Case in point: I was looking through an old computer box recently and ran across a Spring 1983 catalog from a Canadian company called Software Magic. I had completely forgotten that this company ever existed, and I never actually bought anything from them. But I do have a vague memory of seeing this small advertisement in a TRS-80 computer magazine back in the day (reproduced here from the catalog's cover):
My younger self apparently anted up the $1 for the catalog, which advertised a number of titles -- three adventure games, and a number of generic arcade games with names like Muncher, Sea Wolf, Space Defender, and Kong. Software Magic also published a series of fantasy role-playing games under the moniker FAROPS, all in the $15-$20 price range.
Here's the complete catalog -- two sides, photocopied, with no screenshots or box art; you should be able to click on the images for a closer view:
What's odd is that I have not been able to confirm that ANY of Software Magic's products actually exist. The company was clearly operating circa the early 1980's, but their titles were apparently not well-distributed, and therefore not widely
Software Magic, we hardly knew ye.