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    Atari, Inc.

    Atari, Inc.

    • Games Published: Ghostbusters: The Video Game
    • Game Versions Published: F-22 Total Air War
    The company that currently bears the Atari Inc. name was founded in 1993 under the name GT Interactive. In 1999, Infogrames Entertainment, SA (IESA) acquired a 62% controlling interest in GT Interactive, and proceeded to rename it Infogrames, Inc. After IESA's acquisition of Hasbro Interactive and its related Atari properties in 2001, Infogrames, Inc. intermittently published Atari branded titles for Infogrames Interactive. In 2003, Infogrames Inc. licensed the Atari name and logo from Atari Interactive and changed its name to Atari Inc. On October 11, 2008 Infogrames completed its acquisition of Atari, Inc., making it a wholly owned subsidiary. In 2002, Jakks Pacific, a toy making company, released a plug-and-play video game console called the Atari 10-in-1 TV Game. It was battery-operated and shaped similarly to an Atari 2600 joystick, and included A/V ports. In 2004, the same company created a device called Atari Paddle Games, in the shape of one of the 2600s "paddle" controllers with appropriate titles included. However, as stated, neither of the games was directly released by Atari. The same year that the Paddle Games were released, Atari released a TV game of their own which
    6.38
    8 votes
    2
    Microprose Software, Inc

    Microprose Software, Inc

    • Games Published: Grand Prix Manager 2
    • Game Versions Published: Gunship
    MicroProse Software, Inc. was a North American video game publisher and developer, founded in 1982 by Wild Bill Stealey and Sid Meier. Known for publishing the majority of Meier's hit computer games, the company ceased operations in 2001 when the parent company Hasbro Interactive was acquired and merged into Infogrames. In the 1980s, MicroProse was primarily known as a publisher of flight and military simulation titles for 8-bit home computers such as the Commodore 64, Apple II, and Atari 8-bit family, with titles such as Spitfire Ace and Hellcat Ace. It also published a few strategy games at the time. As industry changed over to 16-bit and 32-bit CPUs in late 1980s, MicroProse started supporting IBM PC compatibles and 68000-based machines like the Amiga and Atari ST. MicroProse also started a UK branch to cross-publish titles in Europe, and to import some European titles to be published in the US. In 1990 and 1991 MicroProse released the blockbusters Railroad Tycoon and Civilization, by Sid Meier, on multiple platforms. They quickly became two of the best-selling strategy games of all time and spawned multiple sequels. MicroProse also released Geoff Crammond's Formula One Grand
    7.50
    6 votes
    3
    Ubisoft Montreal

    Ubisoft Montreal

    • Games Published: Assassin's Creed: Revelations
    Ubisoft Montreal (French: Ubisoft Montréal) is a Canadian video game developer owned by French publisher Ubisoft. Ubisoft's North American studio is located in Montreal, Quebec. Founded as a subsidiary of Ubisoft in 1997, initially developing low-profile projects, the studio is now one of the largest in the world, with over 2,100 employees. It is responsible for developing, among others, games in the Prince of Persia and Assassin's Creed series, as well as those in the Tom Clancy franchise. The studio was opened in 1997, with government funding. Ubisoft also cited Quebec's extensive French-speaking population and close proximity to English-speaking North America as reasons for opening a studio there. Martin Tremblay joined the studio as executive vice president in 1999, but was promoted to chief operating officer a year later. The history of Ubisoft Montreal goes back to the early 1990s. At that time, the manufacturing and textiles industries in Montreal were quickly disappearing, and therefore the political party in power at the time — the Parti Québécois (PQ) — had no choice but to find new sources of job creation. The PQ wanted Montreal to become a multimedia hub, since
    7.50
    6 votes
    4
    Seta

    Seta

    • Games Published: Arbalester
    Seta /ˈsiːtə/, plural: setae /ˈsiːtiː/, is a biological term derived from the Latin word for "bristle". It refers to a number of different bristle- or hair-like structures on living organisms. In zoology, most "setae" occur in invertebrates. In mycology, "setae" refer to dark brown, thick-walled, thorn-like cystidia found in corticioid and poroid fungi in the family Hymenochaetaceae. Though mainly microscopic, the setae of some species may be sufficiently prominent to be visible with a hand lens. In botany, "seta" refers to the stalk supporting the capsule of a moss, hornwort or liverwort, and supplying it with nutrients. The seta is part of the sporophyte and has a short foot embedded in the gametophyte on which it is parasitic. Setae are not present in all mosses, but in some species they may reach 15 to 20 centimeters in height. Synthetic setae are a class of synthetic adhesives that detach at will, sometimes called resetable adhesives, yet display substantial stickiness. The development of such synthetic materials is a matter of current research.
    6.43
    7 votes
    5
    Kemira

    Kemira

    • Games Published: Painterboy
    Kemira Oyj (OMX: KRA1V) is a chemical industry group that consists of three main segments. Kemira is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland. Kemira’s main shareholder is Oras Invest Oy and its owners, members of the Paasikivi family. Its former main owner, the State of Finland, sold the largest part of its holding to Finnish investors in August 2007. After the sale transaction Oras Invest holds 17.1% and the State of Finland holds 16.5% of Kemira's shares. Harri Kerminen, President and CEO has acted as the Group’s Managing Director since January 1, 2008. The Group's Deputy CEO is Dr. rer. nat. Wolfgang Büchele. Members of the Board of Directors as of March 16, 2010 In June 2008 Kemira announced its strategy which focuses on water and fiber management chemistry. Kemira’s segments focusing water intensive industries are Paper, Municipal & Industrial and Oil & Mining. Kemira became the world's biggest provider of the pulp and paper chemicals after its acquisition of the pulp and paper chemical operations of Lanxess. In 2009 Kemira’s Paper segment’s market area is global and it’s second in pulp and paper chemicals worldwide. Paper segment is further divided into four customer segments:
    8.40
    5 votes
    6

    Starpath

    • Games Published: Party Mix
    • Game Versions Published: Communist Mutants from Space
    Starpath was a U.S. company known for creating the Starpath Supercharger in 1982. The company was founded in 1981 under the name Arcadia Corporation, but it changed its name to Starpath shortly after for trademark reasons (Emerson Radio Corporation had released a video game console named the Emerson Arcadia 2001). It was founded by Alan Bayley, Robert Brown, and Craig Nelson. The Starpath Supercharger was an add-on for the Atari 2600 video game console that expanded the machine capabilities by adding more RAM, allowing for higher resolution graphics and larger games, and by providing a connector to which a regular cassette player could be connected, thus permitting larger games, stored on tape, to be loaded. The Supercharger was connected to the Atari's cartridge slot. Starpath merged with Epyx in 1983. Rights to Starpath games are currently owned by Bridgestone Multimedia, a religious multimedia company. Listed in order of release: These games were available only via mail order after Starpath declared bankruptcy.
    7.17
    6 votes
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    Alchemist

    • Games Published: Baldr Force EXE
    • Game Versions Published: Princess Holiday
    Alchemist (アルケミスト, Arukemisuto) is a Japanese video game developer. It specializes in the development of visual novel video games ports for use on home video game consoles such as the PlayStation 2 and the defunct Dreamcast.
    9.50
    4 votes
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    Gilsoft

    Gilsoft was a British producer and publisher of video games and related utilities. They are perhaps most known for The Quill and the later Professional Adventure Writer.
    6.14
    7 votes
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    Square Electronic Arts

    • Games Published: Final Fantasy IV
    • Game Versions Published: Xenogears
    Square Electronic Arts L.L.C., also known as Square EA, was a joint venture between console video game developers Squaresoft and Electronic Arts. Announced on April 27, 1998, Square EA was based in Costa Mesa, California and operated under the supervision of Square president and CEO Jun Iwasaki, and was responsible for publishing and marketing all games produced by Square in North America. Conversely, Electronic Arts Square, K.K., formed at the same time and based in Japan, was responsible for publishing and marketing games produced by Electronic Arts in Asia. Under the terms of the agreement, Electronic Arts owned 30 percent of Square EA, and Square owned 30 percent of EA Square. Square EA proved to be very successful, and during its five years of existence released a higher proportion of localized Square titles to the American market than ever before. EA Square, on the other hand, was somewhat less successful, and struggled to make an impact on the Asian videogame market, which has been traditionally difficult for American game developers to break into. Following the announcement of the merger between Square and former competitor Enix in 2003, Square purchased back Electronic
    7.80
    5 votes
    10
    Konami

    Konami

    • Games Published: Gradius Neo
    • Game Versions Published: Nemesis
    Konami Corporation (コナミ株式会社, Konami Kabushiki-gaisha) (TYO: 9766 NYSE: KNM) is a Japanese developer and publisher of numerous toys, trading cards, anime, tokusatsu, slot machines, arcade cabinets and video games. Konami is famous for popular video game series such as Castlevania, Contra, Dance Dance Revolution, Gradius, Frogger, Suikoden, Metal Gear, Pro Evolution Soccer, Silent Hill and Yu-Gi-Oh!. Konami is the fifth-largest gaming company in the world by revenue. The company was founded in 1969 as a jukebox rental and repair business in Osaka, Japan, by Kagemasa Kōzuki, the still-current chairman and president. The name "Konami" is a conjunction of the names Kagemasa Kozuki (current chairman), Yoshinobu Nakama, and Tatsuo Miyasako. Konami is currently headquartered in Tokyo and additionally operates health and physical fitness clubs in Japan. Konami also operates United States activities in El Segundo, California for video games and Paradise, Nevada for the casino gaming industry. Its Australian gaming operations are located in Sydney, Australia, and distribution of Konami's games in Australia is handled by Mindscape Australia. On March 21, 1969, Kagemasa Kozuki (current chairman
    6.50
    6 votes
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    G.rev

    • Games Published: Border Down
    • Game Versions Published: Mamonoro
    G.rev (or G.revolution) is a Japanese arcade video game developer. The company was founded by former employees of Taito's arcade division who had worked on G-Darius and RayStorm, and is known primarily for their acclaimed arcade shoot 'em up games. G.rev was founded with the mission of developing arcade shooters, but they realized the cost of development was more than their initial investment capital. To generate revenue, they took on contract work for Taito and Treasure, co-developing the popular shooter Ikaruga with the latter. This relationship would remain fruitful, with G.rev assisting again on Gradius V, and Ikaruga director Hiroshi Iuchi assisting on G.rev's own Strania. G.rev's first independent release was a puzzle game, Doki Doki Idol Star Seeker, a Mine Sweeper-like arcade puzzle game, created with low investment and high returns in mind. With the money in place to develop a full-fledged arcade shooter on their own, the team, under direction of president Hiroyuki Maruyama, set out to develop Border Down a spiritual successor to the Taito arcade classic Metal Black. Border Down was met with wide acclaim among shooter fans following the release of its Dreamcast port, with
    7.40
    5 votes
    12
    Shaba Games

    Shaba Games

    • Games Published: Shrek Super Slam
    Shaba Games was a video game developer founded in September 1997, located in San Francisco, California, and acquired by Activision in 2002. Activision closed the studio on October 8, 2009.
    8.50
    4 votes
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    Capstone Software

    Capstone Software

    • Games Published: Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Chess Wars
    • Game Versions Published: Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
    Capstone Software was a subsidiary of IntraCorp, a Miami-based computer and video game company. Founded in 1984, Capstone created first-person games such as Corridor 7: Alien Invasion, William Shatner's TekWar and Witchaven, and is also known for releasing games based on movie/TV licenses. Capstone's first-person games used the Wolfenstein 3D engine, and later, the Build engine (best known for powering 3D Realms' Duke Nukem 3D). IntraCorp went bankrupt in 1996 and shut down all their operations, including Capstone Software. Capstone's last game, Corridor 8: Galactic Wars, never left the prototype stage and was never released. Capstone turned into VRTech, which did first person buildouts of new construction condominiums using the Build engine. It eventually closed down.
    9.67
    3 votes
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    Apple Inc.

    Apple Inc.

    • Games Published: Musika
    • Game Versions Published: Texas Hold 'em (2008)
    Apple Inc., (NASDAQ: AAPL) formerly Apple Computer Inc., is an American multinational corporation which designs and manufactures consumer electronics and software products. The company's best-known hardware products include Macintosh computers, the iPod and the iPhone. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system, the iTunes media browser, the iLife suite of multimedia and creativity software, the iWork suite of productivity software, and Final Cut Studio, a suite of professional audio and film-industry software products. The company operates more than 250 retail stores in nine countries and an online store where hardware and software products are sold.
    7.20
    5 votes
    15
    Neversoft

    Neversoft

    Neversoft Entertainment (or simply Neversoft) is an American video game developer, founded in 1994 by Joel Jewett, Mick West and Chris Ward. Neversoft is best recognized for their line of Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk skateboarding games, known as the Tony Hawk's series. The company was acquired by Activision in October 1999. Neversoft was founded in July 1994 by three employees of Malibu Interactive, (previously Acme Interactive) a division of Malibu Comics based in Westlake Village, California. At that time the primary platforms were the 16-bit consoles, the Mega Drive/Genesis and the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Games for these systems could be developed by very small teams, anywhere from two to ten developers. As a result it was much easier than at present to set up a game development company, and several groups of people had already left Malibu to strike out on their own. Left Field Productions and Paradox Development being two extant companies that were founded in such a way, with others such as Clockwork Tortoise no longer in existence. Joel Jewett, a native of Montana and a CPA, was at the time head of development at the rapidly shrinking Malibu Interactive. He teamed
    7.20
    5 votes
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    Splash Damage

    Splash Damage

    Splash Damage is an independently-owned British game development company that specializes in multiplayer first-person shooter games. The studio is best known as the creator of the Enemy Territory franchise for id Software. Splash Damage was formed in May 2001 by the creators of high profile free mods, such as Quake 3 Fortress. The studio began life working with Now TV and Gamer.tv, providing both custom maps and an in-game television production solution. Splash Damage staff also worked to produce and present over 150 TV shows based on Quake III Arena Capture the Flag. In March 2002, Splash Damage partnered with Games Domain to produce a number of multiplayer maps for their online gaming service. One of these was a map for id Software's Return to Castle Wolfenstein based on Operation Market Garden; this map was hugely successful online and instantly became the most played third-party map for the game. Following Market Garden's success, Activision and id Software asked Splash Damage to produce three additional multiplayer maps for the Return to Castle Wolfenstein Game of the Year Edition. The same year, Splash Damage partnered with the two companies to develop Wolfenstein: Enemy
    7.20
    5 votes
    17
    Coleco

    Coleco

    • Games Published: Dr. Seuss' Fix-Up the Mix-Up Puzzler
    • Game Versions Published: Donkey Kong Junior
    Coleco is an American company founded in 1932 by Maurice Greenberg as "Connecticut Leather Company". It became a highly successful toy company in the 1980s, known for its mass-produced version of Cabbage Patch Kids dolls and its video game consoles, the Coleco Telstar and ColecoVision. The company is headquartered in Manalapan, New Jersey. Coleco originally processed shoe leather, which later led to a business in leather craft kits in the 1950s. They began manufacturing plastic moulding and moved into plastic wading pools in the 1960s. The leather part of the business was then sold off. Under CEO Arnold Greenberg, the company entered the video game console business with the Telstar in 1976. Dozens of companies were introducing game systems that year after Atari's successful Pong console. Nearly all of these new games were based on General Instrument's "Pong-on-a-chip". However, General Instrument had underestimated demand, and there were severe shortages. Coleco had been one of the first to place an order, and was one of the few companies to receive an order in full. Though dedicated game consoles did not last long on the market, their early order enabled Coleco to break
    8.25
    4 votes
    18
    Acclaim Games

    Acclaim Games

    • Games Published: 2Moons
    • Game Versions Published: 2Moons
    Acclaim Games, based in Beverly Hills, California, was a private online video game company that offered free Massively multiplayer online role-playing games on its website upon registration. The company was founded in 2006 and is the successor of Acclaim Entertainment in terms of brand name. After Acclaim Entertainment filed for bankruptcy, former Activision CEO Howard Marks purchased the "Acclaim" name in September 2004 for a reported $100,000. He, along with Neil Malhotra, created a new company, naming it "Acclaim Games" and taking a totally different direction from the previous company. While Acclaim Games primarily focused on bringing to North America and Europe online games originally from Asia, it also gave the opportunity to its registered members to submit video games they'd created. Acclaim Games relied on In-game advertising and items sales for revenues, while releasing the games themselves for free. The company released fourteen games: The Chronicles of Spellborn, Kogamu, BOTS (which was its launching title), 9Dragons, 2Moons, Ponystars, Dance Online, My Diva Doll, Tribal Nations and Prize Potato. As of December 2007, the company had 5 million registered accounts and
    7.00
    5 votes
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    T-Mobile

    T-Mobile

    • Games Published: Tibia: Land of Heroes
    T-Mobile International AG is a German holding company for Deutsche Telekom AG's various mobile communications subsidiaries outside Germany. Based in Bonn, Germany, its subsidiaries operate GSM, UMTS and LTE-based cellular networks in Europe, the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The company has financial stakes in mobile operators in both Central and Eastern Europe. The T-Mobile brand is present in 11 European countries – Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany (as Telekom), Hungary, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom, as well as the United States, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Globally, T-Mobile International subsidiaries have a combined total of approximately 150 million subscribers, making the company the world's third-largest mobile-phone service provider by subscribers and the third-largest multinational after the UK's Vodafone and Spain's Telefónica. Germany's initial mobile-communications services were radiotelephone systems that were owned and operated by the state postal monopoly, Deutsche Bundespost. It launched the analog first-generation C-Netz ("C Network", marketed as C-Tel),
    7.00
    5 votes
    20

    Kazushige Nojima

    • Games Published: Final Fantasy VIII
    Kazushige Nojima (野島 一成, Nojima Kazushige, born January 20, 1964 in Sapporo) is a Japanese game scenario writer and is the founder of Stellavista Ltd.. He is best known for writing parts of Square Enix's Final Fantasy video game series—namely Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2—and the Kingdom Hearts series. Nojima also wrote the original lyrics of Liberi Fatali for Final Fantasy VIII and both Suteki da Ne and the Hymn of the Fayth for Final Fantasy X. He was also the scenario writer for much of the Glory of Heracles series and for the adventure mode of the Wii game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Nojima worked for Square Enix until October 2003 and was credited on the following video games during his time as a Square-Enix employee: Since working as a freelancer, he has been credited on the following projects: Nojima also worked on developing the mythology behind the entire Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy series, which serves as the foundation for all stories within the series.
    8.00
    4 votes
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    Sony Computer Entertainment

    Sony Computer Entertainment

    • Games Published: Final Fantasy IV
    • Game Versions Published: Little Big Planet
    Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. is a major video game company specializing in a variety of areas in the video game industry, and is a wholly owned subsidiary and part of the Consumer Products & Services Group of Sony. The company was established on November 16, 1993 in Tokyo, Japan, prior to the launch of the original PlayStation video game system. Sony Computer Entertainment handles the research & development, production, and sales of both hardware and software for the PlayStation line of handheld and home console video game systems. It is also a developer and publisher of video game titles and is composed of several subsidiaries covering the company's biggest markets: North America, Europe and Asia. The North American operations, Sony Computer Entertainment of America, were established in May 1994 as a division of Sony Electronic Publishing. They were located in Foster City and headed by Steve Race. In the months prior to the release of PlayStation in Western markets, the operations were restructured: All videogame marketing from Sony Imagesoft was folded into SCEA in July 1995, with most affected employees transferred from Santa Monica to Foster City. On August 7, 1995, Steve
    8.00
    4 votes
    22
    Crytek UK

    Crytek UK

    Crytek UK, formerly known as Free Radical Design, is a video game developer based in Nottingham, United Kingdom, probably best known for Second Sight and the TimeSplitters series. After going into financial administration, it was announced on February 4, 2009 that the studio had been acquired by German video game developer Crytek and would be renamed Crytek UK. Crytek UK has a good relationship with the city of Nottingham due in part to its sponsorship of the Gamecity festival and its recruitment drives with Nottingham Trent University. Initially, most of Free Radical Design's employees previously worked for the game developer Rare. While at Rare, they (David Doak, Steve Ellis, Karl Hilton, Graeme Norgate and Lee Ray) worked on the Nintendo 64 first-person shooters GoldenEye 007 and Perfect Dark. From late 1998 to early 1999, this team left Rare to form Free Radical Design, which was established in April 1999, their first release being TimeSplitters for the PlayStation 2 in 2000. It was known for its very fast paced gameplay and its particular emphasis on multiplayer rather than story. TimeSplitters attracted attention at the time because of the former Rare employees' work on the
    6.00
    6 votes
    23

    Ariolasoft

    • Games Published: Lode Runner
    • Game Versions Published: Realm of Impossibility
    Ariolasoft GmbH, later known as United Software, was a German computer game developer, publisher and distributor. It started as the software subsidiary of Ariola Records. Ariolasoft also had a British subsidiary, Ariolasoft UK, which was run by Ashley Gray (later replaced by Willie Carminke) and Frank Brunger. The company released approximately ten games for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, and Amiga systems, and numerous titles for the Atari 8-bit. It was also the German publisher for Activision games developed for the Atari 2600, and the European publisher for Electronic Arts and Brøderbund games, before those companies set up their own European offices. Ariolasoft also developed the cassette ports of those titles, and also developed original games. In addition to software activities, they were also the German distributor of the Sega Master System between approximately 1987 and 1988. In 1990, the company was renamed United Software, which in 1993 was taken over by MicroProse Germany.
    9.00
    3 votes
    24
    Panasonic Corporation

    Panasonic Corporation

    • Games Published: Strahl
    Panasonic Corporation (パナソニック株式会社, Panasonikku Kabushiki-kaisha), formerly known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (松下電器産業株式会社, Matsushita Denki Sangyō Kabushiki-gaisha), is a Japanese multinational electronics corporation headquartered in Kadoma, Osaka, Japan. Its main business is in electronics manufacturing. Panasonic was founded in 1918 by Konosuke Matsushita as a vendor of duplex lamp sockets. It has grown to become one of the largest Japanese electronics producers, alongside Sony, Toshiba and Canon. In addition to electronics, it offers non-electronic products and services such as home renovation services. Panasonic is the world's fifth-largest television manufacturer and is among the world's 20 largest semiconductor vendors. From 1935 to October 1, 2008 the company name was "Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd." On January 10, 2008, the company announced that it would change its name to "Panasonic Corporation", with effect from October 1, 2008 to conform with its global brand name "Panasonic". The name change was approved at a shareholders' meeting on June 26, 2008 after consultation with the Matsushita family. Panasonic was founded in 1918 by Konosuke
    9.00
    3 votes
    25
    Intellivision

    Intellivision

    • Games Published: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Treasure of Tarmin
    • Game Versions Published: Intellivision Lives!
    The Intellivision is a video game console released by Mattel in 1979. Development of the console began in 1978, less than a year after the introduction of its main competitor, the Atari 2600. The word intellivision is a portmanteau of "intelligent television". Over 3 million Intellivision units were sold and a total of 125 games were released for the console. In 2009, video game website IGN named the Intellivision the No. 14 greatest video game console of all time. The Intellivision was developed by Mattel Electronics, a subsidiary of Mattel formed expressly for the development of electronic games. The console was test marketed in Fresno, California, in 1979 with a total of four games available, and was released nationwide in 1980 with a price tag of US$299 and a pack-in game: Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack. Though not the first system to challenge Atari, it was the first to pose a serious threat to Atari's dominance. A series of advertisements featuring George Plimpton were produced, that demonstrated the superiority of the Intellivision's graphics and sound to those of the Atari 2600, using side-by-side game comparisons. One of the slogans of the television advertisements stated
    7.75
    4 votes
    26
    Tandy Corporation

    Tandy Corporation

    • Games Published: Atom
    • Game Versions Published: Dino Wars
    Tandy Corporation was a family-owned leather goods company based in Fort Worth, Texas. Tandy was founded in 1919 as a leather supply store, and acquired RadioShack in 1963. The Tandy name was dropped in May 2000, when RadioShack Corporation was made the official name. Tandy began in 1919 when two friends, Norton Hinckley and Dave L. Tandy, decided to start the Hinckley-Tandy Leather Company, which sold leather shoe parts to shoe repair shops in the Fort Worth area. Tandy's son, Charles D. Tandy, turned it into a leathercraft company when shoe rationing in World War II almost killed the business, and later expanded into selling leather and tools to make such products as wallets. After a struggle over the company, which saw the Hinckley name dropped, Tandy made another change in 1963, when it bought the ailing RadioShack. It later sold off all non-electronic business. The leather business continued, and eventually combined with The Leather Factory in 2000 to become Tandy Leather Factory. Tandy was one of the companies (along with Commodore International, Atari, and Apple) that started the personal computer revolution in the USA, with their TRS-80 (1977) and TRS-80 Color Computer
    7.75
    4 votes
    27
    Dreamcast-Scene

    Dreamcast-Scene

    • Games Published: Eerievale
    RedSpotGames is a video game publisher, distributor and promoter based in Munich, Germany. Established in 2005, the company is known for releasing new games for the long discontinued Sega Dreamcast video game system, and recently, they have also branched off publishing to digital services such as Xbox Live and WiiWare. Max Scharl, Co-founder of RedSpotGames launched Dreamcast-Petition, an online initiative petitioning against the discontinuation of Sega Dreamcast software and GD-Rom production. Additionally direct mailing petitions were also organized to motivate 3rd Party developers such as G.Rev and Alfa System to port arcade games to Dreamcast. Border Down and Castle Shikigami 2 ports were a direct result of each petition respectively. In 2003, the website evolved into Dreamcast Scene and expanded its focus from petitions to include news reporting, downloads, and establishing a public knowledge base. DCS is still a prominent Dreamcast website although Scharl isn't as involved as he used to be, due to his responsibilities at RedSpotGames. In 2003, Scharl was involved with GOAT Store Publishing in the development of Feet of Fury. He has also been credited for promotion and
    7.50
    4 votes
    28

    Lankhor

    • Games Published: Maupiti Island
    • Game Versions Published: Vroom
    Lankhor was a French video game company, notable for producing Mortville Manor, the first video game to feature speech synthesis during gameplay. Lankhor was created as a result of the fusion of Kyil khor Creation and Béatrice & Jean-Luc Langlois in 1987, and was closed in December 2001 due to a difficult financial situation which started at the end of 2000.
    7.50
    4 votes
    29
    Nick Bell

    Nick Bell

    • Games Published: The Fairly OddParents: Virtual Dimmsdale
    Nick Bell (born 17 December 1983) is a British entrepreneur. He is known for setting up a group of websites during the dot com boom of the late nineties, and earning almost a million pounds (between 100,000 and 500,000 in cash) and stock from the sale of Teenfront.com at the age of 16. His later ventures included a sunbed and spray tanning company inside Tesco stores and an audiovisual equipment company. Bell attended The Royal Grammar School, Newcastle. The media friendly businessman is a regular on the UK speaker network encouraging young people to start up businesses. Bell formed Teenfront.com with Robbie Hodgkiss in 1998 at the age of 14, he later sold the business to Rools.com, a teenage payment solution provider. He went on to found numerous other (now non-existent) dot com startups including: Studentmax.com, SnapaJob.com, teen-chat.co.uk and brit-teen.co.uk. In 2002 Nick Bell launched ZeroPlus a high growth audio visual technology business. Nick sold his shareholding in early 2006. In late 2006 Nick founded Quick.tv, an online interactive video tool. The company completed seed financing in November 2007, raising £1.25m.
    7.50
    4 votes
    30
    The Learning Company

    The Learning Company

    • Games Published: The ClueFinders 5th Grade Adventures: The Secret of the Living Volcano
    • Game Versions Published: Africa Trail
    The Learning Company (TLC) is an American educational software company, founded in 1980. It produced a grade-based system similar to Knowledge Adventure's JumpStart series. The products for preschoolers through second graders feature Reader Rabbit, and software for more advanced students features The ClueFinders. The company also purchased the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium. The company has corporate offices in San Francisco and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The original The Learning Company was founded by Ann McCormick, Leslie Grimm, and Teri Perl, three educators who saw the Apple II as an opportunity to enhance the ability to teach young children concepts of math, reading and science, along with Warren Robinett, fresh from a stint at Atari. Part of the original funding for the company came from a National Science Foundation grant. Additional funding was provided by Jack Melchor, and Melchor Venture Partners, among others. The Learning Company first went public on April 28, 1992 - Morgan Stanley and Robertson, Stephens & Co. served as the lead underwriters. In 1995 TLC became the target of larger software firms interested in purchasing it. In that year a "bidding war" took
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    4 votes
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    Cybersoft

    • Games Published: Adventures of Yogi Bear
    • Game Versions Published: Full Throttle Racing
    Cybersoft Technologies, Inc. is a software company that makes software for School Nutrition or Food Service departments in K-12 school districts in the United States. The company has its headquarters along Farm to Market Road 1960 in unincorporated Harris County, Texas, near Houston. The company's customers include West Virginia Department of Education, Houston Independent School District, Buffalo Public Schools, Oklahoma City Public Schools and Fortune 1000 corporations. Cybersoft is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Cybersoft Technologies was founded by Charlie Yalamanchili, an entrepreneur who also founded CNC Investments, a highly successful commercial real estate investment company that was launched in 1982. CNC has grown from a humble beginning into the third largest property management firm in Houston, Texas . CNC operations have assets valued in excess of $1.5 billion, employ over 900 people, and span over six states including New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma. Cybersoft invented a system, Primero Food Service Solutions, that serves as a pre-paid school cafeteria meal system, so children in cafeterias do not have to have cash on their persons as
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    3 votes
    32
    Digital Chocolate

    Digital Chocolate

    • Games Published: Johnny Crash Stuntman Does Texas
    • Game Versions Published: 20Q: Mind Reader
    Digital Chocolate is a video game developer headquartered in San Mateo, California. It was founded in 2003 by Trip Hawkins, the entrepreneur and founder of the video game publishing giant Electronic Arts and founder of The 3DO Company. The company focuses on developing games for mobile phones, iOS, and Microsoft Windows, and makes some non-entertainment titles. Its marketing motto is Seize the minute. Digital Chocolate was founded in 2003 by Trip Hawkins. The firm has won more than 10 awards in the last two years including "Best Game Developer of the Year" awards from both IGN and Mobile Entertainment and is included in The Red Herring Global 100.. On August 15, 2011 Digital Chocolate agreed to acquire Sandlot Games, a leading casual game developer and publisher. Digital Chocolate has operations in San Mateo, Seattle, Helsinki, Barcelona, St. Petersburg, Bangalore, and Mexicali. In May 2012 Trip Hawkins stepped down as CEO to move to a "consulting and advisory relationship" with the company. The company also announced plans to layoff 180 employees. Digital Chocolate has developed scores of games, but some of the most popular include:
    8.67
    3 votes
    33
    Gizmondo

