Saturday, January 26, 2019

Gaming Ads: Parkers Brothers and Pedersen Systems

Founded by George S. Parker and originally named the George S. Parker Company in 1883, the Massachusetts-based Parker Brothers changed its name when George's brother Charles joined the business in 1888 and later their brother Edward worked at company. It began as a maker of board and card games and that's primarily what it stuck to, though it also manufactured children's puzzles. George Parker made many of the games himself but Parker Brothers did publish games created by others, such as Monopoly, Clue, and Risk.

Shortly after being purchased by General Mills in 1968, Parker Brothers created Nerf and in the late '70s began making electronic games. During the '80s it published video games, many of which were home ports of popular arcade games, such as Frogger and Q*bert for Atari 2600, Intellvision, and Colecovision. After being acquired by Hasbro in 1991, Parker Brothers released some computer and video game versions of its popular board games before Hasbro Interactive took over.

Pedersen Systems, Inc., sometimes referred to as PSI, was a computer software developer and publisher based in New York. The two ads I have are from 1988 and 1989, and well, I don't know anything else about the company. There is a Pedersen Systems in New Jersey today but that was founded in 2011 so it's not the same company. However, it is a software development company and based in the same region so perhaps the same person founded both though I really have no idea.

Parkers Brothers albums: Facebook - Google Photos
Pedersen Systems albums: Facebook - Google Photos

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