Okay, a bit of bonus content on this one. You see Epic Games has changed its name twice. Founded originally as Potomac Computer Systems in 1991, the studio only developed one game under that name, the top-down adventure game ZZT, powered by text-based graphics and famed for its powerful and versatile level editor. The following year, the company changed its name to the far cooler-sounding--in 1992--Epic MegaGames, shortly before gearing up to develop and publish a slew of titles.
Famously, upbeat platformer Jazz Jackrabbit was one of the earliest games worked on by Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski. Less obviously, Epic also made Jill of the Jungle, a series of early PC platformers, starting in 1992, designed to go up against the likes of iD Software’s Commander Keen franchise. Of course, now we know Epic as the highly successful creator of franchises like Gears, Infinity Blade and Unreal. Perhaps its consistent latter-day acclaim will persuade it to stick the ‘Mega’ back in its name soon. It’s bound to start sounding cool again eventually.