    Gizmondo

    • Games Published: Colors
    The Gizmondo is a handheld gaming console released by Tiger Telematics in March 2005. The electronics design was undertaken by Plextek Limited and the industrial design by Rick Dickinson. The project was from the beginning managed by the founder and CEO, Carl Freer. It was never released in Japan or Australia. The Gizmondo device was originally called Gametrac. Tiger Telematics first published on their website in October 2003 about the device being developed. This came in response after Nokia's N-Gage which failed to deliver a good handheld gaming mobile device. Gizmondo came in the press during December that year, and made its debut as a concept product at the Las Vegas CES show in January 2004, and later appeared at the German CeBIT show in March 2004. The company and the console were renamed Gizmondo around August 2004. Its OS was Windows CE 4.2 with .NET Framework. Its first-party games were developed in studios in Helsingborg, Sweden, and Manchester, UK. The Gizmondo was heavily advertised. British Formula One driver Jenson Button appeared on magazine adverts for the Gizmondo, and also had his own licensed video game for the device, Chicane, though it never released due to a
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    3 votes
    34
    Jason Rohrer

    Jason Rohrer

    • Game Versions Published: Primrose
    Jason Rohrer (born 1977) is a computer programmer, writer, musician, and game designer. He publishes most of his software under the GNU GPL or into the public domain, and charges for the iPhone ports of his games. He practices simple living and said in 2009 that his family of four had a budget less than $14,500 per year. Transcend – Rohrer's first game, released in 2005. Transcend is "an abstract 2D shooting game that doubles as a multimedia sculpture." Cultivation – Rohrer's second game, released in 2007, is "a social simulation about a community of gardeners." Passage – Rohrer's third game, which was released in 2007 and garnered much attention from the mainstream and independent gaming communities. The game lasts exactly five minutes, and focuses on life, mortality and the costs and benefits of marriage. It was featured in Kokoromi's curated GAMMA 256 event. Gravitation – Rohrer's fourth game, released in 2008. Between – Rohrer's fifth game, released in 2008. It is hosted by Esquire Magazine as an adjunct to Rohrer's profile in the December 2008 issue and was the recipient of the 2009 Independent Games Festival's Innovation Award. Primrose – Rohrer's sixth game, designed for the
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    3 votes
    35

    Mattel

    • Games Published: Rad Racer
    • Game Versions Published: Space Armada
    Mattel, Inc. ( /məˈtɛl/; NASDAQ: MAT) is the world's largest toy company based on revenue. The products it produces include Fisher Price, Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels and Matchbox toys, Masters of the Universe, American Girl dolls, board games, and, in the early 1980s, video game consoles. The company's name is derived from Harold "Matt" Matson and Elliot Handler, who founded the company in 1945. Handler's wife, Ruth Handler, later became president, and is credited with establishing the Barbie product line for the company in 1959. After the release of the Barbie doll, Mattel revolutionized the toy industry with its talking dolls and toys. Major successes in the 1960s with the talking Chatty Cathy doll in 1960 and See 'N Say toys in 1965 moved Mattel to its position as the number one toymaker in America. Mattel closed its last factory in the United States of America, originally part of the Fisher-Price division, in 2002, outsourcing production to China, the beginning of a chain of events that led to a scandal involving lead contamination. On Friday, September 3, 2010 a small-scale "Flash Crash" appears to have occurred in Mattel shares which plunged 22% in pre-market trade for no
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    3 votes
    36

    Square Enix

    • Games Published: Final Fantasy XII
    • Game Versions Published: The World Ends With You
    Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. (株式会社スクウェア・エニックス・ホールディングス, Kabushiki-gaisha Sukuea Enikkusu Hōrudingusu) is a Japanese video game developer, publisher and distribution company best known for its role-playing video game franchises, which include the Final Fantasy series, the Dragon Quest series, and the Kingdom Hearts action RPG series. Its headquarters are located in the Shinjuku Bunka Quint Building in Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo. The original Square Enix was formed as the result of a merger between Square and Enix. The merger occurred on April 1, 2003 with Enix as the surviving company. Each share of Square's common stock was exchanged for 0.85 shares of Enix's common stock. At the time, 80% of Square Enix staff were made up of former Square Co. employees. As part of the merger, former Square president Yoichi Wada was appointed president of the new corporation, while former Enix president Keiji Honda became its vice president. The founder of Enix, Yasuhiro Fukushima, currently serves as the honorary chairman and largest shareholder of the corporation. The company also owns Taito Corporation, best known for arcade games such as Space Invaders and Bubble Bobble, and former game publisher
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    3 votes
    37
    Hironobu Sakaguchi

    Hironobu Sakaguchi

    • Games Published: Final Fantasy VIII
    Hironobu Sakaguchi (坂口 博信, Sakaguchi Hironobu) (born November 25, 1962) is a Japanese game designer, game director, game producer, and former film director. He is world famous as the creator of the Final Fantasy series, and has had a long career in gaming with over 100 million units of video games sold worldwide. He left Square Enix and founded a studio called Mistwalker in 2004. Sakaguchi was born in Hitachi, Ibaraki, Japan. He studied electrical engineering while attending Yokohama National University, but dropped out in 1983 mid-semester with Hiromichi Tanaka. On leaving the university, Sakaguchi became a part-time employee of Square, a newly formed branch of Denyūsha Electric Company founded by Masafumi Miyamoto. When Square became an independent company in 1986, he became a full-time employee as the Director of Planning and Development. Sakaguchi then decided to create a role-playing video game which he named Final Fantasy as a result of his personal situation; had the game not sold well, he would have quit the games industry and gone back to university. The game was released in Japan for the Nintendo Entertainment System on December 18, 1987, and was successful across Japan.
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    5 votes
    38

    Sunsoft

    • Games Published: Flashback: The Quest for Identity
    • Game Versions Published: Aero the Acro-Bat
    Sunsoft (サンソフト) is a Japanese video game development company founded on April 16, 1971 as a division of Sun Corporation, itself a division of Sun Electronics, or Sun Denshi Corporation (サン電子株式会社) in Japan (its U.S. subsidiary operated under the name Sunsoft of America, though games they published showed a logo that read only SUNSOFT). Sunsoft's history in video games began in arcades with two video games released in 1978: Block Challenger and Block Perfect. They later had several arcade hits in the early 1980s such as Arabian, Ikki and Kangaroo. In the latter half of the 1980s Sunsoft began developing original games and technology for the home video game console market, with emphasis mostly on the NES. Sunsoft had gone international at that time, and it had the publishing might to secure major licenses of the day (such as Batman and The Addams Family). Outside Japan, the definite golden era for the company was the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), on which their games were widely considered state of the art in graphical and aural prowess. Sunsoft was slow to transition to 16-bit consoles, however, releasing several NES and Famicom titles that went unnoticed at launch, and
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    5 votes
    39

    Chronic Logic

    • Games Published: Gish
    • Game Versions Published: Gish
    Chronic Logic LLC is an indie video game developer and publisher located in Santa Cruz, California. It was founded in 2001 by Alex Austin and Ben Nichols after Austin's Bridge Builder became popular. Later, Josiah Pisciotta joined the company. Nichols has since left Chronic Logic. The company distributes the games it has developed via its website, along with some indie games from other developers.
    7.25
    4 votes
    40
    Core Design

    Core Design

    • Games Published: BC Racers
    • Game Versions Published: Chuck Rock
    Core Design was a British video game developer best known for creating the popular Tomb Raider series. Based in the city of Derby, England, Core Design was set up in 1988 by Chris Shrigley, Andy Green, Rob Toone, Terry Lloyd, Simon Phipps, Dave Pridmore, Jeremy Heath-Smith and Greg Holmes. Most were former employees of Gremlin Graphics. The studio was part of distribution company CentreGold when it was acquired by Eidos Interactive in 1996. Eidos subsequently sold most of CentreGold, but retained U.S. Gold, the owners of Core Design. Core had a brief history of producing titles for the Sega consoles, such as Thunderhawk for the Mega-CD and later the original Tomb Raider game for the Sega Saturn. The company is widely known for the Tomb Raider series, created by Toby Gard and Paul Howard Douglas, which was released in 1996 and followed by several sequels. The success of Tomb Raider and its subsequent sequels played a huge part in keeping Eidos Interactive financially solvent. After the release of the original Tomb Raider, which had debuted on the Sega Saturn platform ahead of the PlayStation version (they had been developed simultaneously) Sony Computer Entertainment recognised the
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    4 votes
    41
    Frogwares

    Frogwares

    • Games Published: Secret Mission: The Forgotten Island
    • Game Versions Published: Secret Mission: The Forgotten Island
    Frogwares is an independent video game development studio, with branches in France, Ukraine, and Ireland. The studio is best known for developing adventure video game series Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
    7.25
    4 votes
    42
    Koch Media

    Koch Media

    • Games Published: Rush for berlin
    • Game Versions Published: Prism Heart
    The Koch Media group is a media enterprise started in 1994 by Franz Koch and Dr. Klemens Kundratitz. The Koch Media group produces and markets digital entertainment products and accessories in Europe and North America. Its business areas include distribution of media products, including movies, videogames and software products, and video games publishing under the Deep Silver label. Sales, marketing and distribution cover Europe and, since April 2008, the USA. Koch Media's head office is in Planegg, Munich, Germany with subsidiaries in England, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, the Nordic regions, Benelux and the USA. Deep Silver is Koch Media's video game label. Founded in 2002, it has published and co-published some major titles. Deep Silver has released more than two hundred games since 2003. Let's Play is Deep Silver's range of Nintendo games for the 6 to 12 year old demographic.
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    4 votes
    43
    Big Huge Games

    Big Huge Games

    • Games Published: Catan
    Big Huge Games was a video game developer located in Timonium, Maryland. The company was founded in February 2000 by four veteran game industry developers: Tim Train, David Inscore, Jason Coleman and Brian Reynolds (lead designer of Alpha Centauri, et al.). Their first game, Rise of Nations, was a critical and commercial hit. The studio became defunct as of May 2012. Although Brian Reynolds was a founding member of Firaxis Games, he and the others left Firaxis to found a new company based on their desire to apply the complexity and concepts of the turn-based strategy genre to the real-time strategy genre. In February 2007, Big Huge Games announced that Ken Rolston, the lead designer behind The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, had come out of retirement to join the company as Lead Designer on an untitled role playing game (RPG). Later that May it was announced that THQ would publish the title in 2009. This marked the first title from Big Huge Games that was not distributed by Microsoft. On January 15, 2008, THQ acquired the developer. On July 30, 2008, Grant Kirkhope joined the Big Huge Games team as an Audio Director. He had previously worked for
    8.33
    3 votes
    44
    CipSoft GmbH

    CipSoft GmbH

    • Games Published: Tibia
    • Game Versions Published: Tibia ME
    CipSoft GmbH, or CIP, is a video game developer based in Regensburg, Germany which produces the online roleplaying game Tibia. They also market Tibia Micro Edition, a cell-phone-based version of the game. In 1995 the four German students Guido Lübke, Stephan Payer, Ulrich Schlott and Stephan Vogler worked for the first time on the online role-playing game Tibia, as a student’s project. To be contrary to the text-based games at that time, they wanted to design a graphical game which gives players a realistic view of the virtual world. Just two years later, in January 1997, the first version of "Tibia" went online on servers of the university. Due to the huge success of Tibia, the four former students decided to found their own company. The year 2001 was the founding year of the CipSoft GmbH in Regensburg, Germany. Over 50 permanent employees and a dozen assistants work for CipSoft GmbH. In 2010, the company had an annual turnover of about 8 million Euro. CipSoft Gmbh offers three products to its customers (2011). Tibia is one of the first online role-playing games (MMORPG) ever created. It is the main product of CipSoft GmbH. On the islands of Tibia players discover a fantastic 2D
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    3 votes
    45
    Halfbrick Studios

    Halfbrick Studios

    • Games Published: Fruit Ninja
    • Game Versions Published: Fruit Ninja
    Halfbrick Studios is a video game developer based in Queensland, Australia. They have developed the Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride franchises. Halfbrick Studios was founded in 2001. The studio is currently based in Brisbane, Australia and has offices in Sydney, Spain and San Francisco. In March 2012, Halfbrick Studios acquired Onan Games for an undisclosed price. Onan is best known for Mandreel, which allows games to support iOS, Android, Flash and HTML development. Personnel; Shainiel Deo - Chief Executive Officer Phil Larsen - Chief Marketing Officer Ben Vale - Executive Producer Mik Dobele - Executive Producer Luke Muscat - Executive Producer
    8.33
    3 votes
    46
    The Jim Henson Company

    The Jim Henson Company

    • Game Versions Published: Kermit's Electronic StoryMaker
    The Jim Henson Company, an American entertainment organization, traces its origins to the founding of Muppets, Inc. in 1958 by puppeteer Jim Henson, creator of The Muppets. The Muppets helped the company gain worldwide acclaim in family entertainment for more than four decades. The company's units include Jim Henson's Creature Shop, a renowned animatronics and visual-effects workshop. Jim and Jane Henson formed Muppets Inc. in 1958, three years after Sam and Friends debuted. Aside from Sam and Friends, the majority of work that the company had until 1969 was creating characters for various commercials, variety show appearances, and a few meeting films for various companies (the company would produce its own meeting films from 1965 to 1996). In 1969, the company started creating characters and more than 20 short films for the popular children's show Sesame Street. One of the company's first characters to be seen regularly on national television was Rowlf the Dog, who was initially created for Purina Dog Chow commercials and soon became famous when he became a regular character on The Jimmy Dean Show from 1963–66. During this time, the show's host, Jimmy Dean, was given an
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    3 votes
    47
    Absolute Entertainment

    Absolute Entertainment

    • Games Published: Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors
    • Game Versions Published: Pete Rose Baseball
    Absolute Entertainment was an American video game publishing company. Through its development house, Imagineering, Absolute Entertainment produced titles for the Amiga, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Sega Game Gear, Sega Mega Drive, Mega-CD, Game Boy, Nintendo Entertainment System, and Super Nintendo Entertainment System video game consoles, as well as for the PC. It also released games for the Sega Master System in Europe. After leaving his position as a video game developer and designer at Activision, Garry Kitchen founded the company in 1986 with his brother Dan Kitchen, along with David Crane, Alex Demeo, John Van Ryzin. The company's headquarters was in Glen Rock, New Jersey, but later moved to another New Jersey borough, Upper Saddle River. While the company was based in New Jersey, David Crane worked out of his home on the West Coast. The company's name was chosen because it was alphabetically above Activision, implying that Absolute Entertainment was superior to Activision . It was the same strategy that Activision chose when the programmers left Atari. At Absolute Entertainment, Kitchen continued developing games for the Atari 2600 and Atari 7800, as he had done at Activision.
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    2 votes
    48
    Rock-Ola

    Rock-Ola

    • Games Published: Jump Bug
    • Game Versions Published: Eyes
    The Rock-Ola Manufacturing Corporation was a top maker of jukeboxes. The company, which originally made slot machines, scales and pinball machines, was founded in 1927 by Coin-Op pioneer David Cullen Rockola. During the 1920s, Rockola was linked with Chicago organized crime and escaped a jail sentence by turning State's Evidence. Starting in 1935, Rock-Ola sold more than 400,000 jukeboxes under the Rock-Ola brand name, which predated the rock and roll era by two decades, and is thought to have inspired the term. In 1977, The Antique Apparatus Company engineered, refined and manufactured the first "Nostalgic" Jukeboxes, and in 1992 acquired the Rock-Ola Corporation and name. The company currently manufactures a variety of jukeboxes for both commercial and home entertainment. Commercial jukeboxes feature touch screens, Peavey power amps and digital downloading of music and ad content, delivered by the AMI Network. Rock-Ola continues to manufacture Nostalgic style CD-jukeboxes and has also added state-of-the-art digital touch screen technology for the home market. The Rock-Ola line of Nostalgic Music Centers was introduced in 2006. Two new music center models, the "Mystic" and the
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    2 votes
    49
    Groove Games

    Groove Games

    • Games Published: Devastation
    • Game Versions Published: Combat: Task Force 121
    Groove Games was a Canadian developer and publisher of computer and video games. Established in 2001, Groove Games had published more than 20 retail game titles on the PC, Xbox, and PlayStation 2 platforms. In December 2006, Groove Media Inc. launched an online software platform, SkillGround. It allowed visitors to download retail-quality games for free and play against competitors of similar skill levels for fun, or for cash. SkillGround hosted multiple genres including: first-person shooter, racing, sports and fighting. The company also owned Hip Interactive.
    7.00
    4 votes
    50
    Hudson Soft

    Hudson Soft

    • Games Published: Shin Nihon Pro Wrestling Toukon Honoo 2: The Next Generation
    • Game Versions Published: Aqua Forest
    Hudson Soft Company, Limited (株式会社ハドソン, kabushiki-gaisha Hadoson), formally known as Honeybee Soft Company, Limited (株式会社ハニービー・ソフト), was a Japanese electronic entertainment publisher headquartered in the Midtown Tower in Tokyo Midtown, Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo, Japan, with an additional office in the Hudson Building in Sapporo. It was founded on May 18, 1973. Initially, Hudson dealt with personal computer products, but had expanded to the development and publishing of video games, mobile content, and video game peripherals. As of 2003, the company employed over 500 people, with offices in Sapporo, Tokyo, and California. Hudson Soft was owned by Konami Corporation. On March 1, 2012, Hudson Soft Co., Ltd. officially ceased to exist as it was absorbed into Konami. Around 2010-2011, many employees migrated to Nintendo's restructured Nd Cube studio, which is headed by former Hudson Soft President, Hidetoshi Endo. Hudson Soft Ltd. was founded in Sapporo, Japan on May 18, 1973 by brothers Yuji and Hiroshi Kudo. The founders grew up admiring trains, and named the business after their favorite, the Hudson locomotives (especially Japanese C62). Hudson began as a shop selling telecommunications
    7.00
    4 votes
    51
    PlayFirst

    PlayFirst

    • Games Published: The Great Chocolate Chase: A Chocolatier Twist
    • Game Versions Published: Diner Dash
    PlayFirst is a leading publisher focused on creating shared casual game experiences around lasting original brands. Committed to building casual gameplay rich in story and character, PlayFirst works with talented internal and external developers to bring mass market games to multiple platforms, including PC, Mac, mobile, handheld and console. The company's portfolio includes the world-renowned Diner Dash® franchise as well as top-selling games such as Wedding Dash™, Chocolatier™, and Dream Chronicles™.    
    7.00
    4 votes
    52
    Edmund McMillen

    Edmund McMillen

    • Games Published: The Binding of Isaac
    Edmund McMillen is an American video game designer known for his flash-game visual style and his emphasis on careful level design and rewardingly difficult curves. McMillen has been a lifelong resident of Santa Cruz, California. He is especially fond of drawing, his favorite subjects being monsters. Edmund spent most of his childhood with his grandmother, whom he considers to be the greatest source of support in his creative endeavors. McMillen's initial graphic work was in independent comics. While he has largely abandoned this field in favor of video games, he has released a series of comics featuring Meat Boy, the title character in the video game Super Meat Boy, as a promotional tie-in for the game. His most well-known games are the Flash-based game Meat Boy, and its much-lauded sequel Super Meat Boy, which has been released for the Xbox 360 platform and PC. McMillen is also known for the award-winning games Gish, Aether and Coil. Gish won Game Tunnel's 2004 Adventure Game of the Year, as well as Indie Game of the Year. His game Coil was nominated for the Innovation Award at the 2009 Independent Games Festival. McMillen was the original character artist and animator on Braid,,
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    5 votes
    53
    Sony Online Entertainment

    Sony Online Entertainment

    • Games Published: The Shadows of Luclin
    • Game Versions Published: Field Commander
    Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) is a game development and game publishing division of Sony that is best known for creating massively multiplayer online games, including EverQuest, EverQuest II, The Matrix Online, PlanetSide, Star Wars Galaxies, Free Realms, and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, DC Universe Online and other smaller games in development. In 2008 Sony Online Entertainment’s game Everquest was honored (along with Neverwinter Nights and World of Warcraft) at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for advancing the art form of MMORPG games. In 2011, the service was brought offline after it was determined that its user accounts were compromised in attacks related to the ones that brought the PlayStation Network offline. Sony Online Entertainment's history can be seen as starting with Sony Interactive Studios America (SISA), an internal game development studio of Sony that formed around 1995. In 1996, John Smedley was put in charge of SISA's development of an online role-playing video game that would evolve into the MMORPG EverQuest. Smedley hired programmers Brad McQuaid and Steve Clover who had come to Smedley's attention through their work on the singleplayer RPG
    6.00
    5 votes
    54
    Activision Value

    Activision Value

    • Games Published: Fast Food Tycoon
    • Game Versions Published: Pimp My Ride
    Activision Publishing Minneapolis, Inc., formerly Activision Value Publishing, Inc., is an American computer and video game company, a merger of Activision, Expert Software and Head Games Publishing. The company Activision Value Publishing, Inc. was established in 2001, and became best known for developing and publishing dozens of programs (including games, reference CD-ROMs, clip art collections, and educational programs). Activision Value was merged into Activision in 2010, changing it's name to Activision Publishing Minneapolis, Inc. Activision Minneapolis now publishes all Activision titles, except for the Call of Duty series and the Spyro series. Some of the products that Activison Minneapolis have published include: Some games produced under Activision Value: Some games published under Expert Software include:
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    3 votes
    55

    Arc System Works

    • Games Published: Guilty Gear
    • Game Versions Published: Super Dodge Ball
    Arc System Works (アークシステムワークス, Āku Shisutemu Wākusu) is a video game developer and publisher based in Yokohama, Japan. It was founded by Minoru Kidooka in 1988. Arc System Works is best known for its arcade 2D fighting game, Guilty Gear and its sequels.
    8.00
    3 votes
    56

    Blizzard Entertainment

    • Games Published: Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos
    • Game Versions Published: World of Warcraft
    Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. is an American video game developer and publisher founded on February 8, 1991 under the name Silicon & Synapse by three graduates of UCLA, Michael Morhaime, Allen Adham and Frank Pearce and is currently a subsidiary of American company Activision Blizzard. Based in Irvine, California, the company originally concentrated primarily on the creation of game ports for other studios before beginning development of their own software in 1993 with the development of games like Rock n' Roll Racing and The Lost Vikings. In 1994 the company became Blizzard Entertainment Inc before being acquired by distributor Davidson & Associates and later by Vivendi. Shortly thereafter, Blizzard shipped their breakthrough hit Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. Blizzard went on to create several successful video games, including the Warcraft sequels, StarCraft, and Diablo series, and the MMORPG World of Warcraft. Their most recent projects include World of Warcraft's fourth expansion, Mists of Pandaria, the first expansion of StarCraft II, Heart of the Swarm, and the recently released Diablo III. On July 9, 2008, Activision officially merged with Vivendi Games, culminating in the
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    3 votes
    57
    NEC

    NEC

    • Games Published: Legendary Axe
    • Game Versions Published: Blazing Lazers
    NEC Corporation (日本電気株式会社, Nippon Denki Kabushiki Gaisha) is a Japanese multinational provider of information technology (IT) services and products, with its headquarters in Minato, Tokyo, Japan. NEC provides information technology (IT) and network solutions to business enterprises, communications services providers and to government agencies. The company was known as the Nippon Electric Company, Limited, before rebranding in 1983 as just NEC. Its NEC Semiconductors business unit was one of the worldwide top 20 semiconductor sales leaders before merging it with Renesas Electronics. NEC is a member of the Sumitomo Group. Kunihiko Iwadare and Takeshiro Maeda established Nippon Electric Limited Partnership on August 31, 1898 by using facilities that they had bought from Miyoshi Electrical Manufacturing Company. Iwadare was the representative partner. Maeda handled company sales. Western Electric, who had an interest in the Japanese phone market, was represented by Walter Tenney Carleton. Carleton was also responsible for the renovation of the Miyoshi facilities. It was agreed that the partnership would be reorganized as a joint-stock company when treaty would allow it. On July 17,
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    3 votes
    58
    Sun Microsystems

    Sun Microsystems

    Sun Microsystems, Inc. was a company that sold computers, computer components, computer software, and information technology services. Sun was founded on February 24, 1982. At its height, Sun headquarters were in Santa Clara, California (part of Silicon Valley), on the former west campus of the Agnews Developmental Center. On January 27, 2010, Sun was acquired by Oracle Corporation for US$7.4 billion, based on an agreement signed on April 20, 2009. The following month, Sun Microsystems, Inc. was merged with Oracle USA, Inc. to become Oracle America, Inc. Sun products included computer servers and workstations built on its own RISC-based SPARC processor architecture as well as on x86 based AMD's Opteron and Intel's Xeon processors; storage systems; and a suite of software products including the Solaris operating system, developer tools, Web infrastructure software, and identity management applications. Other technologies include the Java platform, MySQL, and NFS. Sun was a proponent of open systems in general and Unix in particular, and a major contributor to open source software. Sun's main manufacturing facilities were located in Hillsboro, Oregon and Linlithgow, Scotland. The
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    3 votes
    59
    TDK

    TDK

    • Games Published: Tonka Rescue Patrol
    TDK Corporation (TDK株式会社, TDK Kabushiki-gaisha), formerly TDK Electronics Co., Ltd (東京電気化学工業株式会社, TYO: 6762), is a Japanese consumer electronics company that manufactures electronic materials, electronic components, and recording and data-storage media, and markets them globally. Their motto is "Contribute to culture and industry through creativity". The initials TDK come from the original Japanese name of the company: Tokyo Denki Kagaku (Tokyo Electric and Chemicals). TDK was founded in Japan on 7 December 1935 to manufacture iron-based magnetic material ferrite, which had been recently invented by Yogoro Kato and Takeshi Takei. In 1952 they began production of magnetic tapes, with compact cassette tapes following in 1966; it is for these that the company is most widely noted. TDK used to manufacture an extensive portfolio of magnetic and optical media, including several formats of videotape and blank CD-R and recordable DVD discs until it licensed the rights to do so to Imation. Imation also now manufactures USB flash drives under this license. Industry trends see the company moving into new forms of media; in 2004 TDK was the first media-manufacturer to join the companies
    8.00
    3 votes
    60
    20th Century Fox

    20th Century Fox

    • Games Published: Bank Heist
    Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, with hyphen, from 1935 to 1985)—also known as 20th Century Fox, 20th Century Fox Pictures, or simply 20th or Fox—is one of the six major American film studios as of 2011. Located in the Century City area of Los Angeles, just west of Beverly Hills, the studio is a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. The company was founded on May 31, 1935, as the result of the merger of Fox Film Corporation, founded by William Fox in 1915, and Twentieth Century Pictures, founded in 1933 by Darryl F. Zanuck, Joseph Schenck, Raymond Griffith and William Goetz. Twentieth Century Fox's most popular film franchises include Star Wars, Ice Age, Rio, X-Men, Die Hard, Predator, Planet of the Apes, Home Alone, Alien, plus famous TV shows such as M*A*S*H, The X-Files, Cops, The Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad!, and 24. Among the most famous actresses to come out of this studio were Shirley Temple, who was 20th Century Fox's first film star, Betty Grable, Gene Tierney, Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. The studio also contracted the first African-American cinema star, Dorothy Dandridge. 20th Century Fox is a member
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    AT&T

    AT&T

    • Games Published: ImagiNation Network
    AT&T Inc. (also stylized as ATT and at&t; NYSE: T, for "telephone") is an American multinational telecommunications corporation headquartered in Whitacre Tower, downtown Dallas, Texas. AT&T is the largest provider both of mobile telephony and of fixed telephony in the United States, and also provides broadband subscription television services. As of 2010, AT&T is the seventh largest company in the United States by total revenue, and the fourth largest non-oil company (behind Walmart, General Electric, and Bank of America). It is the third-largest company in Texas (the largest non-oil company, behind only ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips, and also the largest Dallas company). As of 2011, AT&T is the 14th largest company in the world by market value, and the 9th largest non-oil company. It is also the 20th largest mobile telecom operator in the world, with over 100.7 million mobile customers. AT&T Inc. began its existence as Southwestern Bell Corporation, one of seven Regional Bell Operating Companies created in 1983 in the divestiture of parent company AT&T Corp. due to the United States v. AT&T antitrust lawsuit. (AT&T Corp. was founded 1885 as the American Telephone and Telegraph
    6.75
    4 votes
    62
    Atari

    Atari

    • Games Published: RollerCoaster Tycoon 3
    • Game Versions Published: Pong
    Atari is a corporate and brand name owned by several entities since its inception in 1972. As of 2012, it is owned by Atari Interactive, a subsidiary of the French publisher Atari, SA (ASA). The original Atari, Inc. was founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney. It was a pioneer in arcade games, home video game consoles, and home computers. The company's products, such as Pong and the Atari 2600, helped define the computer entertainment industry from the 1970s to the mid 1980s. In 1984, the original Atari Inc. was split, and the arcade division was turned into Atari Games Inc. Atari Games received the rights to use the logo and brand name with appended text "Games" on arcade games, as well as rights to the original 1972 - 1984 arcade hardware properties. The Atari Consumer Electronics Division properties were in turn sold to Jack Tramiel's Tramel Technology Ltd., which then renamed itself to Atari Corporation. In 1996, Atari Corporation reverse merged with disk drive manufacturer JT Storage (JTS), becoming a division within the company. In 1998, Hasbro Interactive acquired all Atari Corporation related properties from JTS, creating a new subsidiary, Atari Interactive. IESA
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    4 votes
    63

    Cases Computer Simulations

    • Games Published: Abyss
    • Game Versions Published: Encyclopedia of War: Ancient Battles
    Cases Computer Simulations (known as C.C.S.) was a software company which specialized in strategy and war games for the ZX Spectrum, a number of which were ported to the BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Amstrad CPC and IBM PC. Their cassette inlays often featured quite stylized pictures and they were renowned for producing a succession of high quality games. Many of their later releases were written by well-known wargamers R T Smith & Ken Wright and received excellent reviews in the mid and late 1980s. They were based at 14, Langton Way, London. SE3 7TL.
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    2 votes
    64
    JVC

    JVC

    • Games Published: Super Star Wars
    • Game Versions Published: Big Sky Trooper
    Victor Company of Japan, Ltd (日本ビクター株式会社, Nippon Bikutā Kabushiki-gaisha) (TYO: 6792), usually referred to as JVC, is a Japanese international consumer and professional electronics corporation based in Yokohama, Japan. Founded in 1927, the company is best known for introducing Japan's first televisions, and for developing the Video Home System (VHS) video recorder. JVC was founded in 1927 as "The Victor Talking Machine Company of Japan, Limited," a subsidiary of the United States' leading phonograph and record company, the Victor Talking Machine Company. In 1929 majority ownership was transferred to RCA-Victor. In the 1930s JVC produced phonographs and records. In 1932, JVC started producing radios, and in 1939 Japan's first locally-made television. JVC severed relations with its foreign partners during World War II. Today the record company in Japan is known as Victor Entertainment. In 1953, JVC became majority-owned by the Panasonic Corporation. Panasonic released its ownership in 2007. In 1970, JVC marketed the Videosphere, a portable cathode ray tube (CRT) television inside a space-helmet-shaped casing with an alarm clock at the base. It was a commercial success. In 1971, JVC
    9.00
    2 votes
    65
    Nokia

