Time Warner Interactive

Last updated
Time Warner Interactive
Company type Division
Industry Video games
Predecessor Tengen
FoundedJune 23, 1993;30 years ago (1993-06-23) (as Time Warner Consumer Products)
DefunctApril 12, 1996;27 years ago (1996-04-12)(North America)
November 1996;27 years ago (1996-11)(Europe)
January 17, 1997;27 years ago (1997-01-17)(Japan)
FateSold to WMS Industries, later transferred to Midway Games
Successor Warner Bros. Games
Headquarters
2210 West Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA 91506 [1] [2]
,
Products
Parent Time Warner
Subsidiaries Atari Games

Time Warner Interactive (Group) (TWI) was a video game publishing division within Time Warner. It was formed in 1993 after Time Warner acquired a controlling interest in Atari Games, which was already partly held by Time Warner. It was active until 1996 when WMS Industries, the owners of the Williams, Bally and Midway arcade brands, bought the company.

Contents

Time Warner Interactive, was responsible for games, such as Rise of the Robots , Primal Rage , and T-MEK .

History

Time Warner Interactive was originally formed in 1984 as Warner New Media, and it was renamed to Time Warner Interactive Group in 1993. [3] In 1994, following the full acquisition of Atari Games by Time Warner, TWIG merged with Atari Games and its associated subsidiary Tengen to form Time Warner Interactive, which serve its functions as a video game and multimedia company. [4] [5] In 1996, WMS Industries purchased it. Time Warner Interactive was previously known as Tengen, the consumer division of Atari Games. Atari Games would continue to operate under its own name until March 29, 1996, when both it and Time Warner Interactive were bought by WMS Industries and was subsequently absorbed into Williams Entertainment (later renamed Midway Home Entertainment), while Atari Games became part of Midway, and eventually was renamed Midway Games West in 1999.

Time Warner also bought the UK publisher Renegade Software in 1995 and kept it independent as Warner Interactive Entertainment, before merging with the European arm of TWI in 1996. Both subsidiaries were short-lived; Time Warner Interactive was formed from the Atari Games acquisition in 1993 and sold to WMS Industries on March 29, 1996, [6] while Time Warner Interactive Japan dissolved in the same year due to WMS not seeing the merit of having a Japanese division in Japan due to how very costly it is for Midway to have a Japanese video game studio in their hands in Lost Decade situation, and European division of Time Warner Interactive (including Renegade Software) existed only two years before being sold to GT Interactive in November 1996 (GT Interactive are best known for distribution of Doom II, Duke Nukem 3D, and Quake as shareware). [7]

List of games

Release DateTitlePlatform Developer Publisher
1993 Fire Power 2000 Sega Genesis
Black x.svgN
1993 Batman Returns Sega CD
Black x.svgN
1994 T-MEK Arcade, Sega 32X
Black x.svgN
1994 Dick Vitale's "Awesome, Baby!" College Hoops Sega Genesis
Black x.svgN
Black x.svgN
1994 Generations Lost Sega Genesis
Black x.svgN
1994 The Lawnmower Man Sega Genesis, Sega CD
Black x.svgN
1994 Red Zone Sega Genesis
Black x.svgN
1994 Rise of the Robots Amiga, Amiga CD32, DOS, Sega Genesis, SNES, Game Gear, 3DO, CD-i, Arcade
Black x.svgN
1994 Mega SWIV Sega Genesis
Black x.svgN
1994 Chuck Jones' Peter and the Wolf PC
Black x.svgN
1994R.B.I. Baseball '94 Game Gear
Black x.svgN
1994 R.B.I. Baseball '95 32X
Black x.svgN
Black x.svgN
1994 Sylvester and Tweety in Cagey Capers Sega Genesis
Black x.svgN
1994 Tama: Adventurous Ball in Giddy Labyrinth Sega Saturn, PlayStation
Black x.svgN
Black x.svgN
1995 Cheese Cat-astrophe starring Speedy Gonzalez Game Gear, Master System
Black x.svgN
1995 Kawasaki Superbike Challenge Sega Genesis, SNES
Black x.svgN
1995 Virtua Racing Sega Saturn
Black x.svgN
1995 Wayne Gretzky and the NHLPA All-Stars Sega Genesis, SNES
Black x.svgN
Black x.svgN
1995 Power Drive Rally Atari Jaguar
Black x.svgN
1995 Primal Rage 32X, Amiga, Atari Jaguar CD, DOS, Game Boy, Game Gear, PlayStation, Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn, SNES
Black x.svgN
1995 Race Drivin' Sega Saturn
Black x.svgN
Black x.svgN
1995 Super R.B.I. Baseball SNES
Black x.svgN
1995Hoop it Up World Tour 3 on 3 the GameArcade
Black x.svgN
1996International MotoX PlayStation
Black x.svgN
1996 Pitball PlayStation
Black x.svgN
Black x.svgN
1996 PO'ed PlayStation
Black x.svgN
1996 Return Fire PlayStation
Black x.svgN
1996 Striker '96 PlayStation
Black x.svgN
1997 Shinrei Jusatsushi Tarōmaru Sega Saturn
Black x.svgN
Black x.svgN

