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5th Dec '12 11:45:25 AM justanid
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The original Midway Manufacturing Co. was founded in 1958, and was acquired in 1969 by amusement industry giant Bally, an important maker of {{pinball}} machines since 1932. When {{Atari}}, Inc., less than a year old, offered to have Bally manufacture and market its coin-operated video game ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'', Bally declined the offer. Bally Midway did get to share in on ''Pong''[='s=] success by having Midway produce ''Winner'', a licensed ''Pong'' clone and its first ArcadeGame. Midway would go from there to become a major Atari competitor and one of the best-known names in the video game industry.

Midway owed its success in arcades in large part to acquiring the U.S. distribution rights to ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'' and many of {{Namco}}'s games between 1979 and 1983, such as ''{{Galaxian}}'', ''{{Galaga}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Pac-Man}}''. Perhaps Midway's biggest coup was taking a ''Pac-Man'' clone named ''Crazy Otto'' and giving it a graphical conversion to create ''Ms. Pac-Man''. Midway's ''Ms. Pac-Man & Galaga: Class of 1981'' arcade machine became one of the most commonly found machines in North America.

In 1988, Bally sold its video game and pinball operations, along with the Midway name, to WMS Industries, another pinball manufacturer who as Williams Electronics had entered the video game industry in 1980. WMS Industries spun off Midway again in 1998, one year before the end of Williams Pinball.

Midway is best remembered for two types of games: Fighting games which used arcades' more advanced hardware to make brutal fighters like MortalKombat, and in-your-face arcade-style sports games like VideoGame/NBAJam and NFLBlitz. Up until the mid-90's, they avoided the home market, instead letting Acclaim or WMS port and publish them. They eventually left the arcades for good in 2001. Midway can also be considered the final incarnation of the original Atari, as they owned what became of their old arcade games division from 1996 until it was shut down in 2003.

Unfortunately, the TurnOfTheMillennium also brought bad business policies, and in 2009 the company filed for bankruptcy. Their studios in [[TheWindyCity Chicago]], Seattle and San Diego were the only three not to get shut down. The former, along with most of the Midway back catalog (save for the licensed sports titles- for obvious reasons- and the ''Cruis'n'' trilogy of racing games, which is owned by {{Nintendo}}), was bought by WarnerBros and the Chicago studio is now called NetherrealmStudios, which just released ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', and the latter was sold to {{THQ}}, where they just released ''WWE All-Stars''. The Seattle studio, aka Surreal Software, also joined up with WarnerBros, but it got shut down about a year later. How Netherrealm Studios will continue the legacy of Midway remains to be seen, although ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' is getting positive reviews.

!Games developed by Bally Midway (pre-1988)
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Gorf}}''
* ''Ms. VideoGame/{{Pac-Man}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Rampage}}''
* ''VideoGame/SpyHunter''
* ''VideoGame/{{Tapper}}''
* ''{{Film/Tron}}''
* ''VideoGame/WizardOfWor''

!Games published by Williams Electronics (pre-1988):
* ''VideoGame/{{Defender}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Joust}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{NARC}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Robotron 2084}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Sinistar}}''

!Games licensed, developed or published by Midway (post-1988)
* ''Blitz: The League''
** ''NFL Blitz''
* ''VideoGame/CarnEvil''
* ''VideoGame/FreakyFlyers''
* ''GauntletLegends''
* ''VideoGame/HydroThunder''
* ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct''
* ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge''
* ''MortalKombat'' series
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatSpecialForces''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks''
* ''VideoGame/NBAJam''
** ''VideoGame/NBABallers''
* ''VideoGame/RevolutionX''
* ''VideoGame/SanFranciscoRush''
* ''VideoGame/SmashTV''
* ''TheSuffering''
* ''TNAImpact''
* ''VideoGame/TotalCarnage''
* ''VideoGame/UnrealChampionship2TheLiandriConflict''
** ''VideoGame/UnrealTournamentIII''
* ''VideoGame/WarGods''
[[/index]]
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The original Midway Manufacturing Co. was founded in 1958, and was acquired in 1969 by amusement industry giant Bally, an important maker of {{pinball}} machines since 1932. When {{Atari}}, Inc., less than a year old, offered to have Bally manufacture and market its coin-operated video game ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'', Bally declined the offer. Bally Midway did get to share in on ''Pong''[='s=] success by having Midway produce ''Winner'', a licensed ''Pong'' clone and its first ArcadeGame. Midway would go from there to become a major Atari competitor and one of the best-known names in the video game industry.

