American Laser Games
|Fate||Bought out by Her Interactive|
|Robert Grebe (Founder)|
American Laser Games was a company based in Albuquerque, New Mexico that created numerous light gun laserdisc video games featuring live action full motion video. The company was founded in the late 1980s by Robert Grebe, who had originally created a system to train police officers under the company name ICAT (Institute for Combat Arms and Tactics) and later adapted the technology for arcade games. Its first hit game was Mad Dog McCree, a light gun shooter set in the American Old West. Almost all arcade games released by the company were light gun shooters and a number of them also had an Old West theme.
Later, the company turned toward compact disc technology to release its games. Ports of its arcade titles were released for the Sega CD, CD-i and DOS computers equipped with CD-ROM drives. The company was particularly supportive of the 3DO, not only releasing versions of its games for the console, but also offering a modified version of the 3DO platform as an upgrade kit for existing arcade video game cabinets, supporting compressed video versions of their games at a lower cost. In 1995, American Laser Games released Mazer for the 3DO home market and Orbatak (3DO-powered) for the arcade - their first and only in-house non-Full motion video based games. The company also released a series of light-gun controllers, including the 3DO Game Gun and the PC Gamegun, for home computer use. The latter proved unsuccessful due to its poor accuracy.
American Laser Games lasted until the mid-to-late 1990s, by which time it had begun making "games for girls" for the PC under the moniker Her Interactive, beginning with McKenzie & Co. This change in direction marked the end of the company's commercial success, and it eventually closed its doors and was bought out by Her Interactive, which had been spun off before ALG closing and is still making games today. In 2000, the development and publishing rights to all of the games that were produced by American Laser Games were purchased by Digital Leisure, Inc from Her Interactive. Many of these games were then re-released for the PC and in DVD TV game format.
Light gun arcade games
- Mad Dog McCree (1990)
- Who Shot Johnny Rock? (1991)
- Space Pirates (1992)
- Mad Dog II: The Lost Gold (1992)
- Gallagher's Gallery (1992)
- Crime Patrol (1993)
- Crime Patrol 2: Drug Wars (1994)
- The Last Bounty Hunter (1994)
- Fast Draw Showdown (1994)
- Shootout at Old Tucson (1994)
- Way of the Warrior (with Naughty Dog)
- OrbAtak (cancelled)
- McKenzie & Co.
- McKenzie & Co. : More Friends
- The Vampire Diaries
- Battles in Time (with QQP)
- "CD-ROM games for girls." Guardian. New Straits Times. June 1, 1995.
- "Orbatak". Electronic Gaming Monthly (Ziff Davis) (75): 74. October 1995.
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