Video Game companies doing non-video game things

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Video Game companies doing non-video game things

Postby eSPy » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:52 pm

Excuse the terrible title, but I got to thinking about this after listening to the latest Insert Credit Show where the topic of Konami's slot machine division came up.

What are some other examples of companies known primarily for video games who also make/do other things?

To kick things off, Jaleco had (has?) an aquarium parts division called JAQNO. Have a look at the archived site here.
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Postby [NG] brandon » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:56 pm

I know Atlus, at least at one point, also owned a bead business (in addition to their (at one point) lucrative purikura business). I wrote about it on insert credit but can't find it!!
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Postby eSPy » Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:11 pm

Wow. I can't find anything on the bead business (which I initially read as 'bread business'), but here's their old site with some brand new National Hockey Leagues frames for Print Club™.
http://web.archive.org/web/199903020548 ... om/nhl.htm

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Postby [NG] brandon » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:14 pm

ah!!! that's because it was Cave, not Atlus! They owned a company called Beads Mania (but sold it in 2007 or something).
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Postby [NG] brandon » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:32 pm

o-ho, indeed!

some day I want to go through the entire insert credit news archives and find the most interesting tidbits from there. but who has the time!!
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Postby adamazing » Thu Aug 13, 2015 9:35 pm

It's not directly Capcom, but their CEO owns a winery in Napa Valley.

http://youtu.be/KefJl_tdqG8

And Toyota published an Alfred Hitchcock 3DO "game" in Japan.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qH3hC0bsolI
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Postby Nana » Sun Aug 16, 2015 3:37 am

Milestone of Radirgy fame also specializes in money laundering and tax evasion.

http://www.siliconera.com/2013/03/21/ch ... -arrested/

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Postby [NG] brandon » Sun Aug 16, 2015 6:32 pm

Whoa, nice. I interviewed a guy from Milestone once, but his job was "bullets" so I doubt he was involved directly in the laundering.
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Postby adamazing » Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:12 pm

One of the guys over at Necrosoft Games helps with comics sometimes. They're pretty fun.

http://as-per-usual.tumblr.com/
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Postby [NG] brandon » Mon Aug 17, 2015 6:34 pm

ha ha, that doesn't count!

There were a bunch of companies that also did business software "on the side," but many of them transitioned into it fully. Data West was one such company, working on business software for quite some time before and after they made video games, but they unfortunately folded in mid-2000.

And FACE owned a pachinko parlor *we think* but that's quite common.

Which reminds me... Data East had some hardware manufacturing business of a sort, but I can't seem to find evidence.
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Postby eSPy » Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:23 pm

Nana wrote:Milestone of Radirgy fame also specializes in money laundering and tax evasion.

http://www.siliconera.com/2013/03/21/ch ... -arrested/


For more dodgy dealings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiger_Telematics

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Postby [NG] brandon » Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:39 pm

I have so much gizmondo stuff.
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Re: Video Game companies doing non-video game things

Postby eSPy » Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:06 pm

I didn't even hear about it till it was long dead. The whole story behind it is pretty interesting. Could make a good movie.


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