Mass Media Inc.

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Mass Media
Type Independent game developer
Industry Software & Programming
Founded 1980s
Headquarters Moorpark, California, United States
Parent Independent
Website http://www.massmedia.com/

Mass Media, Inc. is an independent game developer located in Moorpark, California. The current focus of the company is to develop original material for the Sony platforms.

History[edit]

Mass Media began in the 1980s at Cinemaware. In 1991, they formed a production unit called Philips P.O.V. Entertainment Group. Mass Media left Philips in 1995 and the company became an exclusive developer for Time Warner Interactive. After Time Warner halted their interactive division, Mass Media became an independent developer. It was acquired by THQ in February 2007 who closed the studio in November 2008.[1] The company started back up immediately and is currently focusing on developing for the Sony platforms, including the PlayStation 3. On the PlayStation 3, they have developed content and spaces for its social gaming network PlayStation Home including the games The Midway, The Midway 2, and The Midway 3 which are three game spaces with ten mini-games in each with ten rewards per mini-game. The Green Ticket, used to play the games in the three Midways, is consistently the best selling item in PS Home.[2] Mass Media has also continued to develop game engine technology for PlayStation 3 and other platforms. Notably this includes one of the first non-Sony PlayStation 3 implementations of fully SPU based GPU rendering command generation, significantly reducing rendering overhead on the main CPU (used in Saints Row 2 and subsequent PS3 titles).

Games[edit]

Mass Media has developed over forty titles and currently has additional titles in various stages of development. All of their titles were developed with their development tool set called BOLT.

Game Title US Release Date Platform
Defender of the Crown 1986 CD-i
Tetris 1986 CD-i
Lords of the Rising Sun 1989 CD-i
Girls Club 1992 CD-i
Zombie Dinos 1992 CD-i
Mystic Midway: Rest in Pieces 1992 CD-i
Mystic Midway Phantom Express 1993 CD-i
Caesars World of Boxing 1993 CD-i
Voyeur 1993 CD-i
NFL Hall of Fame 1994 CD-i
Thunder in Paradise 1995 CD-i
3-D Table Sports 1996 PC
The Game of Life 1998 PC
BassMasters 2000 1999 Nintendo 64
StarCraft 64 June 13, 2000 Nintendo 64
Ms. Pac-Man Maze Madness September 8, 2000 Nintendo 64, Dreamcast
Power Rangers: Lightspeed Rescue June 1, 2000 Nintendo 64
Namco Museum July 12, 2001 Game Boy Advance
Pac-Man Collection July 12, 2001 Game Boy Advance
Star Trek DS9: Dominion Wars 2001 PC
Pac-Man Fever September 22, 2002 GameCube, PlayStation 2
Namco Museum September 22, 2002 GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Dreamcast
Shrek Super Party November 16, 2002 GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox
BlackThorne 2003 Game Boy Advance
Rock 'N Roll Racing 2003 Game Boy Advance
The Lost Vikings 2003 Game Boy Advance
Muppets Party Cruise November 11, 2003 (GC)
November 13, 2003 (PS2)
GameCube, PlayStation 2
Metal Arms: Glitch in the System November 18, 2003 PlayStation 2
Nicktoons Movin' 2004 PlayStation 2
Namco Vintage November 4, 2004 Xbox Live Arcade
The Bible Game October 23, 2005 PlayStation 2, Xbox
Full Spectrum Warrior March 23, 2005 PlayStation 2
Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers March 27, 2006 PlayStation 2
Ms. Pac-Man January 10, 2007 Xbox Live Arcade
Tetris Evolution 2007 Xbox 360
Stuntman: Ignition (assisting Paradigm Entertainment with PS3 version) September 17, 2007 PlayStation 3
Saints Row 2 (assisting Volition, Inc. with PS3 version) October 14, 2008 PlayStation 3
Darksiders (assisting Vigil Games with PS3 version) January 5, 2010 PlayStation 3
The Midway July 1, 2010 PlayStation Home via PlayStation 3
The Midway 2 December 9, 2010 PlayStation Home via PlayStation 3
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine (assisting Relic Entertainment with PS3 version) September 6, 2011 PlayStation 3
Jak and Daxter Collection (Trilogy in EU) February 7, 2012 PlayStation 3
The Midway 3 May 16, 2012 PlayStation Home via PlayStation 3
Jak and Daxter Collection (Trilogy in EU) June 18, 2013 PlayStation Vita
Ratchet & Clank Collection (Trilogy in EU) July 2, 2014 PlayStation Vita

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mass Media, Inc.". Moby Games. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Top Ten PS3 Items". Gamer Indepth. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 

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