OverviewICOM Simulations, Inc. was founded in the early 1980s by Tod Zipnick. The studio was best known for creating the MacVenture series of adventure games including Shadowgate, but also created applications for the Macintosh, such as OnCue and TMON.
ICOM was acquired by Viacom New Media in 1993, had its name changed to Rabid Entertainment, Inc. by 1996, but eventually the division was released from Viacom in the spring of 1997, and was dismantled in 1998. Before disappearing, Rabid Entertainment had been working on the top-down PSX shooter Violent Seed between 1996 and 1997. It was a prototype beta, never completely finished and remained unreleased, until four different alpha revs, the design documents and T-shirts were sold on eBay in a single lot for a hefty $1,600 in June 2007. No one bid on the auction.
The rights to ICOM's game portfolio was then held by the company Infinite Ventures, but it appears to be out of business since the end of 2007.
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- ICOM Simulations, Inc. (from 1980 to 1996) -- Company name from the early 1980s until 1996
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