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Starpath

Starpath

Definition Video game company
Founded 1981
Defunct 1983
Created games for Atari 2600

Starpath was a United States company known for creating the Starpath Supercharger in 1982. The company was founded in 1981 under the name Arcadia Corporation, but it changed its name to Starpath shortly after for trademark reasons (Emerson Radio Corporation had released a video game console named the Arcadia 2001). It was founded by Alan Bayley, Robert Brown and Craig Nelson.

The Starpath Supercharger was an add-on for the Atari 2600 video game console that expanded the machine's capabilities by adding more RAM, allowing for higher resolution graphics and larger games, and by providing a connector to which a cassette player could be connected, thus permitting larger games, stored on tape, to be loaded. The Supercharger was connected to the 2600's cartridge slot. This also resulted in the games for the 2600 being cheaper for the most part, as it was less expensive to produce tapes rather than cartridges.

DissolutionEdit

Due to the video game crash of 1983-1984, the Supercharger not selling well at a retail level (even though it was generally critically received), and Starpath not being able to pay back a $1 million (U. S.) loan from Bank of America, they merged with Epyx in 1983 after filing for bankruptcy. They only released a dozen games total. Rights to Starpath games are currently owned by Bridgestone Multimedia, a religious multimedia company.

Starpath Bottom of the Screen ShootersEdit




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