 28, 2005(2005-12-28) (aged 57)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Cause of death Cancer
Resting place Bountiful, Utah, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Entrepreneur, video game developer, home construction
Known for Access Software
Carver Homes

Bruce Eugene Carver (May 4, 1948 – December 28, 2005) was a co-founder of video game developer Access Software (later renamed Indie Built) in 1982. It began by producing titles for 8-bit computers, including Beach-Head, Beach Head II: The Dictator Strikes Back, Raid over Moscow and many others.


After Carver published Beach Head and Raid over Moscow, Compute! in 1985 called him one of "the world's best computer game designers" and a peer of Chris Crawford, Bill Budge, and Dan Bunten.[1] With his brother Roger, he created the influential Links golf game series, beginning with Leader Board and World Class Leader Board. The Links games defined golf video games and simulations. In 1997, PC Gamer named him one of the "Gods of Gaming".[2]

Access was sold to Microsoft in 1999 and, as a result, several people were let go. Carver paid generous golden parachutes to several of these people out of his own pocket.[2] He continued to work on games until 2003 when he left to create a construction company, Carver Homes, and collaborate with other former Access employees in the golf simulator company TruGolf.[3][4] He was most active with his construction company, which built award-winning luxury houses to order.[2] The homes were often outfitted with the TruGolf system.

Family and death[edit]

On December 28, 2005, Carver unexpectedly died of cancer. He is survived by six children (three sons and three daughters), his wife, Lenna, his mother, Mary, and 16 grandchildren.[2] His funeral was held in Salt Lake City, Utah.[2]


  1. ^ Darling, Sharon (February 1985). "Birth of a Computer Game". Compute!. p. 48. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Obituary: Bruce Carver Archived February 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. from Edge Online
  3. ^ Memorials/Bruce Carver Archived December 2, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. on IGDA Wiki
  4. ^ TruGolf

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