The Strong National Museum Of Play’s latest exhibit celebrates the history of women in gaming, so when we visited the museum earlier this year, we knew we had to dive into its archives. We found a few of the rarest, most interesting games designed by some of the game industry’s pioneering women.

On this episode of Complete In Box, we discuss three games from the Strong’s vast collection. There’s Polo, designed by Atari great Carol Shaw; Mystery House, the first game from eventual King’s Quest creator Roberta Williams; and Wheeler Dealers by Danielle Bunten Berry, which might just be the first-ever computer game to come in a box—with a four-player controller, too!

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We even get a brief look at the design documents for Shaw’s Polo and Williams’ King’s Quest, giving us a glimpse into their very different creative processes.

You can visit the Strong in Rochester, New York, and see the Women In Games exhibit through the end of this year.

Features Editor, Kotaku. Japanese curry aficionado. Author of the books Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life and Final Fantasy V from Boss Fight Books.

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Interesting. I immediately thought of Dani Bunten Berry before I watched the video and wondered if a museum for women would include her since she was transgender later in life and identified as a man in her programming credits. I’m glad to see her getting recognition.

M.U.L.E. by Bunten is one of my all-time favorite games, and another early example of a four-player game.

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