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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 UsefulNotes/{{Atari2600}}, 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 UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 intact, being quick to jump on the UsefulNotes/{{Commodore 64}} bandwagon, and even added to its catalog several games from defunct competitor Imagic, whose advertising TagLine for their games was "Designed By Experts For Experts". Activision acquired Creator/{{Infocom}} in 1986.

In 2007, Activision merged with Vivendi Games (who owned Creator/SierraGames and Creator/BlizzardEntertainment at the time), to became Creator/ActivisionBlizzard, the single largest third-party game developer in the United States, surpassing Creator/ElectronicArts. (Vivendi Games was previously Universal Interactive, before being acquired by French media company Vivendi.)



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:[[index]]
* ''Beamrider''
* ''Boxing''
* ''Checkers''
* ''VideoGame/ChopperCommand''
* ''Crackpots''
* ''Decathlon''
* ''Dragster''
* ''The Dreadnaught Factor''
* ''Enduro''
* ''VideoGame/{{Freeway}}''
* ''Frostbite''
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} Ghostbusters]]''
* ''Grand Prix''
* ''Happy Trails''
* ''H.E.R.O.''
* ''Ice Hockey''
* ''VideoGame/{{Kaboom}}''
* ''VideoGame/KeystoneKapers''
* ''VideoGame/LaserBlast''
* ''VideoGame/{{Megamania}}''
* ''{{VideoGame/Oink}}!''
* ''VideoGame/{{Pitfall}}!''
* ''Plaque Attack''
* ''Pressure Cooker''
* ''VideoGame/RiverRaid''
* ''Robot Tank''
* ''Spider Fighter''
* ''Stampede''
* ''Starmaster''
* ''Tennis''
* ''Worm Whomper''
[[/index]]

!!Pre-crash Imagic games:
* [[Creator/{{Imagic}} Go here.]]

!!Post-crash Activision games:
[[index]]
* ''VideoGame/AngryBirdsStarWars''
** [[VideoGame/AngryBirds Angry Birds Trilogy]]
* ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'' (including Barbie Horse Adventures, The Barbie Diaries: High School Mystery, Barbie & the Three Musketeers and Barbie as the Island Princess)
* ''VideoGame/{{Battlezone|1998}}'' (the 1998 FPS/RTS hybrid and its sequel)
* ''VideoGame/BlueStinger''
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty''
** ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare''
* ''VideoGame/DarkReign''
* Games based on movies from ''Creator/{{Disney}}'' (including Tarzan, Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph)
* [[/index]]Games based on movies from ''Creator/DreamworksAnimation'' films (2004-2010)[[index]]
** ''Franchise/{{Shrek}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/SharkTale''
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}''
** ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge''
** ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''
** ''WesternAnimation/MonstersvsAliens''
** ''WesternAnimation/HowtoTrainYourDragon''
* ''VideoGame/EmpiresDawnOfTheModernWorld''
* ''VideoGame/FamilyGuyBackToTheMultiverse''
* ''[[VideoGame/GoldenEyeWii GoldenEye]]'' (2010)
* ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' (acquired original publisher [=RedOctane=])
* ''VideoGame/{{Gun}}''
* ''TabletopGame/HeavyGear''
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge3DawnoftheDinosaurs
** ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift''
* ''VideoGame/{{Interstate 76}}''
* ''VideoGame/JurassicTheHunted''
* [[/index]]Activision once explicitly held licences to produce [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel]] 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 did not prevent Spider and the mutants from appearing in [[VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3 other]] [[VideoGame/MarvelNemesisRiseOfTheImperfects games]], [[VideoGame/DisneyInfinity however.]][[index]]
** ''VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderMan''
*** ''VideoGame/TheAmazingSpiderman2''
** ''VideoGame/{{Deadpool}}''
** ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance''
** ''VideoGame/SpiderMan''
** ''VideoGame/SpiderMan2EnterElectro''
** ''VideoGame/SpiderManMysteriosMenace''
** ''VideoGame/SpiderManFriendOrFoe''
** ''VideoGame/SpiderManShatteredDimensions''
** ''VideoGame/SpiderManEdgeOfTime''
** ''VideoGame/SpiderManTrilogy''
*** ''VideoGame/SpiderManTheMovie''
*** ''VideoGame/SpiderMan2''
*** ''VideoGame/SpiderMan3''
** ''VideoGame/SpiderManWebOfShadows''
** ''VideoGame/UltimateSpiderMan''
** ''VideoGame/XMenDestiny''
** ''VideoGame/XMenLegends''
** ''VideoGame/XMenNextDimension''
* ''VideoGame/MechWarrior'' (Just the first two games; they lost the ''{{TabletopGame/Battletech}}'' license after that.)
* ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters''
* ''MoxieGirlz''
* ''NASCAR The Game'' (''2011'' and ''Inside Line'' only; they lost the license for ''NASCAR '14'')
* Games based on ''Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'' properties (since 2013)
** ''Series/iCarly''
** ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''
** ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles''
** ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie'' :Snoopy's Grand Adventure
* ''Literature/{{Pinkalicious}}''
* ''VideoGame/RadicalRex''
* ''[[VideoGame/SeaWorldTycoon Sea World Adventure Parks Tycoon]]''
* ''VideoGame/{{Shanghai}}''
* ''VideoGame/SiN''
* ''VideoGame/SoldierOfFortune''
* ''VideoGame/SuperPitfall''
* Teen Digital Diva (and its sequel)
* ''VideoGame/TheThreeStooges'' (NES version of the Cinemaware PC Game)
* ''[[VideoGame/AstekaIITemploDelSol Tombs & Treasure]]'' (published under the Creator/{{Infocom}} imprint, but not developed by the original Infocom company)
* ''VideoGame/TimeCommando''
* ''VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater''
* ''VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron''
** ''VideoGame/TransformersFallOfCybertron''
* ''True Crime''
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeRedemption''
* ''VideoGame/{{Vigilante 8}}''
* ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDeadSurvivalInstinct''
* ''XiaXia''
* The graphical ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'' games
* ''VideoGame/{{Star Trek Armada}}''
[[/index]]

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

!!Blizzard properties:
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' Series
* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' Series
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' Franchise
* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm''
* ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}''
See Creator/BlizzardEntertainment For a complete list.
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