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Origin Systems, Inc.
Origin Systems, Inc.

Origin Systems, Inc. (sometimes abbreviated as OSI) was a computer game developer based in Austin, Texas that was active from 1983 to 2004. It is most famous for the Ultima and Wing Commander game series. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... A video game developer is a software developer (a business or an individual) that creates video or computer games. ... Nickname: Live Music Capital of the World, ATX Official website: www. ... Official language(s) See: Languages of Texas Capital Largest city Austin Houston Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 268,581 sq. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ultima is a series of fantasy computer role-playing games from Origin Systems, Inc. ... Wing Commander is a series of space combat simulation computer games from Origin Systems, Inc. ...

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History

The company was founded in 1983 by brothers Robert and Richard Garriott ("Lord British"), their father Owen and Chuck "Chuckles" Bueche after Richard had terminated his contract with Sierra On-Line to publish the third part in Richard's Ultima series, Exodus: Ultima III. Richard Garriott in Lord British attire Richard Allen Garriott (born July 4, 1961; nickname Lord British) is a significant figure in the video game industry. ... Owen Garriott training for STS-9 Owen Kay Garriott, Ph. ... Chuck Bueche (also known as Chuckles) is a programmer most famous for his involvement with the Ultima computer game series. ... Sierra Entertainment was a computer game developer and publisher. ... Ultima is a series of fantasy computer role-playing games from Origin Systems, Inc. ...


Origin produced many successful games including the Ultima Series, Wing Commander Series, Strike Commander, Crusader: No Remorse, System Shock, and Wings of Glory. Ultima is a series of fantasy computer role-playing games from Origin Systems, Inc. ... Wing Commander (rank) is a rank in the Royal Air Force, equivalent to a Lieutenant Colonel in most Armies, the Royal Marines and the United States Marine Corps. ... Strike Commander is a flight sim computer game for DOS released in 1993 by the now defunct Origin Systems and was designed by Chris Roberts. ... Crusader is a series of action oriented computer games created by Origin Systems, Inc. ... System Shock is a computer game developed by Looking Glass Technologies (later Looking Glass Studios). ...


In September 1992 Electronic Arts acquired the company. EA redirects here. ...


In 1997, they released one of the earliest and most successful graphical Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games: Ultima Online. After this title, Electronic Arts decided that Origin would become an online-only company after the completion of Ultima IX in 1999. However, within a year's time, EA cancelled all of Origin's new development projects, including Ultima Online 2, Privateer Online, and Harry Potter Online. Richard Garriott left Origin shortly after and founded Destination Games in 2000. Released on September 30, 1997, by Origin Systems, Ultima Online (UO) is often considered the first popular massively multiplayer online game. ... Ultima Worlds Online: Origin (originally titled Ultima Online 2) was to be the first sequel to the popular 1997 massively multiplayer online role-playing game Ultima Online. ... A privateer was a private ship (or its captain) authorized by a countrys government to attack and seize cargo from another countrys ships. ... The official Harry Potter film logo This article is about the Harry Potter series. ... Destination Games is the computer game development company created in April 2000 by Richard Garriott, Robert Garriott and Starr Long, following their departure from Origin Systems. ...


In later years, Origin mainly existed to support and expand Ultima Online and to develop further online games based on the Ultima franchise such as Ultima X: Odyssey, originally to be released in 2004 but later cancelled. In February of 2004, the studio was disbanded by Electronic Arts. Ultima X development has ceased. ... EA redirects here. ...


Notable Employees

Origin employed many young game developers over its tenure who have since gone on to leading roles in numerous game development companies, especially in Austin. Among its prominent employees were (far from complete and in alphabetical order):

  • Tony Bratton was a technical lead on Ultima, Privateer, and Wings of Glory. He went on to become the Director of Technology for Digital Anvil/Microsoft.
  • Billy Cain was a designer / associate producer that worked on many titles including Ultima and Wing Commander. He currently co-owns the outsource development studio Critical Mass Interactive.
  • Britt Daniel was a composer for numerous titles and went on to found the now very popular rock band Spoon.
  • Ken Demarest created BioForge and went on to co-found Titanic Entertainment.
  • Richard Garriott creator of Ultima, founder of Origin. Later founded Destination Games later acquired by NC Soft.
  • Andy Hollis produced Jane's Combat simulations and other titles. He later became COO of Origin.
  • Paul Isaac was technical lead on the Wing Commander and Strike Commander series. He later became a lead developer at Digital Anvil/Microsoft.
  • Starr Long was director of Ultima Online and went on to co-found Destination Games with Richard and produced Tabula Rasa.
  • Dennis Loubet was lead artist on the Ultima series and went on to co-found Asylumsoft.
  • Raph Koster was lead designer of Ultima Online and later joined Sony Online Entertainment in Austin developing Everquest and Star Wars Galaxies.
  • Mike McShaffry was lead developer of several of the Ultima series. Later co-founded other Austin studios and has written and taught on game development theory.
  • Chris Roberts creator of the Wing Commander Series. Founder of Digital Anvil, later acquired by Microsoft.
  • Jake Rogers was lead artist of several Origin titles, later became art director for Sony Online Entertainement, Austin working on Star Wars Galaxies.
  • Frank Savage was lead developer of Wing Commander III and went on to lead MechAssault for Microsoft.
  • Zack Booth Simpson was Director of Technology and Research Fellow and went on to co-found Titanic Entertainment and later became a pioneer of interactivity as a fine art with installations in museums around the world.
  • Warren Spector producer of Ultima Underworld which was developed by Doug Church and Looking Glass Studios as well as System Shock, Wings of Glory and numerous other titles. He later co-founded ION Storm and managed its Austin office.
  • Paul Steed was a leading artist on the Wing Commander series and went on to serve as an art lead for id Software on the Quake series.
  • Mark Vearrier was a lead artist and later Art Director for the last 3 Wing Commander titles. He has continued to work with several leading video game studios and helped to start up a few now defunct studios.
  • Tony Zurovec created Crusader: No Remorse. Later co-founded Digital Anvil and then Loose Cannon.

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Characteristics

Origin's motto was "We create worlds", and its games were known for their well-realized (if not always creative) plots and the amount of detail furnished into the game's stories.


The original Wing Commander, for instance, came with a booklet purporting to be a shipboard magazine named Claw Marks, written and published by the crew of the Tiger's Claw (ghost-written by Aaron Allston); it provided the player with a number of irrelevancies (such as an interview with the star of a popular televised wartime drama) as well as convenient statistics and user guides for ships, weapon systems, and information regarding pilots and tactics on both Terran and Kilrathi sides and also hints on a rich background history. Claw Marks was actually a fairly rare commodity on eBay before it was re-released as part of the Kilrathi Saga packaging. This article is about a ghostwriter, the type of writer. ... Aaron Allston Aaron Allston (born 1960 in Corsicana, Texas) is an American novelist of many science fiction books, notably Star Wars novels. ... The dates given below are in Terran Confederation standard. ... eBay Inc. ... Production of the games of the Wing Commander franchise began in 1990 and ended in 2003, though periodic rumors have cropped up since of more games, and fan productions continue to be released at a slow rate. ...


Gameography

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Origin Systems - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (786 words)
Origin Systems, Inc. (sometimes abbreviated as OSI) was a computer game developer based in Austin, Texas that was active from 1983 to 2004.
Origin employed many young game developers over its tenure who have since gone on to leading roles in numerous game development companies, especially in Austin.
Origin's motto was "We create worlds", and its games were known for their well-realized (if not always creative) plots and the amount of detail furnished into the game's stories.
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