    Nokia

    • Games Published: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater
    • Game Versions Published: Ashen
    Nokia Oyj (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈnokiɑ], English /ˈnɒkiə/) is a Finnish multinational communications and information technology corporation headquartered in Keilaniemi, Espoo, Finland. Its principal products are mobile telephones and portable IT devices. It also offers Internet services including applications, games, music, media and messaging through its Ovi platform, and free-of-charge digital map information and navigation services through its wholly owned subsidiary Navteq. Nokia has a joint venture with Siemens, Nokia Siemens Networks, which provides telecommunications network equipment and services. Nokia has around 122,000 employees across 120 countries, sales in more than 150 countries and annual revenues of around €38 billion. As of 2012 it is the world's second-largest mobile phone maker by unit sales (after Samsung), with a global market share of 22.5% in the first quarter. Nokia is a public limited-liability company listed on the Helsinki Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange. It is the world's 143rd-largest company measured by 2011 revenues according to the Fortune Global 500. Nokia was the world's largest vendor of mobile phones from 1998 to 2012. However,
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    2 votes
    66

    Safari Software

    • Games Published: Heroes: The Sanguine Seven
    • Game Versions Published: Traffic Department 2192
    Safari Software was a software developer and published founded circa 1989 in Houston, Texas. Patrick Aalto, prior to founding Safari, released a freeware game titled Line Wars in 1989 inspired by the original Elite video game engine. The first game released by Safari was Jason Storm in Space Chase in 1993. After developing several titles, Safari made a partnership with Epic MegaGames (now Epic Games) to distribute titles they would publish. The first game to be released under this arrangement was P-Squared Productions' Traffic Department 2192, released in 1994. However in certain regions where Epic had limited distribution abilities, such as Australia, Safari utilized other companies such as Manaccom. 1995 and 1996 were profitable years for Safari with the success of publishing such titles as Highway Hunter and Seek and Destroy coupled with the shareware model and advertising provided by Epic MegaGames. In 1997, Epic MegaGames bought out Safari entirely absorbing their publishing facilities into the company. Several more popular titles published by Safari continued to be sold via the rebranded Safari Software on the Epic Games website, however in 2001, due to limited demand, Epic
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    2 votes
    67
    Video Hazard

    Video Hazard

    • Games Published: Retaliot
    • Game Versions Published: Retaliot
    Video Hazard is an independent video game developer. The team was originally co-founded by former Matra Computer Automations member Madonna Mark II and True Video in 2009 to develop 8-bit video games, and in 2011 joined forces with The Albatross to pursue a concurrent career in the iOS arena.
    9.00
    2 votes
    68
    Stu Megan

    Stu Megan

    • Games Published: The Secret
    Stu Megan, ( Stewart A. Megan, born 1952) now semi-retired, has been a computer software professional since 1968, having worked on early core memory computers such as the LEO Computers LEO III, a room-sized machine that used only switches for control and ferrite rods for memory to working at Netscape as the System Test Engineering Manager for more recent internet technology products such as Netscape's Directory Server (NDS) . He now owns his own Remote QA TestLab Services Company and several websites. In his spare time, he has been involved in various volunteerism projects. One of these projects was the Spacewatch project. During the time there, he was involved in searching for Near Earth Asteroids. He also created and ran a support site for the astronomers on the project. By analyzing online images, he discovered amongst others, the close-approaching asteroids 2004 BV18 on January 19, 2004 and 2004 UH1 on October 23, 2004. He analysed over 10,000 online images during his time on the project. In July 2004, the asteroid designated 15462 Stumegan was named 'stumegan' in honor of Stewart A Megan's discovery work at the Spacewatch FMO project. The citation states Stewart A. Megan (b.
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    3 votes
    69
    Burger King

    Burger King

    • Game Versions Published: PocketBike Racer
    Burger King, often abbreviated as BK, is a global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants headquartered in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. The company began in 1953 as Insta-Burger King, a Jacksonville, Florida-based restaurant chain. After Insta-Burger King ran into financial difficulties in 1955, its two Miami-based franchisees, David Edgerton and James McLamore, purchased the company and renamed it Burger King. Over the next half century, the company would change hands four times, with its third set of owners, a partnership of TPG Capital, Bain Capital, and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners, taking it public in 2002. In late 2010, 3G Capital of Brazil acquired a majority stake in BK in a deal valued at $3.26 billion (USD). The new owners promptly initiated a restructuring of the company to reverse its fortunes. At the end of fiscal year 2011, Burger King reported it had more than 12,400 outlets in 73 countries; of these, 66 percent are in the United States and 90 percent are privately owned and operated. BK has historically used several variations of franchising to expand its operations. The manner in which the company licenses its franchisees varies
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    1 votes
    70
    Funcom

    Funcom

    • Games Published: Anarchy Online
    • Game Versions Published: Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures
    Funcom Productions A/S (OSE: FUNCOM) is a Norwegian video game developer specializing in online games. It is best known for the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) titles Age of Conan, Anarchy Online, and its The Longest Journey series of adventure games. In addition to their Oslo headquarters, Funcom has offices in the United States, China, Switzerland, and Canada. Founded in 1993 by Erik Gloersen, Ian Neil, Andre Backen, Gaute Godager and Olav Mørkrid, the company is one of the leading European independent game developers and publishers. They focus mainly on PC games but have also released games on other consoles such as Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Super NES, Sega Saturn and Xbox. In December 2005, Funcom was the first Norwegian game developer to be listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. On March 14, 2007, the company abandoned traditional "offline" product distribution (e.g. on optical discs) in favor of digital distribution completely. The main reason for this decision was admittedly the financial losses due to software piracy. On August 21, 2008, Funcom laid off half of its Customer Service department located in Durham, North Carolina. On November 22, 2008, third
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    1 votes
    71
    International Games System

    International Games System

    • Games Published: DoDonPachi II
    • Game Versions Published: Knights of Valour
    International Games System (Chinese: 鈊象電子; pinyin: Xīnxiàng Diànzǐ) or IGS is a company based in Taiwan which develops video game software for the arcade and PC. It was founded in 1989. IGS, International Games System Co., LTD was founded. Business items include design, RD(Research and development), manufacture, marketing, after-sale service for arcade games' software, hardware, and facilities. Successfully developed the first combat game "Alien Challenge." Successfully developed the first intellectual game "Dragon World." Ranked as one of the most excellent importer/exporter in Taiwan. 2D Polygame Master (or PGM) was successfully developed. Successfully developed "Oriental Legend," the first edition of scrolling of combat game. First ranked at No. 943 among the best 1000 manufacturers in "The World Magazine". Released "The Killing Blade," the first PGM combat game for double players. First ranked at No. 1641 among the Cross-industrial business in "The World Magazine" (ranked at No. 903 among the best 1000 manufacturers). Successfully developed "Speed Driver," the first 3D racing game. Unleashed "Knights of Valour," the PGM scrolling action game. New business item added: design and
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    1 votes
    72
    Mad Genius Software

    Mad Genius Software

    • Game Versions Published: Gunmetal
    This website now sells VPS hosting, nothing to do with game development. Mad Genius Software, Llc was a Canadian video game developer created in 1995 by Geoffrey Mark, Mike Jackson, and Keith Gillard in Vancouver, British Columbia. By the time the company dissolved in 1999 it had developed, produced and successfully distributed one title, Gunmetal for the PC. Its slogan was "Crazy People, Smart Games." Originally started as an artist's collective, the design and art teams worked ad hoc as external work schedules allowed. Over three years the core team grew from the three founders, a programmer and Andrew Brechin creating art to twelve artists and programmers. All art and programming milestones were reviewed by Mike Jackson at this time. No one on the team received salaries until the next phase. Geoffrey Mark reviewed major art milestones and reviewed any financial issues from Los Angeles where he lived. In 1997, investment company Platinum Investments, offered to fund completion and marketing of Gunmetal. By January 1998 US$1,500,000 was raised. The company opened an office at 311 Water Street in Vancouver, BC, Canada. At this point, the Producer and only American on the team,
    10.00
    1 votes
    73
    Oberon Media

    Oberon Media

    • Games Published: Bubble Town 2
    • Game Versions Published: BubbleTown
    Since 2003, Oberon Media has developed the leading global distribution network for casual games. We distribute games to all the top gaming sites, and use our Web-based technology and merchandising platform, the Oberon Game Center, to host more than 120 partner-branded casual gaming sites, including MSN Games, Pogo, Blue Mountain, Playboy, France Telecom, Daum (Korea), and AOL ICQ. Other market leaders are added each and every month. In addition to PC- and browser-based and games, Oberon Media has expanded its solutions to include mobile games. Oberon Media distributes games to other platforms as well, including to Xbox Live Arcade, television set-top boxes, and handheld mobile gaming platforms. With our wide range of partners, we are generating tens of millions of casual game downloads a month. Oberon Media is unique because we create integrated casual gaming solutions that are a refined mix of the games and tools you need, wrapped with your brand, and supported by our marketing and merchandising expertise in the field. Through our Oberon Games division, we are also an active publisher and developer of casual games. Led by gaming experts and industry veterans, our team works with dozens of developers all over the world to fund, develop and distribute successful casual games. We provide our game development partners with the broadest distribution possible through Oberon Media’s Game Center partners, as well as instant relationships with all major casual games portals. Additionally, Oberon Games provides marketing and merchandising support for all of our published titles and stay up-to-date through merchandising knowledge gleaned across our global distribution network. We also remain in touch with the game development community by creating our own set of casual games for users, including the successful “Magic Match”, the “Saints & Sinners” series, and “Inspector Parker” franchises. Learn more about:
    • Oberon Game Center Solution
    • Our Game Publishing
    • Mobile Soutions
    • Advertising on the Oberon Network
    10.00
    1 votes
    74
    Pioneer Productions

    Pioneer Productions

    • Games Published: Strahl
    • Game Versions Published: Road Avenger
    Pioneer Productions is an independent British television production company based in London, United Kingdom. The company has produced over 500 hours of science and technology, docudrama, lifestyle, current affairs and history programming for both the US and International markets. Broadcast in over 60 countries worldwide, Pioneer's output has achieved success at a range of television industry awards. International clients include PBS, Discovery Channel, Discovery Canada, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Europe, History Channel, ABC, TLC, WGBH-TV, WNET, Travel Channel, and HGTV. In the UK, Pioneer works closely with the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Five. Founded in 1988, Pioneer's early projects helped feed a growing taste for science broadcasting in a period of global tele-media expansion. Early on, the company began to forge close relationships with US factual television broadcasters, supporting a growth trend in transatlantic media collaboration. In the 90’s Pioneer sought to document the extreme in series such as Raging Planet and Extreme Machines as well as developing the latest special effects used in series such as Body Atlas. The new century saw the company continue to
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    1 votes
    75
    Rogue Entertainment

    Rogue Entertainment

    • Game Versions Published: Quake Mission Pack 2: Dissolution Of Eternity
    Rogue Entertainment was a computer game developer based in Dallas, Texas, which was active in the late 1990s. It was founded by Rich Fleider, Steve Maines and Jim Molinets in 1994. Rogue's office was in the same building as id Software, and all of their games used game engines created by id, and two of their games were expansions for id's Quake series of games. Many former Rogue employees moved on to Nerve Software after Rogue closed.
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    1 votes
    76

    Techland

    • Games Published: Xpand Rally
    • Game Versions Published: Dead Island
    Techland is a Polish video game developer, founded in 1991 by Paweł Marchewka. They are most famous for developing Call of Juarez and its prequel Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, Western-themed first-person shooters. They also produced Dead Island, a first person survival horror zombie shooter. Techland debuted as a computer software distributor. The first internally developed product, Crime Cities, was published in 2000. The date marks the consolidation of the core development team whose collaborative efforts resulted in the creation of the proprietary Chrome Engine in the year 2003. The first game based on the in-house engine which established Techland as a widely-recognized software developer was a sci-fi first person shooter, Chrome. The critical acclaim and commercial success of the original title were the grounds for the sequel entitled Chrome: Specforce, released in 2005. Alongside the first person shooters, Techland developed rally simulation games Xpand Rally and Xpand Rally Xtreme. In the year 2006 a VW licensed arcade driving game, GTI Racing, was added to Techland's development team portfolio. Since its first appearance in the year 2003, Chrome Engine, has been under
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    1 votes
    77

    Ubisoft

    • Games Published: Prince of Persia
    • Game Versions Published: Advance Guardian Heroes
    Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. ( /ˈjuːbisɒft/ YOO-bee-soft; Euronext: UBI) is a French global video game publisher and developer, with headquarters in Montreuil, France. The company originating from Carentoir (Morbihan, Brittany) has a worldwide presence with 25 studios in 17 countries and subsidiaries in 26 countries. The name "Ubi" comes from the acronym Union des Bretons Indépendants (Independant Bretons Union). As of now, it is the third largest independent game publisher in Europe, and the third largest in the United States. The company's largest development studio is Ubisoft Montreal, which currently employs roughly 2,100 people. Yves Guillemot, a founding brother, is the chairman and CEO. As for 2008–2009 fiscal year, Ubisoft's revenue was €1.058 billion, reaching the 1 billion euro milestone for the first time in its history. Ubisoft has created its own film division called Ubisoft Motion Pictures which will create shows and films based on its games. The five brothers of the Guillemot family founded Ubisoft as a computer game publisher in March 1986 in France (Brittany) Yves Guillemot soon made deals with Electronic Arts, Sierra On-Line, and MicroProse to distribute their
    10.00
    1 votes
    78
    Westwood Studios

    Westwood Studios

    • Games Published: Nox
    • Game Versions Published: Command & Conquer
    Westwood Studios was a video game developer, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was founded by Brett Sperry and Louis Castle in 1985 as Westwood Associates and was renamed Westwood Studios when it merged with Virgin Interactive in 1992. The company was bought from Virgin Interactive by Electronic Arts (EA) in 1998, and closed by EA in 2003. Westwood is best known for developing real-time strategy, adventure and role-playing genres. It received an entry to the Guinness book of records, for selling more than 10 million copies of Command & Conquer worldwide. Electronic Arts continues to develop games based on Westwood's Command & Conquer series. The last former Westwood employee quit working for Electronic Arts after the release of Command & Conquer: Generals in 2003. The company's first projects consisted of contract work for companies like Epyx and Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI), porting 8-bit titles to 16-bit systems like Commodore Amiga and Atari ST. Proceeds from contract work allowed the company to expand into designing its own games in-house. Their first original title was Mars Saga, a game developed for Electronic Arts and released in 1988. They laid the foundations for the
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    1 votes
    79
    Grasshopper Manufacture

    Grasshopper Manufacture

    Grasshopper Manufacture, Inc. (グラスホッパー・マニファクチュア Gurasuhoppā Manifakuchua) is a Japanese video game development house founded on March 30, 1998 in Suginami, Japan. Grasshopper gained mainstream attention in 2005 for the Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2 game Killer7. In addition to Killer7, they have developed Michigan: Report From Hell (released in Japan, Europe) and a number of Japan-only titles. Grasshopper Manufacture was also responsible for the Nintendo DS game Contact, the Wii game No More Heroes and its sequel No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle, and Shadows of the Damned. The company is headed by Goichi Suda, also known as Suda51, and is noted for its original and imaginative titles - ones that are also fraught with financial risk. Potential losses are often made up by the development of games based on popular anime franchises, such as Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked, Blood+: One Night Kiss, and Rebuild of Evangelion: Sound Impact. In May 2007, Suda announced during a speech at the 2007 Game Developers Conference that Grasshopper was at the time working on three titles for the Wii, two of which have now been released: No More Heroes and Fatal Frame IV. There is no
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    4 votes
    80
    Interchannel

    Interchannel

    • Games Published: Tube Slider
    • Game Versions Published: Black/Matrix
    Interchannel (株式会社インターチャネル Kabushiki Gaisha Intāchaneru) is a Japanese game developer and publisher. Previously known as NEC Interchannel and before that NEC Avenue, it was originally a subsidiary of NEC before 70 percent of the company was sold to Index Corporation for approximately 3 billion yen ($28 million) in 2004. Interchannel's games tend to be Japanese only, however the company has recently established Gamebridge Ltd. a UK-based joint venture with Bergsala, to publish its games in Europe.
    6.50
    4 votes
    81
    Rebellion Developments

    Rebellion Developments

    • Games Published: Evil Genius
    Rebellion is a British computer games company, based in Oxford, who are famous for their games in the Aliens vs. Predator franchise. It has published comic books since 2000 and launched its own book imprint, Abaddon Books, in 2006. Rebellion was established by brothers Jason and Chris Kingsley in 1991. Their first known title was Alien Vs. Predator for the Atari Jaguar, which was considered one of the best games for that console. In June 2000, they bought the comic 2000 AD from Fleetway, and have since developed several characters from the comic for the games market. The first commercial release, Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Death was mildly successful. A second game was released in 2006 based on Rogue Trooper. Its 2005 game Sniper Elite was awarded "Best PC/Console Game" in the TIGA Awards of 2005. As of 2010 the game holds an average GameRankings scores of 73.44% for the PC version, 76.65% for the PlayStation 2, and 76.97% for the Xbox. In 2009, Rebellion's Rogue Warrior game received poor reviews but notable titles have included Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron and The Simpsons Game, both for the PSP. In 2010, they developed the latest Aliens vs. Predator game, published by
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    4 votes
    82
    Time Warner

    Time Warner

    • Games Published: Qin: Tomb of the Middle Kingdom
    • Game Versions Published: Qin: Tomb of the Middle Kingdom
    Time Warner Inc. (formerly AOL Time Warner) is an American multinational media corporation headquartered in the Time Warner Center in New York City. As of mid-2010, it was the world's second largest media and entertainment conglomerate in terms of revenue (behind Disney), as well as the world's largest media conglomerate. Two formerly separate companies, Warner Communications, Inc. and Time Inc. (along with the assets of a third company, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.), form the current Time Warner, with major operations in film, television and publishing. Among its subsidiaries are New Line Cinema, Time Inc., HBO, Turner Broadcasting System, The CW Television Network, TheWB.com, Warner Bros., Kids' WB, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim, CNN, DC Comics, Warner Bros. Animation, Cartoon Network Studios and Castle Rock Entertainment. The company previously had telecommunications assets through Time Warner Cable and AOL, but in 2009 they were spun off from Time Warner into independent companies. In 1972, Kinney National Company spun off its non-entertainment assets due to a financial scandal over its parking operations and renamed itself Warner Communications Inc. It was the
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    4 votes
    83
    Universal Studios

    Universal Studios

    • Games Published: Miami Vice: The Game
    • Game Versions Published: Wanted: Weapons of Fate
    Universal Studios (also known as Universal Pictures), a division of NBCUniversal, is one of the six major movie studios and is one of the longest-lived motion picture studios to be located outside of Hollywood. Founded in 1912 by Carl Laemmle, it is the oldest movie studio in the United States of America. It is also the third oldest in the world that is still in continuous production; the first being Gaumont Pictures, the second oldest is Paramount Pictures. On May 11, 2004, the controlling stake in the company was sold by Vivendi Universal to General Electric, parent of NBC. The resulting media super-conglomerate was renamed NBC Universal, while Universal Studios Inc. remained the name of the production subsidiary. In addition to owning a sizable film library spanning the earliest decades of cinema to more contemporary works, it also owns a sizable collection of TV shows through its subsidiary NBCUniversal Television Distribution. It also acquired rights to several prominent filmmakers' works originally released by other studios through its subsidiaries over the years. Selected clips and footage shot by Universal Studios are available for purchase from the NBCUniversal
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    4 votes
    84

    Bethesda Softworks

    • Games Published: The Terminator 2029
    • Game Versions Published: AMF Bowling Pinbusters
    Bethesda Softworks, LLC, is an American video game company. A subsidiary of ZeniMax Media, the company was originally based in Bethesda, Maryland, and eventually moved to their current location in Rockville, Maryland. Consisting of a broad portfolio of games in role-playing, racing, simulation, and sports, Bethesda Softworks' major franchises are distributed worldwide. Bethesda Softworks has been a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment content for over two decades. Founded in 1986 by Christopher Weaver in Bethesda, Maryland, and moved to Rockville, Maryland, in 1990, the company has a long history of PC and console games. In 1999, Christopher Weaver and Robert Altman founded ZeniMax Media, Inc. Bethesda is credited with the creation of the first physics-based sports simulation (Gridiron!) in 1986 for the Atari ST, Commodore Amiga and Commodore 64/128. Early games scored respectably in the gaming press. The company is best known for creating The Elder Scrolls RPG series, based upon the original programming of Julian Lefay. The first chapter of the series, entitled The Elder Scrolls: Arena, was released in 1994. Since that time, numerous other chapters have been
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    2 votes
    85

    EA Los Angeles

    • Games Published: The Neverhood
    Danger Close Games (formerly known as EA Los Angeles) is a video game developer founded originally in 1995 as DreamWorks Interactive LLC, a subsidiary of DreamWorks SKG. The company was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2000 from the film studio (and Microsoft, which had part ownership of the company) and in 2003 merged with the Westwood Studios (the original creators of the Command & Conquer series) and EA Pacific (originally Westwood Pacific) to create the new EA Los Angeles development studios. Soon after, many of the staff who worked at Westwood Studios came back together to form Petroglyph Games. Danger Close is a team formed within EA Los Angeles. Their first project was the single-player mode of Medal of Honor for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows which was released on October 12, 2010. They have begun production for a second Medal of Honor game titled Medal of Honor: Warfighter which is set for release on October 23, 2012.
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    Ijji

    Ijji

    • Games Published: GunBound
    ijji ( /ˈiːdʒiː/) is a free multiplayer game portal website. Games hosted at ijji range from traditional shooters and MMORPGs to more accessible casual games, all of which are free to download and play, and with the majority featuring competitive multiplayer gameplay. The ijji website opened on July 7, 2006. The American based game portal have published some well known worldwide titles that include A.V.A, GunZ, and Soldier Front. ijji has decided to focus more on the "hardcore" gaming segment, as they have already released Alliance of Valiant Arms and Soul of the Ultimate Nation in 2009. ijji later released Genesis A.D into open beta. ijji surpassed 10 million unique registered users in November 2009 and created a new logo for their game portal. The old orange ijji logo was replaced by a new metallic looking logo that is still being used today. In this same month, all flash games on ijji.com that required no download were closed and removed from the game portal. In June 2011, ijji partnered up with Steam, the popular game distributing platform developed by Valve Corporation, and released Alliance of Valiant Arms as one of the free-to-play games available on Steam. This partnership
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    2 votes
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    Microsoft Game Studios

    Microsoft Game Studios

    • Games Published: Marvel Universe Online
    • Game Versions Published: Shadow Complex
    Microsoft Studios is the video game production wing for Microsoft, responsible for the development and publishing of games for the Xbox, Xbox 360, Games for Windows and Windows Phone platforms. They were established in 2002 as Microsoft Game Studios to coincide with the release of the Xbox, before being re-branded in 2011. Microsoft Studios develops and publishes games in conjunction with first and third party development studios under their publishing label. Microsoft Studios contains twenty five studios worldwide, 20 for games development and 5 for entertainment technology advancement and publishing: Also, despite having entered into the console gaming industry with the Xbox, they have nevertheless allowed their own franchises to appear on Nintendo's own handhelds, the Game Boy Advance and the Nintendo DS, so far there are no games announced for the Nintendo 3DS. For 2012, the games review aggregation site Metacritic gives the average of Microsoft games as 77.2 (out of 100), the highest score for a first-party publisher. The nearest ranked first-party publisher is Nintendo at 74.4. Microsoft has published two games that received "Universal Acclaim" (Metacritic score 90 or
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    2 votes
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    Vivendi

    Vivendi

    • Games Published: Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex
    • Game Versions Published: Crash Twinsanity
    Vivendi SA (formerly known as Vivendi Universal) is a French multinational mass media and telecommunication company headquartered in Paris, France. The company has activities in music, television and film, publishing, telecommunications, the Internet, and video games. On December 14, 1853, a water company named Compagnie Générale des Eaux (CGE) was created by an Imperial decree of Napoleon III. In 1854, CGE obtained a concession in order to supply water to the public in Lyon, serving in this capacity for over a hundred years. In 1861, it obtained a 50-year concession with the City of Paris. For more than a century, Compagnie Générale des Eaux remained largely focused on the water sector. However, following the appointment of Guy Dejouany as CEO in 1976, CGE extended its activities into other sectors with a series of takeovers. Beginning in 1980, CGE began diversifying its operations from water into waste management, energy, transport services, and construction and property. It acquired the Compagnie Générale d'Entreprises Automobiles (CGEA), specialized in industrial vehicles, which was later divided into two branches: Connex and Onyx Environnement. CGE then acquired the Compagnie
    8.50
    2 votes
    89
    William Higinbotham

    William Higinbotham

    • Games Published: Tennis for Two
    William (Willy) A. Higinbotham (October 25, 1910 – November 10, 1994), an American physicist, is credited with creating one of the first computer games, Tennis for Two. Like Pong, it is a portrait of a game of tennis or ping-pong, but featured different game mechanics that have very little resemblance to the later game. As the Head of the Instrumentation Division at Brookhaven National Laboratory, he created it on an oscilloscope in 1958, to entertain visitors during visitor days at the national laboratory. He helped fund the nuclear nonproliferation group, Federation of American Scientists, and served as its first chairman and executive secretary. He earned his undergraduate degree from Williams College in 1932 and continued his studies at Cornell University. During 1941 William went to work on the radar system at MIT until 1943. During World War II, he worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory and headed the lab's electronics group in the later years of the war. From 1974 until his death in 1994, Higinbotham served as the technical editor of the Journal of Nuclear Materials Management, published by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. Higinbotham is said to have
    8.50
    2 votes
    90
    Headbone Interactive

    Headbone Interactive

    • Games Published: Elroy: Hits the Pavement
    • Game Versions Published: Elroy Hits the Pavement
    Headbone Interactive only made games for two years. (1995-1996)
    7.33
    3 votes
    91
    SourceForge

    SourceForge

    • Games Published: Candy Crisis
    SourceForge Enterprise Edition is a collaborative revision control and software development management system. It provides a front-end to a range of software development lifecycle services and integrates with a number of free software / open source software applications (such as PostgreSQL and Subversion). While originally itself open source software, SourceForge was commercialized as v2.5 prototype code and eventually relicensed under a proprietary software license as SourceForge Enterprise Edition. The original codebase was forked by the GNU Project as Savane. It was also later forked as GForge by one of the SourceForge programmers, and then GForge was itself forked as FusionForge by three GForge developers. Originally sold by VA Software, SourceForge Enterprise Edition was acquired by CollabNet on April 24, 2007. SourceForge.net is owned and administrated by Geeknet, Inc.
    7.33
    3 votes
    92
    DigiPen Institute of Technology

    DigiPen Institute of Technology

    • Games Published: Narbacular Drop
    • Game Versions Published: One Moon
    DigiPen Institute of Technology is a college located in Redmond, Washington which has a focus on computer science, computer engineering, and art with emphasis in creating video games. DigiPen Institute of Technology was founded in 1988 by Claude Comair in Vancouver, B.C., Canada as DigiPen Corporation, a computer simulation and animation company. In 1990, Digipen began offering a 3D animation program and began collaborating with Nintendo of America to create a post-secondary program for video game programming. With Nintendo's support, DigiPen Applied Computer Graphics School accepted its first class of video game programming students in 1994. In May 1996 the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board granted DigiPen the ability to award Associate and Bachelor of Science Degrees in Real-Time Interactive Simulation (R.T.I.S) and Associate of Applied Arts Degrees in 3D Computer Animation. This made DigiPen the first university in the world dedicated to computer and video game development. The school relocated to Redmond, Washington, U.S. in January 1998. DigiPen consisted of two campuses, the Main Campus and the Art Campus. The Main Campus was part of a rented building from
    6.25
    4 votes
    93

    Interplay Entertainment

    • Games Published: The Last Express
    • Game Versions Published: Blackthorne
    Interplay Entertainment Corporation is an American video game developer and publisher, founded in 1983 as Interplay Productions by Brian Fargo. As a developer, Interplay is best known as the creator of the original Fallout series and as a publisher, Interplay is best known for the Baldur's Gate and Descent series. Following an acquisition by Titus Software, Interplay was nearing bankruptcy in 2004 but continued operations, even after the liquidation of Titus, but were forced to sell Shiny Entertainment and close its in-house development studios such as Black Isle Studios and BlueSky Software. Brian Fargo recruited a handful of ex-Interplay employees and founded inXile Entertainment, an American video game development company based in Newport Beach, California in 2002. Interplay rebounded following the acquisition of the Fallout IP by Bethesda Softworks in 2007 with Interplay back-licensing the rights to Fallout Online. In 2011, the rights to Fallout Online were transferred to Bethesda following a lengthy lawsuit and subsequent settlement between Interplay and Bethesda. In 2012, Interplay announced relaunching Black Isle Studios. The company was founded in October 1983 as Interplay
    6.25
    4 votes
    94

    MacSoft Games

    • Games Published: Lode Runner 2
    • Game Versions Published: Baldur's Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast
    MacSoft is a Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States-based software developer and publisher. MacSoft was created in 1993 by Peter Tamte and has published more than 100 software products for Macintosh computers. MacSoft's products include games converted from Windows, such as Halo: Combat Evolved and the Age of Empires series, as well as productivity software such as Desktop Labels and 1-2-3 Home Design. In 2003-01-30, Destineer announced it had acquired MacSoft from Infogrames.
    6.25
    4 votes
    95
    Oxygen Games

    Oxygen Games

    • Games Published: Crash Dummy Vs The Evil D-Troit
    • Game Versions Published: ProStroke Golf: World Tour 2007
    Oxygen Games was a developer and publisher of video gaming entertainment for major console platforms including the Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation 2 and Sony PlayStation Portable, as well as for the PC. The company was incorporated in 2004 and is headquartered in Northamptonshire UK with North American operations based in Twain Harte, California. On October 12, 2009 it was announced that Oxygen Games had gone into administration, appointing FA Simms & Partners Ltd as administrators. FA Simms & Partners said they would be “writing to creditors as soon as possible” to inform them of the situation. http://www.mcvuk.com/news/36089/Oxygen-Games-collapses
    6.25
    4 votes
    96
    Rage Software

    Rage Software

    • Games Published: Gun Metal
    • Game Versions Published: Striker
    Rage Software or Rage Games was a British video game developer. Formed in Liverpool in 1992, its games were marked by an emphasis on graphical effects with arcade gameplay. Rage's first title Striker sold more than one million copies throughout its two-year life cycle and established Rage as a major creative force in the interactive entertainment industry. The company went through rapid expansion in the 1990s and partnered with multiple third party software publishers for distribution of its titles. Rage Games Limited was floated on the stock exchange in 1996 as Rage Software plc. Rage continued to form commercial partnerships with major publishing houses, including Microsoft, Intel, Dell, Compaq, Nintendo, Sony and Sega, and re-registered as a private company as Rage Software Limited in 1999. In 2000, Rage began to expand into publishing. However, the costs of publishing and a run of games that did not sell as expected (most notably the David Beckham franchise) eventually led to the company closing in January 2003 due to bankruptcy. At that time, it was one of the oldest game developers in the UK and at its peak had offices in Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Bristol
    6.25
    4 votes
    97
    Yuke's

    Yuke's

    • Games Published: WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role
    • Game Versions Published: The Dog: Happy Life
    Yuke's Co. Ltd (Also known as YUKE's Future Media Creators) is a video game company based in Osaka, Japan. It was established on February 26, 1993 by Yukinori Taniguchi. The company is best known for their development of the WWE SmackDown! game series (known as Exciting Pro Wrestling in Japan). Other games they have made include WWE Day of Reckoning, Evil Zone, EOE: Eve of Extinction, Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage, Berserk Millennium Falcon Arc ~Seimasenki no Sho~, Soukaigi, Rumble Roses, The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer, UFC 2009 Undisputed, and the D1 Grand Prix series (which they also sponsor). Recently, the company developed and published Neves, a puzzle game for the Nintendo DS. From 2005 to 2012, Yuke's also owned 54% of New Japan Pro Wrestling, the top wrestling promotion in Japan. It was also their DVD production house.
    6.25
    4 votes
    98

