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Activision

First 3rd Party Video Game Developer

Activision Publish, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products for various consoles, handheld platforms and the PC. Activision’s roots go back to the late 1970’s while four of their founders worked for Atari.

The programmers at Atari became disgruntled with the company for not crediting game developers or compensating them for games that sold well. Many of Atari’s programmers decided to leave the company to form their own independent software companies. Four of Atari’s top programmers David Crane, Larry Kaplan, Alan Miller and Bob Whitehead left Atari in late 1979 to form their own software company. On October 1st, 1979 Activision was founded by Jim Levy, Richard Muchmore and the four ex-Atari programmers.

Featured Game

ActRaiser

Unique platformer developed by Quintet for the Super Nintendo

ActRaiser is a platforming video game with city-building simulation elements developed by Quintet and published by Enix for the Super Nintendo. The game was one of the early Super Nintendo releases and stood out for combining traditional side-scrolling platforming with an urban planning god game section creating a unique experience.

Players take control of a godlike being known as “The Master” and must save the world from evil. Awakening several hundred years after being defeated in battle by Tanzra and his six lieutenants, the Master discovers that he has lost his powers due to the lack of belief in him. During his absence, Tanzra divided the world into six lands, one for each of his lieutenants and turned the people evil.

This Week In Gaming

Events That Took Place On September 26th
35 Years AgoCastlevania Box Famicom Disk SystemCastlevania (Japan)Famicom Disk System1986
33 Years AgoZelda II - The Adventures of Link BoxZelda II: The Adventure of Link (Europe)Nintendo Entertainment System1988
7 Years AgoHyrule Warriors BoxHyrule WarriorsWii U2014
Events That Took Place On September 27th
37 Years AgoNaughty Dog LogoNaughty DogFounded1984
25 Years AgoWave Race 64 (Japan)Nintendo 641996
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Events That Took Place On September 28th
31 Years AgoSuper Mario Land BoxSuper Mario Land (Europe)Game Boy1990
31 Years AgoRockman 3 (Japan)
A.K.A. – Mega Man 3
Famicom1990
23 Years AgoPokemon Red BoxPokémon Red & BlueGame Boy1998
15 Years AgoPokémon Diamond & PearlNintendo DS2006
11 Years AgoDead Rising 2 BoxDead Rising 2PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
2010
Events That Took Place On September 29th
31 Years AgoStrider (Japan)Mega Drive1990
31 Years AgoMoonwalker Japan BoxMichael Jackson’s Moonwalker (Japan)Mega Drive1990
28 Years AgoFinal Fantasy Legend IIIGame Boy1993
27 Years AgoChip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers 2 (Europe)Nintendo Entertainment System1994
25 Years AgoN64 ConsoleNintendo 64Console Launch1996
25 Years AgoSuper Mario 64 BoxSuper Mario 64Nintendo 641996
21 Years AgoDino Crisis 2 BoxDino Crisis 2PlayStation2000
12 Years AgoKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysNintendo DS2009
4 Years AgoCuphead Digital CoverartCupheadXbox One
PC
2017
Events That Took Place On September 30th
27 Years AgoDoom IIPC1994
24 Years AgoAge of EmpiresPC1997
24 Years AgoFalloutPC1997
23 Years AgoFallout 2PC1998
22 Years AgoAge of Empires II: The Age of KingsPC1999
22 Years AgoGrand Theft Auto 2PC1999
18 Years AgoHalo: Combat EvolvedPC2003
16 Years AgoSora Ltd.Founded2005
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Events That Took Place On October 1st
42 Years AgoActivisionFounded1979
34 Years AgoRad Racer BoxRad RacerNintendo Entertainment System1987
22 Years AgoNeo Geo Pocket ColorNeo Geo Pocket Color (Europe)Console Launch1999
14 Years AgoThe Legend of Zelda - Phantom Hourglass BoxThe Legend of Zelda: Phantom HourglassNintendo DS2007
2 Years AgoAlphaDream LogoAlphaDreamDefunct2019
Events That Took Place On October 2nd
34 Years AgoKid Niki Famicom BoxKid Niki: Radical Ninja (Japan)Famicom1987
27 Years AgoEarthworm Jim SNES BoxEarthworm JimSuper Nintendo1994
24 Years AgoCastlevania - Symphony of the Night BoxCastlevania: Symphony of the NightPlayStation1997
19 Years AgoNeed for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2PlayStation 22002
9 Years AgoResident Evil 6 BoxResident Evil 6PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
2012
3 Years AgoMega Man 11Nintendo Switch
PlayStation 4
2018