Sublogic

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Sublogic
TypeCorporation
IndustryVideo game industry
FoundedOctober 1977; 44 years ago (1977-10)
FoundersBruce Artwick
Stu Moment
HeadquartersUrbana-Champaign, Illinois
ProductsFS1 Flight Simulator
Flight Simulator II
Microsoft Flight Simulator
Night Mission Pinball
Jet
Websitewww.sublogiccorp.com

Sublogic Corporation (stylized as subLOGIC) is an American software development company. It was formed in 1977 by Bruce Artwick, and incorporated in 1978 by Artwick's partner Stu Moment[1] as Sublogic Communications Corporation.[2] Sublogic is best known as the creator of the Flight Simulator series, later known as Microsoft Flight Simulator, but it also created other video games such as Night Mission Pinball, Football, and Adventure on a Boat; educational software; and an Apple II graphics library.

History[edit]

Sublogic released the flight simulation program FS1 Flight Simulator for the Apple II in 1979, followed by the more popular and widely ported Flight Simulator II in 1983, and Jet in 1985.

In 1982, Flight Simulator was licensed to Microsoft, and through 2006 Microsoft released major updates to Microsoft Flight Simulator approximately every three years.[3] A reboot of the series was announced in 2019, simply titled Microsoft Flight Simulator, released in 2020.

Sublogic also produced software other than flight simulators, including children's educational software,[2] 3D graphics software for CP/M,[4] the A2-3D1 animation library for the Apple II,[5] the X-1 video card and 3D graphics software for IBM PC compatibles,[6] and Night Mission Pinball (1982) which was originally for the Apple II and ported to the Atari 8-bit family, Commodore 64, and MS-DOS.[7]

Denouement[edit]

Bruce Artwick left Sublogic in 1988 to form BAO Ltd. (Bruce Artwick Organization), retaining the copyright to Flight Simulator, which they continued to develop. BAO and the copyright to Flight Simulator were acquired by Microsoft in December 1995.

After Artwick's departure, Sublogic continued under the ownership of Stu Moment, who produced Flight Assignment: A.T.P. in 1990. It specializes in simulating passenger airliners, using a scoring method to determine the performance of the user. Sublogic began a new flight simulator, but in late 1995 was acquired by Sierra,[8] which completed the program and released it as Pro Pilot in 1997.

Moment continues to run the present Sublogic Corporation as a generic simulation company, in addition to being an airshow display pilot with his Classic Airshow company.

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform
1979 FS1 Flight Simulator Apple II, TRS-80
1981 Saturn Navigator Apple II
1982 Zendar Apple II
1982 Space Vikings Apple II
1982 Microsoft Flight Simulator 1.0 IBM PC
1982 Night Mission Pinball Apple II, Atari 8-bit, IBM PC, Commodore 64
1983 Flight Simulator II Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, PC-98, Amiga, Atari-ST, Tandy CoCo 3
1984 Microsoft Flight Simulator 2.0 IBM PC
1985 Jet MS-DOS, Apple II, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Mac OS, PC-98
1985 Scenery Disks: 1-6, Western U.S. Scenery Set Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, Apple II, MS-DOS
1986 Pure-Stat Baseball Apple II, Commodore 64, MS-DOS
1986 Football Commodore 64, MS-DOS
1986 Microsoft Flight Simulator Mac OS
1986–1988 Scenery Disks: 7-12, Japan, Western European Tour Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, Amiga, Atari ST
1987 Jet: Version 2.0 MS-DOS
1988 Stealth Mission Commodore 64
1988 Flight Simulator with Torpedo Attack MSX, PC-88
1988 Microsoft Flight Simulator 3.0 MS-DOS
1989 Thunderchopper MS-DOS
1989 Hawaiian Odyssey: Scenery Adventure Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS
1989 UFO MS-DOS
1990 Flight Assignment: Airline Transport Pilot MS-DOS
1991 New Facilities Locator MS-DOS
1993 USA East MS-DOS
1996 Flight Light Plus MS-DOS

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Base History". subLogic. Retrieved 2019-12-04.
  2. ^ a b "Good News for Kids..." Compute! (advertisement). August 1982. p. 25. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
  3. ^ Flight Simulator History - The Story
  4. ^ "The subLOGIC FS1 Flight Simulator is just one application of our fine graphic software. Other applications can be yours!". BYTE. July 1980. p. 214.
  5. ^ "Animation for the Apple II". BYTE (advertisement). October 1980. p. 26. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  6. ^ "High-Speed Animation on Your IBM PC!". BYTE (advertisement). September 1986. p. 207.
  7. ^ Kaiser, Erde. "Night mission pinball". The House of Games .net.
  8. ^ Sherman, Christopher (February 1996). "Movers & Shakers". Next Generation. No. 14. Imagine Media. p. 25.

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