    BattleGoat Studios

    • Games Published: Supreme Ruler 2020
    BattleGoat Studios is a Canadian software developer founded in 2000. They were formed to develop the PC Game title Supreme Ruler 2010, which is a new updated version of a game concept originally developed by George Geczy in 1982, a text-based strategy video game called Supreme Ruler released for the Radio Shack TRS-80 computer. Supreme Ruler 2010 was released in May 2005 and has received widespread recognition and awards including the 2006 Canadian Awards for the Electronic & Animated Arts Elan for "Best PC Game". In October 2006 BattleGoat Studios announced that work had begun on a sequel to their first title. Supreme Ruler 2020 was released in June 2008, published by Paradox Interactive. An Expansion Pack, titled Supreme Ruler 2020: Global Crisis was announced in October 2008 and released in December of the same year. A Gold Edition containing both products was released in September 2009. On August 19, 2010, BattleGoat and Paradox Interactive announced a new game in the Supreme Ruler series, Supreme Ruler Cold War. Based on the Cold War era from the late 1940s to the early 1990s, this will mark the studio's first historically-based game. BattleGoat Studios was co-founded in 2000
    5.40
    5 votes
    99
    Bolt Creative

    Bolt Creative

    • Games Published: Pocket God
    • Game Versions Published: Pocket God -- Episode 1: Nowhere To Go, Nothin' To Do
    Bolt Creative is a developer and publisher of video games based in San Francisco, United States. It was founded in 2001 by Dave Castelnuovo and Andrew Donley as an Adobe Flash development studio. In October 2008 the company, now consisting of Dave Castelnuovo and Allan Dye, decided to begin publishing video games for iOS. On August 3, 2010, Ape Entertainment and Bolt Creative released a comic based on the iOS game, Pocket God. Sales are estimated to rival DC Comics entire collection.
    7.00
    3 votes
    100
    Brainstorm

    Brainstorm

    • Game Versions Published: Mario's FUNdamentals
    Brainstorm is a German power metal band, formed in 1989 by guitarists Torsten Ihlenfeld and Milan Loncaric, and drummer Dieter Bernert, The band features lead singer Andy B. Franck, who is also famous for his other band, Symphorce. They are known to play a somewhat darker style of music than most power metal groups.
    7.00
    3 votes
    101
    GarageGames

    GarageGames

    • Games Published: TubeTwist
    • Game Versions Published: MarbleBlast Gold
    GarageGames is located in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, where it was moved after being acquired by IAC in 2007. As the makers of Torque game development technology, they have provided cross-platform technology and tools since 2000. The Torque Game Engine was the original technology behind the Tribes series of games, and has been used since to develop countless games on Windows, Mac, Linux, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii, including GarageGames' own Marble Blast Ultra which is a best-selling hit on Xbox Live Arcade. GarageGames was renamed InstantAction after its acquisition. However, GarageGames Recently returned to their roots in the independent games arena with new management and a refocused and streamlined product base. The original company name, GarageGames, has returned, replacing the names InstantAction and Torque Powered. GarageGames released the Torque Game Engine in 2001. The engine was used to create the hit Tribes game series, and was released at an initial price point of $100 per seat. This marked the first time a professional game engine used in AAA retail 3D games could be licensed at price points affordable to small, independent game developers. Later, the company expanded its
    7.00
    3 votes
    102
    Glu

    Glu

    • Games Published: Aliens: Unleashed
    • Game Versions Published: 1000: Find 'Em All
    Glu Games (NASDAQ: GLUU) is a publisher of mobile games for smartphone and tablet devices. Founded in San Francisco in 2001, Glu Mobile has since taken up office in more than 4 countries. Glu Mobile offers products to multiple platforms including iOS, Android, Amazon Windows Phone and Google Chrome In 2005, San Mateo-based Sorrent and London based Macrospace merged to become Glu Mobile. Earlier that same year, Greg Ballard replaced Sorrent founder Scott Orr as CEO. In 2006 Glu Mobile acquired iFone and in 2007 it acquired Chinese mobile game producer Beijing Zhangzhong MIG Information Technology Co. Ltd. ("MIG"). In March 2008 Glu Mobile acquired San Clemente-based mobile developer Superscape. In January 2010, Niccolo de Masi joined Glu Mobile as the President and CEO. Mr. de Masi was previously CEO at Hands-On Mobile. Since Niccolo's arrival, Glu has transitioned to a freemium business model focused around Glu's original IP. On August 2, 2011, Glu Mobile acquired Griptonite Games. Its staff of 200 "approximately doubles" Glu's internal development capacity. The majority stake of Glu Mobile shares are held by institutions, at the start of the third quarter of 2012, institutional
    7.00
    3 votes
    103

    Incentive Software

    • Games Published: Driller
    • Game Versions Published: Total Eclipse
    Incentive Software Ltd. was a British video game developer and publisher founded by Ian Andrew in 1983. Programmers included Sean Ellis, Stephen Northcott and Ian's brother Chris Andrew. Later games were based around the company's Freescape rendering engine. The company was renamed Dimension International as it moved into the VR field with its next-generation Superscape engine, then later changed again to Superscape. The following games were published and/or developed by Incentive Software:
    7.00
    3 votes
    104

    JoWooD

    • Games Published: Industry Giant II
    • Game Versions Published: Kao the Kangaroo Round 2
    JoWooD Entertainment AG was an Austrian computer game publisher of video games, founded in 1995 by Andreas Tobler. In 2011 the company went into administration and was purchased by Nordic Games Holding. The JoWooD Entertainment brand is currently being used as a publishing label for Nordic Games GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nordic Games Holding Their games include the action roleplaying games in the Gothic series, the Spellforce series and the Industry Giant series of games. Other titles include Transport Giant, World War III: Black Gold, The Sting!, Hotel Giant, and other games of the Giants series. They also released Sam & Max and Neighbours from Hell. They also worked on AquaNox: Angel's Tears for the PlayStation 2. JoWooD Productions Software AG was founded in 1995 by Andreas Tobler with its headquarters in Liezen, Austria. It operated three divisions; Pinnacle Interactive, JoWooD Studios and Digital Media Limited and owned five subsidiaries; DreamCatcher Interactive, JoWooD Distribution Services, JoWooD Deutschland, JoWooD Iberica and Quantic Lab. In August 2005, JoWood attempted to end their development agreement with developer Perception Pty because of a lack of
    7.00
    3 votes
    105

    KID

    • Games Published: Ever17
    • Game Versions Published: Memories Off
    KID, whose name is an acronym of Kindle Imagine Develop, was a Japan-based company specializing in porting and developing bishōjo games. KID was founded in 1988, with capital of 160 million yen. In the early 1990s, it served primarily as a contract developer. Notable titles from this era include Burai Fighter, Low G Man, G.I. Joe, Isolated Warrior and Recca. In 1997, it began porting PC games to games consoles. In 1999, it released an original title called Memories Off on PlayStation, which later became its first well-known series. In 2000, it released another original title called Infinity which became the second well-known series. This game was later renamed Never7 ~the end of infinity~ and Infinity became the series name. It also created the popular underground PlayStation game Board Game Top Shop. In 2005, KID became a sponsor of the Japanese drama series Densha Otoko. The company declared bankruptcy in 2006. However in February 2007 it was announced that KID's intellectual properties had been acquired by the Cyber Front corporation, who would continue all unfinished projects. Infinity Series Memories Off Series Other
    7.00
    3 votes
    106
    MECC

    MECC

    • Games Published: Yukon Trail
    • Game Versions Published: Yukon Trail
    The Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (later Corporation), most commonly known as MECC, was an organization founded in 1973. The goal of the organization was to coordinate and provide computer services to schools in the state of Minnesota; however, its software eventually became popular in schools around the world. MECC had its headquarters in the Brookdale Corporate Center in Brooklyn Center. During the 1960s, Minnesota was a center of computer technology, a "Midwestern Silicon Valley". IBM, Honeywell, Control Data and other companies had facilities in the state. In 1963, their presence inspired a group of teachers at the University of Minnesota College of Education's laboratory school to introduce computers into classrooms via teleprinters and time-sharing. The group began with long-distance calls to Dartmouth College's General Electric computer to use John George Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz's new Dartmouth BASIC language, then moved to Minneapolis-based Pillsbury Company's own GE computer. In 1968, 20 Minneapolis-Saint Paul area school districts and the College of Education founded Total Information for Educational Systems (TIES) to provide time-sharing service on a HP
    7.00
    3 votes
    107
    Realtime Worlds

    Realtime Worlds

    • Games Published: APB: All Points Bulletin
    • Game Versions Published: APB
    Realtime Worlds Ltd was a video game developer based in Dundee, Scotland from 2002 until its closure in September 2010. Realtime Worlds was the largest independent game developer in Scotland with over 200 employees as well as a small Boulder, Colorado office. Realtime Worlds was founded in early 2002 by David Jones (formerly of DMA Design) who developed the popular franchises Grand Theft Auto (GTA) and Lemmings. Much of the initial workforce was previously employed at Rage Software, as Rage Games (Scotland). During this period the core team who would go on to form Realtime Worlds developed first-person shooter game Mobile Forces for Microsoft Windows. Upon the demise of Rage Software, Dave Jones bought out Rage Games (Scotland) to form Realtime Worlds. On 11 December 2006, New Enterprise Associates announced an investment of 30 million US dollars into Realtime Worlds. The first release under the name Realtime Worlds was the critically acclaimed 2007 action-adventure, third-person game, Crackdown, an Xbox 360 exclusive title. In 2010 they released a massively multiplayer online game for Microsoft Windows, titled APB (All Points Bulletin), which had been in development for five
    7.00
    3 votes
    108
    Sears, Roebuck and Company

    Sears, Roebuck and Company

    • Games Published: ABPA Backgammon
    • Game Versions Published: Outer Space
    Sears Roebuck and Co. or Sears, is an American chain of department stores, which was founded by Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Curtis Roebuck in the late 19th century. Formerly a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Sears was bought out by Kmart in early 2005, creating the Sears Holdings Corporation. Richard Warren Sears was a railroad station agent in North Redwood, Minnesota, when he received an impressive shipment of watches from a Chicago jeweler which were unwanted by a local cube jeweler. Sears purchased them, then sold the watches for a considerable profit to other station agents, then ordered more for resale. Soon he started a business selling watches through mail order catalogs. The next year, he moved to Chicago, Illinois where he met Alvah C. Roebuck, who joined him in the business. In 1893, the corporate name became Sears, Roebuck and Co. Richard Sears knew that farmers often brought their crops to town, where they could be sold and shipped. Before the Sears catalog, farmers typically bought supplies (often at high prices) from local general stores. Sears took advantage of this by publishing his catalog with clearly stated prices, so that consumers could know
    7.00
    3 votes
    109

    U.S. Gold

    • Games Published: Another World
    • Game Versions Published: 10th Frame
    U.S. Gold was a British video game publisher and developer from the early 1980s through the mid-1990s, producing numerous titles on a variety of 8-bit, 16-bit and 32-bit platforms. U.S. Gold was founded in Birmingham in 1984 by Geoff Brown as the publishing division of Centresoft, a computer game distribution company he and his wife Anne Brown founded in 1983. US Gold's primary purpose was to re-publish popular American Atari and Commodore 64 games in the UK and Europe. This proved to be a landmark in UK games publishing as UK published games up until then had been fairly crude. Brown decided to not only raise the price point of US Gold games to £9.99, but also to promote the games with full-colour adverts in popular user magazines. When the popular computers in the UK became the ZX Spectrum and later the Amstrad CPC Brown was faced with the problem of converting the US games he was licensing to UK formats. In other words he had to build a development capability for US Gold. He teamed up with a UK publisher, Ocean Software, based in Manchester, who were also very prolific at the time and they were responsible for the first US Gold conversions to UK formats. This arrangement proved
    7.00
    3 votes
    110

    Firaxis Games

    • Games Published: Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword
    • Game Versions Published: Sid Meier's Antietam!
    Firaxis Games is an American video game developer founded in 1996 by Sid Meier, Jeff Briggs, and Brian Reynolds upon leaving MicroProse. The company focuses on strategy games and is based in Sparks, Maryland in the United States. Early on, Firaxis has produced several PC games, including Sid Meier's Gettysburg! and Sid Meier's Antietam!, based on their namesake famous American Civil War battles, and Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, a space colonization game taking place in the Alpha Centauri star system. In early 2000, co-founder Brian Reynolds parted with Firaxis to form his new studio, Big Huge Games. Firaxis Games then went on to release Sid Meier's SimGolf, a golf course building/management game. Perhaps their most popular releases have been Civilization III, and later Civilization IV, sequels to Meier's original Civilization game. In November 2004, Firaxis released Sid Meier's Pirates!, an update of Meier's classic 1987 game of the same name. An Xbox version of the game was released in 2005 and a PSP version (developed by Full Fat) was released in 2007. Civilization IV started production in late 2003 and was released in 2005. Civilization Revolution, a console-only version of their
    8.00
    2 votes
    111
    Koei

    Koei

    • Games Published: Ni-Oh
    • Game Versions Published: Aerobiz
    Koei Co., Ltd. (株式会社コーエー Kabushiki gaisha Kōē, formerly 光栄 (Kōei)) is a Japanese video game publisher, developer, and distributor founded in 1978. The company is best known for its historical simulation games based on the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, as well as simulation games based on pseudo-historical events. The company has also found mainstream success in a series of loosely historical action games, the flagship titles of which are Dynasty Warriors (真・三國無双 (Shin-Sangoku Musō)) and Samurai Warriors (戦国無双 (Sengoku Musō)), the Musō (無双) series. Koei also owns a division known as Ruby Party, which focuses in dating sim games. Koei was established in July 1978 by Yoichi Erikawa and Keiko Erikawa. Yoichi was a student at Keio University, and when his family's rural dyestuffs business failed he decided to pursue his interest in programming. The company to this day is located in the Hiyoshi area of Yokohama along with Erikawa's alma mater, and the company's name is simply a spoonerism of the school's. Kō Shibusawa and Eiji Fukuzawa, whose names are supposed to have made up the name of the company, do not really exist and are names used by the company to avoid giving credit to
    8.00
    2 votes
    112

    Sierra Entertainment

    • Games Published: Betrayal at Krondor
    • Game Versions Published: B.C.'s Quest For Tires
    Sierra Entertainment Inc. (formerly Sierra On-Line) was an American video-game developer and publisher founded in 1979 as On-Line Systems by Ken and Roberta Williams. Based in Oakhurst, California, the company was last owned by Activision, a subsidiary of Activision Blizzard. Sierra is best known today for its multiple lines of seminal graphic adventure games started in the 1980s, many of which proved influential in the history of video games. The Sierra label was absorbed by its parent company. Some franchises (such as Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon) that were published by Sierra will be published by Activision, which also announced in 2008 that it may sell the Sierra brand. Sierra Entertainment was founded in 1979 as On-Line Systems in Simi Valley, California, by Ken and Roberta Williams. Ken Williams, a programmer for IBM, bought an Apple II microcomputer with which he planned to use to develop a FORTRAN compiler for the Apple II. At the time, his wife Roberta Williams was playing text adventure games on the Apple II. Dissatisfied with the text-only format, she realized that the graphics display capability of the Apple II could enhance the adventure gaming experience.
    8.00
    2 votes
    113

    Simon & Schuster

    • Games Published: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Dominion Wars
    • Game Versions Published: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Fallen
    Simon & Schuster, Inc., a division of CBS Corporation, is a publisher founded in New York City in 1924 by Richard L. Simon and M. Lincoln ("Max") Schuster. It is one of the four largest English-language publishers and publishing houses, alongside Random House, Penguin and HarperCollins. It publishes over two thousand titles annually under 35 different imprints. Crossword puzzles first appeared in the New York World in 1913, and soon became a popular feature in newspapers. In 1924, Simon's aunt, a crossword puzzle devotee, asked Simon whether there was a book of these puzzles that she could give to a friend. Simon discovered that none had been published, and, with Schuster, launched a company to exploit the opportunity. To attract attention, the book came with a pencil attached. The advertising campaign implied that it was about to become a new fad: The ad proved prophetic, and crossword puzzles were indeed the craze of 1924. Simon & Schuster continues to be the preeminent U.S. publisher of crossword puzzle books. In 1939, with Robert Fair de Graff, Simon & Schuster founded Pocket Books, America's first paperback publisher. In 1942, Simon & Schuster, or "Essandess" as it is called
    8.00
    2 votes
    114

    TKO Software

    • Games Published: The Elder Scrolls Travels: Shadowkey
    • Game Versions Published: Ashen Empires
    TKO Software was a video game developer founded in 2002 in Santa Cruz, California, United States by Jacob Hawley and Michael Songy. TKO Software created Medal of Honor: Allied Assault: Breakthrough (2003) and the multiplayer portion of Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault (2004), both for Electronic Arts. Apart from this, the company has created content for EA's GoldenEye: Rogue Agent, and multiple mobile and handheld titles, including The Elder Scrolls Travels: Shadowkey for Nokia's N-Gage and mobile versions of Tenchu, X-Men 2: Battle, Gauntlet and an adventure game based on the movie The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. At one time, the company was working on a Windows/console version of the Matthew McConaughey movie Sahara, and a video game version of classic sci-fi movie Logan's Run. In 2004, TKO Software sold back the multiplayer rights of Ashen Empires to refocus on its core business. In January 2005 TKO Software shut down its PC and console games development studio, located in Santa Cruz, leading to the loss of around 60 jobs. The rest of the company's studios closed down shortly afterwards in August 2005. Ashen Empires Break Boogie Down Fantasy Sword Medal of Honor: Allied
    8.00
    2 votes
    115
    Valve Corporation

    Valve Corporation

    • Games Published: Half-Life 2: Episode Three
    • Game Versions Published: Left 4 Dead 2
    Valve Corporation, (also known as Valve Software or simply as Valve), is an American video game development and digital distribution company based in Bellevue, Washington, United States. Founded in 1996 by former Microsoft employees Gabe Newell and Mike Harrington, Valve became famous from its critically acclaimed Half-Life series, (the first game released in November 1998). It is also well known for its social-distribution network Steam and for developing the Source engine, which has been used in every Valve game since its introduction in 2004. Valve was founded by long-time Microsoft employees Gabe Newell and Mike Harrington on August 24, 1996 as an L.L.C. based in Kirkland, Washington. After incorporation in April 2003, it moved from its original location to Bellevue, Washington, the same city in which their original publisher, Sierra On-Line, Inc., was based. After the success of Half-Life, the team worked on mods, spin-offs, and sequels, including Half-Life 2. All current Valve games are built on its Source engine, which owes much of its success to mods and sequels. The company has developed six game series: Half-Life, Team Fortress, Portal, Counter-Strike, Left 4 Dead and Day
    8.00
    2 votes
    116

    Visual Art's

    • Games Published: Tomoyo After ~It's a Wonderful Life~
    • Game Versions Published: Tomoyo After: It's a Wonderful Life
    Visual Art's co.,ltd (株式会社ビジュアルアーツ, Kabushikigaisha Bijuaru Ātsu), formally Visual Artist Office (ビジュアルアーティストオフィス, Bijuaru Ātisuto Ofisu), is a Japanese publishing company specializing in the publishing and distribution of visual novels for a large list of game developers. Visual Art's has developed the game engines their brands currently use, including the current engine, called Siglus, and older engines RealLive and AVG32. Visual Art's also handles the selling and distribution of these games. The games published are mostly for a male audience, though they also publish games targeted towards women as well. They are well known for the publishing of games by the studio Key such as the famous visual novels Kanon, Air, and Clannad. The company has coined a new type of visual novel called the kinetic novel where unlike in visual novels where the player is periodically given choices to make, there are no choices whatsoever and the player watches the game progress as if it were a movie. One of Key's games entitled Planetarian: Chiisana Hoshi no Yume was the first game produced under the kinetic novel name. In addition to games, Visual Art's also releases music CDs for video game music.
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    2 votes
    117
    Backbone Entertainment

    Backbone Entertainment

    • Game Versions Published: Yaris
    Backbone Entertainment is an independent video game development company located in Emeryville, California. Backbone Entertainment is the result of a 2003 merger between Digital Eclipse Software, Inc and ImaginEngine. Digital Eclipse Software specialized in arcade game emulation and handheld video games, and formerly had studios in Emeryville, California and Vancouver, British Columbia. ImaginEngine specializes in children's software, formerly having studios in San Francisco, California and Boston, Massachusetts. The San Francisco and Emeryville teams were combined at the Emeryville location upon execution of the merger. One of their first franchise projects as Backbone Entertainment was Death Jr., for the PSP. They have also produced a sequel, Death, Jr. II: Root of Evil, and a Nintendo DS version of the franchise entitled Death Jr. and the Science Fair of Doom. When Death Jr. was first announced, the CEO of Backbone spoke on making DJ a full-featured franchise, with comic books, a TV show, action figures, and more. Though many of these have happened since the launch of the game, the success of the franchise overall is considered by some to be hampered by the mediocre quality of
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    1 votes
    118
    Hidden Path Entertainment

    Hidden Path Entertainment

    • Games Published: Defense Grid: The Awakening
    • Game Versions Published: Defense Grid: The Awakening
    Hidden Path Entertainment (also known as Hidden Path) is an American video game development company based in Bellevue, Washington, United States. It was founded in 2006 by Michael Austin, Jim Garbarini, Dave McCoy, Jeff Pobst, and Mark Terrano. In 2008, Hidden Path released its first original title, Defense Grid: The Awakening on PC and in 2009 on Xbox. A downloadable title, Defense Grid garnered high acclaim with its unique twist on tower defense and has sold over half a million units since its release. In 2009, Hidden Path began working with Valve Software contributing to and maintaining the highly successful and critically acclaimed product, Counter-Strike: Source, first released in 2004. Hidden Path worked with Valve developing the newest entry in the Counter-Strike franchise called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. CS:GO debuted at PAX Prime 2011 and released on August 21 2012. CS:GO is available for PC, Mac, PlayStation 3 (PlayStation Network), and Xbox 360 (Xbox Live Arcade). According to Valve, the reason they are often collaborating with Hidden Path Entertainment, is that they have known them for a while and their offices are "right around the corner". Hidden Path has also
    9.00
    1 votes
    119

    Majesco Entertainment

    • Games Published: Infected
    • Game Versions Published: Bananagrams
    Majesco Entertainment (NASDAQ: COOL) is a video game publisher founded in 1986. Majesco first made a name as a reissuer of old titles that had been abandoned by their original publisher. By cutting the prices dramatically and, eventually, arranging the rights to self-manufacture games for both Nintendo and Sega systems, the company found a sustainable market niche. It has its headquarters in Edison, New Jersey, United States. Later, Majesco arranged with Sega to manufacture a version of its Mega Drive (known as Genesis in North America) 16-bit console, which had been superseded by the 32-bit Saturn. It released this in 1998 as the Genesis 3 and followed up with a version of the handheld Game Gear called the Game Gear Core System. The company's focus shifted to in-house game development — initially under the brand Pipe-Dream Interactive since few believed they could make the transition successfully. Majesco focused on developing for then-current generation systems, such as Nintendo's GameCube and Game Boy Advance, Microsoft's Xbox, and Sony's PlayStation 2. A few of the titles it released, involving popular characters, included a few Bomberman titles for the Gamecube and Game Boy
    9.00
    1 votes
    120
    Maxis

    Maxis

    • Games Published: SimTower
    • Game Versions Published: SimAnt
    Maxis is an American company founded as an independent video game developer in 1987. It is currently a subsidiary of Electronic Arts (EA), and serves as one of the four major labels of the company. Maxis is the creator of one of the best-selling computer games of all time, The Sims and its first sequel, The Sims 2. These titles and their related products are the brand's most popular and successful lines. Most Maxis titles are simulation-based, though none are considered traditional simulations. Maxis founder Will Wright likens them to "digital dollhouses." Maxis has also released games developed by other production houses, such as A-Train and SimTower. Maxis was founded in 1987 by Will Wright and Jeff Braun to help publish SimCity on home computers. Before then, the game was only available on a limited basis on the Commodore 64 due to few publishers showing any interest in porting it. The reason for this is because SimCity wasn't a traditional game that had definite "win" and "lose" conditions. The title went on to become, statistically, one of the most popular and successful video games of all time. The SimCity series has spawned multiple sequels and spinoffs. Following the broad
    9.00
    1 votes
    121
    Paramount Home Entertainment

    Paramount Home Entertainment

    • Game Versions Published: Clueless
    Paramount Home Entertainment (formerly Paramount Home Video and Paramount Video) is the division of Paramount Pictures (a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc.) dealing with home video founded in late 1975. PHE distributes most of the programming assets owned by Viacom parent National Amusements. This not only includes films by Paramount Pictures themselves, but also the back catalog of DreamWorks (including releases made prior to the Viacom acquisition, and those distributed by Paramount, among other acquisitions), shows from MTV Networks, Nickelodeon, and BET Networks, and, through CBS Home Entertainment, most of the holdings of Viacom sister company CBS Corporation – this includes the libraries of CBS Television Studios, CBS Theatrical Films (and predecessor companies like Cinema Center Films), and Showtime Entertainment. PHE also has agreements with DreamWorks Animation, PBS, and Hasbro for DVD/Blu-ray distribution of various programs that the former aired, and several films and TV series based on franchises owned by the latter. By-products of the latter deal are the series of films based on the Transformers toy line, and the 2009 film based on the G.I. Joe toy line, G.I. Joe: The Rise of
    9.00
    1 votes
    122
    TOMY

    TOMY

    • Games Published: Naruto RPG: Uketsugareshi Hi no Ishi
    • Game Versions Published: Accele Brid
    Tomy Co., Ltd. (株式会社タカラトミー, Kabushiki-gaisha Takara Tomī, Takara Tomy) is a Japanese toy, children's merchandise and entertainment company created from the March 2006 merger of two companies:  Tomy (founded in 1924 as Tomiyama, changing the name to Tomy in 1963) and long-time rival, Takara (founded in 1955). Merged on 1 March 2006, the company has its headquarters in Katsushika, Tokyo. The decision to use the Tomy name in English, yet the Takara-Tomy name in Japanese, was made for pragmatic reasons. Tomy has built considerable brand recognition internationally, particularly in the area of infant and preschool products, where brand trust is very important. On the other hand, most of Takara's international hit products (Microman, Transformers, Battle Beasts, Beyblade, B-Daman, et al.) have been sold and branded by other companies, most notably, Hasbro. Therefore, going through the costly process of registering and or changing the company name in all the countries where Tomy does business would have been expensive and unproductive. Thus, with the merged company's international subsidiaries continuing to use the Tomy name, it seemed appropriate to keep a domestic English name which
    9.00
    1 votes
    123
    SkillGround

    SkillGround

    • Game Versions Published: LA Street Racing
    SkillGround is an online gaming platform created by Groove Media Inc. Players are able to compete for free, or wager for cash. Free games are supported by advertising before and during gameplay; cash games are supported by collecting a rake on prizes, with no advertising displayed before the game begins. Six games are currently offered through the service: The SkillGround service was launched in December 2006. Four games were included at this time, and golf, their most popular title, was added nearly a year later in August 2007. This service got off to a rocky start, with limited availability in its first week. This led to VH1 Game Break declaring it "idiot of the week". Service has since been improved, and has gained wide traction for its UTour Golf offering. The SkillGround website and service is shut down and has been shut down for some time. SkillGround is not a gambling site. All wins are based on skill. As a result, this service is legal in the majority of the United States; whereas traditional gambling sites have been banned since 2006. Despite this, thirteen states have still outlawed skill-based gaming. The service is not available for cash play in: SkillGround also
    6.67
    3 votes
    124
    Spectravideo

    Spectravideo

    • Games Published: Chase the Chuck Wagon
    • Game Versions Published: Chase the Chuck Wagon
    Spectravideo, or SVI, was a U.S. computer company founded in 1981 as "SpectraVision" by Harry Fox. They originally made video games for Atari 2600 and VIC-20. Some of their computers were MSX-compliant or IBM PC compatible. They ceased operations in 1988. SpectraVision was founded in 1981 by Harry Fox and Oscar Jutzeler as a distributor of computer games, contracting external developers to write the software. Their main products were gaming cartridges for the Atari 2600 VCS, Colecovision and Commodore VIC-20. They also made the world's first ergonomic joystick, the Quickshot. In late 1982 the company was renamed to Spectravideo due to a naming conflict with OnCommand's Hotel TV system called SpectraVision. In the early 1980s, the company developed 11 games for the Atari 2600, including several titles of some rarity: Chase the Chuckwagon, Mangia and Bumper Bash. A few of their titles were only available through the Columbia House music club. The company's first attempt at a computer was an add-on for the Atari 2600 called the Spectravideo CompuMate, with a membrane keyboard and very simple programmability. Their first real computers were the SV-318 and SV-328, released in 1983. Both
    6.67
    3 votes
    125
    Triangle Studios

    Triangle Studios

    • Game Versions Published: Heron: Steam Machine
    Triangle Studios is a mid-sized computer game development company based in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, founded in 2005. It has developed several games for the PC, the Nintendo DS and is currently working on a major game for the PlayStation 3 (among other consoles). On March 2, 2010, the company opened a new branch office in Dallas, Texas. They participated in the Tokyo Game Show in 2008 as a part of the Holland Pavilion, in order to establish connections with Japanese publishers and enter the Asian gaming market. Since 2005 Triangle Studio's has created the following games for the Nintendo DS: At this moment Triangle Studio's is working on a game about Pier Gerlofs Donia. This game, expected to be released in mid-2012, will be called Cross of the Dutchman or: CotD. In June 2011, Triangle Studios released the "Visit McKinney Texas" app at the behest of the McKinney Convention &Visitors Bureau, which "provides information and links to city restaurants, hotels, attractions, and the city's social media feeds".
    6.67
    3 votes
    126
    Dole Food Company

    Dole Food Company

    • Games Published: 5 A Day Adventures
    Dole Food Company, Inc. (NYSE: DOLE) is an American-based agricultural multinational corporation headquartered in Westlake Village, California. The company is the largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world, operating with 74,300 full-time and seasonal employees who are responsible for over 300 products in 90 countries. Dole markets such food items as bananas, pineapples (fresh and packaged), grapes, strawberries, salads, and other fresh and frozen fruits and juices. Dole's Chairman founded the Dole Nutrition Institute, a nutritional research and education foundation. As of October 2012, Dole's board of directors had seven members: David H. Murdock, Chairman of the Board; Elaine L. Chao, former U.S. Secretary of Labor; Andrew J. Conrad; David A. DeLorenzo, President and Chief Executive Officer; Sherry Lansing; Justin M. Murdock; and Dennis M. Weinberg. Including the original pineapple, Dole distributes fresh fruits in the forms of whole fruits, whole vegetables, berries, and fresh-cut vegetables. Packaged products include fruit bowls, fruit bowls in gel, fruit in plastic jars, fruit parfaits, fruit crisps, dates, raisins, and canned fruits. Frozen products include
    5.75
    4 votes
    127
    Touchstone Pictures

