|Headquarters||Garland, Texas, USA|
|Other Names||Apogee Software, Ltd., Pinball Wizards|
3D Realms is the current name of a company originally named Apogee Software, Ltd.. The company was developing video games as early as 1986, though they didn't officially become a company until 1987. They quickly rose to one of the most popular video game distributors for the DOS platform due to their successful use of the shareware sales model. With the rise of 3D gaming, in 1994 Apogee decided to start publishing under the name 3D Realms, yet the company's legal name remained Apogee Software, Ltd., and some games continued to be released under the Apogee name until 1996. On July 14, 2008, Apogee Software, LLC was formed in order to re-publish the 3D Realms and Apogee Software catalog on modern machines. On May 6th, 2009, due to an economic downturn, 3D Realms fired its development staff and now focuses solely on game publication rather than new development.
For the vast majority of the DOS games released from 1991 to 1994 use the sound engine devised by Jason Blochowiak and incorporate IMF music, usually converted from MIDI files. Later DOS releases from around 1994-1996 used a sound engine developed by Jim Dosé which incorporated EMIDI music. As 3D Realms was also a publishing house, many games developed by outside companies used various other drivers.
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