Sega Electronics

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Sega Electronics, Inc. was an arcade game manufacturer and video game developer based in San Diego, California. It was originally incorporated in Delaware on April 3, 1970, as Gremlin Industries, Incorporated. Partners Carl Grindle and Frank Fogleman intended to name the company "Grindleman Industries;" however, the person on the phone misheard it as "Gremlin Industries," and the name stuck. [1]

Gremlin eventually began marketing wall games, then moved on to video games. It was acquired by Sega Enterprises, Inc. (SEI) in 1978, and subsequently the Gremlin/Sega brand (later Sega/Gremlin) was introduced. Because of the awkwardness of the name, the branding was dropped, and the company name was changed. [2] [3]

SEI decided to enter the US home video game market in 1982 and tasked a separate group at Sega Electronics to produce conversions of Sega's arcade hits. Sega Electronics was shut down in early 1984, and SEI's remaining US operations were moved to Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

Sega Electronics and SEI remain subsidiaries of Paramount Global, now named Ages Electronics, Inc. and Ages Entertainment Software LLC respectively.

Gremlin had a sister company called Noval that made the Noval 760 [4] "computer in a desk." [5] The Noval 760 was used in game development at Gremlin and at Sega in Japan. [6]

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Apple II

  • Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (US Publisher: Sega) [Robert McNally]


  • Astro Blaster (Gremlin/Sega)
  • Battle Star (unreleased) (Gremlin/Sega)
  • Blasto (Gremlin)
  • Blockade (Gremlin)
  • Carnival (Gremlin/Sega)
  • CoMotion (Gremlin)
  • Depthcharge (Gremlin)
  • Digger (Gremlin/Sega)
Reprogrammed version of Heiankyo Alien by Denki Onkyo
  • Eliminator (Sega/Gremlin)
  • Frogs (Gremlin)
  • Head-On (Gremlin/Sega)
  • Head-On 2 (Gremlin/Sega)
  • Hustle (Gremlin)
  • Invinco (Gremlin/Sega)
  • Ixion (unreleased) (Sega)
  • Pig Newton (unreleased) (Sega)
  • Pulsar (Gremlin/Sega)
  • Razzmatazz (unreleased) (Sega)
  • Safari (Gremlin)
  • Space Attack (Gremlin)
  • Space Fury (Sega/Gremlin)
  • Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (Sega)
  • Tac/Scan (Sega)
  • Turbo Tag (unreleased) (Simon & Schuster)
Co-developed with Marvin Glass & Associates
  • Zektor (Sega/Gremlin)

Atari 2600

  • Bear Game (unreleased) (Sega) [Fred Mack]
Based on the unreleased Razzmatazz coin-op
  • Ixion (unreleased) (Sega) [Jeff Lorenz]
Originally programmed by Stance Nixon, but this version was scrapped when he left the company
  • Spy Hunter (US Publisher: Sega) [Jeff Lorenz]
  • Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (US Publisher: Sega) [Jeff Lorenz]
  • Sub Scan (US Publisher: Sega)
  • Tac/Scan (US Publisher: Sega) [Jeff Lorenz]
  • Thunderground (US Publisher: Sega) [Jeff Lorenz]
Based on Sega's Borderline coin-op

Atari 5200

  • Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (US Publisher: Sega) [Monti Rieman]

Atari 8-bit

  • Ixion (unreleased) (Sega) [Fred Mack]
  • Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (US Publisher: Sega) [Monti Rieman]
  • Tac/Scan (unreleased) (Sega) [Randall Turner]

Commodore 64

  • Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator (US Publisher: Sega) [Joseph Sengir]


  • Ixion (unreleased) (Sega) [Randall Turner]
  • Sub Scan (unreleased) (Sega) [Joseph Sengir]
  • Tac/Scan (unreleased) (Sega) [Joseph Sengir]