    Touchstone Pictures

    • Games Published: Turok
    • Game Versions Published: Turok
    Touchstone Pictures is an American film production label and is one of several film labels of the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, owned by The Walt Disney Company's Walt Disney Studios. Established in 1984 as Touchstone Films, it typically releases films that feature more mature themes and darker tones than those that are released under the Walt Disney Pictures banner. Touchstone Pictures is merely a label (similar to a record label) and does not exist as a separate company: the two companies behind it are the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group and Walt Disney Pictures and Television. Their most commercially successful production partners in later years have been Caravan Pictures, Summit Entertainment, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Columbia Pictures, Icon Productions, Imagine Entertainment, Mandeville Films, Focus Features and Spyglass Entertainment. The Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group entered into a long-term, 30-picture distribution deal with DreamWorks by which DreamWorks' productions would be released through the Touchstone Pictures banner over the next five years beginning in 2011. In late 1979, Walt Disney Productions released The Black Hole, a science-fiction movie that was
    5.75
    4 votes
    128

    Vortex Software

    • Games Published: Cyclone
    • Game Versions Published: Tornado Low Level
    Vortex Software was a video game developer founded by Costa Panayi and Paul Canter in the early 1980s to sell the game Cosmos which Panayi had developed for the Sinclair ZX81. They converted the game to the ZX Spectrum, but due to the low sales of the ZX81 version they licensed the game to Abbex. Luke Andrews, Costa's brother-in-law, and Crete Panayi, Costa's brother, became involved to handle the business affairs and advertising respectively. The company was based at 280 Brooklands Road, Manchester, M23 9HD. In the summer of 1984, Mark Haigh-Hutchinson was offered a position and ported several of the games to the Amstrad CPC in addition to writing Alien Highway for the ZX Spectrum. Chris Wood and David Aubrey-Jones were also associated with Vortex as outside contractors. The company produced several notable games for the 8-bit home computers of the period. Deflektor was also ported to the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST. After the production of Hostile All Terrain Encounter in 1988, Costa spent the next two years deciding where he wanted to go. In 1990 Vortex was reborn with Costa, Mark and Luke and the intention to develop a game for the Amiga and Atari ST. They developed a much
    5.75
    4 votes
    129
    BROCCOLI

    BROCCOLI

    • Games Published: Emil Chronicle Online
    • Game Versions Published: Galaxy Angel
    Broccoli Co., Ltd. (株式会社ブロッコリー, Kabushiki-gaisha Burokkorī) is a Japanese media company that publishes manga, anime, and video games through its various subsidiaries. Broccoli is the parent company of Broccoli Music Publishing, Broccoli International USA, and Anime Gamers USA Inc. Broccoli also published manga under Broccoli Books. Broccoli is well known for the Di Gi Charat franchise and series. Satsuki Yamashita, the editor of Broccoli Books, explained that the company derived its president's desire to create a memorable name similar to the memorability of Apple Inc. While trying to imagine of another fruit or vegetable, he arrived at broccoli. This coincidentally has the same name in every language. On January 23, 2008, Broccoli announced it would be collaborating with rival Animate to form a new company called "AniBro". Broccoli holds 30% ownership of the company, which is managed by the CEO of Animate. Broccoli owns a chain of retail stores, Gamers, which are used for distributing anime, manga, anime music CDs, figurines, snacks, stationery, apparel, posters, calendars, trading cards and accessories such as cell phone straps and keychains. Headquartered at the Akihabara, Japan
    7.50
    2 votes
    130
    Commodore Gaming

    Commodore Gaming

    • Games Published: Jumpman
    • Game Versions Published: Boulder Dash
    Commodore Gaming is a manufacturer of high-end gaming specific x86-based PCs, which feature a process called C-kin (pronounced "skin") which allows users to customise the outer case with a range of unique artwork. The Commodore brand was relaunched in 2007 as a manufacturer of high-end purpose-built gaming computers. The line was incorrectly rumored to be named Amiga, after the systems that Commodore International had previously manufactured since 1985. The product line was revealed at CeBIT computer exhibition in Hanover, Germany on 21 March 2007 and on the 21st April Commodore Gaming began selling their line of high-end, home gaming PCs online. They will also be available through retail channels. The company is based on the Hessenbergweg, in Amsterdam, Netherlands and was founded in 2007 by its current CEO, Bala Keilman. Commodore, the commonly used name for Commodore International, founded in 1954, was an American electronics company based in West Chester, Pennsylvania which was a vital player in the home/personal computer field in the 1980s. The company is also known under the name of its R&D operation, Commodore Business Machines (CBM). Commodore developed and marketed the
    7.50
    2 votes
    131
    The History Channel

    The History Channel

    History, formerly known as The History Channel, is a US-based international satellite and cable TV channel that broadcasts a variety of scripted reality television and other content, evolved from its origin showing documentary programs including those of fictional and non-fictional historical content, together with speculation about the future. History was launched on January 1, 1995 (as The History Channel). The channel is owned by A&E Television Networks, a joint venture of Hearst Corporation and Disney-ABC Television Group (The Walt Disney Company), with a former 15% stake from NBCUniversal, which was later sold to Disney and Hearst, and operates, in various forms, in Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Ireland, Israel, Spain, Poland, Italy, Turkey, the Netherlands, Belgium, Romania, Serbia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Lebanon, Egypt, South Africa and Latin America. The network was also available in South Asia under a deal between STAR TV and AETN International until November 21, 2008. The channel has consistently produced prime time ratings in the U.S. comparable to or higher than A&E itself. On February 16, 2008, a new logo was launched on
    7.50
    2 votes
    132

    Turbine, Inc.

    • Games Published: Asheron's Call
    • Game Versions Published: Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach
    Turbine, Inc. (formerly Turbine Entertainment Software, Second Nature, and originally CyberSpace, Inc.) is an American computer game developer that pioneers 3D massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs). Turbine was founded by Johnny Monsarrat, Jeremy Gaffney, Kevin Langevin, and Timothy Miller, changing their company name in 2005 to Turbine, Inc. In April 2007, Turbine released their most recent MMORPG, The Lord of the Rings Online. Turbine is well known for employing fans of the game to the customer service side, for DDO examples being "Tolero" who hosted a long running role play segment on the unofficial DDO podcast, DDOcast, and Jerry Snook, creator and host of the podcast. Turbine was a privately held company backed by Highland Capital Partners, Polaris Venture Partners, and other private investors since 1998; it has paid no dividends. On April 20, 2010, the company was formally acquired by Warner Bros..
    7.50
    2 votes
    133
    Aruze

    Aruze

    • Games Published: Shadow Hearts: From The New World
    • Game Versions Published: Cosmic Avenger
    Universal Entertainment Corporation (formerly known as Aruze Corp. (アルゼ株式会社, Aruze Kabushiki-gaisha, Japanese pronunciation: [aɽuze]) (JASDAQ: 6425)), is a Japanese manufacturer of pachinko, slot machines, arcade games and other gaming products, and a publisher of video games. Aruze possesses licenses to both manufacture and distribute casino machines in the American states of Nevada, Mississippi and New Jersey. The company's corporate headquarters are in Tokyo. Aruze are also the licence holder of the video game franchise Shadow Hearts. Aruze Gaming America is a 100%-owned subsidiary based in Las Vegas. It owns 21% of Wynn Resorts. The company also maintains affiliates in Australia (Aruze Gaming Australia, formerly Pacific Gaming Pty. Ltd.) and South Africa (Aruze Gaming Africa (Pty) Ltd., formerly Universal Distributors of Nevada South Africa). Aruze Corporation changed its company name to Universal Entertainment Corporation effective November 1, 2009. Universal Lease Co., Ltd was established in December 1969. It later changed its name to Universal Distributing of Nevada (UDN). Universal's greatest hit game was Mr. Do! in 1982, which spawned four sequels. Lady Bug (1981) was also
    6.33
    3 votes
    134
    Brookhaven National Laboratory

    Brookhaven National Laboratory

    • Games Published: Tennis for Two
    Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), is a United States national laboratory located in Upton, New York on Long Island, and was formally established in 1947 at the site of Camp Upton, a former U.S. Army base. Its name stems from its location in the greater area of the Town of Brookhaven. Brookhaven, which originally was owned by the Atomic Energy Commission, is now owned by the Commission's successor, the United States Department of Energy, which subcontracts the actual research and operation to universities and research organizations. It is currently operated by Brookhaven Science Associates LLC, which is an equal partnership of Stony Brook University and Battelle Memorial Institute. It was operated by Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), from 1947 until 1998 when Associated lost the contract in the wake of a scandal when tritium leaked into the Long Island Central Pine Barrens groundwater on which it sits. Co-located with the laboratory is the Upton, New York forecast office of the National Weather Service. BNL is staffed by approximately 3,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and support personnel, and hosts 4,000 guest investigators every year. Discoveries made at the lab
    6.33
    3 votes
    135

    Brøderbund Software

    • Games Published: The Last Express
    • Game Versions Published: Karateka
    Brøderbund Software, Inc. was an American maker of video games, educational software and The Print Shop productivity tools. It was best known as the original creator and publisher of the popular Carmen Sandiego games. The company was founded in Eugene, Oregon, but moved to San Rafael, California, and later to Novato, California. Brøderbund was purchased by The Learning Company in 1998. Many of its popular software titles, such as The Print Shop, PrintMaster and Mavis Beacon, are still published under the name "Broderbund". The word "brøderbund" is not an actual word in any language, but is a somewhat loose translation of "band of brothers" into a mixture of Danish, German, and Swedish. The "ø" in "Brøderbund" was used partially as a play on the Norwegian/Danish letter ø, but was mainly referencing the slashed zero found in mainframes, terminals and early personal computers. The three crowns above the logo are also a reference to the lesser national coat of arms of Sweden. The company's name was pronounced  /ˈbruːdərbʌnd/ instead of the publicly used /ˈbroʊdərbʌnd/. When the company began in 1980, the headquarters were in Eugene, Oregon. The company moved its offices to Marin
    6.33
    3 votes
    136

    Grandslam Entertainment

    • Games Published: Reunion
    • Game Versions Published: Thunderbirds
    Grandslam Entertainment (later Grandslam Video) was a computer and video games software house based in Britain. It was formed in late 1987 from the ashes of Argus Press Software by former Argus Managing Director, Stephen Hall. Grandslam developed and published many games for home computers during the 1980s and 1990s. Originally based in central London, the offices were relocated to Croydon in 1990. 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
    6.33
    3 votes
    137
    IBM

    IBM

    • Games Published: Freddy's Rescue Roundup
    • Game Versions Published: Alley Cat
    International Business Machines Corporation, or IBM, is an American multinational technology and consulting corporation, with headquarters in Armonk, New York, United States. IBM manufactures and sells computer hardware and software, and offers infrastructure, hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. The company was founded in 1911 as the Computing Tabulating Recording Company (CTR) through a merger of three companies: the Tabulating Machine Company, the International Time Recording Company, and the Computing Scale Company. CTR adopted the name International Business Machines in 1924, using a name previously designated to CTR's subsidiary in Canada and later South America. Its distinctive culture and product branding has given it the nickname Big Blue. In 2012, Fortune ranked IBM the #2 largest U.S. firm in terms of number of employees (433,362), the #4 largest in terms of market capitalization, the #9 most profitable, and the #19 largest firm in terms of revenue. Globally, the company was ranked the #31 largest in terms of revenue by Forbes for 2011. Other rankings for 2011/2012 include #1 company for leaders (Fortune), #1 green
    6.33
    3 votes
    138
    QCF

    QCF

    • Games Published: DesktopDungeons
    • Game Versions Published: Desktop Dungeons
    QCF is a game development studio based in Cape Town, South Africa. They take pride in approaching almost everything from a game design perspective. They've produced products from pull-out boardgames for magazines to educational content for the World Bank Institute, mobile advergames and Xbox 360 proofs of concept.
    6.33
    3 votes
    139
    Virgin Group

    Virgin Group

    • Games Published: The 7th Guest
    • Game Versions Published: Super Off Road
    Virgin Group Ltd. is a British multinational branded venture capital conglomerate company founded by business tycoon Richard Branson. Its core business areas are travel, entertainment and lifestyle and it consists of more than 400 companies worldwide. Virgin Group's date of incorporation is listed as 1989 by Companies House, who class it as a holding company; however Virgin's business and trading activities date to the 1970s. The net worth of Virgin Group as of September 2008 was £5.01 billion. The brand name "Virgin" arose when Branson and a partner were starting their first business, a record shop. They considered themselves virgins in business. The current Virgin logo was originally sketched on a paper napkin by graphic designer Trevor Key. Virgin Group operates from its headquarters at The School House, 50 Brook Green in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. Although Branson retains complete ownership and control of the Virgin Brand, the commercial set-up of companies using it is varied and complex. Each of the companies operating under the Virgin brand is a separate entity, with Branson completely owning some and holding minority or majority stakes in others.
    6.33
    3 votes
    140
    AVE

    AVE

    • Games Published: Deathbots
    Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) is a service of high-speed rail in Spain operated by Renfe, the Spanish national railway company, at speeds of up to 310 km/h (193 mph). The name is literally translated from Spanish "Alta Velocidad Españolas" (Spanish High Speed), but its initials are also a play on the word ave, meaning "bird". As of December 2011, the Spanish AVE system is the longest HSR network in Europe with 2,665 km (1,656 mi) and the second in the world, after China. AVE trains run on a network of dedicated high-speed rail track owned and managed by Adif. The first line was opened in 1992, connecting the cities of Madrid, Córdoba and Sevilla. Unlike the rest of the Spanish broad gauge network, the AVE uses standard gauge, permitting direct connections outside Spain. Although AVE trains are operated by Renfe, the Spanish state railway company, private companies may be allowed to operate trains in the future using other brands, in accordance with European Union legislation. Some TGV-derived trains do run on the broad-gauge network at slower speeds, and these are branded separately as Euromed. On the line from Madrid to Seville, the service guarantees arrival within five minutes
    8.00
    1 votes
    141
    Bandai

    Bandai

    • Games Published: Digimon Story: Sunburst/Moonlight
    • Game Versions Published: ACME Animation Factory
    Bandai Co., Ltd. (株式会社バンダイ, Kabushiki-gaisha Bandai) is a Japanese toy making and video game company, as well as the producer of a large number of plastic model kits. It is the world's third-largest producer of toys (after Mattel and Hasbro). Some ex-Bandai group companies produce anime and tokusatsu programs. Its headquarters is located in Taitō, Tokyo. After the merger with game developer and amusement facility operator Namco, Bandai Co., Ltd. is now under the management of Namco Bandai Holdings and a member of Bandai Namco Group. After group reorganisation in 2006, Bandai heads the group's Toys and Hobby Strategic Business Unit (SBU). Bandai was founded in 1950. In the 1960s Bandai expanded to include export sales. Bandai's racing car set, which first appeared in 1962, became a huge success. The 1970s continued to see Bandai expand, with Bandai Models being established in 1971. Although not their most profitable range, Bandai's 1/48 scale AFV models dominated that segment of the model kit market. Bandai America Inc. was established as local US sales/marketing operation in 1978. Since the 1980s, Bandai has become the leading toy company of Japan, and to this day, has the main toy
    8.00
    1 votes
    142
    Gaslamp Games

    Gaslamp Games

    • Games Published: Dungeons of Dredmor
    Gaslamp Games, Inc. is a small, independent software development company based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada currently designing video games for the Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems. Nicholas Vining, Gaslamp's technical director, has been involved in the game industry since the age of sixteen, when he got his Linux gaming start working for Loki Software. Since then, he has contributed to games developed by Piranha Games, 3000AD Inc., Destineer Studios, and TimeGate Studios. He has also written for Game Developer Magazine, and is listed as a contributor to the OpenGL Rendering API specification. He has also worked with prolific coder Ryan C. Gordon on various open source and Linux-related projects. David Baumgart, Gaslamp's art director, has previously worked as a contractor specializing in 2D artwork for video games. His list of credited titles includes work for Niels Bauer Games, Hexwar Games, Data Spire, and Tactic Studios. He also created the logo for the FatELF project. Daniel Jacobsen, Gaslamp's CEO, co-founded the company while working on his undergraduate in physics at the University of Victoria, and their first release, Dungeons of Dredmor,
    8.00
    1 votes
    143

    Infogrames

    • Games Published: RollerCoaster Tycoon 2
    • Game Versions Published: SimCity
    Infogrames Entertainment SA (IESA) (French pronunciation: [ɛ̃fɔɡʁam]) was an international French holding company headquartered in Paris, France. It was the owner of Atari, Inc., headquartered in New York City, U.S. and Atari Europe. It was founded in 1983 by Bruno Bonnell and Christophe Sapet using the proceeds from an introductory computer book. Through its subsidiaries, Infogrames produced, published and distributed interactive games for all major video game consoles and computer game platforms. The founders wanted to christen the company Zboub Système, but were dissuaded by their legal counsel. According to Bonnell in a TV interview, they then used a mix-and-match computer program to suggest other names, one of which was "Infogramme": a portmanteau of the French words "informatique" (information technology) and "programme" (a computer program). The final choice, "Infogrames", was a slightly modified version of that suggestion, and is pronounced /ˌɪnfoʊˈɡræmz/ in English. The company logo is an armadillo (tatou in French), chosen when the company was moved to Villeurbanne. Bonnell commented: "This dinosaur [sic] is our symbol. The armadillo has always survived changes to its
    8.00
    1 votes
    144

    Spectrum HoloByte

    • Games Published: Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Final Unity
    • Game Versions Published: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Future's Past
    Spectrum HoloByte, Inc. was a video game developer and publisher originally based in Alameda, California. The company was founded in 1983 and was most famous for its simulation games, notably the Falcon series of flight simulators and Vette!, a driving simulator from 1989. Spectrum Holobyte published games for many platforms, including home computers of the 1980s and early 1990s, IBM PC compatibles, and some video game consoles. The company was the publisher of the Solitaire Royale, the first computer card solitaire program. They were the first to bring Tetris to gamers outside the Soviet Union and Sokoban to gamers outside Japan. It was also the distributor for Domark games before Domark set up its own US operations in San Mateo, California. In 1993, Spectrum HoloByte acquired MicroProse. For the following years, games from both companies were published under their respective brands, but in 1996 all titles were consolidated under the MicroProse brand. The merged company was acquired by Hasbro Interactive in 1998, and what had been Spectrum HoloByte ceased to exist when the development studio in Alameda was closed in 1998. Hasbro subsequently sold all the assets of the various
    8.00
    1 votes
    145
    Fox Interactive

    Fox Interactive

    • Games Published: Alien: Resurrection
    • Game Versions Published: Bank Heist
    Fox Interactive was a video game publisher and developer mainly concerned with titles based on 20th Century Fox properties, such as The Simpsons, Family Guy, Futurama, the Alien and Predator film franchises, Independence Day, Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, Avatar, 24, the Ice Age trilogy of films and the Die Hard series of films. They have also been involved with original titles, including Croc: Legend of the Gobbos, Croc 2, and The Operative: No One Lives Forever. The company was formed in 1982 as Fox Video Games. Fox Interactive was formed in December 1994 (with the release of The Pagemaster: The Video Game) and was an operating unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a News Corporation company. The company published, developed and produced games mainly for titles based on 20th Century Fox film and movie properties. Their first computer game was The Tick, based on a superhero cartoon character. Fox Interactive released both arcade games, Die Hard Arcade and The Simpsons Bowling. The company became most well known for its Croc, Aliens Vs. Predator, Die Hard and Charmed games. In March 2003, Fox Interactive was acquired by Vivendi Universal Games. In 2006, Fox
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    4 votes
    146
    Sharp Corporation

    Sharp Corporation

    • Games Published: Shaberu DS Oryouri Navi
    Sharp Corporation (シャープ株式会社, Shāpu Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese multinational corporation that designs and manufactures electronic products. Headquartered in Abeno-ku, Osaka, Japan, Sharp employed around 55,580 people worldwide as of June 2011. The company was founded in September 1912 and takes its name from one of its founder's first inventions, the Ever-Sharp mechanical pencil, which was invented by Tokuji Hayakawa (早川 徳次) in 1915. Since then it has developed into one of the leading electronics companies in the world. Sharp Corporation is the fourth-largest television manufacturer in the world, after Samsung, LG and Sony. Sharp acquired a controlling stake in Pioneer Corporation in 2007. On 25 June 2009, Sharp and Pioneer agreed to form a joint venture comprising their optical businesses, called "Pioneer Digital Design and Manufacturing Corporation". In 1912, Tokuji Hayakawa (早川 徳次) founded a metal workshop in Tokyo. The first of his many inventions was a snap buckle named 'Tokubijo'. Another of his major inventions was the Ever-Sharp mechanical pencil in 1915, from which the Sharp Corporation took its name. After the pencil business was destroyed by the 1923 Great Kantō
    5.25
    4 votes
    147
    Traveller's Tales

    Traveller's Tales

    • Games Published: Rayman 2: The Great Escape
    Traveller's Tales is an English software house founded in 1989 and fully established in 1990 and based in Knutsford, Cheshire. It is part of the TT Games group—after the merger of publisher Giant Interactive and the developer Traveller's Tales—along with TT Games Publishing. Although, in its early years, the software house developed various games based on original content, since 1999 it mainly focused on the development of tie-ins based on movies, TV shows and television series. Traveller's Tales started developing games with Psygnosis, which were most notable for creating 3D effects, possibly in order to add minor realism. Their first game was Leander, also known as The Legend of Galahad. With Psygnosis they also did a video game adaption of Bram Stoker's Dracula, as well as other original productions like Puggsy. And thanks to an agreement between Psygnosis / Sony Imagesoft (because of Sony already owning Psygnosis at that time) and Disney, Traveller's Tales could produce several games based on Disney's properties, such as the Mickey Mouse game Mickey Mania and other games based on Pixar movies like Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Finding Nemo (the latter two thanks to agreements with
    5.25
    4 votes
    148
    ATI Technologies

    ATI Technologies

    • Game Versions Published: Corum Online
    ATI Technologies Inc. was a semiconductor technology corporation based in Markham, Ontario, Canada, that specialized in the development of graphics processing units and chipsets. Founded in 1985 as Array Technologies Industry, the company was listed publicly in 1993 and was acquired by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in 2006. As a major fabrication-less or fabless semiconductor company, ATI conducted research and development in-house and outsourced the manufacturing and assembly of its products. ATI and its chief rival Nvidia emerged as the two dominant players in the graphics processors industry, eventually forcing other manufacturers into niche roles. The acquisition of ATI in 2006 was important to AMD's strategic development of its Fusion generation of computer processors, which integrated general processing abilities with graphics processing functions within a single chip. Since 2010, the ATI brand name is no longer used for any of AMD's graphics processor products. Lee Ka Lau, Benny Lau, and Kwok Yuen Ho founded ATI in 1985 as Array Technologies Incorporated. Working primarily in the OEM field, ATI produced integrated graphics cards for PC manufacturers such as IBM and Commodore.
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    2 votes
    149
    Conspiracy Entertainment

    Conspiracy Entertainment

    • Games Published: Tiny Toon Adventures: Dizzy's Candy Quest
    • Game Versions Published: Action Girlz Racing
    Conspiracy Entertainment (formerly Conspiracy Games) is an American third-party developer video game publisher, publishing games from smaller companies that would face difficulties distributing games themselves. The company has also developed a few games of its own. Conspiracy Entertainment is currently publishing UMD videos for the PlayStation Portable and games for the PlayStation 2 and Wii consoles.
    7.00
    2 votes
    150
    Infinite Game Publishing

    Infinite Game Publishing

    • Games Published: MechWarrior Online
    Infinite Game Publishing is a new Digital publisher based in Montreal, Quebec, specializing in publishing free-to-play AAA online games.
    7.00
    2 votes
    151
    Introversion Software

    Introversion Software

    • Games Published: Uplink
    • Game Versions Published: Defcon
    Introversion Software are British video game developers. The company was founded in 2001 by three friends, Chris Delay; Mark Morris; and Thomas Arundel, who met when they were undergraduates at Imperial College London. The company originally labelled itself 'the last of the bedroom programmers' due to the team working out of their homes rather than having an office - they finally moved into an office when working on their fourth game, Multiwinia. Their first released game, Uplink, was programmed and designed almost exclusively by Chris, while Mark and Tom handled marketing, materials and the other 'business' elements. Their small initial investment enabled them to buy CD-Rs and printer cartridges. Early copies of the game were hand-made. The company was able to fully make back their investment within a few hours of accepting orders. A large community formed and the team, along with a new programmer, Andy Bainbridge, started work on two new games: Darwinia and DEFCON. Darwinia was released to much critical acclaim and was eventually re-released via Steam on 14 December 2005. Uplink has also since joined Darwinia on Steam, as of summer 2006. On 29 September 2006, Introversion
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    2 votes
    152
    LG Electronics

    LG Electronics

    LG Electronics (Korean: LG전자, KRX: 066570, LSE: LGLD) is a South Korean multinational electronics company headquartered in Yeouido-dong, Seoul, South Korea and the flagship subsidiary of the LG Group. The company operates its business through five divisions: Mobile Communications, Home Entertainment, Home Appliances, Air Conditioning, and Energy Solutions. It is the world's second-largest television manufacturer (after Samsung) and the world's fifth-largest mobile phone maker by unit sales in the second quarter of 2012. The company was originally established in 1958 as GoldStar, producing radios, TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners. The LG Group was formed through the merger of two Korean companies, Lucky and GoldStar, from which the abbreviation of LG was derived. The current "Life's Good" slogan is a backronym. Before the corporate name change to LG, household products were sold under the brand name of Lucky, while electronic products were sold under the brand name of GoldStar (Hangul:금성). In January 2009 LG was able to buy the domain name LG.com, for a price reportedly to be more than $100 million, placing it among the companies who own their two letter
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    2 votes
    153
    Nexon Corporation

    Nexon Corporation

    • Games Published: Mabinogi
    • Game Versions Published: Crazyracing Kartrider
    Nexon (Korean: 넥슨) Co. Ltd. (TYO: 3659) is a South Korean developer and publisher of video games. Founded in Seoul in 1994, Nexon's headquarters is currently located in Tokyo, Japan. Nexon Co. Ltd. was established in Korea on December 1994 where it published its first title, Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds, in 1996. Many title releases followed such as Dark Ages: Online Roleplaying, Elemental Saga, QuizQuiz, KartRider, Elancia, and Shattered Galaxy; some of which are maintained by a company spun off of Nexon, Kru Interactive. In 2003, Nexon developed MapleStory in Korea, which later became its most successful title. The game was localized in many locations such as Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, North America, Europe, Brazil, and Vietnam. Originally founded in Korea, Nexon Co. Ltd. is currently based in Japan. Nexon Co. Ltd. has four corporations running; they are located in Korea, Japan, United States, and Europe. Nexon currently has eleven subsidiaries: Nexon Networks, Nexon Mobile, NeoPle, Nextoric, Nexonova, GameHi, NDoors, CoPersons, Nclipse, ExcGames, and Xeogen. Nexon went public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on December 13, 2011 in a initial public offering, the
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    2 votes
    154
    Nintendo

    Nintendo

    • Games Published: Super Mario Bros.
    • Game Versions Published: Mario Kart Wii
    Nintendo Co., Ltd. (任天堂株式会社, Nintendō Kabushiki gaisha) is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics company located in Kyoto, Japan. Nintendo is the world's largest gaming company by revenue. Founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi, it originally produced handmade hanafuda cards. By 1963, the company had tried several small niche businesses, such as a cab company and a love hotel. Abandoning previous ventures, Nintendo developed into a video game company, becoming one of the most influential in the industry and Japan's third most valuable listed company with a market value of over US$85 billion. Nintendo of America is also the majority owner of the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team. The name Nintendo can be roughly translated from Japanese to English as "leave luck to heaven". As of October 18, 2010, Nintendo has sold over 565 million hardware units and 3.4 billion software units. Nintendo was founded as a card company in late 1889, originally named Nintendo Koppai. Based in Kyoto, Japan, the business produced and marketed a playing card game called Hanafuda. The handmade cards soon became popular, and Yamauchi hired assistants to mass produce cards to
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    2 votes
    155
    Sony Music Entertainment Japan

    Sony Music Entertainment Japan

    • Games Published: Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
    • Game Versions Published: Motion Gravure Series: Nemoto Harumi
    Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. (株式会社ソニー・ミュージックエンタテインメント, Kabushiki gaisha Sonī Myūjikku Entateinmento, often abbreviated as SMEJ, stylized as SonyMusic in television commercial messages and also known as Sony Music Japan for short) is Sony's music arm in Japan. SMEJ is directly owned by Sony Corporation and independent from the United States-based Sony Music Entertainment due to its strength in the Japanese music industry. Its subsidiaries including the anime production enterprise, Aniplex, which was established in January 1997 as a joint-venture between Sony Music Entertainment Japan and Sony Pictures Entertainment, but which in 2001 became a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment Japan. It was prominent in the early to mid 90's producing and licensing music for Anime such as Roujin Z from acclaimed Manga artist Katsuhiro Otomo and Capcom's Street Fighter anime series. Until March 2007, Sony Music Japan also had its own North American sublabel, Tofu Records. Releases of Sony Music Japan now appear on Columbia Records or Epic Records in North America. Releases on Columbia Records in other countries appear on Sony Records in Japan because a competitor, Columbia
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    2 votes
    156
    Candystand

    Candystand

    • Game Versions Published: Spin That Ball
    Candystand.com is a casual game portal owned by Funtank LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Publishers Clearing House and based in New York City, NY. Launched in 1997 by Nabisco, Inc., it was the first major advergame portal available on the World Wide Web. The site was created for Nabisco by Skyworks Interactive. In August 2008, Candystand was acquired by Funtank from the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company. Publishers Clearing House's acquisition of the property was announced in December 2010. Today, Candystand is regarded for having a catalog of over 100+ Flash and Shockwave games. Some of its most popular games include Candystand Billiards, Monster Trucks Unleashed, Vector Tower Defense (Vector TD), Slipstream and Fancy Pants Adventure 2. March 30, 1997: Nabisco, managed through its Life Savers portfolio, launches Candystand.com. 2001: Nabisco is acquired by Kraft Foods. After Kraft's acquisition of Nabisco, the tagline "The Hottest Games Online" is introduced. Spring 2003: Candystand.com did a voting poll on what will be the 5 new flavors for the Life Savers Five Flavor variety. February 2007: Candystand.com became one of the first free game portals to offer an interface for the Wii at
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    3 votes
    157
    Crystal Dynamics

    Crystal Dynamics

    • Games Published: Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko
    • Game Versions Published: Akuji the Heartless
    Crystal Dynamics is an American video game developer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, founded in 1992 by Judy Lang, Madaline Canepa and Dave Morris. It was acquired by Eidos Interactive, a British video game publisher, in 1998 and, following Square Enix's acquisition of Eidos in 2009, is now a subsidiary of Square Enix. Crystal Dynamics was formed in mid-1992 by Sega veterans Judy Lang (sales and acting CEO), Madeline Canepa (marketing) and Dave Morse (Amiga). Crystal was the first licensed developer for 3DO, a gaming hardware platform simultaneously funded by Kleiner Perkins. In 1993 Strauss Zelnick, then president of 20th Century Fox's film studio, was hired to run Crystal Dynamics. This made national news and helped to touch off the frenzy of multimedia investments of the mid-1990s. 3DO's launch during the 1993 Christmas season was a commercial failure, undermining Crystal's one-platform software strategy. Zelnick, Lange and Mark Cerny all resigned at about this time. The next strategy was to become a leading publisher for two new 32-bit, 3D-capable consoles, the PlayStation and the Sega Saturn. Randy Komisar was hired away from LucasArts in 1994 to replace Zelnick as CEO.
    6.00
    3 votes
    158

    Level Up! Games

    • Games Published: RF Online
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    6.00
    3 votes
    159
    Square Co.

