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Encyclopedia > The 3DO Company
The 3DO Company
Type Public
Founded 1991 (defunct 2003)
Headquarters Redwood City, California
Key people Trip Hawkins, RJ Mical
Industry computer and video games
Subsidiaries New World Computing

The 3DO Company (formerly THDO on the NASDAQ stock exchange), also known as 3DO, was a game console developer and 3rd party game developer. It was founded in 1991 under the name SMSG, Inc. (for San Mateo Software Games) by Electronic Arts co-founder Trip Hawkins in a partnership with seven other companies, including Matsushita, AT&T, MCA, Time Warner, and Electronic Arts. Image File history File links 3DOLOGO.gif Summary The 3DO Company Logo Credit: http://www. ... 1991 1991 in games 1990 in video gaming 1992 in video gaming Notable events of 1991 in video gaming. ... 2003 2003 in games 2002 in video gaming 2004 in video gaming Notable events of 2003 in video gaming. ... Redwood City is a suburb located on the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. ... William M. Trip Hawkins III (born 1953) is a Silicon Valley American entrepreneur and co-founder of Electronic Arts, The 3DO Company and Digital Chocolate. ... RJ Mical created video games at Williams Electronics, helped invent the Amiga computer, co-invented the Atari Lynx and the 3DO Interactive Multiplayer with Dave Needle. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... In business, a subsidiary is a company controlled by another company or corporation. ... New World Computing, Inc. ... NASDAQ in Times Square, New York City. ... 1991 1991 in games 1990 in video gaming 1992 in video gaming Notable events of 1991 in video gaming. ... EA redirects here. ... William M. Trip Hawkins III (born 1953) is a Silicon Valley American entrepreneur and co-founder of Electronic Arts, The 3DO Company and Digital Chocolate. ... Logo for the Panasonic brand Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. ... AT&T Inc. ... The Music Corporation of America was a United States based corporation in the music business. ... Time Warner Inc. ... EA redirects here. ...

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History

Console Developer

When the company was first founded, its original objective was to create a next-generation, CD-based video game system which would be manufactured by various partners and licensees; 3DO would collect a royalty on each console sold and on each game manufactured. To game publishers, the low $3 royalty rate per game was a better deal than the higher royalties paid to Nintendo and Sega when making games for their consoles. The launch of the platform in October, 1993 was well-promoted, with a great deal of press attention in the mass media as part of the "multimedia wave" in the computer world at the time. 3DO Interactive Multiplayer (most commonly referred to as the 3DO) is a line of video game consoles which were released in 1993 and 1994 by Panasonic, Sanyo and Goldstar, among other companies. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (任天堂 or ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 usually referred to as simply Nintendo, or Big N ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards. ... Sega Corporation ) is an international video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... The Nintendo GameCube is an example of a popular video game console. ... 1993 1993 in games 1992 in video gaming 1994 in video gaming Notable events of 1993 in video gaming. ... ...


Unfortunately the 3DO console itself was priced at $700, and the promised "early adopters" never showed up to purchase mass quantities of games. The quality of 3DO games was perceived as low, on the whole. When the Sony PlayStation appeared in 1995 with its hardware 3D graphics support and outstanding game software, it smashed all remaining hopes for the 3DO console. In 1996, The 3DO Company sold its next generation console, codenamed M2, to Matsushita and changed its business to develop and publish games for the PlayStation as well as other game consoles and PCs. 3DO Interactive Multiplayer (most commonly referred to as the 3DO) is a line of video game consoles which were released in 1993 and 1994 by Panasonic, Sanyo and Goldstar, among other companies. ... Tug of war is an easily organized, impromptu game that requires little equipment. ... The original PlayStation was produced in a light grey colour; the more recent PSOne redesign sports a smaller more rounded case. ... 1997 1997 in games 1996 in video gaming 1998 in video gaming Notable events of 1997 in video gaming. ... The rewrite of this article is being devised at Talk:3D computer graphics/Temp. ... 1996 1996 in games 1995 in video gaming 1997 in video gaming Notable events of 1996 in video gaming. ... The Panasonic M2 was a video game console design developed by 3DO and then sold to Matsushita (known internationally as Panasonic) for $100,000,000 [1]. However, before it could be released, Matsushita cancelled the project in 1996, unwilling to compete against fellow Japanese electronics giant Sonys PlayStation due... One of the first PCs from IBM - the IBM PC model 5150. ...


