GameFAQs

GameFAQs is a website that hosts FAQs and walkthroughs for video games. It was created in November 1995 by Jeff Veasey and was bought by CNET Networks in May 2003. It is currently owned by CBS Interactive. The site has a database of video game information, cheat codes, reviews, game saves, box art images and screenshots, almost all of which is submitted by volunteer contributors. The systems covered include the 8-bit Atari platform through modern consoles, as well as computer games and mobile games. Submissions made to the site are reviewed by the site's current editor, Allen "SBAllen" Tyner.

GameFAQs hosts an active message board community, which has a separate discussion board for each game in the site's database, along with a variety of other boards. From 2004 till 2012, most of the game-specific boards were shared between GameFAQs and GameSpot, another CBS Interactive website. However, on March 23, 2012, it was announced the sites will once again start to separate content. On May 7, 2012 the shared GameFAQs run message boards went read-only on GameSpot.[2] The site also runs a daily opinion poll and tournament contests, as well as an annual Character Battle.

GameFAQs has been positively reviewed by The Guardian[3][4][5] and Entertainment Weekly.[6] In 2009, GameFAQs.com was one of the 300 highest-trafficked English-language websites according to Alexa.[7]

GameFAQs
The GameFAQs logo
GameFAQs logo
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GameFAQs main page screenshot
Screenshot of the GameFAQs home page, as it appeared on September 6, 2014.
Type of site
Gaming
Available inEnglish
OwnerCBS Interactive
Created byJeff "CJayC" Veasey
WebsiteGameFAQs.GameSpot.com
Alexa rankNegative increase 383 (Dec 2017)[1]
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional, but is required for contributing content and posting on the message boards
LaunchedNovember 5, 1995 (as Video Game FAQ Archive)
Current statusActive
Written inPHP

History

GameFAQs was started as the Video Game FAQ Archive on November 5, 1995,[8] by gamer and programmer Jeff Veasey, who says he wanted to collect the numerous online guides and FAQs into one centralized location.[9] Hosted on America Online, it originally served as a mirror of Andy Eddy's FTP FAQ archive.[10][11][12] The initial version of the site had approximately 10 pages and 100 FAQs.[13] In 1996, the site moved to gamefaqs.com and changed its name to GameFAQs.[8][14] At this time, GameFAQs listed fewer than 1000 FAQs and guides and was updated on an irregular basis.[15]

During the following months, the site grew in content and in design; two different styles were introduced in early 1997 to accommodate the support of tables in web browsers (or the lack thereof).[16][17] Two key features of the site—the game search engine and the contributor recognition pages—were planned at this time.

On February 6, 2018, the site changed its domain from gamefaqs.com to gamefaqs.gamespot.com.[18]

IGN affiliation

In 1997, GameFAQs became an independent affiliate of the Imagine Games Network (IGN), leading to the placement of affiliate links on the home page.[19] User contests were introduced during this period; the first monthly contest, which was held in 1998, received 253 entries.[20] GameFAQs went through several design changes, including a pink color scheme,[19] before arriving at the blue-colored layout that was used until 2004.

In November 1999, several changes occurred in rapid succession.[21] On November 5, a search box was added to every page, at which time the site was celebrating its fourth anniversary. On November 7, the message boards opened in a beta testing mode.[22] The "Poll of the Day" was introduced at the end of the month.[23][24] These changes marked Veasey's increased concentration on the site, and it was around this time that GameFAQs became his full-time job.[25][26][27] Until this time, he had been working as a programmer.[26] On August 9, 2000, the site received one million hits in a single day for the first time.[28] By 2001, the "GameFAQs Chat" (an IRC chat server) had been launched;[29] however, it was removed in May 2001 due to administrative issues.[13][30]

2001–2003

On January 9, 2001, GameFAQs ended its association with IGN.[31] To continue generating revenue, an advertising banner sold to non-profit organizations was placed on the top of each page. This lasted until CNET Networks became an official affiliate of GameFAQs; CNET ads ran on the top of the page and links to news articles from GameSpot were shown on the home page.[32] In September 2002, the ad was moved from the horizontal header to the vertical sidebar. This led to changes to the links on the side, as well as the creation of navigational links at the top of the screen.[33] Contributions to GameFAQs continued to increase, and Veasey, as sole operator and administrator of the site, dedicated significant portions of his time to ensure that GameFAQs remained updated and successful.

