Saturday, September 23, 2017

Gaming Ads: DreamWorks and DreamWorks Interactive

Both of this week's ads are from companies named DreamWorks but they are not related to one another. The first DreamWorks was based in Minnesota and distributed a small number of games in the early '90s. I've got ads for three of its six released games and one for the unreleased Sega Genesis game Jesse "The Body" Ventura Wrestling Superstars.

DreamWorks Interactive is much better known as it was the software division of the DreamWorks film company and developed a significant hit in Medal of Honor. Founded in 1995, DreamWorks Interactive developed a few original games and games based on other properties, such as Jurassic Park, Goosebumps, and Small Soldiers. It also published claymation games developed by The Neverhood, including the aptly titled The Neverhood and its sequel Skullmonkeys, as well as BoomBots.

The most successful game from DreamWorks Interactive is the aforementioned Medal of Honor, a WWII shooter that released in 1999 for the PlayStation. Medal of Honor is largely known as a series from Electronic Arts (EA) as it did publish the game and all of its sequels. EA acquired DreamWorks Interactive in 2000, at the time renaming the studio to EA Los Angeles. In 2010 EA Los Angeles became Danger Close Games and in 2013 it changed names yet again, this time to DICE Los Angeles. The Medal of Honor developer is still in business as DICE Los Angeles, primarily developing additional content for the Battlefield games.

Flickr album: DreamWorks
Flickr album: DreamWorks Interactive

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