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Background: High Voltage Software is a video gaming company that produces games for many systems, such as the NBA Inside Drive series, Paperboy, etc.

1st Logo

Nickname: "The High Voltage Tower"

Logo: We see an electrical tower in front of the stormy sky. The thunder occurs around and the lightning hits the tower. Then we switch to the side view with the tower standing left and the horizontal pod with the white sign saying High Voltage Software (1995)"DANGER" in red box and "HIGH VOLTAGE" in black below. The sign then flips open, revealing the lower part with "SOFTWARE" handwritten in messy red font.

FX/SFX: The thunder lightning and the sign flipping out.

Music/Sounds: Thundering and electric zapping, then the creaking of old sign.

Availability: Appeared only on Vid Grid for Jaguar.

Editor's Note: None.

2nd Logo
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Nickname: "High Voltage Tower II"

: We see a box containing a dark-blue sky background with an electrical tower (like the ones you see near factories). The words


are shown curved around the tower. Two yellow and black strips of warning tape with "DANGER!!! HIGH VOLTAGE!!!" written on them in red slide in from the top and bottom sides of the screen, and four
electrical bolts shoot out from the tower four times, each in a diagonal corner of the screen. The warning strips slide away.

: The electricity.

: The start of the menu theme for whatever game it appears in, along with the thunderclap.

Availability: Seen on High Voltage games of the time, like NBA Jam: Tournament Edition and White Men Can't Jump for the Atari Jaguar.

Editor's Note: None.

3rd Logo

Nicknames: "High Voltage Tower III", "The Lightning-Struck Tower"

Logo: We see a sign saying "Danger High Voltage" on a fence as we zoom out to see the electrical tower from before. Lightning strikes the tower as the logo zooms out once again, we then see the tower inside of a box on a metal wall, with the same High Voltage Software text from before underneath it, which is surging with yellow electricity before turning blue.

FX/SFX: CGI animation and the electricity.

Music/Sounds: Electric sounds throughout.

Availability: Currently only known to be on Tempest X3 for PSX.

Editor's Note: None.

4th Logo

Nickname: "The High Voltage Tower IV"

Logo: A high voltage sign appears, not like the one in the next logo, and a laser carves out a section. The section falls, revealing the electrical tower and the area around it rusts and bubbles. It bulges out on the bottom, making the sign move a bit, and then crashes through, revealing the text in yellow before becoming blue.

FX/SFX: The sign rusting and forming of the logo.

Music/Sounds: The sounds of bursting medal and lasers.

Availability: Appeared on NCAA Basketball 97.

Editor's Note: None.

5th Logo (
Lego Racers Variant)
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: "Lego Mini-figure"

Logo: Starting with a dark screen, we hear footsteps. The screen brightens to reveal a Lego mini-figure in an electric worker's outfit, walking and smiling and he goes to a switch. He struggles to pull it for a few seconds and then he does it. We hear sparks and the mini-figure's face turns to wonder and then happiness as the camera zooms in on his face. In the next scene we see the High Voltage Software sign in darkness. Then, as the lights flicker on, the camera rotates to have the logo in the center. We remain on the same shot, with a skyline in the background, and then the camera fades to black. The logo itself reads as follows: On a white square, "DANGER" is in white lettering in a red ellipse on top. "HIGH VOLTAGE SOFTWARE" is black and each word in read top to bottom, except for "SOFTWARE" which is sideways on the right side.

FX/SFX: The footsteps, machinery, and sparks.

Music/Sounds: We don't hear music until after the mini-figure finishes pulling the lever. It is a slightly eerie synth note. At present time, it sounds like a choir can be faintly heard near the end.

Availability: Only appears on Lego Racers for the PC, PlayStation and Nintendo 64.

Editor's Note: This logo is a favorite among Lego fans.

6th Logo (Paperboy Variant)

Nickname: "Short Circuited"

Logo: On a black background, the Paperboy from the game appears, riding his bike. We then pan down to the dog, which is chasing him. The camera then switches to 2 electrical towers and a power switch with the HVS shield below the switch on the sign. The Paperboy throws a newspaper at the switch, turning on the towers and shocking the dog. He then lies on the ground and the switch turns as we zoom in on the logo. A lightning bolt scans the screen.

FX/SFX: The animation in the logo, which is made of simple polygons.

Music/Sounds: Wheel-creaking and the whining of fried dog, with a horn theme all through it. Crackling is heard at the end.

Availability: Appeared only on Paperboy for Nintendo 64.

Editor's Note: None.

7th Logo

Nickname: "The High Voltage Tower V"

Logo: Through an optic device, we observe soldiers moving across the orange surface, when the large electric tower rises up and takes all the view. Then the device power-offs and the close-up view of the HVS shield appears, which zooms to normal position.

FX/SFX: Animation of the soldier figures and the tower, not very complicated.

Music/Sounds: Minor wind and talking.

Availability: Appears only on Ground Control: Dark Conspiracy.

Editor's Note: None.

8th Logo

Nickname: "Electricity Factory"

Logo: At a power plant, we see sparks and bolts of lightning strike it. It zooms out a bit before quickly zooming into the sign, which a rusted version of the HVS shield, which the camera shakes a bit after that. Sparks rain down over the logo and more bolts appear in the background.

FX/SFX: The bolts, the zooming-in, and everything what is happening in the factory.

Music/Sounds: Various electricity sounds, which features a 11-note horn fanfare in the background.

Availability: Only appeared on Disney's Stitch: Experiment 626.

Editor's Note: None.

