Kirin Entertainment

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Kirin Entertainment was a subsidiary of retailer Digital Stuff, Inc. created by Jason Chen in 1994 and based in Fremont, California. Kirin initially published titles for the 3DO, notably the 3DO version of Plumbers Don't Wear Ties, but would move on to the PC late in its life. The company closed in 1998/early-1999 after failing to sell the PlayStation title Incubust to a publisher; it was supposedly acquired by Tecmo, but remains unreleased.

1st Logo (September 30, 1994)

Visuals: On a black background, as the logo fades in, there is a white swirl. The swirl "unwinds" to reveal the Kirin Entertainment logo (a bunch of white planks with screws in them that form the letters that spell "KIRIN", and the word "E N T E R T A I N M E N T" (with part of the A, all of the I, and part of the second N covered up by the tip of the R in "KIRIN"). After about six seconds, the Kirin Entertainment logo "winds" back up again into another white swirl.

Technique: 2D swirl effects, which were seemingly done in a video editor.

Audio: An electronic drumbeat combined with odd, psychedelic synth drones, followed by a deep voice saying the company name and then unintelligibly chanting "Kirin" twice.

Availability: Only seen on the 3DO version of the infamous Plumbers Don't Wear Ties.

Legacy: It's seen as infamous for its strange concept and the game that it opens.

2nd Logo (September 16, 1996)

Visuals: Over a black background is the "KIRIN" text from before, this time in marble green and lacking screws and the word "ENTERTAINMENT", below an abstract griffin, all revealed from the left. It then immediately fades to the Game Guild logo.

Technique: CGI effects.

Audio: An ascending synth drone, which is part of the opening theme.

Availability: Seen on the 3DO port of The Perfect General.

3rd Logo (April 16, 1998)

Visuals: On a black background is the "KIRIN E N T E R T A I N M E N T" logotype in a similar fashion to the first logo alongside the griffin from the previous logo, looking like it's carved out of ice.

Technique: A still, computerized graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: Seen on Esoteria: Techno-Assassin of the Future for the PC.

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