On April 1, 2002, Veasey changed GameFAQs to "GameFAX" as an April Fools' joke.[34] The site's colors were changed to green and black to imitate those of the Xbox, with the intention of making users believe that GameFAQs was now dedicated solely to the Xbox, "the only system that matters." After clicking on any link on the main page, users were directed to the real GameFAQs home page. Nevertheless, Veasey reported receiving hate mail from users.[35]

On March 2, 2002, Veasey participated in a radio interview with WXBH AM-1190 on their program called "The Gaming Files" During this interview Veasey was drilled with questions from current and former users of GameFAQs as well as discussed his time on GameFAQs and how the site came to be.[36]

CNET acquisition

On May 6, 2003, CNET Networks (the site's long-standing affiliate and sponsor) acquired GameFAQs. The amount paid for GameFAQs and two other unrelated websites was US$2.2 million.[37] On June 3, 2003, Veasey announced the merger to the users of the site.[27] He clarified that the user-submitted content (i.e. FAQs, reviews) remained under the ownership of the authors and was not (nor could be) sold to CNET; however, CNET acquired GameFAQs' rights to host them on the site. He assured users that GameFAQs would undergo no major administrative change and said, "The GameFAQs you see today is the one you'll see tomorrow."[27] This was true to a certain extent, as the only visible change over the next few months was the addition of a CNET footer to the bottom of every page. Additional changes included moving the site to servers in California.

From 2004 to 2006, GameFAQs witnessed further changes. On April 28, GameFAQs implemented a large visual redesign,[38] and the boards merged with the GameSpot boards to allow both communities to share the same game-specific boards (to the dismay of many GameFAQs users). To facilitate this, GameFAQs converted its board code from ASP to PHP, and GameSpot dropped its Lithium code. On April 11, 2006, a new design was implemented and the GameSpot logo was added to the GameFAQs logo on the header of every page. This change was initially greeted with general disapproval by users on the message boards.[39] To satisfy those who prefer the earlier layout, the old board pages have been preserved for certain users.[40] Shortly after the redesign, the site began using the Smarty template engine.[41]

Veasey's departure

On July 19, 2007, Veasey announced that he would eventually be leaving the site. According to his announcement, Allen Tyner, who has been employed with the site since 2004, would take over as editor and administrator of GameFAQs.[42][43][44]

Content

Growth of FAQs hosted
(1995-2012)[9][13][15][45][46][47][48][49][50][51]

All of the guides and walkthroughs on GameFAQs are contributed by volunteers.[52] Most of the FAQs are not actually lists of frequently asked questions; instead, they cover aspects of gameplay in the same way as strategy guides, with walkthroughs, item lists, maps, and puzzle solutions. Nearly all of the FAQs hosted on the site are in plain text,[53] though GameFAQs does also accept stand-alone images, such as maps, diagrams and puzzle solutions.[54] From December 2009, formatted guides which allow authors to use mark-up loosely based on Wiki markup in the document were being accepted.[55][56] In addition to FAQs, contributors can also submit reader reviews, cheat codes, developer credits, game release data, game saves, screenshots, and images of game boxes. In 2006, the site hosted over 36,000 guides.[9] By February 2009, over 49,000 guides were hosted on the site and over 113,194 reviews.[50] As of 2012, this had increased to over 56,000 guides for 21,639 unique games.[51]

When an author submits something to GameFAQs, it is screened by an administrator before being posted on the site.[57] The author retains the copyright on the submitted material,[58] and his name is added to the site's "Contributor Recognition" section. GameFAQs agrees to host the guide only on their servers but does allow other affiliates to link directly to the guides (including GameSpot, Yahoo! Games, AOL, and GameFly).[57]

