History Lesson: Activision

by Darius Kazemi on July 30, 2007

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Gamasutra just posted an article on The History of Activision. It’s certainly an interesting read from a Boston perspective, especially since that company has had, uh, interesting relationships with some of our biggest game companies, including Infocom back in the 80s, and more recently, Harmonix (*deep breath*: Harmonix developed Guitar Hero which was published by Red Octane who were bought out and effectively dissolved by Activision who are now it seems to me screwing up the Guitar Hero franchise but it’s okay because Rock Band has nothing to do with Activision and will prove to be the greatest music game ever made).

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Ian Schreiber July 31, 2007 at 2:13 pm

We had some interaction with them at Genetic Anomalies / THQ, working with them on the ill-fated Star Trek:ConQuest Online.

It worked out about as well as the Infocom merger.

I was a little disappointed that the article contained so much history of Activision’s early days (and the entire industry’s — do we really need a description of the Crash of 83?) and just skimmed over what happened since. But I suppose when your one interview source is David Crane, that’s what you’ll get…

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