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|Founder(s)||Ken Melville, Tom Zito|
|Headquarters||San Mateo, California, United States|
The company originated from an attempt to produce a game for the failed VHS-based NEMO game system. One of its first titles, Night Trap was originally produced as a title for the NEMO, before being converted for use with Sega's new Mega-CD. The mature themed content of Night Trap made it the source of some controversy. Nevertheless, the title was successful and Digital Pictures went on to create other full motion video-based titles primarily for Sega hardware. However, the company declined in the mid-1990s due to waning interest in full motion video games. Its final title, Maximum Surge went unreleased and was later repurposed into a film called Game Over.
Full motion video games
In the 1980s the company designed the video game, Scene Of The Crime for Hasbro's NEMO video game system that used VHS tapes rather than cartridges, which allowed the game to offer live action and interactive full motion video. While NEMO was not successful, Digital Pictures would later convert this game in 1992 for Sega's new Mega-CD home console system under the new name; Night Trap.
Throughout the 1990s, Digital Pictures continued to design interactive full motion video games for the CD-ROM format. Several popular actors, including Steve Eastin, Corey Haim and Dana Plato appeared in Digital Pictures games.
In the early 1990s, Night Trap was singled out by numerous interest groups and by Senators Joseph Lieberman and Herbert Kohl as evidence that the video game industry was marketing games with graphic violence and other adult content to minors. Concern about Night Trap and several other games such as Midway's Mortal Kombat, Konami's Lethal Enforcers, id Software's Doom, and Namco's Splatterhouse 3 helped to bring about the creation of the ESRB video game rating system.
By the late 1990s, consumer interest in full-motion video games, which accounted for the majority of the company's profits, was in decline. After the collapse of the company, its assets were acquired by Cyber Cinema Interactive. The new company intended to re-release the games for DVD but that never came about. The only actual production for Cyber Cinema was the direct to video film Game Over - also known as Maximum Surge Movie. It used footage from an unreleased video game called Maximum Surge as well as clips from other Digital Pictures games. Although the film boasted stars such as Yasmine Bleeth and Walter Koenig, they only appear in the segments that had been pulled from the FMV sequences of the game, which suffer from lower image quality than the original footage.
- Citizen X (cancelled) - Mega-CD
- Corpse Killer - 3DO, Mega-CD, Mega-CD/Sega 32X, Sega Saturn, MAC
- Double Switch - Mega-CD, Sega Saturn, PC, Macintosh
- Ground Zero: Texas - Mega-CD
- INXS: Make My Video - Mega-CD
- Kids on Site - Mega-CD, PC, Macintosh
- Kris Kross: Make My Video - Mega-CD
- Marky Mark: Make My Video - Mega-CD
- Maximum Surge (cancelled) - 3DO, Sega Saturn
- Night Trap - 3DO, Mega-CD, Mega-CD/Sega 32X, PC, Macintosh
- Power Factory Featuring C+C Music Factory, Mega-CD
- Prize Fighter - Mega-CD
- Quarterback Attack with Mike Ditka - 3DO, Sega Saturn, PC, Macintosh
- Sewer Shark - 3DO, Mega-CD
- Slam City With Scottie Pippen - Mega-CD, Mega-CD/Sega 32X, PC
- Supreme Warrior - 3DO, Mega-CD, Mega-CD/Sega 32X, PC, Macintosh
- What's My Story? - Macintosh
- "The Making of...". Edge (215): 111–113. June 2010.