GameFAQs features several ongoing contributor contests, including FAQ of the Month, Review of the Month, and numerous "FAQ Bounties", which reward contributors who submit FAQs for uncovered, high-demand games.[59] The FOTM and ROTM contests are generally picked from comprehensive, complete guides or reviews for new games. Winners are sent a gift certificate for an online retailer, or can opt for a mailed gift card upon contest entry.[60][61][62]

In 2004, Future Network USA published two commercial strategy guides with material from GameFAQs: The Ultimate Xbox Strategy Guide and The Ultimate PS2 Strategy Guide.[63][64] These guides were composed of FAQs written by contributors on GameFAQs.

Message boards

Every game listed on GameFAQs has its own message board where both novice and experienced gamers can discuss game strategies and other game-related topics.[65][66] Since the redesign of May 2004, the game boards with enforced topicality have been shared with the GameSpot community. Certain popular games may have additional boards for social discussion. Game-specific boards for certain older consoles do not have topicality rules and are often claimed for social discussion—these are referred to as "secret" or "dead" boards. Every system also has a general board for discussing hardware and upcoming games.[67]

GameFAQs has boards made purely for the purpose of socializing, some that cater to special interests (such as Anime, TV, Music, and Pro Wrestling), and some purely for users from a particular region (e.g. United Kingdom, Australia/New Zealand). GameFAQs also has boards for official announcements, contributor discussion, contest discussion, suggestions, and site help.[67]

The custom-made GameFAQs Message Boards, coded by Veasey, began operation on November 7, 1999.[68] Although the original purpose of the board system was to facilitate game discussion, other board categories have been added since the boards opened. Every day, approximately 20,000 topics and 200,000 messages are posted on GameFAQs' 60,000+ individual boards,[69] and on November 7, 2006, there were more than 100,000 accounts actively in use.[70] During October 2009, there was an average of 84,853 unique logins a day.[71]

Features

Posts made on the message boards are mostly plain text. Some HTML mark-up is used on the boards, including bold and italics tags.[72] The forums use a wordfilter to prevent the use of certain vulgar words, to keep the forum safe for all readers.[73] On some boards, topics are removed permanently after having no new posts for a period of time. On other boards, they are locked and archived (a feature which was added in 2008). The length of time that a topic can remain inactive without being removed or archived depends on the number of posts on its board.[74][75]

Users who are level 15 and higher are able to have a friend list. Usernames who are on someone's friend list will be highlighted in yellow on the message boards making it easier for someone to find their friends topic on a board.[76]

Another feature that has been implemented on the boards is the ability to send someone a private message. Private messages can be sent to anyone so long as that person sending the message is level 10 or higher, and the account is "good standing".[77]

GameFAQs users gain one "karma" for every day they visit the boards while logged in. As karma increases, new features become available, such as the ability to post more messages per day, visit high-level social boards, edit posts, and view a post history page.[72] Registered users can choose between various stylesheets, search topics, and message display options.[78] Users can add favorite boards to a personalized list on the main boards page and can track specific topics (a feature added in 2006).[79][80]

On June 20, 2007, advertisements on message list pages were moved from the top of the page to the middle of the message lists.[81] Shortly thereafter, the advertisements were moved to the bottom of the message lists.[81] On October 8, 2007, an "ignore user" system was launched for users level 31 or above.[82]

Moderators

The message boards are managed by the site's administrators and moderators. Initially, Veasey was the only administrator and therefore had full control over the boards; however, more administrators have since been appointed. Tyner, who uses the username "SBAllen" (formerly "Sailor Bacon"), is the administrator on the boards.[8] On May 7, 2012, Tyner announced long-time moderator Devin Morgan had been hired as another administrator, whose primary purpose would be to work on the code of the site.[83] On September 5, 2014, Tyner also announced that long time user Stephanie Barnes (under the username Krystal109) had been hired as the site's Community Manager which included duties such as running the site's contests, and the Facebook/Twitter feeds.[84] As of July 2015, Barnes' was no longer part of the team.

