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Activision is known in the United States as the first "third-party" developer, getting its nose in the video game industry with games for the {{Atari 2600}}, and co-founded by four former Atari designers (David Crane, Larry Kaplan, Bob Whitehead and Alan Miller). Against Atari's publishing policies at the time, Activision was the first studio to allow programmers to take credit for the games they designed.

Unlike many other companies developing games for second-generation consoles, Activision survived TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 intact, and even added to its catalog several games from defunct competitor Imagic. Activision acquired Creator/{{Infocom}} in 1986.

In 2007, Activision became the single largest third-party game developer in the United States (after it merged with VivendiGames, the holding company of BlizzardEntertainment, best known for ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'', ''Franchise/StarCraft'' and ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' and thus becoming Activision Blizzard), surpassing Creator/ElectronicArts. Today, the company is best known for being the publisher of the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' series and games by Creator/BlizzardEntertainment, kicking off the late 2000s music game fad with the ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' series and for its controversial business practices, especially concerning the contractual dispute with ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' developer Infinity Ward.

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!!Pre-crash Activision games:
* ''Beamrider''
* ''Boxing''
* ''Checkers''
* ''Chopper Command''
* ''Decathlon''
* ''Dragster''
* ''The Dreadnaught Factor''
* ''Enduro''
* ''Freeway''
* ''Frostbite''
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''
* ''Grand Prix''
* ''Happy Trails''
* ''H.E.R.O.''
* ''Ice Hockey''
* ''Kaboom!''
* ''Keystone Kapers''
* ''Laser Blast''
* ''Megamania''
* ''{{VideoGame/Oink}}!''
* ''VideoGame/{{Pitfall}}!''
* ''Pressure Cooker''
* ''VideoGame/RiverRaid''
* ''Stampede''
* ''Starmaster''
* ''Tennis''
* ''Worm Whomper''

!!Pre-crash Imagic games:
* ''Atlantis''
* ''Beauty and the Beast''
* ''Demon Attack''
* ''Dracula''
* ''Dragonfire''
* ''Fathom''
* ''Ice Trek''
* ''Microsurgeon''
* ''Moonsweeper''
* ''Nova Blast''
* ''Safecracker''
* ''Swords & Serpents''
* ''Tropical Trouble''
* ''Truckin[='=]''
* ''White Water!''

!!Post-crash Activision games:
* ''VideoGame/{{Battlezone|1998}}'' (the 1998 FPS/RTS hybrid and its sequel)
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty''
** ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare''
* ''DarkReign''
* ''VideoGame/EmpiresDawnOfTheModernWorld''
* ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEyeWii GoldenEye]]'' (2010)
* ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' (acquired original publisher [=RedOctane=])
* ''VideoGame/{{Gun}}''
* ''HeavyGear''
* ''VideoGame/{{Interstate 76}}''
* Many [[MarvelComics Marvel]] games, starting with 1999's ''X-Men Mutant Academy'', and most notably ''VideoGame/XMenLegends'' and ''MarvelUltimateAlliance''. Activision currently and explicitly hold licences to produce games based on both the ComicBook/XMen and Franchise/SpiderMan comics & films, ''Ultimate Alliance'' being an odd one out as it involves the general Franchise/MarvelUniverse. This does not prevent Spider and the mutants from appearing in [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 other]] [[VideoGame/MarvelNemesisRiseOfTheImperfects games]], however.
* ''MechWarrior'' (Just the first two games; they lost the ''{{Battletech}}'' license after that.)
* ''MoshiMonsters''
* ''{{NASCAR}} The Game'' (''2011'' and ''Inside Line'' only; they lost the license for ''NASCAR '14'')
* ''VideoGame/RadicalRex''
* ''[[VideoGame/SeaWorldTycoon Sea World Adventure Parks Tycoon]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Shanghai}}''
* ''VideoGame/SiN''
* ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune''
* ''[[TaiyouNoShindenAstekaII Tombs & Treasure]]'' (published under the Creator/{{Infocom}} imprint, but not developed by the original Infocom company)
* ''VideoGame/TimeCommando''
* ''VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater''
* ''TrueCrime''
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeRedemption''
* ''VideoGame/{{Vigilante 8}}''
* The graphical ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'' games
* ''VideoGame/{{Star Trek Armada}}''

!!Sierra Entertainment properties:
* ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot''
* ''SpyroTheDragon''
** ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}''

!!Blizzard properties:
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}''
** ''VideoGame/DiabloII''
** ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''
* ''Franchise/StarCraft''
** ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft I}}''
** ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft II}}''
*** ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty''
*** ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm''
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''
** ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''

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