Midway owed its success in arcades in large part to acquiring the U.S. distribution rights to ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'' and many of {{Namco}}'s games between 1979 and 1983, such as ''{{Galaxian}}'', ''{{Galaga}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Pac-Man}}''. Perhaps Midway's biggest coup was taking a ''Pac-Man'' clone named ''Crazy Otto'' and giving it a graphical conversion to create ''Ms. Pac-Man''. Midway's ''Ms. Pac-Man & Galaga: Class of 1981'' arcade machine became one of the most commonly found machines in North America.

In 1988, Bally sold its video game and pinball operations, along with the Midway name, to WMS Industries, another pinball manufacturer who as Williams Electronics had entered the video game industry in 1980. WMS Industries spun off Midway again in 1998, one year before the end of Williams Pinball.

Midway is best remembered for two types of games: Fighting games which used arcades' more advanced hardware to make brutal fighters like MortalKombat, and in-your-face arcade-style sports games like VideoGame/NBAJam and NFLBlitz. Up until the mid-90's, they avoided the home market, instead letting Acclaim or WMS port and publish them. They eventually left the arcades for good in 2001. Midway can also be considered the final incarnation of the original Atari, as they owned what became of their old arcade games division from 1996 until it was shut down in 2003.

Unfortunately, the TurnOfTheMillennium also brought bad business policies, and in 2009 the company filed for bankruptcy. Their studios in [[TheWindyCity Chicago]], Seattle and San Diego were the only three not to get shut down. The former, along with most of the Midway back catalog (save for the licensed sports titles- for obvious reasons- and the ''Cruis'n'' trilogy of racing games, which is owned by {{Nintendo}}), was bought by WarnerBros and the Chicago studio is now called NetherrealmStudios, which just released ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', and the latter was sold to {{THQ}}, where they just released ''WWE All-Stars''. The Seattle studio, aka Surreal Software, also joined up with WarnerBros, but it got shut down about a year later. How Netherrealm Studios will continue the legacy of Midway remains to be seen, although ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' is getting positive reviews.

!Games developed by Bally Midway (pre-1988)
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Gorf}}''
* ''Ms. VideoGame/{{Pac-Man}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Rampage}}''
* ''VideoGame/SpyHunter''
* ''VideoGame/{{Tapper}}''
* ''{{Film/Tron}}''
* ''VideoGame/WizardOfWor''

!Games published by Williams Electronics (pre-1988):
* ''VideoGame/{{Defender}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Joust}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{NARC}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Robotron 2084}}''
* ''VideoGame/{{Sinistar}}''

!Games licensed, developed or published by Midway (post-1988)
* ''Blitz: The League''
** ''NFL Blitz''
* ''VideoGame/CarnEvil''
* ''VideoGame/FreakyFlyers''
* ''GauntletLegends''
* ''VideoGame/HydroThunder''
* ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct''
* ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge''
* ''MortalKombat'' series
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat2''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeadlyAlliance''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatDeception''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatMythologiesSubZero''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatSpecialForces''
** ''VideoGame/MortalKombatShaolinMonks''
* ''VideoGame/NBAJam''
** ''VideoGame/NBABallers''
* ''VideoGame/RevolutionX''
* ''VideoGame/SanFranciscoRush''
* ''VideoGame/SmashTV''
* ''TheSuffering''
* ''TNAImpact''
* ''VideoGame/TotalCarnage''
* ''VideoGame/UnrealChampionship2TheLiandriConflict''
** ''VideoGame/UnrealTournamentIII''
* ''VideoGame/WarGods''
[[/index]]
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[[redirect:Creator/MidwayGames]]
12th Nov '12 10:08:54 PM Antwan
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The original Midway Manufacturing Co. was founded in 1958, and was acquired in 1969 by amusement industry giant Bally, an important maker of {{pinball}} machines since 1932. When {{Atari}}, Inc., less than a year old, offered to have Bally manufacture and market its coin-operated video game ''{{Pong}}'', Bally declined the offer. Bally Midway did get to share in on ''Pong''[='s=] success by having Midway produce ''Winner'', a licensed ''Pong'' clone and its first ArcadeGame. Midway would go from there to become a major Atari competitor and one of the best-known names in the video game industry.

