Creator: Digital Pictures
was a video game company founded in 1991 by Tom Zito and Ken Melville, and collapsed by the end of the decade. Today they are most well-known for their library of Full Motion Video
games released on the Sega CD
Whilst their games make up a sizable amount of the Sega CD's library, several of them were ported over to the 3DO
and Sega Saturn
. However, their first efforts were originally designed in the 80's for Hasbro's abandoned NEMO console; the assets would later be dug up and used for their Sega CD games.
Games developed include:
Tropes applied to the company and their output:
- Kaizo Trap: They're fond of this one. Even just sitting and watching the intro cutscenes will often deny you 100% Completion, if they don't give you a Non-Standard Game Over outright.
- The New Rock & Roll: Night Trap attracted controversy alongside Mortal Kombat and Doom for supposedly promoting adult content and graphic violence to minors, eventually forming the ESRB.
- Rail Shooter: Corpse Killer and Sewer Shark.
- Shout-Out: Most if not all of their games (at least for the Sega CD) had a track that when played on a regular CD player (or the Sega CD's CD player) was apparently one to The Beatles combined with Subliminal Seduction note :
"Good afternoon, Digital Pictures.
.enin rebmun ,enin rebmun ,enin rebmuN"
- Stock Footage: The footage for Night Trap was filmed in the 80's, but was stored in a vault until being used for the Sega CD.
- Public domain stock footage is used extensively in Make My Video, and Sewer Shark and Ground Zero Texas recycle enemy encounters and scenery frequently.
- A 2003 TV movie called Maximum Surge (also known on video as Game Over) used about 35 minutes of stock footage from no less than four Digital Pictures games.
- Totally Radical: Especially Make My Video.