Saturday, April 21, 2018

Gaming Ads: JVC Musical Industries

JVC was founded in 1927 as a subsidiary of the Victor Talking Company, an American record company. After a merger with RCA, it was known as RCA Victor but when the two split it became Victor Company of Japan which is what JVC stands for; VCJ would make more sense but it doesn't quite have the same ring to it. The branch that would become a video game publisher, at least for a short time, was founded in 1972 as Victor Musical Industries.

While it was created as an audio business, JVC Musical Industries published video games from 1990 to 1996. It released more than 25 games in that span, including a variety of Star Wars console games through a partnership with Lucasfilm Games (aka LucasArts) which was primarily a computer game company at the time. Some other Lucas games from JVC include The Secret of Monkey Island (Sega CD), Defenders of Dynatron City (NES), Ghoul Patrol (SNES), and Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures (SNES).

Also of note is that JVC brought the Wondermega to the U.S. in 1994 as the X'Eye Multi Entertainment System. The X'Eye is essentially a Sega Genesis and Sega CD combined into a single console. It plays all of the software of the Sega consoles but also has additional features and unique software, such as Top Hits Karaoke and Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia which were included with the console. The Sega CD game Prize Fighter was also bundled with the X'Eye.

Flickr album: JVC Musical Industries

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