Wideload Games was an American video game developer located in Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 2003 by Alexander Seropian, the co-founder of Bungie.
The company focused on a core team and many external developers in developing games. The goal was to counteract the growing development costs associated with the current game industry, and to prove that smaller companies with relatively modest funds could make a game that could still sell well compared to releases from larger corporations.
They were acquired by The Walt Disney Company on September 8, 2009. Under the Disney Interactive name, they would develop original video game properties for Disney. After the company underwent corporate restructuring, Wideload was reassigned to make mobile games, beginning with Avengers Initiative, featuring Marvel superheroes. The company was shut down by Disney on March 6, 2014.
(October 18, 2005-August 31, 2010)
Logo: On a blue background, a hippo wearing a headband, sort of, an orange-white striped tank top, and orange shorts, stomps in at the left side of the screen. He stops, inhales and takes a pose like he's on a diving board. He jumps and splashes into the water. The water ripples, revealing the hippo's head and the word "WIDELOAD" with a black outline. The hippo closes its eyes and wiggles its ears, then opens and closes its eyes again quickly.
Technique: 2D Flash animation.
Music/Sounds: A stomping sound when the hippo's jogging, a drumroll, the water splashing and rippling, and a gong crash as the hippo and the logo appear.
Availability: Seen on Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse, Hail to the Chimp, and Guilty Party.