Background: Accolade was established in 1984 in San Jose, California by Alan Miller and Bob Whitehead after they left Activision (the company they founded five years ago along with David Crane and Larry Kaplan after discovering that their ex-employer Atari does not credit them in their games). The name was chosen to overtake Activision in alphabetical order of companies (the same Activision done earlier to Atari and the same Absolute later did to Accolade itself). Accolade's early titles were developed in-house. It is known for Test Drive, (more infamously) Bubsy and HardBall!, among others. The company was purchased and absorbed by Infogrames in 1999. In June 2017, the company was revived by Billionsoft. Accolade's newest game announced after the revival is Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back.
1st Logo (1984-November 15, 1999)
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Nicknames: "The Plain Accolade", "Games With Personality"
Logo: On a black background, we see the static blue "ACCOLADE" in the futuristic font, split up in two parts by a small red line which is positioned at the "E" (intending to look as if a the word was cut in half by a laser).
Variants: Sometimes, the word "PRESENTS" appear under the name. On Bubsy II, Bubsy's paw reaches down, takes the letters "PER", and replaces it with "Purr" to make the word as "Purrsonality". (one of many terrible cat puns featured in the Bubsy games) A copyright stamp appears under the logo, on games such as The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing, Grand Prix Racing and on most games of the Test Drive and HardBall! series. A trademark disclaimer can appear on certain games published from 1992 to 1999. On The Cycles: International Grand Prix Racing, Grand Prix Racing and Bubsy, the small red line does the split of the name itself. An animated version of this logo appears on Bubsy 3D. The logo is shown on an angle between two torches in space with two planets. The camera rotates the opposite way and the logo shines. FX/SFX: None for the main version, the text swap for the Bubsy II variant, the line split for the animated variant and the turning and shine for the later variant.
Music/Sounds: The opening intro of the game, or none.
Music/Sounds Variants: In Bubsy II, a small, Alvin and the Chipmunks-like voice sings "Bubsy, Bubsy, Bubsy, Bubsy Bobcat!"
Availability: Seen on almost every Accolade title, except for Jack Nicklaus 5. The late shiny logo appears still on Deadlock II.
Editor’s Note: None.
2nd Logo (June 8, 2017-)
Nicknames: "The Glowing Accolade",
Availability: Brand new. It first appeared on a teaser trailer for Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back, and it later appeared on the game itself.
Editor’s Note: None.