Crack dot Com
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Crack dot com started from home with a staff of just four people. Their first completed game, which had Internal Revenue Service agents as the enemies, was never released. The company released only one game, Abuse, an MS-DOS scrolling platform shooter which sold over 80,000 copies worldwide. Based on a public source code release, Abuse was ported to a wide variety of platforms including Microsoft Windows, MacOS, AIX, SGI Irix, Amiga/AmigaOS, and Linux.
Prior to the company's closing in October 1998, they were working on Golgotha, a hybrid of first-person shooter and real-time strategy. Citing publisher interference in the creative design of Abuse, Crack dot com opted not to accept any offers from publishers until the game was completed. The game was never finished and Crack dot com made the source and data for Golgotha (as with Abuse) public domain.
- official webpage (offline, archived)
- Jonathan Clark (26–30 October 1998). "So Long, Crack.com". loonygames. loonyboi productions. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- "The Crack Alternative". Next Generation. No. 36. Imagine Media. December 1997. pp. 86–87.
- Abuse_1996 on github.com
- sengan (22 October 1998). "Crack.com closes shop". Slashdot. Retrieved 13 February 2016.