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Access Software founder and video game industry veteran Bruce Carver has passed away at the age of 57, according to a report on industry website Next-Gen.

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Simon Carless, Blogger

January 5, 2006

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Access Software founder and video game industry veteran Bruce Carver has passed away at the age of 57, according to a report on industry website Next-Gen. Carver founded the Salt Lake City-based Access Software back in 1982, and was particularly known for his work on the Links golf game series, as well as his work overseeing classic '80s titles such as Beach Head, before Access moved on to early CD-ROM titles such as Under A Killing Moon. The company was acquired by Microsoft in 1999, and Carver left in 2003 to pursue new interests, including construction and large-screen golf simulation projects. Having been sold by Microsoft to Take-Two in 2004, Access, now known as Indie Built, Inc, was responsible for Xbox 360 launch title Amped 3. That company's information page has more on the history of Access, the developer that Carver built - other recent titles for the Salt Lake City Developer have included those in the Top Spin tennis series. Carver passed away suddenly of cancer on December 28, according to Next-Gen, and his funeral was held last Saturday in Salt Lake City. He is survived by his mother Mary, his wife Lenna, three sons, three daughters and 16 grandchildren.

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Simon Carless

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Simon Carless is the founder of the GameDiscoverCo agency and creator of the popular GameDiscoverCo game discoverability newsletter. He consults with a number of PC/console publishers and developers, and was previously most known for his role helping to shape the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Conference for many years.

He is also an investor and advisor to UK indie game publisher No More Robots (Descenders, Hypnospace Outlaw), a previous publisher and editor-in-chief at both Gamasutra and Game Developer magazine, and sits on the board of the Video Game History Foundation.

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