9th Logo
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Nickname: "Bug Zapper"

Logo: On a black background, the High Voltage Software logo fades in, before fading into a darker environment with the logo on it, with rust around it and swinging back and forth. It then zooms out to reveal that it's on a bug zapper, hanging above a old porch with broken windows and insects flying around it, with one being shocked. We then cut to a close up shot of a bron bug with a cigar in it's mouth, goggles over it's eyes and the left wing shell has "DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR" and the other one have a skull and crossbones and saying below it "LIVE FREE OR DIE", both being in a grungy white font. We zoom out from him to reveal a swarm of wasps, dragonflies, and other insects flying through a forest. They swerve off screen and then we cut back to the porch, but in a wider shot, where a bug gets shocked and then the swarm goes into it. They then all get shocked, with proves too much for the zapper and explodes, sending the brown bug off the screen, the windows burned out, and the porch with burn marks as the remains of the zapper swing back and forth, sending a few jolts before falling off and hitting the ground. We then cut to the bug zapper remains and zoom in onto the High Voltage Software logo, where remain there for the rest of the logo as a lone firefly lights up the logo before flying away and fading to black.

FX/SFX: All the motion in the logo.

Music/Sounds: Sounds of zaps and buzzing heard throughout the logo, a dramatic orchestral theme when we cut to the swarm, an explosion when the bug zapper blows up, and then sounds of rusty swinging when the zapper swings.

Availability: Seen on Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance, the Gamecube version of Disney's The Haunted Mansion, and other games of the era.

Editor's Note: None.

10th Logo
(2003- )

Nickname: "The Nerdy Kid"

Logo: We see a kid with glasses in a room, who's looking through a pile of games that he has. He then pulls out a disc that has the company logo from
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before on it. He puts it in his game console and begins playing it, until his TV begins to shake. It surges with electricity, and shoots out a bluish light, leaving the kid with an amazed face as the camera zooms in on his glasses, where we see logo on a black background, surging with electricity.

FX/SFX: Cartoon animation.

Music/Sounds: A rock theme starting when the kid finds the disc with the logo on it, but we here the sounds of birds chirping beforehand, and we also hear several video game sound effects and electrical surges throughout.

Availability: Currently only known to be on the console versions of Codename: Kids Next Door: Operation V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Iron Man 2, and Ben 10: Protector of Earth. Still in use today.

Editor's Note: None.

11th Logo
(2004, 2006)

Nickname: "Glowing Blocks"

Logo: On a black space, several glowing blocks with red outlines float and join together, zoom inside, then form the HVS shield in the middle.

FX/SFX: The blocks moving.

Music/Sounds: Small swishing sounds.

Availability: Appeared on Leisure Suit Larry: Magna *** Laude and Blitz Overtime for PSP.

Editor's Note: None.

12th Logo

Logo: The flames open the view on the red-haired game character shown from behind. Then he looks back and we immediately zoom close into his eyes. He produces a game card and throws in at the screen. The card flips several times and becomes the HVS shield logo.

FX/SFX: Cartoon animation.

Music/Sounds: Mainly "whoosh" in various tones.

Availability: Appeared only on Duel Masters.

Editor's Note: None.

13th Logo
(2006- )

Nickname: "Key Drive".

Logo: On a black background, we see the logo as we zoom on a mechanical arm coming out from the left side of the logo, it begins rotating and mildly
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surging with electricity, we then see the logo zoomed out again as two mechanical arms (the one from before and another one on the right side) shock the logo with electricity, then retreat back into it. The logo then slowly zooms out and fades out.

FX/SFX: CGI animation.

Music/Sounds: Sounds of electrical surges throughout.

Availability: Currently only known to be on the console versions of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy and all versions of Family Guy.

Editor's Note: This is a pretty cool logo.

14th Logo

Nickname: "Metal Patch Circuit"

Logo: There is the steel-patched HVS shield. Two fire streams move and meet at the center, causing the logo to vibrate and slowly zoom in, while the horizontal power line descends over it.

FX/SFX: Fire streaks and effects.

Music/Sounds: The noise.

Availability: Appears on Harvey Birdman for all platforms, and Tom Clancy's GRAW 2 for PSP.

Editor's Note: None.

15th Logo

Logo: A hand pulls out a orb that shines light on a rune, with the symbol of the game itself with the High Voltage Software logo over it in gold. The logo and symbol then take up the screen and the logo shines to it's correct colors as the background fades to white.

FX/SFX: The light, the logo changing colors.

Music/Sounds: The orb making sounds as it scans and electric sounds when the logo appears on full screen.

Availability: Seen on The Conduit.

Editor's Note: None.

16th Logo

Logo: The logo shield slowly zooms in, with thunder and lightning in the background.

FX/SFX: Lightning animation.

Music/Sounds: Thundering sounds.

Availability: Seen on Captain America and Conduit 2.

Editor's Note: None.

17th Logo

Logo: On a purple stage, the HVS shield is seen, pulsing and emitting reflections in joint with the music beats. Three lights descent above. After some beating, the logo suddenly explodes and dissolves into particles.High Voltage Software (2011)

FX/SFX: Logo pulsing and colors switching.

Music/Sounds: Disco beat music synchronized with shield beating.

Availability: Seen on Victorious: Time to Shine, Nickelodeon Dance and Country Dance 2.

Editor's Note: None.

18th Logo

Logo: In a dark space, we see a small orange square and blue rectangle. The latter flips and multiplies, and the HVS logo appears on its place, deforming and twitching at random parts. Small blue squares and stars flash around. The logo ends when the orange square poses at the right side and begins to constantly flash.

FX/SFX: Computer square animation.

Music/Sounds: Beeping and clicking sounds.

Availability: Seen on Toy Story Mania for PS3.

Editor's Note: None.