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Richard M. Spitalny

Game Credits

Production

Astro Chase 3D (1994)   (Astro Chase 3D was produced by)
 

Design

Astro Chase 3D (1994)   (Designed by)
Spy vs Spy (1984)   (Project Directors)
 

Other

Star Trek: Borg (1996)   (Director of Multimedia Productions)
 

Companies

Bristles (1983)   (Publisher)
 


Developer Biography

Richard M. Spitalny, is the president of First Star Software, Inc., a position he has held since co-founding the company in 1982.

Within 18 months of starting the company Richard had produced Astro Chase, the company's first game (and the first of dozens he would produce and/or design); licensed various rights to the company's early titles to the likes of Parker Brothers and Radio Shack; purchased all the intellectual property right to Boulder Dash and sold half the company to Warner Communications.

This lead to the licensing of the rights to Spy vs. Spy and Superman from sister Warner companies E.C. Publications and DC Comics. Richard continued to grow the company, expanding internal development capabilities. He also established strong relationships with retailers whilst working with external developers and licensed foreign rights to First Star's titles extensively throughout the world, particularly in Europe and Japan.

Thirty years later, working with Robots & Pencils, he co-designed and produced the Apple iOS and Mac OS versions of the first game in the Spy vs Spy series. He also co-produced Boulder Dash-XL for Xbox LIVE Arcade, PC, Nintendo 3DS and SmartPhones.

Currently, Richard continues to head First Star's endeavors, working with external development partners and co-publishing partners, exploiting the company's games across mobile platforms, SmartPhones, Tablets, Smart TV, home computers, video game consoles, and hand-held devices, as well as online 'try and buy' portals and subscription-based channels.

Last updated: Dec 22, 2012