    Square Co.

    • Games Published: Final Fantasy IV
    • Game Versions Published: Alcahest
    Square Co., Ltd. (株式会社スクウェア, Kabushiki-gaisha Sukuwea) was a Japanese video game company founded in September 1983 by Masashi Miyamoto. It merged with Enix in 2003 and became part of Square Enix. The company sometimes used Squaresoft as a brand name to refer to their games, and is occasionally used to refer to the company itself. In addition, "Squaresoft, Inc" was the name of the company's American arm before the merger, after which it was renamed to "Square Enix, Inc". Square was founded in Yokohama in September 1983 by Masashi Miyamoto after he graduated from Waseda, one of Japan's top universities. Back then, Square was a computer game software division of Den-Yu-Sha, a power line construction company owned by Miyamoto's father. While at the time game development was usually conducted by only one programmer, Miyamoto believed that it would be more efficient to have graphic designers, programmers and professional story writers working together on common projects. Square's first two titles were The Death Trap and its sequel Will: The Death Trap II, both designed by part-time employee Hironobu Sakaguchi and released on the NEC PC-8801. Despite an initial reluctance to develop for
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    3 votes
    160
    Kadokawa Shoten

    Kadokawa Shoten

    • Games Published: Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete
    • Game Versions Published: Slayers Royal
    Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd. (株式会社角川書店, Kabushiki-gaisha Kadokawa Shoten), a division of Kadokawa Group Holdings, Inc. (株式会社角川グループホールディングス), is a well-known Japanese publishing company based in Tokyo, Japan. Kadokawa has published both manga novels and magazines, such as Newtype magazine. In recent years it has expanded into the multimedia sector, namely in video games and movies (as Kadokawa Pictures). Kadokawa Shoten was established on November 10, 1945 by Genyoshi Kadokawa. The company's first publication imprint, Kadokawa Bunko, was published in 1949. The company went public on April 2, 1954. In 1975, Haruki Kadokawa became the president of Kadokawa Shoten, following Genyoshi Kadokawa's death. On April 1, 2003, Kadokawa Shoten was renamed to Kadokawa Holdings, transferring the existing publishing businesses to Kadokawa Shoten. On July 1, 2006, the parent company was renamed to Kadokawa Group Holdings, and inherited the management and integration businesses within Kadokawa Shoten. In January 2007, Kadokawa Group Holdings inherited the management and integration businesses within Kadokawa Shoten. The magazine businesses was transferred to the Kadokawa Magazine Group. The
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    5 votes
    161
    Activision

    Activision

    • Games Published: MechWarrior 2: 31st Century Combat
    • Game Versions Published: Pitfall!
    Activision is an American video game publisher, majority owned by French conglomerate Vivendi SA. Its current CEO is Eric Hirshberg. It was founded on October 1, 1979 and was the world's first independent developer and distributor of video games for gaming consoles. Its first products were cartridges for the Atari 2600 video console system published from July 1980 for the US market and from August 1981 for the international market (UK). Activision is now one of the largest third party video game publishers in the world and was also the top publisher for 2007 in the United States. On January 18, 2008, Activision announced they were the top US publisher in 2007, according to the NPD Group. On December 2, 2007, it was announced that Activision would be acquired by Vivendi, with Vivendi contributing its gaming division plus cash, in exchange for a majority stake in the new group. The merger between Activision and Vivendi Games took place on July 9, 2008, with the newly formed company known as Activision Blizzard. Activision will still exist as a subsidiary owned by Activision Blizzard, and it will still develop and publish games such as Call of Duty, along with some of Vivendi's owned
    5.67
    3 votes
    162

    Taito Corporation

    • Games Published: Rainbow Islands: The Story of Bubble Bobble 2
    • Game Versions Published: Space Invaders Infinity Gene
    The Taito Corporation (株式会社タイトー, kabushikigaisha taitō) is a Japanese publisher of video game software and arcade hardware wholly owned by publisher Square Enix. Taito has their headquarters in the Shinjuku Bunka Quint Building in Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo, sharing the facility with its parent company. Taito is best known for producing hit arcade games, such as Space Invaders and Bubble Bobble. They have produced arcade games all around the world, while also importing and distributing American coin-op video games in Japan. Taito also owns several game centers in Japan known as Taito Stations. Taito Corporation currently has a subsidiary in Beijing, China. In the past, the company had operated divisions in North America, Brazil, South Korea and Italy. The company was founded in 1953 by a Russian Jewish businessman named Michael Kogan as Taito Trading Company (株式会社太東貿易, kabushikigaisha taitō bōeki). Taito started out importing and distributing vending machines. Later, they began leasing jukeboxes and they eventually started to manufacture their own. They eventually began producing electro-mechanical arcade games in the 1960s. Taito introduced their first video arcade game in 1973. It
    5.67
    3 votes
    163
    FTL Games

    FTL Games

    • Games Published: Dungeon Master
    • Game Versions Published: Chaos Strikes Back
    FTL Games (Faster Than Light) was the video game development division of Software Heaven Inc. FTL created several popular video games in the 1980s and early 1990s. Despite the company's small size, FTL products were consistently number-one sellers and received the highest critical acclaim and industry awards. FTL was founded by Wayne Holder in 1982. Holder started Software Heaven and FTL as its game division after founding Oasis Systems, which specialized in spell checking software. He hired Bruce Webster, with whom he graduated from high school, to head FTL. After Webster left FTL in 1984, Doug Bell joined FTL and served as the Technical Director until FTL ceased operations in 1996. FTL released several games throughout its relatively short history. Surprisingly, most went on to become best sellers and some even set new standards for games of their genres. Holder and Webster co-designed FTL's first game, SunDog: Frozen Legacy, a space trading game. It was released first for the Apple II in March 1984. Webster did most of the programming for the Apple II version, but resigned from FTL after the release of version 2.0 due to programming burn-out. Doug Bell, Andy Jaros and Michael
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    2 votes
    164

    General Mills

    • Games Published: Millsberry
    General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS) is an American Fortune 500 corporation, primarily concerned with food products headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. The company markets many well-known brands, such as Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Colombo, Totinos, Jeno's, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Häagen-Dazs, Cheerios, and Lucky Charms. Its brand portfolio includes more than 100 leading U.S. brands and numerous category leaders around the world. The company can trace its history to the Minneapolis Milling Company, founded in 1856 by Illinois Congressman Robert Smith, which leased power rights to mills operating along Saint Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River. Cadwallader C. Washburn acquired the company shortly after its founding and hired his brother, William D. Washburn to assist in the company's development. In 1866, the Washburns got into the business themselves, building the Washburn "B" Mill at the falls. At the time, the building was considered to be so large and output so vast that it could not possibly sustain itself. However, the company succeeded, and in 1874 he built the even bigger Washburn "A" Mill. In 1877, the mill entered a partnership with
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    2 votes
    165
    Globalstar

    Globalstar

    • Games Published: Siege of Avalon
    Globalstar is a low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation for satellite phone and low-speed data communications, somewhat similar to the Iridium satellite constellation and Orbcomm satellite systems. The Globalstar project was launched in 1991 as a joint venture of Loral Corporation and Qualcomm. On March 24, 1994, the two sponsors announced formation of Globalstar LP, a limited partnership established in the U.S., with financial participation from eight other companies, including Alcatel, AirTouch, Deutsche Aerospace, Hyundai and Vodafone. At that time, the company predicted the system would launch in 1998, based on an investment of $1.8 billion. Globalstar received its US spectrum allocation from the FCC in January 1995, and continued to negotiate with other nations for rights to use the same radio frequencies in their countries. The first satellites were launched in February 1998, but system deployment was delayed due to a launch failure in September 1998 that resulted in the loss of 12 satellites in a launch by the Russian Space Agency. In February 2000, it launched the last of 52 satellites — 48 satellites and four in-orbit spares (reduced from the original plan of eight
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    2 votes
    166
    Markov chain

    Markov chain

    • Games Published: Lester the Unlikely
    A Markov chain, named after Andrey Markov, is a mathematical system that undergoes transitions from one state to another, between a finite or countable number of possible states. It is a random process usually characterized as memoryless: the next state depends only on the current state and not on the sequence of events that preceded it. This specific kind of "memorylessness" is called the Markov property. Markov chains have many applications as statistical models of real-world processes. Formally, a Markov chain is a random process with the Markov property. Often, the term "Markov chain" is used to mean a Markov process which has a discrete (finite or countable) state-space. Usually a Markov chain is defined for a discrete set of times (i.e., a discrete-time Markov chain) although some authors use the same terminology where "time" can take continuous values. The use of the term in Markov chain Monte Carlo methodology covers cases where the process is in discrete time (discrete algorithm steps) with a continuous state space. The following concentrates on the discrete-time discrete-state-space case. A discrete-time random process involves a system which is in a certain state at each
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    2 votes
    167

    Matrix Games

    • Games Published: Harpoon
    • Game Versions Published: Close Combat: Modern Tactics
    Matrix Games is a publisher of computer games, specifically strategy games and wargames. They are based out of Epsom, United Kingdom. Their focus is primarily but not exclusively on war games and turn-based strategy. The product line-up also includes space sims (Starshatter: The Gathering Storm), sports management sims (Maximum-Football), and real-time strategy titles (Close Combat: Cross of Iron). Matrix Games publishes games from a wide variety of developers, including SSG, 2by3 Games, Panther Games, Koios Works, Destroyer Studios, and Western-Civilization. Matrix Games was founded by David Heath in 1999 in Staten Island, New York. As of January 2010, Matrix Games has published over 75+ titles. Throughout its history, Matrix Games has often been referred to by wargame developers as the "Home Depot of Wargaming" because of its ability to provide a wide variety of game developer assistance to smaller developing firms. Matrix has in-house artists, programmers, and producers which all take active roles in projects of smaller wargame developers who lack the resources to hire full-time staff otherwise. In May 2010 Matrix Games and Slitherine announced a merger of the two company making
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    2 votes
    168
    Media Vision

    Media Vision

    • Games Published: Critical Path
    • Game Versions Published: Critical Path
    Media Vision was an American electronics manufacturer of primarily computer sound cards and CD-ROM kits, operating from 1990 to approximately 1995 in Fremont, California. Media Vision was widely known for its Pro AudioSpectrum PC sound cards—which it often bundled with CD-ROM drives—and its spectacular growth and demise. Media Vision was founded in May 1990 by Paul Jain (aka Prabhat Jain) and Tim Bratton. Early employees also included Russ Faust, Sandy Pfister, Dan Gochnauer and Bryan Colvin. Many of the founders and early employees had worked together under Mr. Jain at Video Seven, a video card maker which by then had been purchased by and absorbed into LSI Logic. As Mr. Bratton recalls, he wrote the company's business plan while an engineer at National Semiconductor and studying for his MBA at Santa Clara University. Mr. Jain and Mr. Bratton used the plan to raise $1 million in funding and by July 1990, after returning from the MPEG standard committee meeting in Porto, Portugal, Mr. Bratton joined the company as its first full time employee. Mr. Faust and Ms. Pfister joined soon after. Mr. Jain remained at National Semiconductor for another month and joined the company full time
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    2 votes
    169

    Telenet Japan

    • Games Published: Valis III
    • Game Versions Published: Zan II Spirits
    Telenet Japan Co., Ltd. (株式会社日本テレネット, Kabushiki-gaisha Nihon Terenetto) was a Japanese video game and software developer founded in October 1983 by Kazuyuki Fukushima. The company was also known as Nippon Telenet (or Nihon Telenet). The company was best known for the Valis series as well as its Wolfteam, Laser Soft and RiOT divisions ( the former of which created Tales of Phantasia, the first game in the Tales series). The company's North American subsidiary, Renovation Products was eventually acquired by Sega. The company closed its doors on October 25, 2007. Currently, Sunsoft has acquired Telenet's entire software library, with plans of re-releasing old titles for Virtual Console or remaking them.
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    2 votes
    170

    Delphine Software International

    • Games Published: Operation Stealth
    • Game Versions Published: Another World
    Delphine Software was a French video game developer company. They were famous for their games Another World and Flashback, which bore a similarity to Prince of Persia, both in gameplay and in utilizing rotoscoped animation. They were also known for their Moto Racer series. Delphine Software International (DSI) was created in 1988 as a part of the Delphine Group and was initially based in Paris. It was headed by Paul de Senneville, and co-directed by Paul Cuisset, who was the company lead designer. In 1993, a subsidiary company named Adeline Software International was created. In 2001, Delphine Software International relocated to Saint-Ouen. In December 2002, the company was removed from the Delphine Group. In February 2003, Delphine Software was sold to Doki Denki. The company closed down in July 2004 after bankruptcy and liquidation. Their official website has since shut down. As a consequence, the subsidiary company, Adeline, had also shut down around the same time. In 2007, rumours spread that Flashback designer, Paul Cuisset was working on a Wii title with Eric Viennot, who divulged the information on his blog. However, little is known of the game, as he has not mentioned the
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    1 votes
    171
    Scholastic Press

    Scholastic Press

    • Games Published: Agent USA
    • Game Versions Published: I Spy Spooky Mansion
    Scholastic (or Scholastic Inc.) is a global book publishing company known for publishing educational materials for schools, teachers, and parents, and selling and distributing them by mail order and via book clubs and book fairs. It also has the exclusive United States publishing rights to both the Harry Potter and The Hunger Games book series. Scholastic Inc. is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books. In the 1970s, Scholastic Press was well-known mainly through their Scholastic Book Clubs , a mail-order service dealing in children's books, and their magazine publications aimed at youths: Wow (preschoolers and elementary schoolers), Dynamite (pre-teens) and Bananas (teens). The company's official mascot is Clifford the Big Red Dog. Scholastic has grown its business most recently by acquiring other media companies, including Klutz, the animated television production company Soup2Nuts, the K–12 educational software publisher Tom Snyder Productions, and most significantly the reference publisher Grolier, which publishes the Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia and The New Book of Knowledge. In 1920, Maurice R. "Robbie" Robinson founded the business he named
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    1 votes
    172

    Red Orb Entertainment

    • Games Published: Prince of Persia
    • Game Versions Published: The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time
    Red Orb Entertainment was a division of the Brøderbund software company created to market its gaming titles, distinguishing them from its considerable library of edutainment titles, which it marketed to schools. The name comes from the first six letters of "Broderbund," which when reversed yield "Red Orb." Red Orb Entertainment published several games in the late 1990s, including:
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    3 votes
    173
    Capybara Games

    Capybara Games

    • Games Published: Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
    • Game Versions Published: Heartbeat
    Capybara Games is an award-winning independent game studio based out of Toronto, Canada. It focuses on the development of iPhone, Nintendo DS, and downloadable console games. The studio was founded in 2003 from a collection of Toronto IGDA members. Capybara's mascot is a mustachioed man named Hank Hudson, who can be found in most of their games. Capybara Games garnered awards and praise for their 2D video games. Critter Crunch scored an 87 on Metacritic and Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes for the Nintendo DS scored an 86 making the latter game the fourth best rated Nintendo DS game of 2009.
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    2 votes
    174
    Namco

    Namco

    • Games Published: Mr. Driller: Drill Land
    • Game Versions Published: Pac-Attack
    Namco Ltd. (株式会社ナムコ, Kabushiki Kaisha Namuko) is a Japanese corporation best known as a former video game developer and publisher. Following a merger with Bandai in September 2005, the two companies' game production assets were spun off into Namco Bandai Games on March 31, 2006. Namco was re-established to continue domestic operation of video arcades and amusement parks. Its headquarters are located in Ōta, Tokyo. The company's English name is officially often written as NAMCO (in all capital letters). Namco was a front-runner during the Golden age of arcade video games. Pac-Man, its arguably most famous title, went on to become the best-selling arcade game in history and an international popular culture icon. Masaya Nakamura founded the company as Nakamura Manufacturing in 1955. Based in Tokyo, the company started out by running children's rides on the roof of a department store in Yokohama. The business eventually expanded throughout the Tokyo area. Nakamura Manufacturing was reorganized in 1958 and underwent a slight name change to Nakamura Manufacturing Co., which would later be used to form the acronym Namco. In 1970 the company produced a coin-operated mechanical driving
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    Seibu Kaihatsu

    Seibu Kaihatsu

    • Games Published: Raiden Fighters Jet
    • Game Versions Published: Battle Balls
    Seibu Kaihatsu Inc. (有限会社 セイブ開発, yūgen kaisha seibu kaihatsu) is a Japanese manufacturer of arcade games. The company was founded in 1982 at Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan as Seibu Denshi Inc. (有限会社セイブ電子), but changed to its current name sometime in 1984. It is currently owned by Hitoshi Hamada. One of their earliest arcade hits was the 1989 rail shooter Dynamite Duke, one of the first to feature close combat with long-range shooting. A year later, Seibu Kaihatsu became best known for their 1990 vertical-scrolling shoot 'em up arcade game Raiden, which was successful enough to earn several sequels and spin-offs in its series of titles. In 1991, a development department known as Rise Corporation (株式会社ライズ) was spun from Seibu Kaihatsu. During the late '80s, Fabtek bought the rights to internationally distribute Seibu Kaihatsu's arcade titles outside of Japan. In 1999, its arcade division vanished and its official website shut down. It was also rumored that they filed for bankruptcy; in fact, Seibu Kaihatsu temporarily disbanded itself. Therefore, Fabtek's international distribution rights expired while closing its business. During the same year, they established Mahjong Cats (開発部門 キャッツ),
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    Sinclair Research Ltd

    Sinclair Research Ltd

    • Games Published: Stop the Express
    • Game Versions Published: Eric and the Floaters
    Sinclair Research Ltd is a British consumer electronics company founded by Sir Clive Sinclair in Cambridge. Originally incorporated in 1973 as Ablesdeal Ltd., it remained dormant until 1976, and did not adopt the name Sinclair Research until 1981. In 1980, Clive Sinclair entered the home computer market with the ZX80 at £99.95, at the time the cheapest personal computer for sale in the UK. In 1982 the ZX Spectrum was released, later becoming Britain's best selling computer, competing aggressively against Commodore and Amstrad. At the height of its success, and largely inspired by the Japanese Fifth Generation Computer programme, the company established the "MetaLab" research centre at Milton Hall (near Cambridge), in order to pursue artificial intelligence, wafer-scale integration, formal verification and other advanced projects. The combination of the failures of the Sinclair QL computer and the TV80 led to financial difficulties in 1985, and a year later Sinclair sold the rights to their computer products and brand name to Amstrad. Sinclair Research Ltd still exists today as a one man company, continuing to market Sir Clive Sinclair's newest inventions. On 25 July 1961, Clive
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    Sony

    Sony

    • Games Published: Jackie Chan Stuntmaster
    • Game Versions Published: Super Morph
    Sony Corporation (ソニー株式会社, Sonī Kabushiki Gaisha) (TYO: 6758, NYSE: SNE), commonly referred to as Sony, is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Kōnan Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It ranked 87th on the 2012 list of Fortune Global 500. Sony is one of the leading manufacturers of electronics products for the consumer and professional markets. Sony Corporation is the electronics business unit and the parent company of the Sony Group, which is engaged in business through its four operating segments – Electronics (including video games, network services and medical business), Motion pictures, Music and Financial Services. These make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony's principal business operations include Sony Corporation (Sony Electronics in the U.S.), Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Mobile Communications (formerly Sony Ericsson), and Sony Financial. Sony is among the Worldwide Top 20 Semiconductor Sales Leaders and third-largest television manufacturer in the world, after Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics. The Sony Group (ソニー・グループ, Sonī Gurūpu) is a
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    178

    Strategic Simulations, Inc.

    • Games Published: Stronghold
    • Game Versions Published: Phantasie
    Strategic Simulations, Inc. (SSI) was a video game developer and publisher with over 100 titles to its credit since its founding in 1979. It was especially noted for its numerous wargames, its official computer game adaptations of Dungeons & Dragons, and for the groundbreaking Panzer General series. The company was founded by Joel Billings, a wargame enthusiast. He hired programmers John Lyons, who wrote Computer Bismarck — later claimed to have been the first "serious wargame" published for a microcomputer — and Ed Williger, who wrote Computer Ambush. Both games were written in BASIC as were many of SSI's early games. Computer Bismarck was released for the Apple II in January 1980 and for the TRS-80 later in the year. Chuck Kroegel, the co-author with David Landry of many of the early SSI wargames, joined the company as an employee in 1983 and led product development for over ten years. In 1982 SSI launched their RapidFire line. Although the name implies action titles, it was in fact simply a branding of games being written by third party authors. The initial series consisted of Cytron Masters, The Cosmic Balance and Galactic Gladiators. Later titles included Epidemic!, a real
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    Electronic Arts

    Electronic Arts

    • Games Published: The Sims
    • Game Versions Published: Boom Blox
    Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA) (NASDAQ: EA) is an American developer, marketer, publisher and distributor of video games. Founded and incorporated on May 28, 1982 by Trip Hawkins, the company was a pioneer of the early home computer games industry and was notable for promoting the designers and programmers responsible for its games. Electronic Arts is the world's third-largest gaming company by revenue after Nintendo and Activision Blizzard. Originally, EA was a home computing game publisher. In the late 1980s, the company began developing games in-house and supported consoles by the early 1990s. EA later grew via acquisition of several successful developers. By the early 2000s, EA had become one of the world's largest third-party publishers. On May 4, 2011, EA reported $3.8 billion in revenues for the fiscal year ending March 2011, and on January 13, 2012, EA announced that it had exceeded $1 billion in digital revenue during the previous calendar year. In a note to employees, EA CEO John Riccitiello called this “an incredibly important milestone” for the company. EA began to move toward direct distribution of digital games and services with the acquisition of the popular online
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    Zamuse

    Zamuse

    • Games Published: Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Scrambled Valkyrie
    Zamuse was a Japanese video game publisher, defunct since 1995.
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    3 votes
    181
    Coreplay

    Coreplay

    Coreplay is a computer game developer located in Munich, Germany. The company has been founded by Peter Ohlmann and Andreas Drude in 2007. Peter Ohlmann previously worked on The Settlers II, Knights and Merchants and SpellForce 2. With Ion Assault, Coreplay is the first German game development company that released a game on Xbox Live Arcade. Their new project Jagged Alliance: Back in Action is announced to be released on February 2012. The game will be a remake of an older game Jagged Alliance 2 by Sir-Tech with additional features of an average graphical 3D engine, "Plan & Go" system and an impressive list of 60 mercenaries for hire coming all the way from Jagged Alliance 2. The company has stated that all the original voice actors will take be present in Back in Action.
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    182
    Disney Interactive

    Disney Interactive

    • Game Versions Published: Pirates of the Caribbean Online
    The Disney Interactive Media Group (DIMG, pronounced DIMM-GEE), formerly known as the Walt Disney Internet Group and Disney Interactive Studios, oversees various websites and interactive media owned by The Walt Disney Company and its subsidiaries. The division's Disney Online unit operates disney.com, which promotes the Disney theme parks and offers entertainment content intended for children. The Disney Interactive Media Group generates revenue mainly through advertising sales, sponsorships, subscriptions, and video game sales. The company Starwave merged with Infoseek and was later sold to The Walt Disney company in 1998. The new entity, Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) developed the Go.com portal. In 2004, Disney re-activated the Starwave identity as Starwave Mobile, which publishes casual games for mobile phones. On June 5, 2008, Disney Interactive Studios and the Walt Disney Internet Group, merged into a single business unit now known as the Disney Interactive Media Group. The latest iteration of Disney.com was launched in February 2007 by DIMG. DIMG is separated into five divisions. Disney Interactive Studios offers games based on Disney franchises and new properties,
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    183
    Dualstar Interactive

    Dualstar Interactive

    • Games Published: Mary-Kate and Ashley: Sweet 16
    Dualstar Interactive is the video game division for Dualstar Entertainment Group, based in Los Angeles, California. The role-playing video games, in which they feature Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, was distributed by Glen Cove, New York-based Acclaim Entertainment until its demise in 2004.
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    184

    Gathering of Developers

    • Games Published: The Guy Game
    • Game Versions Published: Rune
    Gathering of Developers (aka God Games and Gathering) was a Texas-based PC and video games publishing company, founded in January 1998 with the mission to bridge the gap between publishers and independent game developers, allowing independent developers creative control over their projects, ownership of their IP, and participation in the publishing and marketing decisions. Fueled by past publishing experiences and frustrations, several experienced development companies bound together to form a relationship-based publisher. The company later became a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive. Gathering's first wave of releases included Railroad Tycoon II, Nocturne, Darkstone, Age of Wonders and Fly!. The company later expanded to the console market. Take Two acquired the company outright in May 2000, and attempted unsuccessfully to manage the Texas based group from its New York HQ. The founders and employees of G.O.D. were unhappy with the lack of freedom the company allowed for following through on its principles of fair treatment of developers and IP ownership. Founder Doug Myres died unexpectedly in May 2001, prompting the other partners to negotiate a separation with the company
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    185
    Leapfrog Enterprises

    Leapfrog Enterprises

    • Game Versions Published: Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: The Golden Paddleball
    LeapFrog Enterprises Inc NYSE: LF is an educational entertainment company based in Emeryville, California. LeapFrog designs, develops and markets technology-based learning products and related content for the education of infant through grade school children. The company was founded in 1995 by Michael Wood and Robert Lally, when Wood found no products on the market that could help his struggling son learn to read. Since then, LeapFrog has developed a number of learning platforms with a library of software titles, covering subjects including phonics, reading, writing, and math for grade school children. Wood was working as an attorney for a law firm that helped entrepreneurs find funds for their hi-tech business ventures. When Wood's son encountered learning difficulties at the age of three, finding it difficult to associate letters with their corresponding sounds, Wood looked around for an educational toy to help his son. As there appeared to be nothing on the market at that time, Wood took his inspiration from a client who was using integrated circuit chips to produce novelty greeting cards. After carrying out research and organizing focus groups with mothers over a period of four
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    186
    Softdisk

    Softdisk

    • Games Published: Hovertank 3D
    Softdisk is a software and Internet company based in Shreveport, Louisiana. Founded in 1981, its original products were disk magazines (which they termed "magazettes", for "magazine on diskette"). They were affiliated and partly owned by paper magazine Softalk at their founding, but survived its demise. Names they have been known by at various times and for various purposes include: Softdisk Magazette, Softdisk Publishing, Softdisk, Inc., Softdisk Internet Services, Softdisk, L.L.C., and Magazines On Disk. Publications included: By the late 1990s, however, these publications were discontinued, although Loadstar had a continued life as an independent company catering to a cult following of Commodore buffs. Softdisk has also published some standalone programs, including screensaver creator Screen Saver Studio (which is now published by Flat Rock Software). However, they are probably most famous for being the former workplace of several of the founders of id Software, who worked on a short-lived game subscription product, Gamer's Edge. Gamer's Edge was a bi-monthly PC game disk started in 1990 by John Romero. The disk's developers were John Carmack, John Romero, and Adrian Carmack.
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    187
    Tigon Studios

    Tigon Studios

    Tigon Studios is a video game production company owned by One Race Films focused primarily on games featuring or starring actor Vin Diesel, who also founded the company. The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay is set before the films Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick. It is a first-person shooter, which mixes stealth and combat. Wheelman is a driving game developed by Midway Studios Newcastle and published by Ubisoft and Midway Games for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. The game is set in an open ended world modeled after Barcelona, full of destructible objects, alleyways, shortcuts through office blocks and a total of 31 story missions and 105 side missions. While most missions are driving-oriented there are also foot missions which are played from a third person and incorporated a cover system similar to the one used in Gears of War. The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is the new game that also contains a remake of Escape From Butcher Bay, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Windows. Vivendi Games, Sierra Entertainment, Tigon Games, Starbreeze Studios and Universal Pictures worked on the project, featuring new content
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    188
    Warner Bros. Entertainment

    Warner Bros. Entertainment

    • Games Published: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., also known as Warner Bros. Pictures or simply Warner Bros. (though the name was occasionally given in full form as Warner Brothers during the company's early years), is an American producer of film, television, and music entertainment. One of the major film studios, it is a subsidiary of Time Warner, with its headquarters in Burbank, California and New York. Warner Bros. has several subsidiary companies, including Warner Bros. Studios, Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Home Video, New Line Cinema, TheWB.com, and DC Comics. Warner owns half of The CW Television Network. Warner Bros. is a member of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). The corporate name honors the four founding Warner brothers (born Wonskolaser [pron. WON Sko La' Ser] or Wonsal)—Harry (born Hirsz), Albert (born Aaron), Sam (born Szmul), and Jack (Itzhak or to some sources Jacob). Harry, Albert, Sam and their Jewish parents emigrated to North America from the part of Poland that had been subjugated to the Russian Empire following the 18th-century partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian
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    3 votes
    189
    Flying Lab Software

    Flying Lab Software

    • Games Published: Pirates of the Burning Sea
    Flying Lab Software is a video game developer based in Seattle, Washington. It was established in 1997 by Russell Williams and Paul Canniff. The company's first game was Rails Across America, released in 2001. The company's second project was Pirates of the Burning Sea, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game of adventure and naval combat in the Caribbean in 1720. The game was released on January 22, 2008.
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    190
    Hasbro

    Hasbro

    • Games Published: Star Trek: Birth of the Federation
    Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is an American multinational toy and board game company. It is one of the largest toy makers in the world. The corporate headquarters is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The majority of its products are manufactured in East Asia. In 1923, two brothers, Henry and Helal Hassenfeld, founded Hassenfeld Brothers, a textile remnant company in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. Over the next two decades, the company expanded to produce pencil cases and school supplies. In the 1940s, Hassenfeld Brothers produced doctor and nurse kits, its first toys. Hassenfeld Brothers' first toy hit was Mr. Potato Head, which the company purchased from inventor George Lerner in 1952. The toy was a smash success. In 1964, Hassenfeld Brothers produced the G.I. Joe toy, which they termed an "action figure" in order to market the toy to boys who wouldn't want to play with "dolls." The company shortened its name to Hasbro Industries in 1968. Its promotional efforts included the catchphrase "Boy Oh Boy! It's A Hasbro Toy!" in television commercials and print ads. In 1969 Hasbro bought Romper Room, Inc., and re-branded it as Claster Television Productions. In 1982, Hasbro produced another
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    Microsoft

