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Absolute Entertainment was established in 1986 by former Activision
employees Dan Kitchen
, Garry Kitchen
, Alex DeMeo
, John Van Ryzin
and David Crane
, several of whom were involved in the formation of Activision after leaving Atari
. They both developed and published titles for a number of platforms including the Nintendo Entertainment System
, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy
, Atari 2600 & 7800, Sega Genesis, Game Gear, Sega CD & Master System as well as the PC and Amiga. The company's name was primarily chosen because it appeared aplhabetically higher than Activision, a strategy that was used by Activision themselves and several others including Accolade and Acclaim.
The company's games met with a fair amount of success in the late 80s and early 90s but experienced a sharp drop in overall quality which resulted in negative reviews and poor sales. Under growing financial pressure, management decided to shut Absolute down in 1995. A new company called SkyWorks Technologies was founded by several of the original Absolute staff before the closure and continues to operate successfully to this day.