Saturday, April 4, 2020

Gaming Ads: 7th Level, 21st Century Entertainment, Capstone, Electromedia, FormGen, and id Software

This is a lot of companies to cover in one post but most of them are small and none have more than three ads. It's a backfilling post with new publisher albums because when I first moved from Flickr to Facebook I decided not to give an album to any publisher that only had one ad. However, I've since acquired more ads for each one and so now I'm going back and creating albums. I'll also have an album soon for all the companies with only one ad. I'm going to keep most of these write-ups as brief as possible.

7th level was founded in 1993 and based in Dallas, Texas. In 1997 it merged with Pulse Entertainment and its last games released in 1998. 21st Century Entertainment was founded in 1991 and based in England, and later opened a publishing branch in New York that appears to have only released a few pinball games for home computers. Capstone was a Miami-based subsidiary of IntraCorp and was in business from 1984 to 1996. It published many games featuring movie, TV, or other licenses, such as Home Alone, LA Law, Wayne's World, The Beverly Hillbillies, Terminator 2, and William Shatner's TekWar. I'm not seeing any useful information on Electromedia which I believe is unrelated to a current technology company that uses the same name. Based on the ads I'd say it was a distributor of computer games during the mid-'90s. Founded in 1987 and originally based in Canada, FormGen later moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. It was acquired by GT Interactive in 1996.

Before id Software was founded, a group of developers that included John Carmack, John Romero, and Adrian Carmack worked under the name Ideas from the Deep as a side gig and created the Commander Keen series for Apogee Software. In 1991 id Software was founded and continued to work with Apogee, as well as the aforementioned FormGen. Of course, id is best known for its first-person shooters which began in 1992 with the release of Wolfenstein 3d, then Doom in 1993, and finally Quake in 1995. All three of those game series are still active as is id Software which was acquired in 2009 by ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks.

7th Level albums: Facebook - Google Photos
21st Century Entertainment albums: Facebook - Google Photos
Capstone albums: Facebook - Google Photos
FormGen albums: Facebook - Google Photos
id Software albums: Facebook - Google Photos

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