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Atari</span> Video gaming brand

Atari is a brand name that has been owned by several entities since its inception in 1972. It is currently owned by French company Atari SA through a subsidiary named Atari Interactive. The original Atari, Inc., founded in Sunnyvale, California, USA in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, 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 electronic entertainment industry from the 1970s to the mid-1980s.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Atari Games</span> American arcade game developer

Atari Games Corporation, known as Midway Games West Inc. after 1999, was an American producer of arcade games. It was formed in 1985 when the coin-operated arcade video game division of Atari, Inc. was transferred by Warner Communications to a joint venture with Namco. It was one of several successor companies to use the name Atari. The company developed and published games for arcades and across consumer gaming consoles such as the Commodore 16, Commodore 64, Game Boy, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and other platforms using the Tengen label. Some of the games Atari had developed include Tetris, Road Runner, RoadBlasters and Primal Rage. After Time Warner reassumed full ownership in 1994, the company was sold to WMS Industries in 1996, and became part of Midway Games when that company was spun-off by WMS in 1998. It ceased operations in 2003 and its former assets were sold back to Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in 2009 following Midway's bankruptcy.

Midway Games Inc., known previously as Midway Manufacturing and Bally Midway, and commonly known as simply Midway, was an American video game developer and publisher. Midway's franchises included Mortal Kombat, Rampage, Spy Hunter, NBA Jam, Cruis'n, and NFL Blitz. Midway also acquired the rights to video games that were originally developed by Williams Electronics and Atari Games, such as Defender, Joust, Robotron: 2084, Gauntlet, and the Rush series.

<i>Klax</i> (video game) 1990 video game

Klax is a puzzle video game released in arcades in 1990 by Atari Games while Namco distributed the game in Japanese markets. It was designed and animated by Mark Stephen Pierce with the software engineering done by Dave Akers. The object is to catch colored blocks tumbling down a machine and arrange them in colored rows and patterns to make them disappear. Klax was originally published as a coin-op follow-up to Tetris, about which Atari Games was in a legal dispute at the time.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">WMS Industries</span> American gaming company

WMS Industries, Inc. was an American electronic gaming and amusement manufacturer in Enterprise, Nevada. It was merged into Scientific Games in 2016. WMS's predecessor was the Williams Manufacturing Company, founded in 1943 by Harry E. Williams. However, the company that became WMS Industries was formally founded in 1974 as Williams Electronics, Inc.

<i>Super Sprint</i> 1986 video game

Super Sprint is a racing video game released by Atari Games and Midway Games in 1986. Up to three players drive Formula One-like cars on a circuit that is viewed from above. The game is a successor to Gran Trak 10 and the Sprint series, which were black-and-white games from the 1970s. A sequel, Championship Sprint, was released later in the same year.

Tengen Inc. was an American video game publisher and developer that was created by the arcade game manufacturer Atari Games for publishing computer and console games. It had a Japanese subsidiary named Tengen Ltd..

<i>Primal Rage</i> 1994 arcade video game

Primal Rage is a fighting game developed and released by Atari Games to arcades in 1994. The game takes place on a post-apocalyptic version of Earth called "Urth". Players control one of seven large beasts that battle each other to determine the planet's fate. Matches feature many of the conventions of fighting games from the era, including special moves and gory finishing maneuvers. Ports were released for home consoles and personal computers. Efforts to perfectly emulate the arcade original have been unsuccessful due to the use of an unusual copy protection method. Toys, comics, a novel and other merchandise tie-ins were produced. More than 1.5 million copies of the game were sold.