GameFAQs' moderators are volunteer users selected by the administrator and are responsible for keeping order within the message board community. Because of the size of the boards, the moderators do not patrol every board and topic. Instead, messages that break the site's Terms of Service can be "marked" by regular users, which brings the message to the attention of the moderators.[85]

Contests

User poll contests

Contest Winner Runner-up
Character Battle[86] Link Mario
Character Battle II[87] Cloud Strife Sephiroth
Best. Game. Ever.[88] Final Fantasy VII Chrono Trigger
Character Battle III[89] Link Cloud Strife
Got Villains?[90] Sephiroth Ganondorf
Character Battle IV[91] Mario Crono
Tournament of Champions[91] Link Sephiroth
Best. Series. Ever.[92] The Legend of Zelda Final Fantasy
Character Battle V[93] Samus Aran Solid Snake
Battle Royale[93][94][95] Link Cloud Strife
Character Battle VI[96] L-Block Link
Character Battle VII[97] Link Solid Snake
Best. Game. Ever. 2009[98] The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Final Fantasy VII
Character Battle VIII[99] Link Cloud Strife
Game of the Decade[100] The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Rivalry Rumble[101] Link vs. Ganondorf Mario vs. Bowser
Character Battle IX[102] Draven Solid Snake
Best. Game. Ever. 20th Anniversary Edition[103] Undertale[104] The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
Best Year in Gaming[105] 1998 2001
Character Battle X[106] Link Cloud Strife

Since 2002, GameFAQs has hosted annual (or semiannual) tournament contests consisting of daily polls in which visitors to the site choose between competing characters, games, or series, with the character contests being known as "Character Battles". Registered users can submit prediction brackets, and prizes are awarded to those who score the highest. The contest polls are shown in place of or in addition to the regular Poll of the Day and have always been accompanied by an image depicting the entrants in the match. The entrants of the Character Battles change from year to year, with some characters being added and some being removed. In some years, previous winners were removed from the main bracket and competed in a separate contest (i.e., "Tournament of Champions", "Battle Royale").[91][93]

The annual Character Battle has been the subject of two webcomicsPenny Arcade featured the Character Battle in their comic on August 23, 2002,[107] and Creative Uncut's Inside the Gamers Studio strip mentioned the Character Battle in their ninth comic.[108]

10 Best Games Ever

During the 10-Year Anniversary Contest in 2005, GameFAQs users voted on the 10 best games of all time (and tried to predict what the top 10 would be). Final Fantasy VII was selected as the best game ever, followed by The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Chrono Trigger, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, GoldenEye 007, Metal Gear Solid, Halo: Combat Evolved, and Final Fantasy III/VI.[109]

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American Video Entertainment

American Video Entertainment was a San Jose, California–based software development company that developed unlicensed video games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The company developed two games on its own, Dudes with Attitude and Trolls on Treasure Island, and published 19 games altogether for the NES.

CBS Interactive

CBS Interactive Inc. (formerly CBS Digital Media Group) is an American media company and is a division of the CBS Corporation. It is an online content network for information and entertainment. Its websites cover news, sports, entertainment, technology, and business. It is headed by Jim Lanzone.CBS Interactive coordinates with CBS Network Sales to bring together ad sales operations, as well as the corporation's television, sports, and news groups, who will continue to be involved in program development.

Epic Records Japan

Epic/Sony Records is a Japanese record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment Japan. Its founder was Shigeo Maruyama.

Between 1978 and 1988 the label operated as a wholly owned subsidiary: Epic/Sony Inc. (株式会社EPIC・ソニー) was established in August 1978 and was folded back into CBS/Sony Group in March 1988.Notable music artists for this company have included Motoharu Sano, Tetsuya Komuro, and Kimiko Itoh.

