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Western Technologies Inc.

Overview

Western Technologies, Inc. was an early pioneer in development tools for gaming systems. It was founded by Jay Smith who also owned Smith Engineering as a sole proprietorship. (Smith Engineering was Mr. Smith's private company under which he could patent his own designs, projects or inventions, such as the Microvision, one of the earliest hand-held game consoles.)

Western Technologies developed the Vectrex console system, licensed and distributed first by General Consumer Electric (GCE), and then by Milton Bradley Company after their purchase of GCE. In addition, the company developed sound applications and algorithms for system speech in games and other software.

Initially the company developed games for the Atari, Genesis and Nintendo, and later for the Game Gear, Playstation, DOS and Windows released under the Adrenalin Entertainment, Inc. division, also founded by Smith.

Western Technologies was acquired by Wanderlust Interactive in February 1997.

Trivia

Western Technologies, Inc. was the original developer of the Vectrex home arcade system, which was popular during the early to mid 1980's in the US and Germany.

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