Activision

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Activision
Type Subsidiary of Activision Blizzard
Founded 1979 (Computer Arts)
1979 (Activision)
Mediagenic (1988)
Headquarters Santa Monica, California, US
Key people Jim Levy, founder
David Crane, founder
Larry Kaplan, founder
Alan Miller, founder
Bob Whitehead, founder
Industry video games
Products Video games
Employees not disclosed
Website http://www.activision.com/

Activision is a division of Activision Blizzard.

Computer Arts, Inc.

Computer Arts, Inc. was founded in 1979 by Jim Levy and former Atari programmers David Crane, Larry Kaplan, Alan Miller and Bob Whitehead.

Activision, Inc.

Shortly after its foundation, in 1979, Computer Arts, Inc. was renamed to Activision, Inc.

Mediagenic

In 1988, they branched out to other forms of software than video games, and changed the name of their corporate name to Mediagenic.

Under the Mediagenic holding company, they continued to produce and publish games as Activision. Following a lawsuit that resulted in Mediagenic having to pay millions in damages, an investor group consisting of Robert Kotick and Brian Kelly purchased Mediagenic in 1990.

Activision Blizzard

They renamed the company back to Activision in 1992. In 2008, Activision was merged with Vivendi Games to form the holding company Activision Blizzard.

In 2013, Activision Blizzard purchased most of Vivendi's shares of the Activision Blizzard stock to become an independent company. As in the Mediagenic years, they still produce and publish games under the Activision name while under the Activision Blizzard holding company.

Video games developed by Activision

Title System Release Added to museum Notes
Atlantis Flashback Blast! 1982 May 1, 2020
Beamrider Flashback Blast! 1983 May 1, 2020
Chopper Command Flashback Blast! 1982 May 1, 2020
Cosmic Commuter Flashback Blast! 1984 May 1, 2020
Crackpots Flashback Blast! 1983 May 1, 2020
Decathlon Flashback Blast! 1983 May 1, 2020
Dragster Flashback Blast! 1980 May 1, 2020
Enduro Flashback Blast! 1983 May 1, 2020
Fishing Derby Flashback Blast! 1980 May 1, 2020
Freeway Flashback Blast! 1981 May 1, 2020
Frostbite Flashback Blast! 1983 May 1, 2020
H.E.R.O. Flashback Blast! 1984 May 1, 2020
Keystone Kapers Flashback Blast! 1983 May 1, 2020
Megamania Flashback Blast! 1982 May 1, 2020
Pitfall! Flashback Blast! 1982 May 1, 2020
Pressure Cooker Flashback Blast! 1983 May 1, 2020
River Raid Flashback Blast! 1982 May 1, 2020
Seaquest Flashback Blast! 1983 May 1, 2020
Stampede Flashback Blast! 1981 May 1, 2020
Starmaster Flashback Blast! 1982 May 1, 2020
Zork: Grand Inquisitor Mac OS, Windows 1997 December 29, 2012

Video games published by Activision

Title Developer System Release Added to museum Notes
The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery Sierra DOS, Mac OS, Windows 1995 October 28, 2011
Codename: ICEMAN Sierra Amiga, Atari ST, DOS 1989 December 15, 2018
Conquests of Camelot: The Search for the Grail Sierra Amiga, Atari ST, DOS 1989 December 15, 2018
Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood Sierra Amiga, DOS 1991 June 5, 2018
Deadpool Highmoon Studios PS3, PS4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One 2013 March 31, 2018
Freddy Pharkas: Frontier Pharmacist Sierra DOS, Mac OS, Windows 1993 June 5, 2018
Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers Sierra DOS, Mac OS, Windows 1993 February 16, 2010
King's Quest Sierra Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, DOS, Mac OS, Master System, Windows 1984 December 17, 2012
King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne Sierra Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, DOS, Mac OS, Windows 1985 December 17, 2012
King's Quest III: Romancing the Throne Sierra Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, DOS, Mac OS, Windows 1986 December 17, 2012
King's Quest IV: The Perils of Rosella Sierra Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, DOS, Windows 1988 December 17, 2012
King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! Sierra Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, DOS, FM Towns Mac OS, NES, PC-98, VIS, Windows 1990 December 17, 2012
King's Quest VI: Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow Sierra Amiga, DOS, Mac OS, Windows 1992 December 17, 2012
King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride Sierra DOS, Mac OS, Windows 1994 December 17, 2012
King's Quest VIII: Mask of Eternity Sierra Windows 1998 December 17, 2012
Laura Bow: The Colonel's Bequest Sierra Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Windows 1989 June 5, 2018
Laura Bow: The Dagger of Amon Ra Sierra DOS, Windows 1990 June 5, 2018
Lighthouse Sierra DOS, Mac OS, Windows 1996 June 5, 2018
Phantasmagoria Sierra DOS, Saturn, Windows 1995 October 28, 2011
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh Sierra DOS, Mac OS, Windows 1996 October 28, 2011
Police Quest Sierra Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, DOS, Mac OS, Windows 1987 December 17, 2012
Police Quest II: The Vengeance Sierra Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, PC-98, Windows 1987 December 17, 2012
Police Quest III: The Kindred Sierra Amiga, DOS, Windows 1991 December 17, 2012
Police Quest IV: Open Season Sierra DOS, Mac OS, Windows 1998 December 17, 2012
Quest for Glory: So You Want to Be a Hero Sierra Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Mac OSPC-98, Windows 1989 May 10, 2012
Quest for Glory II: Trial By Fire Sierra Amiga, DOS, Windows 1990 May 10, 2012
Quest for Glory III: Wages of War Sierra DOS, Windows 1992 May 10, 2012
Quest for Glory IV: Wages of War Sierra DOS, Windows 1993 May 10, 2012
Quest for Glory V: Dragon Fire Sierra Mac OS, Windows 1993 May 10, 2012
RAMA Sierra DOS, Mac OS, PS1, Windows 1993 Not yet
Return to Zork Infocom DOS, FM Towns, Mac OS, PC-FX, PS1, Saturn, Windows 1993 December 29, 2012
Shivers Sierra Mac OS, Windows 1992 December 15, 2018
Space Quest Sierra Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, DOS, Mac OS, Windows 1984 December 17, 2012
Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge Sierra Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, DOS, Mac OS, Windows 1987 December 17, 2012
Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon Sierra Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Mac OS, Windows 1988 December 17, 2012
Space Quest IV: Roger Wilco and the Time Rippers Sierra Amiga, DOS, Mac OS, PC-98, Windows 1991 December 17, 2012
Space Quest V: The Next Mutation Dynamix, Sierra DOS, Windows 1993 December 17, 2012
Space Quest 6: The Spinal Frontier Sierra DOS, Mac OS, Windows 1995 December 17, 2012
Torin's Passage Sierra DOS, Mac OS, Windows 1995 December 29, 2012