In 2001, it was re-established as Epic Records Japan Inc. (株式会社エピックレコードジャパン, Kabushiki Gaisha Epikku Rekoodo Japan).

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1988 video game)

This entry is for the Nintendo Entertainment System version. For the earlier arcade version, see Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1985 video game).Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is an action game released in 1988 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game is based on the arcade game and film of the same name. The resulting product differed from the arcade version in several aspects, but kept the same underlying premise and style.

By December 1988, there were two versions of the game available, distributed by Tengen and Mindscape, although the software itself was identical. After a lawsuit, Tengen's unlicensed version was pulled from the shelves and Mindscape's became the standard. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom gives the player control of Indiana Jones as he makes his way through the temple in a series of 12 levels or "waves." In the final wave, the player must defeat the villain of the film, Mola Ram, on a rope bridge that recreates the final scene in the movie. Reception of the game was generally negative.

Jet Moto

Jet Moto is a series of futuristic racing games for the PlayStation video game console. Jet Moto (1996) and Jet Moto 2 (1997) were developed by SingleTrac, known for Twisted Metal and Twisted Metal 2. SingleTrac then left Sony, the publisher of the series, and Jet Moto 3 (1999) was developed by Pacific Coast Power & Light in their absence. They would also go on to develop Jet Moto 2124, which was cancelled two years into development. A fifth title known as Jet Moto: SOLAR was being developed by RedZone Interactive for the PlayStation 2, but no screenshots or video of gameplay were ever released, and the game was cancelled in 2003.

Last Action Hero (video game)

Last Action Hero is a series of action video games based on the film of the same name. Versions were released for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super NES, Genesis, Game Boy, Game Gear, Amiga and MS-DOS. A Sega CD version was also announced, but was not commercially released.A separate version was released on the Commodore Amiga and was developed by The Dome Software Developments. The MS-DOS version was developed by Psygnosis and offers full motion video cut scenes from the actual motion picture; the never-released Sega CD version was planned to include this feature as well.

List of Batman video games

Batman from DC Comics has appeared as the main character in numerous video games created for various platforms for over 20 years. This is a complete list of Batman video games for all computer, mobile phone, and console systems, including games where Batman is the protagonist or has a more minor role.

Batman, Batman: The Caped Crusader and Batman: The Movie were produced by Sunsoft and Ocean Software, before the Batman Returns license was passed onto Konami and Sega, and the Batman Forever and Batman and Robin licenses were awarded to Acclaim. The video game version of Batman Begins was published by Electronic Arts.

List of Bethesda Softworks video games

This is a list of video games published by Bethesda Softworks, an American video game developer and publisher. Bethesda Softworks was formerly owned by Media Technology Limited from 1986 until 1999. In 1999, Christopher Weaver and Robert A. Altman founded ZeniMax Media, which has owned Bethesda Softworks since 1999.

List of Digimon video games

Digimon is a series of role-playing video games and other genres (such as fighting, action and card battling) published by Bandai Namco Entertainment (formerly Bandai). Most of the games have been developed by Namco Bandai Games, with other companies such as Griptonite Games and Dimps also developing some titles. The games have been released for a variety of home and handheld game consoles such as the PlayStation, the Nintendo DS and Bandai's own WonderSwan. The series started in 1999 (in the West) with the game Digimon World for the PlayStation, but released in 1998, there was a Japan-exclusive Digital Monster Ver. S: Digimon Tamers which started the Digimon video game line as a whole. The most recently released games are 2016's Digimon World: Next Order and 2017's Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory, which are both for the PlayStation Vita in the East, and PlayStation 4 in the west.

The series revolves around the eponymous Digimon creatures and their human "Tamers", who both serve as player and non-player characters depending on the game. Gameplay focuses on battles between Digimon, with Tamers present or otherwise. The creatures can "Digivolve" back and forth between several evolutionary forms. Due to similar features and mechanics, Digimon has experienced a rivalry with the Pokémon series. However, it has maintained a dedicated fanbase.