    Microsoft

    • Games Published: Sneak King
    • Game Versions Published: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
    Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington that develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a wide range of products and services related to computing. The company was founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen on April 4, 1975. Microsoft is the world's largest software maker measured by revenues. It is also one of the world's most valuable companies. Microsoft was established to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800. It rose to dominate the personal computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems. The company's 1986 initial public offering, and subsequent rise in its share price, created an estimated three billionaires and 12,000 millionaires from Microsoft employees. Since the 1990s, it has increasingly diversified from the operating system market and has made a number of corporate acquisitions. In May 2011, Microsoft acquired Skype Technologies for $8.5 billion in its largest acquisition to date. As of 2012, Microsoft is market dominant in both the PC operating system and office suite markets (the latter with Microsoft
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    192
    NovaLogic

    NovaLogic

    • Games Published: Delta Force: Urban Warfare
    • Game Versions Published: Delta Force: Urban Warfare
    NovaLogic is a software developer and publisher established in 1985 and based in Calabasas, California. The company was founded by current CEO John A. Garcia. Garcia's background in computer software started in Southern California in the early 1980s, when he worked at DataSoft. The company has grown from a small arcade conversions developer to a publisher of its own popular game titles. The company has always been privately owned. However, Electronic Arts is a minority shareholder. Originally, NovaLogic worked on new versions of previously published games, such as the 1987 PC port of Bubble Bobble. The cancelled Philips CD-i sequel to Super Mario World, Super Mario's Wacky Worlds, was in development by NovaLogic. In 1994, NovaLogic set up their European office in London, England. This office has subsequently been closed down. Three years later, NovaLogic first launched their free online matchmaking service, NovaWorld. This service allows for large online battles and stat tracking. After publishing several successful military-themed games, the company started NovaLogic Systems, Inc. (NLS) in 1999, which made training simulations for the US Army. The company's 2004 launch of Joint
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    193
    SouthPeak Interactive

    SouthPeak Interactive

    • Games Published: Rally Challenge 2000
    • Game Versions Published: Schrödinger’s Rat
    SouthPeak Games (often called SouthPeak Interactive) is a video game publisher of titles in Europe and North America. SouthPeak Games, which was originally a subsidiary of SAS Institute, has been publishing games since 1996 and has worked with multiple development studios, including EAI Interactive, Psyonix Studios and TopWare Interactive. The company published games for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, Nintendo 64, PlayStation, PlayStation Portable, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, and Nintendo DS video game systems as well as Microsoft Windows. It also has games in development for the Xbox 360, Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation 3. SouthPeak publishes games for all current-generation consoles and hand helds, and Microsoft Windows. Their games cover a wide variety of genres and demographics. SouthPeak is headquartered in Midlothian, Virginia, United States and has branch offices in Grapevine, Texas and London, England. The company recently revealed that it had raised USD$12.9 million in private investments for the development of indie games. On October 14, 2008, the company acquired Gamecock Media Group. On February 17, 2009, SouthPeak announced earnings of $17.3 million in revenues for a
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    194
    Vivendi Games

    Vivendi Games

    • Games Published: The Simpsons Hit & Run
    • Game Versions Published: Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart 3D
    Vivendi Games, formerly known as Vivendi Universal Games, was the holdings company for Sierra Entertainment and Blizzard Entertainment. Vivendi Games was founded as Vivendi Universal Games after Vivendi bought Universal Studios in the early 2000s. Before then, Vivendi Universal Games was known as Universal Interactive Studios. Vivendi Games was a 100% subsidiary of Vivendi S.A.. Headed by Bruce Hack, it was headquartered in Los Angeles, California and employed over 3,400 people at 4 separate development divisions. Vivendi Games owned the rights to such popular franchises as Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo and World of Warcraft (all games developed by Blizzard Entertainment) as well as others like Empire Earth, Leisure Suit Larry, Ground Control, Tribes, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon owned by Sierra Entertainment. It is now merged with Activision and is known as Activision Blizzard. The history of Vivendi Games begins in February 1996, when CUC International, a large mail order and subscription company, offered to acquire entertainment software developer Sierra Entertainment. Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, Sierra was the leading developer and publisher of computer games
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    195

    Artix Entertainment

    • Game Versions Published: Dragonfable
    Artix Entertainment, LLC. (often abbreviated to AE) is an independent video game developer and publisher that creates browser-based role-playing games using the Flash and Unity3D engines. Their games are also known as Battleon Games. As of June 2012, they are known to have over 150 Million users in their games and about 30 employees around the headquarters. The company was founded by Adam Bohn (better known to players by his pseudonym, Artix von Krieger) in 2002. It manages four single-player games (AdventureQuest, DragonFable, MechQuest and WarpForce) and three MMORPGs (HeroSmash, EpicDuel and AdventureQuest Worlds). They are currently working on a 3D game, AQ3D — Legend of Lore. Including an interactive minigames on their portal, such as Pony vs. Pony and BladeHaven. AdventureQuest was Artix Entertainment's first project. Now it is also referred to as AdventureQuest Classic or The Original AdventureQuest. The game is also called Battleon sometimes because of it's domain name. The game is set in the fictional world of "Lore", a tongue-in-cheek reference to the original game name, Lands of Rising Evil. While it is free to play, players may upgrade their characters to become
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    Blade Interactive

    Blade Interactive

    • Game Versions Published: Inferno Pool
    Dark Energy Digital, was a privately owned video game developer and publisher based in the United Kingdom. It was formed from members of Blade Interactive, which continues to operate as a separate company. On September 28, 2007, following the public announcement of Hydrophobia, it was announced that a deal had been made between Blade Interactive and Total Asset Limited and was to become a publisher in its own right and publish its own titles. On March 19, 2012, it was announced the company was to close due to low sales of Hydrophobia (see below). Blade Interactive was founded in 1998 and are largely known as a developer of pool and snooker games. Three years developing HydroEngine, their dynamic fluid game engine used in Hydrophobia. As part of a major expansion, Blade Interactive has a new mobile game development division based at Blade Interactive's new office complex in Manchester, known as 'BIG' (Blade Interactive Games). One of the founding Directors of Blade Interactive, Peter Jones, was formally Managing Director of Mirage Technologies Multimedia Ltd, the studio behind Rise of the Robots 1 & 2 and the PlayStation/PC title Bedlam. The company created a new video game engine /
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    197
    Doublesix

    Doublesix

    • Games Published: Burn Zombie Burn
    • Game Versions Published: Burn Zombie Burn
    Doublesix is a subsidiary of Kuju Entertainment based in Guildford that develops video games for the digital download market. The studio was formed from the team that made Geometry Wars: Galaxies. They also made the zombie themed shooter, Burn Zombie Burn!. The company has received awards and nominations since its inception; notably that of the develop "Best New UK Studio 2008" and a nomination for best hand-held game (Geometry Wars: Galaxies) at the 2009 BAFTAs. They also worked on a successor to Burn Zombie Burn!, entitled All Zombies Must Die!.
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    Imagine Software

    Imagine Software

    • Games Published: Stonkers
    • Game Versions Published: Typhoon
    Imagine Software was a British video games developer based in Liverpool which existed briefly in the early 1980s, initially producing software for the ZX Spectrum and VIC-20. The company rose quickly to prominence and was noted for its polished, high-budget approach to packaging and advertising (at a time when this was not commonplace in the British software industry), as well as its self-promotion and ambition. Following Imagine's prominent demise under mounting debts in 1984, the name was bought and used as a label by Ocean Software until the late-1980s. Imagine Software was founded in 1982 by former members of Bug-Byte including Mark Butler, David Lawson and Eugene Evans. Butler and Evans had previously worked at Microdigital, one of the first computer stores in the UK. Imagine Software produced several very successful games, including Arcadia for the Vic 20 and ZX Spectrum, before running into financial trouble in late 1983. Rumours of Imagine's financial situation began to circulate in December 1983 following the revelations that an estimated £50,000 of its advertising bills had not been paid. The following year the debts mounted, with further advertising and tape duplication
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    Linden Lab

    Linden Lab

    • Games Published: Second Life
    • Game Versions Published: Second Life
    Linden Research, Inc., d/b/a Linden Lab, is a privately held American Internet company that is best known as the creator of Second Life. The company's head office is in San Francisco, with additional offices in Boston, Seattle, Virginia and Davis, California. Its offices in Mountain View, Brighton, Singapore and Amsterdam were closed in 2010. In addition, the company employs remote workers that communicate and collaborate on projects using Second Life technology. The company, founded in 1999, employs numerous established high-tech veterans, including former executives from Electronic Arts, eBay, Disney, Adobe, and Apple. The company's founder and original CEO is Philip Rosedale, a former CTO of RealNetworks, one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World in 2007. In December 2010, the company announced a new CEO, Rod Humble, who controls day-to-day management and operations. Rosedale remains chairman of the board of Linden Lab, with a focus on product development and strategy. In 2008, the company was awarded an Emmy for Second Life in the user-generated content and game modification category. The award was given at the 59th annual Technology & Engineering Emmy
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    Major BBS

    Major BBS

    • Games Published: Quest for Magic
    The Major BBS (sometimes MajorBBS or MBBS) was bulletin board software (a bulletin board system server) developed between 1986 and 1999 by Galacticomm. In 1995 it was renamed Worldgroup Server and bundled with a user client interface program named Worldgroup Manager for Microsoft Windows. Originally DOS based, two of the versions were also available as Unix-based edition, and the last versions were also available for Windows NT-based servers. The Major BBS was developed by Tim Stryker and launched in 1986 by Stryker's company, Galacticomm, Inc., as a demonstration of the abilities of the Galacticomm Software Breakthrough Library (or GSBL). The GSBL was a powerful set of assembler routines written for IBM and compatible PCs that allowed up to 32 simultaneous serial port or dialup connections to a single software instance without the need for an external multitasker. It was licensed to developers for varied uses, such as communications systems, bank systems, and real estate systems. Eventually, The Major BBS was enhanced enough that it became a marketable product in its own right. By late 1987, Galacticomm was licensing more copies of The Major BBS than the GSBL by itself. The GSBL
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    Robot Entertainment

    Robot Entertainment

    Robot Entertainment is a video game publishing company created by the founders of the defunct Ensemble Studios, after being shut down by Microsoft. Other members of the company founded Bonfire Studios. Robot Entertainment was responsible for maintaining and updating Halo Wars until February 28, 2010 when Microsoft Game Studios assumed control of the game servers and updates. Also, in January 2011, Microsoft Game Studios took over updates and servers for Age of Empires: III. On 10 July 2010, the company announced that they are working on two games; the first of which will be published by Microsoft Game Studios, and will be an RTS game, similar to the Age of Empires series. On 17 August 2010, the company announced the new game, Age of Empires Online. The game will feature a new stylized, 'cartoon' look, but Robot promised that it would still offer gameplay depth for fans of the franchise and would not alienate fans of the series. On 24 February 2011 it was announced that Gas Powered Games would be taking over the development on Age of Empires Online. Robot Entertainment President Patrick Hudson stated that handing over the development was expected, saying, "The plan was always to
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    202
    Chaim Gingold

    Chaim Gingold

    • Game Versions Published: Earth Dragon
    Chaim Gingold (born January 15, 1980 in Haifa, Israel) is noted for his work with the computer game Spore, where he designed the game's creators, including the Spore Creature Creator. Chaim was also a key member of Spore's design and prototyping team. He has jammed at the Indie Game Jam, presented at the Game Developers Conference, and is an active participant in the academic game studies community. Gingold grew up in Morgantown, West Virginia. He attended West Virginia University, where he studied computer science, English, and art. After college, Gingold headed to the Georgia Institute of Technology where he joined the Information Design and Technology Masters program. His dissertation was entitled "Miniature Gardens & Magic Crayons: Games, Spaces, & Worlds" and was supervised by noted scholar Janet Murray. Gingold lives in Berkeley, California, USA.
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    3 votes
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    Airborne Entertainment

    Airborne Entertainment

    • Game Versions Published: Robotech: The New Generation

    IN THE EXPANDING MOBILE LANDSCAPE, Airborne Entertainment is a pioneer. We’ve been in this business before there even was one—over six years and counting. So while mobile is still new to most people, it’s an industry in which we count ourselves as veterans. We understand the foundations of mobile and build upon them like no one else.

    Airborne works with—and makes money for—some of the biggest licensed brands in the business. Premiere brands like MAXIM Magazine, Family Guy, mary-kateandashley, SPEED Channel and the NHL trust us to represent them in the mobile marketplace. And they do so with the confidence of knowing that, while Airborne is renowned for standing out from the crowd (we call it our “verve” factor), we remain true to the image and goals of our clients and partners.

    We pride ourselves in our ability to produce the right mobile content for each of our brands and product lines. Our team hails from all corners of the entertainment and technology industries. We have deep expertise in all possible mobile platforms, which makes us adept at everything from wallpapers, ringtones and ringbacktones, to video, games, WAP, SMS and MMS.

    Most importantly, we have strong and longstanding relationships with every major wireless carrier in North America as well as a growing number of international service providers.

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    204
    Imagic

    Imagic

    • Games Published: Injured Engine
    • Game Versions Published: White Water
    Imagic was a short-lived American video game developer and publisher that developed games for the Atari 2600, Intellivision and other video game consoles in the early 1980s. Founded in 1981 by Atari and Mattel Intellivision expatriates, its best-selling titles included Atlantis, Cosmic Ark, Demon Attack, and billiards game Trick Shot. Prior to 1981, software for video game consoles were published exclusively by makers of the systems for which the games were designed. For example, Atari was the only publisher of games for the Atari 2600. This was particularly galling to the developers of the games, as they received no financial rewards for games that sold well, and did not receive credit for their games, some of whom left to join or form third-party game publishers for game consoles. Activision as the first. Imagic was the second. Imagic founders included Bill Grubb, Bob Smith and Denis Koble from Atari, Inc., Jim Goldberger and Brian Dougherty from Mattel, as well as Mark Bradley and Rob Fulop from Atari. Despite initial success and sales greater than projections, the company's fortunes reversed after the stock market dumped videogame stocks in late 1982, scuttling Imagic's initial
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    Jeff Minter

    Jeff Minter

    • Games Published: Gridrunner++
    Jeff 'Yak' Minter (born in Reading, 22 April 1962) is a British video game designer and programmer. He is the founder of software house Llamasoft and his recent works include Neon (2004), a non-game music visualization program that has been built into the Xbox 360 console, and the video games Space Giraffe (Xbox Live Arcade, 2007 and PC, 2008), and Space Invaders Extreme (Xbox Live Arcade, May 2009). Fans of Minter's games have identified a number of distinctive elements common to his games. They are often arcade style shoot 'em ups. They often contain titular and/or in-game references demonstrating his fondness of ruminants (llamas, sheep, camels, etc.). Many of his programs also feature something of a psychedelic element, as in some of the earliest "light synthesizer" programs including his Trip-a-Tron. In online forums and informal game credits pages Minter usually signs as "Yak", which is, in his own words "a pseudonym chosen a long time ago, back in the days when hi-score tables on coin-op machines only held three letters, and I settled on Yak because the yak is a scruffy hairy beast - a lot like me ;-)." Jeff Minter had expressed an interest in programming computers from a
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    Mindscape Group

    • Games Published: D/Generation
    • Game Versions Published: Fiendish Freddy's Big Top O'Fun
    Mindscape is an international software publishing company, previously part of The Learning Company. They are now affiliated with EA (Electronic Arts). As of 2004, the group has offices in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. It has an annual turnover of €38 million and employs 150 people. Mindscape publishes and distributes educational and lifestyle games and software. Its most notable titles include Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Horse Racing Tycoon and Lego Island. It is soon to release two TV show game adaptations: Survivor and Wipeout: The Big Red Ball Challenge on Nintendo console Wii. Mindscape began in 1983 as a software publisher in Northbrook, Illinois. Founded by English-born Roger M. Buoy, the company established its early roots developing educational software for the TI 99/4A and the Apple II. It later branched out into entertainment software by becoming a Lucasfilm licensee, publishing the Indiana Jones computer games before they were taken in-house by Lucasfilm Games with Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.It also released Text adventures tied to famous authors like Dick Francis and Ray Bradbury, and a controversial game from Tom Snyder Productions called Sub
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    Reflexive Entertainment

    Reflexive Entertainment

    • Games Published: Wik and the Fable of Souls
    • Game Versions Published: Build In Time
    Reflexive Entertainment is a computer game developer based in Lake Forest, California. The company was founded by Lars Brubaker (and partners) in 1997. Since then they have developed nineteen games independently (for the Windows, Xbox 360 and Mac platforms), published two games, started distribution of downloadable casual games on their online Arcade, created a division of their Arcade entirely devoted to Mac games for Mac users and started hosting ad supported free online web browser games. In 2005, Reflexive's Wik and the Fable of Souls won three awards at the 2005 Independent Games Festival which included Innovation in Visual Art, Innovation in Game Design and the Seumas McNally Award For Independent Game Of The Year. In October 2008, Reflexive Entertainment was officially acquired by Amazon.com. On February 3, 2009, Amazon.com began hosting casual game content for internet download. On March 31, 2010, Reflexive announced plans to stop selling games through its Game Center Solutions affiliate program in order to focus entirely on game development. In a letter sent to Game Center Solutions affiliates, Reflexive Entertainment CEO Lars Brubaker stated that the Game Center Solutions
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    Steam

    Steam

    • Games Published: Half-Life 2: Episode One
    Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute games and related media online, from small independent developers to larger software houses; in October 2012, Valve expanded the service to include non-gaming software. Steam provides the user with installation and automatic management of software across multiple computers, community features such as friends lists and groups, cloud saving, and in-game voice and chat functionality. The software provides a freely available application programming interface, Steamworks, that developers can take advantage of to integrate many of Steam's functions within their software products, including copy protection, networking and matchmaking, in-game achievements and micro-transactions, and support for user-created content through Steam Workshop. Though initially developed for use on Microsoft Windows, the client has expanded to include a Mac OS X version and a pending port to Linux, and clients with limited functionality on the PlayStation 3 console and for both iOS and Android mobile devices. In addition to be a central hub for gaming
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    Acornsoft

    • Games Published: Elite
    • Game Versions Published: Welcome
    Acornsoft was the software arm of Acorn Computers, and a major publisher of software for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron. As well as games, they also produced a large number of educational titles, extra computer languages and business and utility packages - these included ROM-based word processor VIEW and the spreadsheet ViewSheet which Acorn supplied on ROM chips/cartridges for the BBC Micro/Acorn Electron and included as standard in the BBC Master and Acorn Business Computer. While many of their games were clones or remakes of popular arcade games (e.g. Hopper is a clone of Sega's Frogger, Snapper is Namco's Pac-Man, Arcadians is Namco's Galaxian), they also published a number of original, innovative titles (such as Revs and Elite) that went on to spawn entire genres that live on to this day. Acornsoft also published a number of text adventure games by authors such as Peter Killworth, including Philosopher's Quest and Countdown to Doom, that remain highly regarded within the interactive fiction community. Although Acorn continued releasing office software in the VIEW family under the Acornsoft name for the BBC Master series, Superior Software obtained some publication rights for
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    Frozenbyte

    Frozenbyte

    • Games Published: Trine 2
    • Game Versions Published: Trine 2
    Frozenbyte Inc. is a Finnish game-developer founded in 2001 and based in Helsinki, Finland. The company has now grown to a professional team of almost 20 people, with its first commercial game being Shadowgrounds for Microsoft Windows. Both Shadowgrounds and its follow-up Shadowgrounds Survivor were released for Linux in 2009, ported by IGIOS and published by Linux Game Publishing. The third Humble Indie Bundle sale started on April 12, 2011, and featured five games from Frozenbyte, including Trine, Shadowgrounds, and Shadowgrounds Survivor, for Microsoft Windows, MacOS X, and Linux. It also contained an executable version along with source code for an unfinished game, Jack Claw, and a pre-order for their upcoming game, Splot. Frozenbyte is currently working on a DLC release for Trine 2 to be released Summer 2012. Its next title will be a new original title set to launch at $15.
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    Game On

    Game On

    • Games Published: Travia
    Game On was a British television sitcom about the lives of three 20-somethings from Herne Bay sharing a flat in Battersea in South-West London. The title – originally derived from a stock screen term used by 1980s early computer video games to initiate a competitive encounter – was taken from English urban slang speech of the 1990s lad culture which the principal character Matthew Malone was an exemplar of. It was directed by John Stroud, produced by Sioned William and the BBC Television Head of Comedy Geoffrey Perkins, and executive produced by Denise O'Donohue on behalf of Hat Trick Productions for the BBC. After a successful first series, the option suffered somewhat from the loss its lead player Ben Chaplin, who quit the cast unexpectedly after receiving an offer of a film role in Hollywood on the back of his performance in Game On. The first two series were written by Andrew Davies and Bernadette Davis. Davis wrote the final series alone. The show's theme tune was "Where I Find My Heaven" by the Gigolo Aunts. The single reached number 29 in the UK singles chart in May 1995. The boxing-themed Big Wednesday was originally scheduled as the first episode on 27 February 1995, but
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    GPotato

    GPotato

    • Games Published: Age of Wulin
    • Game Versions Published: Flyff
    gPotato, is a free multiplayer game portal website operated regionally by subsidiaries of Japan based Gala Inc. gPotato game portals are in South Korea, Japan, North America, Europe and Brazil. Games hosted at gPotato range from traditional MMORPGs to more accessible casual flash games/browser-based games, all of which are free-to-play so no annual/monthly payment is required; revenue is generated from a micropayment system. Games and their premium item shops can be accessed by the Group's regional gPotato portal sites. gPotato games are aimed at a broad range of players. Gala Inc.'s corporate philosophy is to "connect people all over the world and by doing that, contribute to global peace." With this in mind, the games published on gPotato portals have no blood in them and are appropriate for a wide age group of players. The gPotato portal sites are serviced by Group companies of Gala Inc. As of September 2011, the global gPotato community has over 20 million registered members playing on 18 games globally. As with all free-to-play games or gaming communities, the number of registered users has to be differentiated from: There are no public numbers for unique, active, or paying
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    Hands-On Mobile, Inc.

    Hands-On Mobile, Inc.

    • Game Versions Published: 3D Hunting Trophy Whitetail Championship 2009
    Established in 2001, with operations on four continents, Hands-On Mobile develops and distributes mobile content to more than 200 of the world's leading operators in 60 countries. Hands-On Mobile provides operators and their customers with the world's best entertainment brands and content. The company's diverse catalogue includes games, applications and personalisation suites from top brands such as Activision, Billboard, CBS, LEGO, NBA, Marvel, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, and World Poker Tour. The Hands-On Mobile Developer Network (HDN) brings mobile development to the masses enabling developers to create and distribute mobile applications through Hands-On Mobile's core platform and ecosystem. Hands-On Mobile is a U.S. corporation with headquarters in San Francisco.
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    King Records

    King Records

    • Games Published: Duke Nukem 3D
    • Game Versions Published: TNN Bass Tournament of Champions
    King Records Company, Ltd. (キングレコード株式会社, Kingu Rekōdo Kabushiki gaisha) is a Japanese record company, founded in 1931 as a division of Japanese publisher Kodansha. It became and began operating as an independent entity in the 1950s, but remains part of the publisher's Otowa Group. Now one of Japan's largest record companies not to be owned by a multinational entity, it is headquartered in Tokyo. Its Starchild label, managed by animation producer Toshimichi Ōtsuki, specialises in anime music and film. King Records also distributes the Up-Front Works-owned and operated labels Piccolo Town and Rice Music, and also released video games for the PC-88, Famicom, and MSX2 computers. You! Be Cool is the official sub-label for AKB48. Venus-B is the company's official urban music imprint.
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    Linux Game Publishing

    • Games Published: Creatures 3
    Linux Game Publishing (sometimes also referred to as LGP) is a software company based in Nottingham in England. It ports, publishes and sells video games running on Linux operating systems. As well as porting games, LGP also sponsors the development of Grapple, a free software network library for games. As well as acting as a Linux game porter in of themselves, they also function as a publisher for other Linux game developers and porters. The company was founded on October 15, 2001 by Michael Simms when the similarly oriented Loki Software filed for bankruptcy. Simms had previously founded the Tux Games retailer a few years earlier, and the collapse of Loki would have gravely affected his available stock. Linux Game Publishing had initially tried to pick up the support rights to many of Loki's titles, but in the end it was only able to acquire the rights to MindRover: The Europa Project. It was able, however, to independently pick up the publishing rights to Creatures: Internet Edition as well as the rights to the port of Majesty: Gold Edition which was previously being developed by Tribsoft. Empowered by the addition of former Loki employee Mike Phillips, LGP released its first
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    NCsoft

    • Games Published: Guild Wars Factions
    • Game Versions Published: City of Heroes
    NCsoft (KRX: 036570) is a South Korea-based online video game company, which publishes massively multiplayer online role-playing games including Lineage, City of Heroes, WildStar, Exteel, Guild Wars, and Aion. NCsoft was originally founded in March 1997 by T.J. Kim, a business software developer and author of the Korean word processor Hangul. One of the company's first products was NC HTML Editor. In September 1998, NCsoft launched its first and most popular game, Lineage. Lineage was the first MMORPG to exceed the record of 100,000 concurrent users for the first time in Korea in December 2000. The success of this game helped the company expand to locations in Taiwan, China, Japan, Europe and the United States. In April 2001 the company created a US subsidiary under the name NC Interactive (based in Austin, Texas, and would later become NCsoft west.) after acquiring Destination Games, headed by Richard Garriott and Robert Garriott. NCsoft programmer Jake Song also moved to Austin in order to stimulate development. NC Interactive published and developed MMORPGs and became the North American headquarters for (which had been established in May 2000 and operating from a small office in
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    Red Hat Software

    Red Hat Software

    • Games Published: Golgotha
    • Game Versions Published: Abuse
    Corporate Fact Sheet for Red Hat Profile: Red Hat, the world's leading open source and Linux provider, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with satellite offices worldwide. Red Hat is leading Linux and open source solutions into the mainstream by making high-quality, low-cost technology accessible. Red Hat provides operating system platforms along with middleware, applications, and management solutions, as well as support, training, and consulting services to customers worldwide and through top-tier partnerships. Red Hat's open source strategy offers customers a long-term plan for building infrastructures that are based on and leverage open source technologies with a focus on security and ease of management. Red Hat's mission: To be the defining technology company of the 21st century. Founded: 1993 Number of Employees: Approximately 2000 worldwide Ownership: Publicly held (NYSE:RHT) as of August, 1999 Website: www.redhat.com Headquarters: Varsity Drive
    Raleigh, NC 27606
    (919) 754-3700 Over 50 offices worldwide including locations in: Australia
    Brazil
    Canada
    China
    France
    Germany
    Hong Kong
    India
    Ireland Italy
    Japan
    Korea
    Malaysia
    Singapore
    Spain
    Sweden
    United Kingdom
    United States Management: Matthew J. Szulik
    Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President Charlie Peters
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Alex Pinchev
    Executive Vice President, Worldwide Sales Paul Cormier
    Executive Vice President, Engineering Joanne Rohde
    Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations Michael Cunningham
    General Counsel Timothy Yeaton
    Senior Vice President, Marketing DeLisa Alexander
    Vice President, Human Capital Solutions: Red Hat offers a comprehensive line of software subscriptions, services, and support, making it the leading resource for open source solutions. Red Hat Enterprise Linux
    The foundation for open source computing in the enterprise. Offered in products that span the desktop to the data center.
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS for high-end and mission-critical systems
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES for small/mid-range servers
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS for technical/design workstation clients
    • Red Hat Desktop for secure, managed clients
    Red Hat Network
    The complete systems management platform for Linux. Currently featuring three modules:
    • Update
    • Management
    • Provisioning
    Red Hat infrastructure solutions
    Extend the benefits of open source beyond the operating system:
    • Red Hat Global File System
    • Red Hat Cluster Suite
    • Red Hat Developer Suite
    JBoss solutions
    The global leader in open source middleware software:
    • JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite
    • JBoss Application Server
    • Hibernate
    • JBoss Subscription
    Key customers: Red Hat customers include enterprise organizations, academic and research institutions, and local, state and federal governments. Among our enterprise customers: Amazon.com, AOL, Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse First Boston, DreamWorks, Lithonia Lighting, VeriSign, Charles Schwab, Lehman Brothers, UBS Warburg, Morgan Stanley, and Goodyear. Key partners: IBM, Dell, HP, Oracle, Sun, Fujitsu, Intel, NEC, Hitachi, BEA Key Awards:
    • CIO Insight Magazine's Most Valued Vendor, 2006
    • CIO Insight Magazine's Most Valued Vendor, 2005
    • June 2002, CNET survey - more than 2,200 IT professionals were asked which companies would be most relevant to their business in the next five years. They ranked Red Hat #2. Ahead of IBM, Sun, Dell, Cisco, HP, Oracle, Apple.
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    Shogakukan

    Shogakukan

    • Games Published: Doraemon Minna de Yuubou!
    Shogakukan (小学館, Shōgakukan) is a Japanese publisher of dictionaries, literature, manga, non-fiction, DVDs, and other media in Japan. Shogakukan founded Shueisha which founded Hakusensha. These are three separate companies, but are together called the Hitotsubashi Group, one of the largest publishing groups in Japan. Shogakukan is located in the Shogakukan Building in Hitotsubashi, Chiyoda, Tokyo, and the other two companies are located in the same ward. Shogakukan, along with Shueisha, owns Viz Media, which publishes manga from both companies in the United States. Shogakukan's licensing arm in North America was ShoPro Entertainment; it was merged into Viz Media in 2005. Shogakukan's production arm is Shogakukan Productions Co.,Ltd. (now Shogakukan Shueisha Productions). In March 2010 it was announced that Shogakukan would partner with the American comics publisher Fantagraphics to issue a line of manga to be edited by Matt Thorn. Shogakukan has awards for amateur manga artist who want to become professional. It allows people to either send in their manga by mail or bring it in to an editor.
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    Treasure Co. Ltd

    • Games Published: McDonald's Treasureland Adventure
    • Game Versions Published: Ikaruga
    Treasure Co., Ltd. (株式会社トレジャー, Kabushiki-gaisha Torejā) is a Japanese video game developer, founded by former employees of Konami on June 19, 1992. Treasure is best known for classic-style action games that employ innovative gameplay systems. Their greatest commercial successes have been games like Wario World and Mischief Makers, but they are better known for their critical successes, such as Gunstar Heroes, Dynamite Headdy, Alien Soldier, Guardian Heroes, Radiant Silvergun, Bangai-O, Sin and Punishment: Hoshi no Keishōsha, and Ikaruga. Their first game was Gunstar Heroes, although McDonald's Treasure Land Adventure was developed first. Treasure is a small, privately held company, consisting of around 30-40 members, though this number is somewhat misleading as they also employ independent contractors to assist development and sometimes partner with other companies like Nintendo, G.rev, and Sega to increase the size of their teams. As a result, they have worked on many titles based on licenses, including Astro Boy, McDonald's, Bleach and Tiny Toon Adventures, as well as partnering with companies like Sega, Enix and Nintendo to produce original properties. They have produced a
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    Cartoon Network

