A student at University California Berkley, Rob Fulop was hired by Atari in 1979 where he developed home versions of Night Driver (1980), Space Invaders (1980) and Missile Command (1981)--which sold over 2.5 million copies. Rob Fulop left Atari in 1981 to co-found Imagic with William FX Grubb and eight former employees of Atari and Mattel.
While at Imagic, Rob Fulop designed three more blockbuster classics: Demon Attack (1982)--which was Imagic’s best selling title in addition to being voted Video Game of the Year by Billboard in 1982, Cosmic Ark (1982)--sold over one million copies, and Fathom (1983). Due to his accomplishments, Rob Fulop was named Video Game Designer of Year in 1983.
From 1983 to 1988, Rob Fulop was an independent producer of interactive entertainment with his online game RabbitJack’s Casino. The game was an big hit for America Online and was later ported to four platforms.
Rob Fulop was largely responsible for the birth of FMV (Full Motion Video) games through two of his best selling hits: Sewer Shark and Night Trap. These titles were born during his time between 1986 and 1988 at Hasbro. Both titles were meant to play on a Hasbro Interactive Videotape system that was never released. As a result of the Hasbro system falling through, both titles were later released on platforms such as Sega CD under the Digital Pictures brand.
1990 was a huge year for Rob Fulop when he Co-founded the “multimedia gulch” PF Magic, a name with several meanings depending on who was asking. According to Rob, the meaning of the name included: Positive Future (told to Venture capitalists), People Find (told to strategic partners, such as AT&T), Partially Funded (told to people we owed money to), Perpetually Fighting (told to employees, when they asked why everything seemed so difficult at times, and why did so many smart people have so many different opinions) and Pizza Friends (told just for fun).
PF Magic developed 3rd Degree (1992) and Max Magic (1994) for the Philips CD-I. In 1995, Max Magic won the Melia Award for "Best New Entertainment Title". With a growing design team, Rob Fulop invented the computer pet as co-designer on Dogz. The game was a massive success and spawned the following sequels: Catz, Oddballz, Dogz II and Catz II. The series has sold over two million copies world-wide, receiving numerous awards including the Oppenheimer Platinum Award of 1997. PF Magic was purchased by the Learning Company/Mindscape in 1997 and later purchased by current rights holder, Ubisoft, of which the Petz line is now published by.
These days Rob Fulop is focusing on Internet based gaming, developing games for the future of the interactive entertainment industry. He founded Perchance in 2004, developing online flirting applications through social networks. Rob's recent game, Actionauts (2008), was an unfinished game from the 80's that Rob completed and released in 2008 as a home brew title. Rob has been featured in Rolling Stones, Newsweek, Forbes and Wired Magazine.
In addition to Rob's amazing port of Missile Command which captures the magic of its arcade counterpart and his revolutionary Dogz series which paved the way for modern hits such as Nintendogs--his willingness to take risks to deliever a unique gaming experience has found him in the Video Game Saga Hall of Fame.