Ocean Software Ltd was a British software development company that became one of the biggest European video game developers and publishers of the 1980s and 1990s.

1996 saw many sequels and prequels in video games, such as Super Mario 64, Duke Nukem 3D, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Super Mario RPG, King's Field III, Virtua Fighter 3, along with new titles such as Blazing Heroes, NiGHTS into Dreams..., Crash Bandicoot, Pokémon Red/Green/Blue, Resident Evil, Dead or Alive, Quake and Tomb Raider.

Tradewest was an American video game company based in Corsicana, Texas that produced numerous games in the 1980s and early 1990s. The company was the publisher of the Battletoads and Double Dragon series in North America and the PAL region.

Atari Corporation was an American manufacturer of computers and video game consoles. It was founded by Jack Tramiel on May 17, 1984, as Tramel Technology, Ltd., but then took on the Atari name less than two months later when Warner Communications sold the home computing and game console assets of Atari, Inc. to Tramiel. Its chief products were the Atari ST, Atari XE, Atari 7800, Atari Lynx and Atari Jaguar.

<i>Xybots</i> 1987 video game

Xybots is a 1987 third-person shooter arcade game by Atari Games. In Xybots, up to two players control "Major Rock Hardy" and "Captain Ace Gunn", who must travel through a 3D maze and fight against a series of robots known as the Xybots whose mission is to destroy all mankind. The game features a split screen display showing the gameplay on the bottom half of the screen and information on player status and the current level on the top half. Designed by Ed Logg, it was originally conceived as a sequel to his previous title, Gauntlet. The game was well received, with reviewers lauding the game's various features, particularly the cooperative multiplayer aspect. Despite this, it was met with limited financial success, which has been attributed to its unique control scheme that involves rotating the joystick to turn the player character.

Renegade Software was a UK-based games publisher, founded in 1991 by the Bitmap Brothers.

Atari, Inc. is an American subsidiary and publishing arm of Atari SA. Formed in 1993 as GT Interactive Software Corp., the video game publishing arm of GoodTimes Home Video, the company was subsequently majority acquired by Infogrames in 1999, and later renamed to Infogrames, Inc. As part of Infogrames's company-wide re-branding following its 2001 acquisition of Hasbro Interactive, which owned the rights to the Atari brand, Infogrames, Inc. became known as Atari, Inc. in May 2003. On October 11, 2008, Infogrames completed its acquisition of Atari, Inc., making it a wholly owned subsidiary.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Atari, Inc.</span> American video game developer (1972-1992)

Atari, Inc. was an American video game developer and home computer company founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney. Atari was a key player in the formation of the video arcade and video game industry.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bally Manufacturing</span> American company

Bally Manufacturing, later renamed Bally Entertainment, was an American company that began as a pinball and slot machine manufacturer, and later expanded into casinos, video games, health clubs, and theme parks. It was acquired by Hilton Hotels in 1996.

Atari SA is a French video game holding company headquartered in Paris. Its subsidiaries include Atari Interactive and Atari, Inc. It is the current owner of the Atari brand through Atari Interactive.

Midway Studios San Diego was a game developer based in San Diego, California. It was the successor to the Leland Corporation and Cinematronics.

References

  1. "Primal Rage - PC Review". Coming Soon Magazine. 1995. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  2. Peter and the Wolf cover of instructions booklet
  3. Rothman, Matt (1993-06-03). "TW revamps multimedia group". Variety. Retrieved 2023-09-04.
  4. Fisher, Lawrence M. (1994-03-26). "COMPANY NEWS; Time Warner Increases Its Stake in Atari". The New York Times. ISSN   0362-4331 . Retrieved 2023-09-04.
  5. Archives, L. A. Times (1994-04-12). "Technology: Time Inc. said Monday that Cable..." Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2023-09-04.
  6. Webb, Marcus (June 1996). "WMS Acquires Time Warner/Atari Games". Next Generation . No. 18. Imagine Media. p. 26.
  7. SEC Info - Atari Inc - 10-Q - For 6/30/97