Aspyr Media

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Background

Aspyr Media is a game company based in Austin, Texas, which specializes in porting video games. At first, they worked with Macintosh only, but later also started porting and publishing games to Windows and Game Boy Advance. The company was acquired by Embracer Group under its subsidiary Saber Interactive in February 2021 and later moved to Embracer Group since March 2024 due to the sale of Saber Interactive to Beacon Interactive.



1st Logo (November 1997-2004)


Visuals: Over a black background, the logo starts with glowing blue dust collected from the lower part of the screen and forming a crudely designed picture of a 6-point star with the word "ASPYR" below it. The logo glows and explodes into dust, which flies in all directions.

Variants: There are several custom variants:

  • There is an early variant where the star and the letters are coming into the screen whirling and then become still in a flash.
  • On SpyHunter, the logo rides on the road, dodges some missile attacks and then rises into the air. There, the logo divides into flying parts and turns into a helicopter, with the star as a rotor, and flies away.
  • On Wakeboarding Unleashed, the logo rides on a wakeboard, which disconnects and sinks. Then the still picture of the logo follows.
  • On Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, the logo rides on an orange trampoline. When it goes too high, it crashes down and the skateboard rolls into the camera, with the logo carved on it.
  • On Activision Anthology for the Game Boy Advance, the logo is still.

Technique: CGI. A still digital graphic for the GBA version.

Audio: A sound of zooming stars, an announcer double whispering "Aspyr", then the sound continues fading out. In the variants, the sounds of events are heard. On the GBA version, only the announcer is heard.

Availability: Seen on several PC games published by Aspyr at the time, and probably on Mac game ports. The normal version appeared on MTX Mototrax and Kelly Slater Pro Surfer.

2nd Logo (2005-2008)


Visuals: There is a formless horizontal line of orange flame. A white glow appears over it and expands into the Aspyr logo, which now looks like a different type of cog-looking star and the name just right to it in a condensed font. When the logo forms, the flame vanishes and the logo then fades out.

Technique: 2D computer animation.

Audio: A hollow sound, with an echoed announcer saying "Aspyr".

Availability: Seen on Spellforce 2, The Shield, and other games.

3rd Logo (2008-2019)


Visuals: The camera moves along a metallic surface made of square patterns with a hole in each square. Some holes are already taken by glowing purple rods, and some more rods fall from the sky to stick in the other holes. Then the camera rises up to the rods forming the star from the Aspyr logo, which makes room for the blue-colored name to zoom in. Each letter of the word "asPyR" looks formed out of multiple rods, just like the star, and shines. Then the complete logo shines and becomes solid.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: The sound of falling rods, then a windy sound and a metallic note, this time with no announcer.

Availability: Seen on Guitar Hero III and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for PC, among other games.

4th Logo (2019-)

Visuals: There is the word "aspyr" with a 4-point star in the top of the "y".

Technique: A still digital graphic.

Audio: None or the opening theme of the game.

Availability: Seen on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed for the Nintendo Switch and Morkredd, among other recent games.