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    Accolade was an US video games developer and publisher founded in 1984 by Alan Miller and Bob Whitehead

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    Accolade developed games for most of the home computer systems including C64, Amiga, Atari, Apple II and the PC. Eventually, Accolade would focus their efforts on the PC, as well as extending the reach to the console market  ( NES, SNES, Mega Drive, Genesis, Sony Playstation). They had been involved in a lawsuite against SEGA, regarding the intentional bypassing of the genesis chip responsible for checking the cartridge's license.
     
    One of their earliest titles include the first titles in the long running Test Drive and HardBall! series. In later stages of the company, the amount of games developed by third-party developers and being published by Accolade exceeded the number own internally developed titles. The early 90ies saw a decline in Accolade success, and the number of succesful games released by Accolade was very limited. In 1995, founding member Alan Miller left Accolade, followed shortly by his founding partner Bob Whitehead. However, a rejuveniliation of the Test Drive series brought some success to the company and subsequently Test Drive 4, 5 and 6 were released. In 1999, French publisher Infogrames aquired Accolade, which was in turn aquired by Atari.

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