Acclaim Entertainment was an American based game company founded on March 30, 1987, and closed on September 1st, 2004, after declaring bankruptcy.
- One of the main examples of NES shovelware, alongside LJN, which Acclaim acquired in 1990.
- Poor uses of their licenses, such as their The Simpsons and South Park games.
- Stupid and incompetent decision-making. As can be seen by several marketing campaigns, that an entire page is dedicated to them. An example is when they published Turok: Evolution they would pay money if a person legally renamed themselves or named a newborn baby "Turok".
- Their N64 games had a nasty habit of corrupting the memory pak on boot-up and performing a "repair" that almost always resulted in erasing all the data on it.
- Their PC ports pretty much universally ran atrociously and were filled with bugs.
- Rushed their games, such as Turok: Evolution and Shadow Man: 2econd Coming.
- In later years, Acclaim never paid any of their licenses, leading to them getting sued a lot. They also frequently broke employment contracts, which led to them being sued even more.
- They laid off Iguana Entertainment founder Jeff Spangenberg over money constraints a year before his contract expired (the resulting legal action was settled out of court), who later founded Retro Studios, which went on to make many well-received games such as the Metroid Prime trilogy and Donkey Kong Country Returns.
- This is something of a double-edged sword (or more exactly, a very particular single-edged sword) since Spangenberg also almost destroyed Retro Studios before Nintendo bought out his share of the company. Issues included Spangenberg's rockstar lifestyle, his almost never being present at the company he was supposed to be CEO of, Retro starting out working on four projects at once, turning up in a brand-new Ferrari to lay off half the workforce after Nintendo visited and saw what was actually going on at the company, and having workplace issues up to and including staff running porn sites from Retro's corporate servers and embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
- When Acclaim went bankrupt, they sold off most of their franchises.
On September 1st, 2004, the trademark and logos associated with Acclaim Entertainment were purchased by former Activision CEO Howard Marks for $100,000. He later used these when he formed a new company, Acclaim Games, on January 6, 2006. This company, much like the modern forms of Coleco and Atari, had no actual relation to the old Acclaim. Neither did it own any of Acclaim's old IPs, and instead, it focused on browser-based MMORPGs. It was bought out by Disney subsidiary Playdom in August 2010: three months later, Playdom shut down Acclaim Games.
In 2005, Acclaim's former IPs were put up for sale. The Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX and ATV: Quad Power Racing series were purchased by Crave Entertainment. Juiced was purchased by THQ, Emergency Mayhem was purchased by Codemasters, Interview with a Made Man was purchased by former employees of Acclaim Studios Manchester and The Red Star was purchased by budget publisher XS Games.
In 2006, Throwback Entertainment purchased more than 50 of Acclaim's games, including Re-Volt, Extreme-G, Gladiator: Sword of Vengeance, Vexx, and Fur Fighters. Acclaim's headquarters were sold to Pistilli Realty Group for $6 million in November 2004.
In July 2010, South Korean based company We Go Interactive purchased Re-Volt, RC Revenge, and RC De Go! (developed and owned by Taito) from Throwback.
In October 2018, Liquid Media Group purchased 65 ex-Acclaim titles from Throwback for $1 million, including games from the NBA Jam, AFL Live, All-Star Baseball and NFL Quarterback Club franchises.