July 5, 1994 |
Brian Fargo, who 10 years ago was just a small-time video game designer, has turned his Interplay Productions Inc. in Irvine into a major player with $60 million in annual sales. A block away from Interplay, Martin Alper, a poker partner of Fargo's, has expanded Virgin Interactive Entertainment Inc. to a venture with more than $100 million in annual revenue. They both anticipated the rising popularity of multimedia games, which combine sound, graphics, video and text.
October 3, 1995 |
A federal judge Monday extended a court order requiring a Minnesota-based computer software company to recall a product that closely resembles one of the most popular computer games produced by Interplay Productions Inc. of Irvine, attorneys for Interplay said. The order, which had been scheduled to expire Monday, will now be in effect until a lawsuit that Interplay brought against LaserSoft Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn.
April 14, 1995 |
Interplay Productions Inc. said Thursday it has garnered the rights to create video and CD-ROM games based on "Waterworld," the most expensive film ever made, which is due out this summer. It is the second such deal made between the studio and the Irvine game-maker. Since MCA invested in Interplay last year, the firm gets first glance at MCA's productions and picks those it wants to turn into games. "They have treated us like we are their own division," said Brian Fargo, president of Interplay.
February 6, 1994 |
After a decade of producing computer games on floppy disks, the head of Interplay Productions Inc. in Irvine gave the order last year to shut down all new production of such titles. Instead, company President Brian Fargo invested $3 million in new computer equipment and diverted all development money to CD-ROM games. He feared a drop in sales as the company shifted, but the trough never appeared.
May 5, 1997 |
Sometimes, the old-fashioned ways work too. Irvine computer and video game maker Interplay Productions Inc. is all over the Web and has been getting a lot of notice because several of its games are featured at the new and extremely high-tech Sega Gameworks entertainment center in Seattle. But now its Interplay OEM Inc. subsidiary has signed a marketing deal that will put artwork from some of its hottest games on notebooks--the paper kind. The deal with Vestwin Paper Corp.
February 11, 1994 |
MCA Inc., the Japanese-owned movie and entertainment giant, said Thursday that it has purchased a "significant minority stake" in Interplay Productions Inc., one of Orange County's largest video game publishers. * Brian Fargo, president of Interplay, said the company was courted by all of the major Hollywood studios but decided on MCA, parent company of Universal Studios, because of its extensive entertainment holdings--from books and movies to records and theme parks.