|Founded||September 18, 1981|
|Headquarters||South Barrington, Illinois|
Action Graphics, Inc. was a development company based in South Barrington, Illinois, United States, owned by Bob Odgon.
In 1983, Elaine and Richard Ditton, fresh off from his arcade success with Tapper and Journey, of Marvin Glass and Associates, John Jaugilas, Lonnie Ropp and Joe Bak, a graphic artist at Rock-Ola and David Thiel, who found success with Q*bert of Gottlieb joined the company. They shut down in 1985. Odgon founded two companies, which include Ogdon Micro Design and Mammoth Micro Productions, while the Dittons and Thiel founded Incredible Technologies, with Lonnie Ropp. The company is best known for Winter Games and Rock 'n Bolt, but Action Graphics also brought out ports of existing games like Beamrider. The company started off developing titles for Bally Astrocade.
A great deal of games they developed did not have credits, but this is the reason why early days of game development were uncommon to have credits.
David Thiel created a sound driver called DDTSS (David Dwyer Thiel Sound System). The driver was later carried on by Incredible Technologies, its spiritual successor and Softie. Music has to be entered in assembly.
David Thiel created their sound engine that was designed for their games. Like his C64 music, music was written in assembly.
The following composers worked at Action Graphics:
- David Thiel
- Elaine Hodgson
- Richard Ditton
- Russell Lieblich
- Scot Norris - Composer, wrote sound for Bally Astrocade games.