In Depth: Throwback Entertainment

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Throwback Entertainment is a company that you might not have heard of. But I am certain that you’ve heard of the some of the game titles that they have in their library. The company was founded in 2004 by Thomas Maduri (current company Chairman) and Robert Maduri (current company President) and was best known for purchasing the Acclaim library which consisted of over 180 titles.

But they’ve become so much more than that now.

Now they are in the midst of bringing classic games that people who grew up playing on platforms such as Super Nintendo and Sony PS2 will remember, and porting them to modern platforms such as PC. Take for example Gladiator – Sword of Vengeance which I remember playing on the PS2 platform way too many years ago. A game like this appeals to me because while I like the latest Call Of Duty installment, I still have a PS2 because to me, gameplay isn’t just about how cool the graphics look and how I can interact with 30 of my closest online “friends.” It’s about playing the game and enjoying the experience. Along with simply making it to the end of the game and the feeling of accomplishment that brings. And that’s what Jeff Zukowski who is the Director of Operations for Throwback Entertainment is seeing as well. When I spoke to him last week it was clear to me that his strategy of bringing back titles like these and putting them onto platforms such as Windows 10, iOS and XBox One is a home run waiting to be hit as I am far from the only person who longs for these sort of games. What’s really cool about Throwback Entertainment is that they’re a Canadian company based in Southern Ontario right in the “innovation corridor.” The good news about that is that they have no issue finding people to develop these games. The bad news about that is that the make deals, almost everything is a flight to California or Washington State. But despite that, this company is really making noise, and will continue to do so. My advice is to keep an eye on them.

Now if you excuse me, I’m going to play Gladiator – Sword of Vengeance to unwind from holiday shopping.




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