Midway owed its success in arcades in large part to acquiring the U.S. distribution rights to ''SpaceInvaders'' and many of {{Namco}}'s games between 1979 and 1983, such as ''{{Galaxian}}'', ''{{Galaga}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Pac-Man}}''. Perhaps Midway's biggest coup was taking a ''Pac-Man'' clone named ''Crazy Otto'' and giving it a graphical conversion to create ''Ms. Pac-Man''. Midway's ''Ms. Pac-Man & Galaga: Class of 1981'' arcade machine became one of the most commonly found machines in North America.

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The original Midway Manufacturing Co. was founded in 1958, and was acquired in 1969 by amusement industry giant Bally, an important maker of {{pinball}} machines since 1932. When {{Atari}}, Inc., less than a year old, offered to have Bally manufacture and market its coin-operated video game ''{{Pong}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'', Bally declined the offer. Bally Midway did get to share in on ''Pong''[='s=] success by having Midway produce ''Winner'', a licensed ''Pong'' clone and its first ArcadeGame. Midway would go from there to become a major Atari competitor and one of the best-known names in the video game industry.

Midway owed its success in arcades in large part to acquiring the U.S. distribution rights to ''SpaceInvaders'' ''VideoGame/SpaceInvaders'' and many of {{Namco}}'s games between 1979 and 1983, such as ''{{Galaxian}}'', ''{{Galaga}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Pac-Man}}''. Perhaps Midway's biggest coup was taking a ''Pac-Man'' clone named ''Crazy Otto'' and giving it a graphical conversion to create ''Ms. Pac-Man''. Midway's ''Ms. Pac-Man & Galaga: Class of 1981'' arcade machine became one of the most commonly found machines in North America.
31st Aug '12 8:33:42 AM Prfnoff
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* ''{{NARC}}''

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* ''{{NARC}}''''VideoGame/{{NARC}}''
11th Aug '12 8:52:25 PM Prfnoff
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* ''FreakyFlyers''

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* ''FreakyFlyers''''VideoGame/FreakyFlyers''
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* ''WarGods''

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* ''WarGods''''VideoGame/WarGods''
3rd Aug '12 12:53:24 PM Prfnoff
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* ''SmashTV''

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* ''SmashTV''''VideoGame/SmashTV''
3rd Aug '12 12:49:54 PM Prfnoff
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In 1988, Bally sold its video game and pinball operations, along with the Midway name, to WMS Industries, another pinball manufacturer who as Williams Electronics had entered the video game industry in 1980.

Midway is best remembered for two types of games: Fighting games which used arcades' more advanced hardware to make brutal fighters like MortalKombat, and in-your-face arcade-style sports games like VideoGame/NBAJam and NFLBlitz. Up until the mid-90's, they avoided the home market, instead letting Acclaim or WMS port and publish them. They eventually left the arcades for good in 2001. Midway can also be considered the final incarnation of the original Atari, as they owned the last of it, which was shut down in 2003.

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In 1988, Bally sold its video game and pinball operations, along with the Midway name, to WMS Industries, another pinball manufacturer who as Williams Electronics had entered the video game industry in 1980.

1980. WMS Industries spun off Midway again in 1998, one year before the end of Williams Pinball.

Midway is best remembered for two types of games: Fighting games which used arcades' more advanced hardware to make brutal fighters like MortalKombat, and in-your-face arcade-style sports games like VideoGame/NBAJam and NFLBlitz. Up until the mid-90's, they avoided the home market, instead letting Acclaim or WMS port and publish them. They eventually left the arcades for good in 2001. Midway can also be considered the final incarnation of the original Atari, as they owned the last what became of it, which their old arcade games division from 1996 until it was shut down in 2003.
29th Jul '12 11:51:27 AM Prfnoff
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* ''{{NARC}}''


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* ''SmashTV''
29th Jul '12 11:45:20 AM Prfnoff
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* ''WarGods''
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* ''VideoGame/CarnEvil''
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