Saturday, May 27, 2017

Gaming Ads: Beeshu, Bethesda Softworks, and Bignet U.S.A.

First up today is an accessory company named Beeshu that went out of business in 1995. It made many colorful controllers for 8-bit and 16-bit consoles, as well as home computers. Nothing really too exciting as few game accessory makers are. Next is a game developer and publisher that anyone who enjoys video games today should know well.

Bethesda Softworks was founded in 1986 and is based in Bethesda, Maryland, hence the company name. When one thinks of Bethesda they surely think of The Elder Scrolls as that's its longest running game series having started in 1994 with the release of The Elder Scrolls: Arena. It's also now known for Fallout since licensing the property from Interplay for Fallout 3 and later acquiring it outright following a legal battle. However, before Bethesda was known for its role-playing games, it actually created a number of sports games and the single ad I've got is for a college basketball game. I'm disappointed I don't have more ads too but many magazines of the early '90s focus on consoles and Bethesda only released computer games until 1999. Bethesda publishes id Software (Doom, Quake) games now as well since its parent company ZeniMax acquired the developer in 2009.

Lastly is Bignet U.S.A., a distributor for Japanese company Micronet Co., Ltd. established in July 1990. There isn't much to say about Bignet but it is the company responsible for the ads which is why I'm putting the album in its name. Micronet was founded in October 1982 and has developed games for a variety of genres and platforms. While Micronet is still in business as a software developer, the last game it released was Marionette Handler 2 for the Sega Dreamcast in 2000.

Flickr album: Beeshu
Flickr album: Bethesda Softworks
Flickr album: Bignet U.S.A.

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