    Cartoon Network

    • Games Published: Big Fat Awesome House Party
    • Game Versions Published: Amateur Surgeon
    Cartoon Network (abbreviated CN, operated by The Cartoon Network, Inc.) is an American cable television network owned by Turner Broadcasting which primarily airs animated programming. The channel was launched on October 1, 1992, after Turner purchased the animation studio Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1991. It was originally a 24-hour outlet for classic animation properties from the Turner Broadcasting libraries and was all-ages-oriented, but now the channel targets children and teens with mature content handled by its Adult Swim division. It also broadcasts many shows, ranging from action to animated comedy. Original series started in 1994 with Space Ghost Coast to Coast, along with Cartoon Cartoons original programs like Cow & Chicken, Dexter's Laboratory, I Am Weasel, The Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, Ed, Edd n Eddy, and Courage the Cowardly Dog. In 2009, it started airing live-action programming, including movies from Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema. The network is currently celebrating its 20th birthday; this celebration started on October 1, 2012, and will end on November 1, 2012. On August 4, 1986, Ted Turner's Turner Broadcasting System acquired Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United
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    Cdv Software Entertainment AG

    Cdv Software Entertainment AG

    • Games Published: Cossacks 2: Napoleonic Wars
    • Game Versions Published: Combat Mission: Barbarossa to Berlin
    cdv Software Entertainment AG is a German publisher of video games, specializing in strategy titles for the PC. cdv was founded in 1989 in Karlsruhe, Germany by Wolfgang Gäbler and Christina Oppermann. In April 2000 cdv became listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. They also have a wholly owned subsidiary, CDV USA in Cary, North Carolina, USA. Beyond Divinity, Cossacks: European Wars, Cossacks 2, Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter, American Conquest, Divine Divinity, Sudden Strike, Blitzkrieg, Lula games, Codename: Panzers Phase One, Codename: Panzers Phase Two, Darkstar One War Front: Turning Point. Divinity II: Ego Draconis Additionally CDV USA published in America. cdv has also published adventure games such as The Mystery of the Druids.
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    Emerson Radio

    Emerson Radio

    • Game Versions Published: 3-D Bowling
    Emerson Radio Corporation (NYSE Amex: MSN) was founded in 1948. It is one of the United States’ largest volume consumer electronics distributors and has a recognized trademark in continuous use since 1912. The company designs, markets and licenses many product lines worldwide, including products sold, and sometimes licensed, under the brand name G Clef, a homage to Emerson's logo. Emerson Radio Corp. was incorporated in 1915 as Emerson Phonograph Co. (NAICS: 421620 Consumer Electronics Wholesaling), based in New York City, by an early recording engineer and executive, Victor Hugo Emerson, who was at one time employed by Columbia Records. The first factories were opened in Chicago and Boston, in 1920. In December of that year, the company fell victim to the unanticipated sales slump for phonograph music that accompanied the post-World War I recession and the growth of commercial radio. It went from the self-claimed third largest record manufacturer into receivership. In 1922 Emerson Phonograph Co. passed into the hands of Benjamin Abrams and Rudolph Kanarak. Abrams, a phonograph and record salesman, along with his two brothers, ran the company and renamed it Emerson Radio &
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    InXile Entertainment

    InXile Entertainment

    • Games Published: Choplifter HD
    • Game Versions Published: Fantastic Contraption
    inXile Entertainment is an American video game developer formed in late 2002 by Brian Fargo, a founder of Interplay Productions. The company is located in Newport Beach, California and specialized in role-playing video games. In an interview to Joystiq, inXile's President Matthew Findley shared some of the company's history: "I worked with Brian Fargo at Interplay for a number of years and we both left Interplay at the same time. We knew we wanted to stay in video games, so starting a company seemed like a good idea -- he spent 20 years at Interplay and I was there for 13. When we were first out there, trying to figure out what to do next, we kinda felt like we were in exile, and we made fake cards with a fake company name just to have a card to go to E3 with. And before we ever thought of the name "inXile," Brian put as his job description on the cards: "Leader in exile." People got such a kick out of that card, we kept saying "in exile, in exile, in exile" so much that we just thought, "Why not make up a new word?" And so we did." During a Kickstarter campaign for the game Wasteland 2, developer Brian Fargo developed the Kicking it Forward program. Under this program, Fargo's
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    Koei Tecmo

    Koei Tecmo

    • Games Published: Samurai Warriors: Chronicle
    Tecmo Koei Holdings Co., Ltd. (Japanese:コーエーテクモホールディングス株式会社, Kōē Tekumo Hōrudingusu Kabushiki-gaisha), is a holding company created in 2009 by the merger of Japanese video game developers and publishers Koei and Tecmo. Koei Europe changed its name to Tecmo Koei Europe, Ltd and now releases video games under the new moniker. In January 2010, Tecmo, Inc. and Koei Corporation merged into Tecmo Koei America Corporation. Tecmo has been declared disbanded in Japan, effective as of April 1, 2010. Koei Canada, Inc. has since changed its name to Tecmo Koei Canada, Inc. The continued operating loss prompted Kenji Matsubara, the former president and CEO of both Tecmo Koei Holdings and Tecmo Koei Games label to tendered his resignation in November 2010. Yoichi Erikawa - Co-founder of Koei - will take over the four positions vacated by Kenji Matsubara. Tecmo, Inc. (テクモ, Tekumo), formerly known as Tehkan Ltd. (テーカン, Tēkan), was founded by Yoshihito Kakihara on July 31, 1967, as a supplier of cleaning equipment. Two years later, in 1969, it started to sell amusement equipment. Tecmo had its headquarters in Kudankita, Chiyoda, Tokyo. Tecmo's United States offices were located in Torrance,
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    MicroProse

    MicroProse

    • Games Published: Civilization
    • Game Versions Published: Microprose Soccer
    MicroProse was a video game publisher and developer, founded by Wild Bill Stealey and Sid Meier in 1982 as Microprose Software. In 1993, the company became a subsidiary of Spectrum HoloByte and has remained a subsidiary or brand name under several other corporations since. The MicroProse brand is currently owned by Interactive Game Group, as of 2012 it is used by a video game studio Microprose (with no capital "P" in the name). Founded in 1982 by Bill Stealey and Sid Meier, Microprose Software Inc. was primarily known as a publisher of flight simulators, military simulations, and strategy titles for 8-bit home computers such as the Commodore 64, Apple II, and Atari 8-bit family, with titles such as Spitfire Ace and Hellcat Ace. It also published a few strategy games at the time. As industry changed over to 16-bit and 32-bit CPUs in late 1980s, MicroProse started supporting IBM PC compatibles and 68000-based machines like the Amiga and Atari ST. MicroProse also started a UK branch to cross-publish titles in Europe, and to import some European titles to be published in the United States. Notable products from this period include Silent Service, Airborne Ranger, Pirates!, F-19 Stealth
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    Miniclip

    • Games Published: Bubble Struggle
    Miniclip is a mobile and online games company which includes the website Miniclip.com which was launched in 2001 and is known for its casual games. It is the world's largest privately owned online gaming website. It was started in 2001 by Robert Small and Tihan Presbie on a budget of £40,000 and quickly grew. As of 2008, the company has been valued at over £200 million, having been profitable for six of its seven years, with turnovers exceeding £20 million in the past two years. As well as publishing exclusive games, the website also provides more widely known titles such as Clone Wars Adventures, Club Penguin, Free Realms, RuneScape, and Webosaurs. Miniclip has a social system with registered "game players" who play games with each other and play in custom friend leagues together. Players have their own game player pages with their games, statistics, awards, friends and applications. Miniclip offers game developers a number of API services that allow them to integrate Miniclip branded features into their games, for example these allow third party developers to create games that can contribute high scores to a user's high score ranking on the Players service. Sketch Star is found
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    Nobuo Uematsu

    Nobuo Uematsu

    • Games Published: Final Fantasy VIII
    Nobuo Uematsu (植松 伸夫, Uematsu Nobuo) (born March 21, 1959) is a Japanese video game composer, best known for scoring the majority of titles in the Final Fantasy series. He is considered as one of the most famous and respected composers in the video game community. Uematsu, a self-taught musician, began playing the piano at the age of eleven or twelve, with Elton John as his biggest influence. Uematsu joined Square (later Square Enix) in 1986, where he met Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. They have worked together on many video game titles, most notably the games in the Final Fantasy series. After nearly 20 years in the company, he left Square Enix in 2004 to found his own company called Smile Please, and the music production company Dog Ear Records. He has since composed music as a freelancer for video games primarily developed by Square Enix and Sakaguchi's development studio Mistwalker. Soundtracks and arranged albums of Uematsu's game scores have been released. Pieces from his video game works have been performed in Final Fantasy concerts. He has worked with Grammy Award-winning conductor Arnie Roth on several of these concerts. From 2002 to 2010, he was in a rock band
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    Philips

    Philips

    • Games Published: Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon
    Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (Royal Philips Electronics, commonly known as Philips) (Euronext: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) is a Dutch multinational electronics company headquartered in Amsterdam. It was founded in Eindhoven in 1891 by Gerard Philips and his father Frederik. It is one of the largest electronics companies in the world and employs around 122,000 people across more than 60 countries. Philips is organized into three main divisions: Philips Consumer Lifestyle (formerly Philips Consumer Electronics and Philips Domestic Appliances and Personal Care), Philips Healthcare (formerly Philips Medical Systems) and Philips Lighting. As of 2012 Philips is the largest manufacturer of lighting in the world. Philips has a primary listing on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange and is a constituent of the AEX index. It has a secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange. The Philips Company was founded in 1891 by Gerard Philips and his father Frederik as a family business. Frederik Philips, being a banker in Zaltbommel, financed the purchase and setup of a modest, empty factory building in Eindhoven, where Philips started the production of carbon-filament lamps and other
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    Viacom

    Viacom

    • Games Published: Neopets
    • Game Versions Published: AAAHH!!! Real Monsters
    Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), short for "Video & Audio Communications", is an American global mass media company with interests primarily in, but not limited to, cinema and cable television. As of 2010, it is the world's fourth-largest media conglomerate, behind The Walt Disney Company, Time Warner and News Corporation. Viacom is owned in majority by National Amusements, Inc., a privately owned theater company based in Dedham, Massachusetts, USA. National Amusements holds another controlling stake in CBS Corporation. The current Viacom was created on December 31, 2005 as a spinoff from CBS Corporation, which changed its name from Viacom to CBS at the same time. CBS, not Viacom, retains control of the over-the-air broadcasting, TV production, outdoor advertising, subscription pay television (Showtime) and publishing assets (Simon & Schuster) formerly owned by the larger company. However, Sumner Redstone through National Amusements, retains majority control of Viacom. Predecessor firms of Viacom include Gulf+Western, which later became Paramount Communications Inc., and Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Comprising BET Networks, MTV Networks, and Paramount Pictures, Viacom
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    Blue Byte Software

    Blue Byte Software

    • Games Published: Incubation: Time Is Running Out
    • Game Versions Published: The Settlers II
    Ubisoft Blue Byte (formerly Blue Byte Software) is a video game developer based in Düsseldorf, Germany, founded in 1988. The company has produced popular titles like Battle Isle and The Settlers. In 2001, the company was purchased by Ubisoft. Blue Byte Software was founded by Thomas Hertzler and Lothar Schmitt in Mülheim on October 1988. The first published game was the tennis simulation Great Courts, released in 1989 by Ubisoft (then called Ubi Soft). Blue Byte's first big success in Germany and Europe was the turn-based strategy game Battle Isle, completed in 1991. Inspired by the Japanese game Nectaris for the PC Engine, Battle Isle spawned numerous add-ons and sequels. The company's next big success followed in 1993 with the release of the managerial game Die Siedler, marketed internationally as The Settlers. Settlers also had numerous sequels and became the most well-known of Blue Byte's products. Over the years, Blue Byte developed and/or published numerous innovative titles including Chewy: Escape from F5 and Albion, but most of them were not successful internationally. Efforts to break into the American market, usually aided with publishing by Accolade, failed and success
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    Cliff Johnson

    Cliff Johnson

    • Games Published: 3 in Three
    Cliff Johnson (born 1953) is an American game designer, best known for the early computer puzzle games The Fool's Errand (1987) and 3 in Three (1990). Both games were notable for unique visual puzzles and a metapuzzle structure. Johnson was born August 14, 1953 in Hanover, New Hampshire, the only child of Norman and Leatrice Johnson. He attended Bristol Eastern High School in Connecticut, which is where he started making Super 8 movies. In 1972, he had jobs "building monsters" for five different amusement parks, and then later he attended University of Southern California's film school, where he became a teaching assistant in animation, and created some of the Monty Pythonesque animations for Nickelodeon's television series Out of Control. In 1984, using his first computer, a 512 KB so-called "Fat" Mac, he learned to program, and created his first game, The Fool's Errand, which in 1987 won "Best Puzzle Game of the Year" from GAMES Magazine, and was declared "Best Retro Game Ever" by British GamesTM magazine. From 1990-1995, he directed the *FunHouse* production group for Philips Media, and from 1996-2001, he consulted with Mattel, Warner Bros. and Disney for online puzzles and
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    Commodore International

    Commodore International

    • Games Published: Omega Race
    • Game Versions Published: Adventureland
    Commodore is the commonly used collective name for Commodore International Limited and the various national companies that operated underneath it, including Commodore Business Machines (CBM), the U.S.-based home computer and electronics manufacturer with headquarters in West Chester, Pennsylvania that it shared with its parent. Commodore played a vital role in the development of the home–personal computer industry in the 1970s and 1980s. Commodore developed and marketed the world's best-selling desktop computer, the Commodore 64 (1982). Commodore later released the Amiga range of computers in 1985. The company declared bankruptcy in April 1994. It was bought by Escom which also went bankrupt. In 2005, the brand survived after mergers with Yeahronimo Media Ventures Inc., SATXS Communications BV and Tulip Computers. The company that would become Commodore Business Machines, Inc. was founded in 1954 in Toronto as the Commodore Portable Typewriter Company by Polish immigrant and Auschwitz survivor Jack Tramiel. For a few years he had been living in New York, driving a taxicab and running a small business repairing typewriters, when he managed to sign a deal with a Czechoslovakian
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    Data Design Interactive

    Data Design Interactive

    • Games Published: Ninjabread Man
    • Game Versions Published: Myth Makers: Trixie in Toyland
    Data Design Interactive was a United Kingdom based video game developer and video game publisher. It was founded in 1983, became a limited company in 1999 and ceased trading in 2009. It developed games on the multiple games platforms including PC and consoles. The company became notorious for producing a large number of poor quality games for the Wii video game console. The Popcorn Arcade was Data Design Interactive's publishing label intended to capitalize on the rapid growth of the market for lower-price Wii games. From 2007 DDI released over 30 'family friendly' titles on its Popcorn Arcade label targeted at casual gamers. The games were simple in graphics and gameplay and used characters intended to appeal to children, such as Ninjabread Man, Billy the Wizard and the Myth Makers. The Popcorn range sold over 3 million units of which over 2 million were in the first year alone. Sales peaked at 40% of the European market for Wii games in this price segment. Later titles such as Kidz Sports Crazy Mini Golf and Mini Golf 2 sold over 400,000 units. Innovations included Crazy Mini Golf's use of the angle and rotation of the Wii remote to detect small swings rather than the
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    GT Interactive Software

    • Games Published: Total Annihilation
    • Game Versions Published: 9: The Last Resort
    GT Interactive Software Corporation (Good Times or GTI) was an American video game publisher and distributor, which later developed both video games and PC games. GT Interactive ceased to exist in December 1999 when Infogrames Entertainment SA (IESA) took a controlling stake and renamed the company Infogrames, Inc. In 2003, Infogrames Inc. changed its name to Atari Inc. GT Interactive was founded in 1993 as a division of Good Times Home Video, a video-tape distributor owned by the Cayre family. In that same year, Doom was released, eventually selling 2.9 million copies, through its various publishers, including GT Interactive. In its first year, revenue reached $10.3 million. GT Interactive revenue soared 880% and reached $101 million on its second year of existence and profits reached $18 million. GT Interactive's partnership with id Software scored another hit with Doom II: Hell on Earth, which was released in October and sold over 2 million copies. In February, GTIS obtained the publishing rights to games based on Mercer Mayer property, which included Little Critter and Little Monster. GT Interactive began to set up displays at K-Mart and Wal-Mart for low cost software. GTIS
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    Hasbro Interactive

    • Games Published: RollerCoaster Tycoon
    • Game Versions Published: Tonka Search & Rescue
    Hasbro Interactive was an American video game production and publishing subsidiary of Hasbro, the large game and toy company. Hasbro Interactive was formed late in 1995 in order to compete in the video game arena. Several Hasbro properties, such as Monopoly and Scrabble, had already been made into successful video games by licensees such as Virgin Interactive. With Hasbro's game experience, video games seemed like a natural extension of the company and a good opportunity for revenue growth. Hasbro Interactive's objective was to develop and publish games based on Hasbro property and the subsidiary existed for six years. In 1997 revenues increased 145% going from USD$35 million to $86 million. Hasbro Interactive embarked on both internal and external development, and acquired some smaller video game developers and publishers such as MicroProse for $70 million and Avalon Hill for $6 million both in 1998. Hasbro acquired the rights for 300 games when it purchased Avalon Hill. With those acquisitions Hasbro Interactive revenues increased 127% in 1998 to $196 million and profits of $23 million. Hasbro Interactive was growing so fast that there was talk of reaching $1 billion in revenues
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    Infocom

    • Games Published: Border Zone
    • Game Versions Published: Seastalker
    Infocom was a software company, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that produced numerous works of interactive fiction. They also produced one notable business application, a relational database called Cornerstone. Infocom was founded on June 22, 1979 by MIT staff and students led by Dave Lebling, Marc Blank, Albert Vezza, and Joel Berez and lasted as an independent company until 1986 when it was bought by Activision. Activision finally shut down the Infocom division in 1989, although they released some titles in the 1990s under the Infocom Zork brand. Activision abandoned the Infocom trademark in 2002. The name was later registered by Oliver Klaeffling of Germany in 2007, which itself was abandoned the following year. The Infocom trademark is currently held by Pete Hottelet's Omni Consumer Products, who registered the name around the same time as Klaeffling in 2007. Infocom games are text adventures where users direct the action by entering short strings of words to give commands when prompted. Generally the program will respond by describing the results of the action, often the contents of a room if the player has moved within the virtual world. The user reads this information,
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    Interceptor Group

    • Games Published: The Heroes Of Karn
    • Game Versions Published: Tales of the Arabian Nights
    Interceptor Micros also known as Interceptor Software (and later as Interceptor Group) was a developer/publisher of video games for various 8bit and 16bit computer systems popular in Western Europe during the eighties and early nineties. In addition to publishing games and utilities under the Interceptor label the company ran a tape and later disc duplication business, a print shop and associated graphic design studio, manufactured dual size cassette tape cases under the Compact Case Company brand and also published budget priced software under the Players and Players Premiere labels, and a couple of full-price titles under the premium Pandora label. The company was owned and operated by father and son team Julian and Richard Jones, out of various locations in and around the small town of Tadley, near Basingstoke in Hampshire, England. At the height of its success the company employed around thirty people, but fell victim to the 90's video game decline, and went out of business in the early nineties. Richard and Julian’s first foray into the computer games business is documented on the official Llamasoft web site with The Joneses and Jeff Minter forming a partnership in 1982.
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    LucasArts

    LucasArts

    • Games Published: Escape from Monkey Island
    • Game Versions Published: Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders
    LucasArts Entertainment Company, LLC is an American video game developer and publisher. The company was once famous for its innovative line of graphic adventure games, the critical and commercial success of which peaked in the mid 1990s. Today, it publishes games primarily based on the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. The company was founded in May 1982 as the video game development group of Lucasfilm Limited, the film production company of George Lucas. Lucas wanted his company to branch out into other areas of entertainment, so he cooperated with Atari to produce video games. The first results of this collaboration were unique action games like Ballblazer in 1984, and Rescue on Fractalus!. Beta versions of both games were leaked to pirate bulletin boards exactly one week after Atari had received unprotected copies for a marketing review, and were in wide circulation months before the original release date. In 1984, they were released for the Atari 5200 under the Lucasfilm Games label. Versions for home computers were not released until 1985, by publisher Epyx. Lucasfilm's next two games were Koronis Rift and The Eidolon. Their first games were only developed by Lucasfilm,
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    Magmic

    Magmic

    • Games Published: Wave Crasher
    Magmic Inc. is an Ottawa-based developer and publisher of mobile entertainment and lifestyle software. Founded in 2002, Magmic produces content based on both original and licensed intellectual property for a variety of handset models, including Java ME, BREW, Sidekick, Windows Mobile, Apple iPhone, and BlackBerry smartphone devices. Magmic has distribution deals with carriers worldwide, allowing subscribers to purchase and download Magmic games and other software directly through their handsets. In addition, Magmic has launched several direct-to-consumer portals including Bplay (for the BlackBerry market) and Winplay (for the Windows Mobile market) which allow for a variety of payment and download options. Magmic also sells games for iPhone and iPod Touch through Apple iTunes and has several offerings on App World, the BlackBerry application store launched by Research In Motion in 2009. Magmic developed its own mobile connected gaming platform which allows users to post scores, download daily puzzles, and play head-to-head. Early Magmic titles such as Blackjack Highroller (released in 2002) allowed the player to submit their scores to a centralized server and view high score
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    Nazara Technologies

    Nazara Technologies

    • Game Versions Published: Rounders
    Nazara is a leading mobile entertainment company focused on the 100 million+ mobile subscriber base in India. We develop a range of branded and original mobile content that is highly relevant to the culturally diverse consumer base in the country.

    We combine technology with a compelling experience to create innovate applications in the mobile environment. Nazara also provides complete solutions for the development, deployment, targeting and tracking of promotional campaigns on emerging mobile platforms.Our wireless solutions integrate content of media companies, marketing messages and the consumer reach of wireless carriers.
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    OMGPOP, Inc

    OMGPOP, Inc

    • Games Published: Draw Something
    • Game Versions Published: Draw Something
    Iminlikewithyou (IILWY) has emerged from the YCombinator program and was founded by Charles Forman and Dan Albritton.  i’minlikewithyou is the fun way to flirt online through creating games and bidding points.
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    Strategy First

    • Games Published: Supreme Ruler 2010
    • Game Versions Published: Europa Universalis II
    Strategy First is a software company based in Montreal, Canada. Founded in 1988, the company has published numerous well-known games, such as the Disciples series, Jagged Alliance series, Space Empires series, and Galactic Civilizations. Strategy First has had conflict with Introversion Software. The company was distributing copies of Introversion's title Uplink entitled Uplink: Hacker Elite. However, after filing for bankruptcy, Strategy First suspended paying royalties to Introversion, already owing them tens of thousands of dollars. Introversion severed its ties with the company. Former Strategy First developer Legend Studios also reported a conflict culminating in a press release issued February 11, 2005 where they claimed the publisher "breached the Software Publishing and Distribution Agreement", and that "we have not receive a single sales report, payments for royalties and they practically have not fulfilled a single point in our agreement." In a postmortem article about the development of Galactic Civilizations II, Stardock founder Brad Wardell stated, regarding the original title, that "Publisher Strategy First filed for bankruptcy without paying a significant portion of
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    Texas Instruments

    Texas Instruments

    • Games Published: Alpiner
    • Game Versions Published: Hunt the Wumpus
    Texas Instruments Inc. (NASDAQ: TXN), known as TI, is an American global company that designs and makes semiconductors based in Dallas, Texas, United States, It sells to electronics designers and manufacturers globally. TI is the third largest manufacturer of semiconductors worldwide after Intel and Samsung, the second largest supplier of chips for cellular handsets after Qualcomm, and the largest producer of digital signal processors (DSPs) and analog semiconductors, among a wide range of other semiconductor products, including calculators, microcontrollers and multi-core processors. Texas Instruments is among the Top 20 Semiconductor producing companies in the world. Texas Instruments was founded in 1951. It emerged after a reorganization of Geophysical Service. This company manufactured equipment for use in the seismic industry as well as defense electronics. TI researched infrared technology in the late 1950s and later made transistors, including the world's first workable silicon transistor, radar systems, guidance and control systems for both missiles and bombs. In 1954, Texas Instruments designed and manufactured the first transistor radio and Jack Kilby invented the
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    The 3DO Company

    The 3DO Company

    • Games Published: Heroes Chronicles
    • Game Versions Published: Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia
    The 3DO Company (formerly THDO on the NASDAQ stock exchange), also known as 3DO (short for three-dimensional operating system), was a video game company. It was founded in 1991 under the name SMSG, Inc. (for San Mateo Software Group) by Electronic Arts founder Trip Hawkins in a partnership with seven companies, including LG, Matsushita (now Panasonic), AT&T Corporation, MCA, Time Warner and Electronic Arts. After 3DO's flagship video game console the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer failed in the marketplace, the company exited the hardware business and became a third-party video game developer. When the company was first founded, its original objective was to create a next-generation CD-based video game system which would be manufactured by various partners and licensees; 3DO would collect a royalty on each console sold and on each game manufactured. For game publishers, 3DO's $3 royalty per sold game was very low compared to the royalties Nintendo and Sega collected from game sales on their consoles. The launch of the console in October 1993 was well-promoted, with a great deal of attention in the mass media as part of the "multimedia wave" in the computer world. The 3DO console was
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    THQ

    • Games Published: Frontlines: Fuel of War
    • Game Versions Published: Up
    THQ Inc. ("Toy Head-Quarters") is a North American developer and publisher of video games. Founded in 1989 in the United States, the company develops products for video game consoles, handheld game systems, as well as for personal computers and wireless devices. THQ has offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. The company publishes internally created and externally licensed content in its product portfolio. THQ's internally created franchises include Saints Row, Frontlines: Fuel of War, Red Faction, MX vs. ATV, Company of Heroes and others. The company also holds exclusive, long-term licensing agreements with leading sports and entertainment content creators including WWE, Games Workshop (Warhammer 40,000), Nickelodeon and Disney-Pixar. Trinity Acquisition Corporation was founded in 1989. In 1991, it merged with Toy Head-Quarters, a toy manufacturer founded in 1990 by Jack Friedman. Once consolidated, the company branched out to the video game industry and adopted the name T*HQ, inspired by the first letters of Toy Head-Quarters even though Trinity Acquisition was the surviving entity. T*HQ was eventually renamed to THQ in 1994 and left the toy business to concentrate
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    Tiger Electronics

    Tiger Electronics

    • Games Published: Fighters Megamix
    • Game Versions Published: Duke Nukem 3D
    Tiger Electronics is an American toy manufacturer, best known for its handheld LCD games, the Furby, and Giga Pets. When Tiger was an independent company, Tiger Electronics Inc., its headquarters were in Vernon Hills, Illinois. Randy Rissman and Roger Shiffman founded the company in 1978. It started with low-tech items like phonographs, but then began developing handheld electronic games and teaching toys. Prominent among these was "K28, Tiger's Talking Learning Computer", (1984) that was sold worldwide by K-Mart and other chain stores. Tiger also achieved success with many simple handheld electronics games like "Electronic Bowling" and other titles based on licenses, such as "RoboCop", "Terminator", and "Spider-Man". An early 90's hit was the variable speed portable cassette/microphone combo Talkboy (first seen in the 1992 movie Home Alone 2: Lost in New York), followed by the Brain Warp and the Brain Shift. It also licensed the "Lazer Tag" brand from its inventors, Shoot the Moon Products, which was born from the remnants of the Worlds of Wonder company. Tiger also produced a version of Lights Out around 1995. In 1997 it also produced a quaint fishing game called Fishing
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    Timex Corporation

    Timex Corporation

    • Games Published: Galactic Gunner
    Timex Group USA, Inc. (formerly known as Timex Corporation), a subsidiary of Timex Group B.V. and its US headquarters, is based in Middlebury, Connecticut. The company is the current day successor to the Waterbury Clock Company, founded in 1854 in nearby Waterbury, Connecticut. In 1854 Waterbury, CT-based brass manufacturer Benedict & Burnham created Waterbury Clock Company to manufacture clocks using brass wheels and gears. Waterbury Clock Company was legally incorporated on March 27, 1857 as an independent business with $60,000 in capital. The American clock industry, with scores of companies located in Connecticut's Naugatuck Valley, was producing millions of clocks, earning the region the nickname, "Switzerland of America". The Waterbury Clock Company was one of the largest producers for both domestic sales and export, primarily to Europe. Today its successor, Timex Group USA, Inc. is the only remaining watch company in the region. Originally, the company produced clocks as less expensive alternatives to the high-end European counterparts of the time. In 1887 the company began experimenting with its product line leading to the creation of the large Jumbo pocket watch invented
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    United States Army

    United States Army

    • Games Published: America's Army: Rise of a Soldier
    • Game Versions Published: America's Army: Rise of a Soldier
    The United States Army is the main branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for land-based military operations. It is the largest and oldest established branch of the U.S. military, and is one of seven U.S. uniformed services. The modern army has its roots in the Continental Army which was formed on 14 June 1775, before the establishment of the United States, to meet the demands of the American Revolutionary War. The Congress of the Confederation officially created the United States Army on 3 June 1784 after the end of the Revolutionary War to replace the disbanded Continental Army. The army considers itself to be descended from the Continental Army and thus dates its inception from the origins of that force. The primary mission of the army is "to fight and win our Nation’s wars by providing prompt, sustained land dominance across the full range of military operations and spectrum of conflict in support of combatant commanders." The army is a military service within the Department of the Army, one of the three military departments of the Department of Defense. The army is headed by the Secretary of the Army, and the top military officer in the department is the Chief of
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    XGenStudios

    • Games Published: MotherLoad
    • Game Versions Published: Defend Your Castle
    XGen Studios Inc. is a developer and publisher of Flash games on the Internet and CD/DVD. Founded in 2001 by Skye Boyes, XGen Studios is currently based in Alberta, Canada. Its website attracts over 3 million monthly players. Shortly after the release of Stick Arena to the public, the Xgen Studios Forums are prone to extended downtime, database errors, lag, and a phenomenon which the members define as a 'n00b flood'. Downtime is usually off and on, sometimes it's off for 3 minutes, others for 2 or 3 days. However, the frequency that downtime occurs has diminished recently, as one of the problems was a massive thread in the forum which has since been removed. Additionally, the forums were updated to the most recent version of vBulletin, which was expected to eliminate the frequent downtime, it didn't, however, as the forum suffered a large downtime on October 6th . They are still suffering from large down time, even with the "return of Jordan" to the forums. Jordan is gone once again. However, the problem seems to have been taken care of, seeing as downtime is a rare thing to see in recent days. The XGenStudios site went through a major redesign on February 28, 2007. The
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    Yoshinori Kitase

    Yoshinori Kitase

    • Games Published: Final Fantasy VIII
    Yoshinori Kitase (北瀬 佳範, Kitase Yoshinori, born 23 September 1966) is a Japanese game producer and former game director that has been working for Square Enix since 1 April 1990. He is mostly known for his work on the role-playing video game series Final Fantasy. He currently serves as the producer of the Final Fantasy games developed by Square Enix 1st Production Department. Kitase wanted to become a film director after seeing the movie Star Wars at the age of 12, when it was released in Japan. After earning a degree in cinema from the Nihon University College of Art, he worked for a small animation studio, producing animated cartoons for commercials and television programs. In 1990, after one year of employment, he decided to join the video game company Square, despite having no computer knowledge. Kitase is best known as the director of Final Fantasy VI (with Hiroyuki Ito), Final Fantasy VII, and Final Fantasy VIII. Kitase described his first ten years of work at Square as that of an "event scripter", directing the characters' movements and expressions on the game screen as well as setting the timings and music transitions. He has compared this work to that of a stage director.
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