Saturday, April 1, 2017

Gaming Ads: Any Channel, Arcadia Systems, Arena Entertainment, and Artdink

I decided to go with four publishers today since some don't have very many ads. It's tough to find a lot of information on Any Channel. It developed and published PO'ed for the 3DO, and Accolade later published the game on PlayStation. That appears to be the only game the company was involved in using the Any Channel name. Any World is a trademark of Any Channel and that company's logo appears on the box of a PC game called Vigilance that was published by SegaSoft and developed by PostLinear Entertainment. It likely assisted the developer, perhaps as a producer.

Arcadia Systems was a division of Mastertronic that published games from 1987 to 1991, primarily for home computers and Nintendo platforms. While Arcadia published the Amiga version of Double Dragon, the Silver Surfer and Spot (7UP character) games might be the most recognizable due to their respective licenses.

Arena Entertainment was acquired by Acclaim in 1991 and published games until 1994. Similar to Acclaim, Arena published quite a few licensed games, including those based on the Back to the Future, Predator, Terminator, and Alien movies. It did publish one particularly great game developed by The Bitmap Bros. for the Sega Genesis called Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe. I played a lot of the original Speedball for the Commodore 64 and some Speedball 2. I'd say the series is one of the best futuristic sports video games there is. Speedball has players throw a steel ball violently around a relatively small arena in an attempt to score as many goals as possible in a three-minute match. Its sequel added more depth with the inclusion of individual characters and player trades.

Artdink is a Japanese game developer and publisher founded in 1986 that continues to make games today. While Artdink has worked on a wide range of games, it is best known for the A-train series. A-train is a simulation game about building a transportation system and despite the name, it does include building and managing more than trains. Unfortunately, I've only got one ad for Artdink and that's for Railroad Empire which was distributed in North America by Seika Corporation.

Flickr album: Any Channel
Flickr album: Arcadia Systems
Flickr album: Arena Entertainment
Flickr album: Artdink


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