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Games from ALG

Post by Silentman » Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:39 am

I'm sure that all of you know, that American Laser Games released 8 games only in US. Some of these games are pretty good (Mad Dog series, Who shot Johnny Rock) for that time. Why they hadn't released games in Japan and Europe?

Even DP and Virgin released their Corpse Killer and Demolition Man in Japan while ALG gun was released only in US.

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Post by Gunstar » Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:58 am

These are educated guesses from decades of experiencing video game markets:

Publishers watch trends and some types of games sell better in some parts of the world than others, and right or wrong, ALG figured sales would be poor outside the U.S. becuase those foreign markets aren't profitable for FMV/lightgun games.

Corpse Killer and Demolition man may not have sold well in Japan and ALG noticed. Though that depends on the release dates of all these games in the different markets.

Maybe they just weren't a big enough company to handle international publishing, distribution and sales and weren't successful in making a deal with a Japanese company to help.
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Post by Silentman » Wed Sep 21, 2011 8:39 am

I think we could ask bitrate to tell us about prototypes of ALG games for European and Japan region.

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Post by sneth » Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:10 am

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Post by bitrate » Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:20 am

Silentman wrote:I think we could ask bitrate to tell us about prototypes of ALG games for European and Japan region.

I don't think I have any proto ALG games for those markets. I'm not sure any ever existed either.
Off the top of my head, I don't recall seeing any advertisements for these types of titles in any of the Japanese literature/magazines of the time. If something like this had been planned it definitely would have made its way into some of the numerous Japanese 3DO magazines.

I'll have to take another look.

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Post by Silanda » Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:59 pm

It's possible that they didn't consider the European market big enough to be worth revising the games and the gun to be PAL compatible. That said I seem to recall seeing some of their games in UK shops, although I must admit my memory is a little hazy.

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Re: Games from ALG

Post by Mobius » Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:57 am

Silentman wrote:I'm sure that all of you know, that American Laser Games released 8 games only in US. Some of these games are pretty good (Mad Dog series, Who shot Johnny Rock) for that time. Why they hadn't released games in Japan and Europe?

Even DP and Virgin released their Corpse Killer and Demolition Man in Japan while ALG gun was released only in US.

Because they're AMERICAN Laser Games. Duh.

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Re: Games from ALG

Post by Trev » Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:36 am

Mobius wrote:
Because they're AMERICAN Laser Games. Duh.
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Post by 3DOKid » Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:20 pm

I would love to play ALG games with a Light Gun. :) Mad Dog is a classic. :)

(i had the poor judgement to be born in the UK though :) )

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Post by Trev » Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:12 pm

3DOKid wrote:I would love to play ALG games with a Light Gun. :) Mad Dog is a classic. :)
Maybe in the arcades (or on CD-i) But the 3DO port of Mad Dog is absolute garbage on multiple levels.


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Post by mattyg » Tue Sep 27, 2011 2:56 am

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Post by Martin III » Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:57 pm

:shock: Corpse Killer was released in Japan?

I guess that might provide part of the answer to the topic question, though... Corpse Killer on the Saturn was released only in the USA, so apparently Digital Pictures had learned that games of that sort don't do well in Japan. American Laser Games just realized this ahead of time. :wink:

Seriously, probably the real reason is just that ALG didn't have a Japanese division to publish the games and Gamegun in Japan. Digital Pictures didn't have a Japanese division either, but I suspect (and GameFAQs confirms) that Digital Pictures weren't the ones responsible for publishing Corpse Killer in Japan.

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Post by Silentman » Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:19 pm

Martin III wrote::shock: Corpse Killer was released in Japan?

I guess that might provide part of the answer to the topic question, though... Corpse Killer on the Saturn was released only in the USA, so apparently Digital Pictures had learned that games of that sort don't do well in Japan. American Laser Games just realized this ahead of time. :wink:

Seriously, probably the real reason is just that ALG didn't have a Japanese division to publish the games and Gamegun in Japan. Digital Pictures didn't have a Japanese division either, but I suspect (and GameFAQs confirms) that Digital Pictures weren't the ones responsible for publishing Corpse Killer in Japan.
After short investigation I think that DP planned to release Corpse Killer, but couldn't do it, like it happened with Doom.
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