List of Sonic the Hedgehog video games

Sonic the Hedgehog is a video game series. It is published by Sega, with entries developed by Sega, Sonic Team, Dimps, SIMS Co., Ltd., BioWare, and Sumo Digital. The series debuted in 1991 with the video game, Sonic the Hedgehog, released for the Mega Drive video game console (named Genesis in North America). Most Sonic the Hedgehog games have either been platform games or released for Sega video game consoles and handheld game consoles (handhelds) dating from the Genesis to the eighth generation of video game consoles (2012–present). However, some of the original games were ported into versions on third-party home consoles and developed by several companies. As of February 2013, the series has collectively sold over 85 million copies worldwide across both the platform games and spin-offs.Most of the games in the franchise are platform games, although the series also includes other genres such as racing video games, fighting games, action-adventure games, role-playing video games, and sports games. Each game focuses on the titular protagonist Sonic the Hedgehog, an anthropomorphic blue hedgehog. It also features a large cast of other characters such as Doctor Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik, Miles "Tails" Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, Amy Rose, Shadow the Hedgehog, and the Chao creatures.

List of The Smurfs video games

This is a list of The Smurfs video games that have been published by Coleco, Infogrames, and Capcom. The Smurfs (Les Schtroumpfs) are a fictional group of small sky blue creatures who live in a Village in the woods. They were designed by Belgian cartoonist Peyo in 1958 and were featured in the Belgian comics magazine Spirou. They are widely known through the 1980s Hanna-Barbera animated television series of the same name.As a franchise, the Smurfs appeared in many video games throughout the 1980s and 1990s on many consoles. They have been released for the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, the Game Boy line, the early Atari consoles, Coleco's ColecoVision, most of Sega's consoles, the PlayStation, the PC, iOS, Android, Nintendo DS, Wii, and Nintendo 3DS.

List of X-Men video games

The X-Men are a fictional superhero team in Marvel Comics' Marvel Universe. The group debuted in 1963 in an eponymous comic book series. Beginning in 1989, the characters appeared in video game adaptations for home consoles, handheld game consoles, arcades, and personal computers. An earlier game was planned for home computers in 1985, but the developer went out of business before its launch. The first games were released on 8-bit home platforms, and the series expanded onto handheld consoles and arcades in the early 1990s. Most X-Men games, especially those released in the 2000s, were released on several platforms. Several companies have developed entries in the franchise, including Paragon Software, Software Creations, Konami, and Capcom. The titles are action games that pit the X-Men against Marvel supervillains, typically taking the form of beat 'em up and fighting games. Each game features different groupings of X-Men heroes and villains, and typically allows players to control multiple characters.

One X-Men character, Wolverine, has starred in several eponymous action games; the first game was the 1991 Wolverine. X-Men characters also frequently appear in Marvel games that focus on several of its comic book franchises, including Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. The franchise holds several Guinness World Records, including most games based on a superhero group, first tag-team fighting game, first superhero first-person shooter, and most number of simultaneous players on an arcade game.

List of Yoshi video games

The Yoshi video game series is a franchise of platform games and puzzle games that is a spin-off of the Mario series published and produced by the Japanese gaming company Nintendo. The games have been developed by a variety of developers including Nintendo, Game Freak, Intelligent Systems, Artoon, its successor Arzest, and Good-Feel. Yoshi games have been released for Nintendo video game consoles and handhelds dating from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) to the current generation of video game consoles. Some of the original Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System games have been ported to Game Boy Advance or the Virtual Console (both, in the case of Super Mario World).The series revolves around Yoshi, a green dinosaur-like character. He was first introduced in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) game released in 1990, Super Mario World, where Mario and Luigi can ride on him. The antagonists of the series are Baby Bowser, the young king of Koopas, and Kamek, a Magikoopa who was Bowser's caretaker as a child. The first Yoshi game was the Nintendo Entertainment System puzzle game released in 1991, Yoshi, which was developed by Game Freak. The first game in what is considered the main series, as well as the first to feature Yoshi in a playable main-character role, is the game released in 1995, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, which introduces the universe staples which are used in many following games. These staples include colorful storybook graphics, and several gameplay elements. One of the earlier games in the series, Yoshi's Safari, differs heavily from the rest, as it is a Light gun shooter game. The latest game in the series is Poochy and Yoshi's Woolly World, a port of the Wii U game Yoshi's Woolly World, released in 2017 for the Nintendo 3DS. An upcoming title, Yoshi's Crafted World is set to be released for the Nintendo Switch on March 29, 2019.

