First time poster, long time reader, but don't worry I'm not about to request any songs.
What I am curious about, and I thought this would be the place to get a good response, is some information about the early years of Beam Software / Melbourne House.
I recently did a feature article listing the top 10 games ever developed in Australia, talking about the games themselves, awards they won, and information about the developer themselves (http://www.australiangamer.com/feature.php?id=91).
Through extensive research through company websites, gaming forums, the sumea website and lots of googling, I was able to compile all the information I needed. With one exception.
The relationship between Beam Software and Melbourne House. Initially, from what I can gather, Beam was the developer and Melbourne House was a subsidory of Beam setup to handle publishing. Were they two seperate companies, or one in the same? I read that after Melbourne House was aquired by Masteronic and then Virgin (and subsequently 'Virginised' to reflect the name), it was then relaunched under the Melbourne House name again by Beam Software. Then Atari came in. And Beam dissapeared.
Thats all I've got. The beam software site no longer exists, the melbourne house website just links to a Transformers ad, and I can't seem to find any more information.
Any help here would be much appreciated. Glad to finally be a part of this community, and all the best to everyone in the New Year!