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Bernard "Bernie" Stolar is an American businessman who worked in the video game industry for several important companies. His career started at Atari where he worked initially in the coin-op arcade division and eventually moved over to the home division in charge of platforms like Atari Lynx. He served as President of the company. He also founded Pacific Novelty, an arcade cabinet manufacturer that produced four games: Shark Attack, Thief, NATO Defense, and The Amazing Adventures of Mr. F. Lea.

Before the U.S. release of the PlayStation home console, Sony made Stolar the first executive vice president of SCEA where he was in charge of business development and all content on the PlayStation platform.

The PlayStation sold well during its first holiday season in the U.S., and Bernie, after leaving Sony, accepted an opportunity to helm Sega of America. After the Saturn's failure in North America, Bernie pressed Sega of Japan for a new console, one which would eventually become the Dreamcast.

Stolar is remembered for remarking at the 1997 E3, two years after the Saturn's release, that "the Saturn is not our future" and that he would not allow Namco to release new Tekken games on the Saturn in North America during a televised interview. Namco had already confirmed support for Sega's console starting with Soul Calibur, prompting confusion regarding what he was trying to say. He worked with Namco so they wouldn't release Tekken on Saturn but instead release the game on Dreamcast. The Tekken line was likely a stab against Sony and its next generation plans, as Namco later confirmed that the PlayStation 2 would receive Tekken games.

Insider reports suggest that Stolar overruled his Japanese superiors by pricing the Dreamcast for launch at $199. Reportedly, Sega of Japan wanted to set the price at $249 to generate profits immediately. The launch of the Dreamcast was the most successful commercial console launch in the history of gaming selling over US$300mln of hardware and software in its first week of launch.

In December 1999, Stolar joined Mattel as President.

In late 2005, Stolar became an advisor and director at Adscape Media, an in-game advertising company. His support contributed to securing venture capital in early 2006, establishing key relationships with game producers, and the company's eventual acquisition by Google in early 2007.[1] Stolar has been serving as Google's Game Evangelist since the sale of the company.

On October 5, 2006, Oasys Mobile, Inc. announced that Stolar would assume the role of Lead Director.

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