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Adrenalin Entertainment was, for much of the 1990s, the name of Western Technologies, Inc.'s software division. [1] Started in 1978 and headed by Jay Smith [2], Western also designed and developed electronic toys and consumer electronics products. [3] Video game hardware designed by Western includes the Vectrex game system, the Menacer gun for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis [4], and the SegaDev board used for Sega Mega Drive/Genesis development. [5]

In February 1997, Western and certain assets and liabilities of Jay Smith's sole proprietorship Smith Engineering were acquired by Wanderlust Interactive, Inc. Wanderlust was renamed Adrenalin Interactive, Inc. on May 14, 1998. In December 1999, Adrenalin Interactive acquired McGlen Micro, Inc. through a reverse merger, forming McGlen Internet Group, Inc. [6], and Western's operations were discontinued. Western's Vice President Michael Cartabiano took over the remaining contracts [7] and started Sennari Interactive, LLC that same month. Sennari originally operated at the same location as Western with many former Western employees.

Western operated an office in Florida that was involved in video game and robotic toy development, then moved into industrial automation after the "Video Game Crash." Don Herndon was the managing director. [8] Through a buyout by employees and a real estate developer in 1985, it broke off and became Western Technologies Automation. [9]

Pacific Softscape was another development company started by former employees.

Research Methods: Actual mentions, interviews, online resources, shared staff

Related Interviews: Tom Sloper

As Western Technologies[edit]

2600[edit]

  • Androman on the Moon (unreleased) (Atari)
  • Clue (unreleased) (Parker Brothers)
  • Entombed (US Publisher: U.S. Games)
  • The Incredible Hulk (unreleased) (Parker Brothers)
  • James Bond 007: Octopussy (unreleased) (Parker Brothers)
  • M.A.D. (US Publisher: U.S. Games; EU Publisher: Carrere Video)
  • Picnic (US Publisher: U.S. Games; EU Publisher: Carrere Video)
  • Piece O' Cake (US Publisher: U.S. Games)
  • Q*bert (US/EU Publisher: Parker Brothers, Atari) [Dave Hampton]
  • Raft Rider (US Publisher: U.S. Games)
  • Towering Inferno / Infernal Tower (US Publisher: U.S. Games; EU Publisher: Carrere Video)

5200[edit]

  • Popeye (US Publisher: Parker Brothers) [David Johnson, Susan ? - Florida] [10]
  • Q*bert (US Publisher: Parker Brothers)

Atari 8-bit[edit]

  • Popeye (US/EU Publisher: Parker Brothers) [David Johnson, Susan ? - Florida] [11]
  • Q*bert (US/CA/EU Publisher: Parker Brothers)
  • Tree Surgeon (unreleased) (Western Technologies)

ColecoVision[edit]

  • Q*bert (US/CA Publisher: Parker Brothers)

Famicom/NES[edit]

  • Videomation (US Publisher: THQ)

Game Boy[edit]

  • Robosaurus (unreleased) [12]

Macintosh[edit]

  • Trivial Pursuit Interactive Multimedia Game (US Publisher: Parker Brothers)

Mega CD/Sega CD[edit]

  • Trivial Pursuit Interactive Multimedia Game (US Publisher: Parker Brothers)

Mega Drive/Genesis[edit]

  • Art Alive (US/EU/JP Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
  • Joe Montana II: Sports Talk Football / Joe Montana Football II (speech, music, sounds) (US/EU/JP Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
Developer: BlueSky Software; Speech Compression: Electronic Speech Systems?
  • Math Blaster: Episode I (production) (US Publisher: Davidson & Associates)
Developer: Spidersoft
  • Menacer 6-Game Cartridge / Menacer 6-em-1 (US/EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
"Ready, Aim, Tomatoes!": Johnson-Voorsanger Productions
  • NFL Sports Talk Football '93 Starring Joe Montana (speech) (US/EU Publisher: Sega)
Developer: BlueSky Software; Speech Compression: Electronic Speech Systems?
  • Outback Joey (US Publisher: HeartBeat)
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series (US/EU Publisher: Acclaim; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
  • Sports Talk Baseball (speech, sound) (US Publisher: Sega)
Speech Compression: Electronic Speech Systems
  • World Series Baseball (speech, sound effects) (US Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)
Developer: BlueSky Software; Speech Compression: Electronic Speech Systems
  • X-Men (US/EU Publisher: Sega; BR Publisher: Tec Toy)