3rd Party Developer

After abandoning the 3DO console the company acquired Cyclone Studios, Archetype Interactive and New World Computing. The company's biggest hit was its series of Army Men games, featuring the generic green plastic soldier toys that had been re-popularized by the unrelated movie Toy Story. Its Might and Magic and Heroes of Might and Magic series from subsidiary New World Computing were also popular and lucrative for the company. During the late 1990s, the company published one of the first 3D MMORPGs: Meridian 59, which survives on to this day at the hands of some of the game's original developers. New World Computing, Inc. ... Army Men was a series of video games made by The 3DO Company. ... Toy Story is an Academy-award-winning CGI animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution in the United States on November 22, 1995, and Australia on December 7, 1995, as well as in the United Kingdom on 22 March... Might and Magic (MM) is a series of computer role-playing games from New World Computing, a subsidiary of The 3DO Company. ... Heroes of Might and Magic II Heroes of Might and Magic (sometimes called simply Heroes or HoMM) is a series of turn-based computer games developed by New World Computing, a division of The 3DO Company. ... An image from World of Warcraft, one of the largest commercial MMORPGs as of 2004, based on active subscriptions. ... Meridian 59 is an online computer role-playing game first published by 3DO Studios and now run by Near Death Studios. ...


With the exception of its well-received High Heat Baseball franchise, most of the company's games were critically panned and failed to catch on with many consumers who eventually avoided purchasing sequels to the earlier 3DO games that disappointed them. High Heat Major League Baseball 2003 was the last of a successful series of baseball computer games, released on Xbox, PlayStation 2, PC, and Game Boy Advance. ...


After struggling for several years, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in May 2003. Employees were laid off without pay, and the company's game brands and other intellectual properties were sold to rivals like Microsoft, Namco, Crave, and Ubisoft, and also to founder Trip Hawkins, who paid $405,000 for rights to some older brands and the company's "Internet patent portfolio". Trip went on to found Digital Chocolate a mobile-based gaming company. Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code governs the process of reorganization under the bankruptcy laws of the United States. ... Notice of closure stuck on the door of a computer store the day after its parent company, Granville Technology Group Ltd, declared bankruptcy (strictly, put into administration - see text) in the UK. Bankruptcy is a legally declared inability or impairment of ability of an individual or organizations to pay their... 2003 2003 in games 2002 in video gaming 2004 in video gaming Notable events of 2003 in video gaming. ... For the 2006 film, see Intellectual Property (film). ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... Namco Ltd ) is a amusement company based in Japan, best known overseas for video games development. ... Crave Entertainment was founded in 1997 by Nima Taghavi. ... Ubisoft Entertainment (formerly Ubi Soft) is a computer and video game publisher and developer with headquarters in Montreuil, France. ... A patent portfolio is a collection of patents filed and owned by a single inventor or corporation that may be related or unrelated. ... Digital Chocolate is a video game development company founded in 2003 by Trip Hawkins, the entrepreneur and founder of the video game publishing giant Electronic Arts and the ill-fated video game console developer 3DO. The company focusses on developing games for mobile phones. ...


External links

  • 3DO profile on MobyGames
  • 3DO at the Internet Movie Database
  • 3DO Today - Large 3DO resource site
  • A catalogue of 3DO games for the 3DO Multiplayer - run 3DO Kid

3DO no longer has an official homepage. MobyGames is a website devoted to cataloging computer and video games, both past and present. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
3DO Interactive Multiplayer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (924 words)
The consoles were manufactured according to specifications created by The 3DO Company, and were originally designed by Dave Needle and RJ Mical of New Technology Group.
The 3DO Company also designed a next-generation console called the M2, which was to use a PowerPC 602 processor, but the company abandoned the console business and sold the technology to Matsushita, who never brought the system to the market.
The 3DO Company then became a software publisher, producing such games as the Army Men franchise, until it filed for bankruptcy and liquidated its assets in 2003.
The 3DO Company - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (522 words)
The 3DO Company (formerly THDO on the NASDAQ stock exchange), also known as 3DO, was founded in 1991 under the name SMSG, Inc. by Electronic Arts co-founder Trip Hawkins in a partnership with seven other companies, including Matsushita, ATandT, MCA, Time Warner, and Electronic Arts.
When the company was first founded, its original objective was to create a next-generation, CD-based video game system which would be manufactured by various partners and licensees; 3DO would collect a royalty on each console sold and on each game manufactured.
Employees were laid off, and the company's game brands and other intellectual properties were sold to rivals like Microsoft, Namco, Crave, and Ubisoft, and also to founder Trip Hawkins, who paid $405,000 for rights to some older brands and the company's "Internet patent portfolio"...
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