List of licensed wrestling video games

The following is a list of licensed video games based on the sport of professional wrestling, licensed by promotions such as WWF/WWE, WCW, ECW, NJPW, TNA, and AAA.

Petz

Petz (Dogz and Catz) is a series of single-player video games dating back to 1995, in which the player can adopt, raise, care for and breed their own virtual pets. The original Petz has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide and the brand has grown to over 22 million copies since coming under Ubisoft.The original Petz games were developed by P.F. Magic. After earning revenues of $8 million in 1997, P.F. Magic was acquired by The Learning Company for $15.8 million in 1998. In 2001, UbiSoft acquired the entertainment division of The Learning Company, granting Ubisoft exclusive publishing rights to 88 titles, including Dogz and Catz. After UbiSoft acquired the series, some games that were actually Japanese in origin were localized under the Petz name. For example, Petz: Hamsterz Life 2 on Game Boy Advance is a localization of Hamster Club 3, and distinctly different from its DS counterpart, although both DS Hamsterz games were also Japanese-developed but published in English territories by UbiSoft.

Power Pad

The Power Pad (known in Japan as Family Trainer, and in Europe and briefly in the United States as Family Fun Fitness) is a floor mat game controller for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It is a gray mat with twelve pressure-sensors embedded between two layers of flexible plastic. It was originally developed by Bandai.

Bandai first released the accessory in 1986 as the Family Trainer pack for the Famicom in Japan, and later released in the United States. Nintendo released it in 1988 as the Power Pad, along with the game World Class Track Meet, which was a rebranding of an earlier game.

Sony Imagesoft

Sony Imagesoft was a video game publisher that operated from 1989 to 1995 and was located in California. It was established in January 1989 in Los Angeles, California, as a subsidiary of the Japan-based CBS/Sony Group (CSG) and initially named CSG Imagesoft Inc. Focus at the beginning was on marketing games exclusively for Nintendo consoles.The first release is Super Dodge Ball in summer 1989. Games by UK-based developers, Solstice and Dragon's Lair, followed in 1990. Both were also published in Japan through Epic/Sony Records.

After Sony had set up its North American division, Sony Electronic Publishing in April 1991, Imagesoft operated as Sony Imagesoft Inc.

Other releases are localizations of SNES games previously developed for Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) and published under the Epic/Sony Records brand: Extra Innings and Smart Ball, both published in 1992. Following a shakeup at Sony in 1995, Sony Imagesoft was merged into Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) and has since only supported the PlayStation brand.

X-Men Legends

X-Men Legends is an action role-playing video game developed by Raven Software and published by Activision. It was released on the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox consoles in 2004. Barking Lizards Technologies developed the N-Gage port of the game, which was released in early 2005. Players can play as one of fifteen X-Men characters, with the ability to switch between four computer- or human-controlled characters at any time.

X-Men Legends follows Alison Crestmere, a young mutant who has the ability to summon and control volcanic activity. As Alison is taught to control her powers at the X-Mansion, the X-Men are sent on several missions. Eventually the X-Men learn of Magneto's plan to cover the Earth in darkness from his base on Asteroid M.

X-Men Legends received generally positive reviews from critics. The Xbox version was the best received, garnering aggregate scores of 83% and 82/100 on the review aggregating websites GameRankings and Metacritic respectively. Reviewers praised Raven's variation on cel-shaded graphics. Due to the success of the game a sequel was made, X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse.

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