Super Famicom/Super NES[edit]

  • Math Blaster: Episode I (production) (US Publisher: Davidson & Associates)
Developer: Spidersoft
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series (US Publisher: LJN)

TI-99/4A[edit]

  • Ghost Spell [E.T. the Extra Terrestrial] (unreleased) (Texas Instruments)
  • Super Demon Attack (US Publisher: Texas Instruments) [13]

Vectrex[edit]

  • Bedlam (US Publisher: GCE; CA/EU Publisher: Milton Bradley)
  • Berzerk (US Publisher: GCE; CA/EU Publisher: Milton Bradley; JP Publisher: Bandai)
  • Cosmic Chasm (US Publisher: GCE; CA/EU Publisher: Milton Bradley; JP Publisher: Bandai)
  • Hyperchase (US Publisher: GCE; CA/EU Publisher: Milton Bradley; JP Publisher: Bandai)
  • Rip Off (US Publisher: GCE; CA/EU Publisher: Milton Bradley; JP Publisher: Bandai)
  • Scramble / Scramble Wars (US Publisher: GCE; CA/EU Publisher: Milton Bradley; JP Publisher: Bandai)
  • Spike (US Publisher: GCE; CA/EU Publisher: Milton Bradley)
  • Star Castle (US Publisher: GCE; CA/EU Publisher: Milton Bradley)
  • Web Wars / Web Warp (US Publisher: GCE; CA/EU Publisher: Milton Bradley)

VIC-20[edit]

  • Tutankham (US Publisher: Parker Brothers) [14]

Windows[edit]

  • Trivial Pursuit Interactive Multimedia Game (US Publisher: Parker Brothers)

As Adrenalin Entertainment[edit]

DOS[edit]

  • Into the Void (US Publisher: Playmates Interactive Entertainment)
  • Vampire: The Masquerade (unreleased) (GT Interactive)

Game Gear[edit]

  • Poker Face Paul's Blackjack (production, some sound) (US Publisher: Sega)
Developer: Spidersoft
  • Poker Face Paul's Gin (production) (US Publisher: Sega)
Developer: Freestyle; Sound: Spidersoft
  • Poker Face Paul's Poker (production, some sound) (US Publisher: Sega)
Developer: Freestyle; Some Sound: Spidersoft
  • Poker Face Paul's Solitaire (production) (US Publisher: Sega)
Developer: Spidersoft
  • Sports Trivia (production) (US Publisher: Sega)
Developer: Freestyle
  • Sports Trivia: Championship Edition (production) (US Publisher: Sega)
Developer: Freestyle

Mega Drive/Genesis[edit]

  • Doom Troopers: Mutant Chronicles (US Publisher: Playmates Interactive Entertainment)

PC[edit]

  • Colliderz (unreleased) (ASC Games)

PlayStation[edit]

  • Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling (US/EU Publisher: THQ)
  • Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling 2 (US/EU Publisher: THQ)
  • Colliderz (unreleased) (ASC Games)
  • Hellcatraz / Alcatraz: Escape from the Rock (unreleased)
  • Ten Pin Alley (US/EU Publisher: ASC Games)
  • Tiger Woods 99 PGA Tour Golf (US/EU/JP Publisher: Electronic Arts)

Saturn[edit]

  • Colliderz (unreleased) (ASC Games)
  • Ten Pin Alley (US Publisher: ASC Games)

Super Famicom/Super NES[edit]

  • Doom Troopers: Mutant Chronicles (US Publisher: Playmates Interactive Entertainment)

Windows[edit]

  • Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling (US Publisher: THQ)
  • The Flintstones: Bedrock Bowling (US Publisher: SouthPeak Interactive)
  • Ten Pin Alley (US Publisher: ASC Games; EU Publisher: Dice Multimedia)
  • Trivial Pursuit: CD-ROM Edition (US/DE Publisher: Hasbro Interactive)

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