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Digital Pictures

Digital Pictures
Digital Pictures, Inc.
1825 South Grant Street Suite 900
San Mateo, CA 94402
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Digital Pictures was a worldwide American video game developer, founded in 1991 by Ken Melville and Tom Zito.

On the Sega CD versions of certain games, if they are played on the systems "audio CD" mode, there is a short track of a phone ringing with a male voice answering "Good afternoon, Digital Pictures", followed by a backwards playback of several voices saying "number nine" ("enin rebmun"), a reference to The Beatles song Revolution 9. The message is a hint for Sewer Shark; if the player turns left (referred to as "niner" in the game) three times the player will not hit a wall.

In the 1980s the company designed the video game, Scene Of The Crime for Hasbro's NEMO video game system that used VHS tapes rather than cartridges, which allowed the game to offer live action and interactive full motion video. While NEMO was not successful, Digital Pictures would later convert this game in 1992 for Sega's new Mega CD home console system under the new name; Night Trap.

Throughout the 1990s, Digital Pictures continued to design interactive full motion video games for the CD-ROM format. Several popular actors, including Mark Wahlberg, Steve Eastin, Corey Haim and Dana Plato, appeared in Digital Pictures games.