Accolade, Inc.

Overview

Formed in 1984 by Alan Miller and Bob Whitehead . This name was chosen mostly on the basis that their former place of employment (Activision to be specific) was based on an alphabetically higher name than Atari (which both of them worked at before co-founding Activision), and they wanted their name to be above Activision.

Accolade was a success early on, due to their technical prowess, and many former Activision employees coming over to the company. Accolade's luck would turn around in the early 1990's due to the small recession. The company's sales declined in the early 90's, Alan Miller left (in 1994), and it was only a five years later that they were acquired by Infogrames (which ironically changed their name to Atari in 2003, the name of the company the co-founders started at).

They were also involved in an unprecedented lawsuit between them and Sega over licensing issues with the Sega Genesis and re-engineering the Genesis to bypass the lockout chips that ensure Sega's licensing of the games.

Games

Test Drive: Off-Road 3(1999)
Slave Zero(1999)
Redline(1999)
HardBall 6: 2000 Edition(1999)
Big Air(1998)
Test Drive: Off-Road 2(1998)
Deadlock II: Shrine Wars(1998)
HardBall 6(1998)
Test Drive 5(1998)
Jack Nicklaus 5(1998)
Test Drive 4(1997)
Jack Nicklaus 4(1997)
Test Drive: Off-Road(1997)
Bubsy 3D(1996)
Pitball(1996)
PO'ed(1996)
Summer & Winter: Olympic Challenge(1996)
Deadlock: Planetary Conquest(1996)
Eradicator(1996)
Science Fiction: The Ultimate Collection(1996)
Star Control 3(1996)
Unnecessary Roughness '96(1995)
HardBall 5(1995)
Super Bubsy(1995)
Barkley: Shut Up and Jam 2(1995)
Speed Racer in My Most Dangerous Adventures(1994)
Brett Hull Hockey(1994)
Barkley: Shut Up and Jam!(1994)
Star Control Collection(1994)
Unnecessary Roughness '95(1994)
Zero Tolerance(1994)
Pelé II: World Tournament Soccer(1994)
HardBall 4(1994)
Brett Hull Hockey 95(1994)
Combat Cars(1994)
Cyclemania(1994)
Battle Isle 2200(1994)
Live Action Football(1994)
Ballz 3D: Fighting at its Ballziest(1994)
Bubsy II(1994)
StarHawk(1993)
Companions of Xanth(1993)
Gateway II: Homeworld(1993)
Jack Nicklaus' Power Challenge Golf(1993)
Pelé!(1993)
Speed Racer in The Challenge of Racer X(1993)
Eric the Unready(1993)
Bubsy in: Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind(1993)
Unnecessary Roughness(1993)
Double Dragon(1993)

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Trivia

The company website used to be at http://www.accolade.com/

Related Web Sites

  • Accolade, Inc. (official website)
  • Accolade @ Wikipedia (The company profile at Wikipedia)
  • Sega v. Accolade (Here's a link to a very interesting document involving what appears to be a lawsuit filed in 1993. This appears to be a large snippet of the court's ruling.)