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it's official - microsoft buys rare
Matthew Leverton
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January 1999
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The Press Release

I wonder what people's views here are...

Reading about it on the web, I find a lot of ironic thoughts. Just last month, you ask a GC fanatic, what they thought of Rare - they would have said "One of the best 2nd party developers Nintendo has!" Now, you ask a GC fanatic, and they think Rare is just a company that is past it's prime and Nintendo still 'r0x3rs' and Xbox still sucks because, well, of course it must, because my l33t friend said it did!

Peter Hull
Member #1,136
March 2001

A bit gushing, in the way of all true press-releases.
Didn't Rare used to be called Ultimate play the game or was that someone else?
Anyway, it shows that MS is pretty serious - from what I hear Xbox isn't doing too well outside north america, so they need some high profile developers on board. Typical tactics from them too, basically stopping anyone else getting Rare games rather than actually making anything new.

Pete

Matt Smith
Member #783
November 2000

Goddammit!

I was just about to apply for a job as a GBA programmer there.

[Edit] Yes they were Ultimate, Play The Game!

the_y_man
Member #1,770
December 2001
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I was just about to apply for a job as a GBA programmer there.

Why dont you show us off your skills by making AllegGBA? (a warpper for doing screen related stuff, i dont wanna learn how to mess with the bits:P)

Matt Smith
Member #783
November 2000

That is part of the plan, unfortunately I don't have a GBA yet, or an online server (plus PHP skills) which are a crucial part of my scheme to port Allegro to lots of new platforms

The GBA could comfortably handle most of Allegro, it would be a full port, which may or may not be suitable (depending on size) for inclusion directly in the Allegro lib.

Dark
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November 2000
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Woohoo! Perfect Dark 2 on XBOX! :) WOOHOO no more Rare wasting time on cartoony games with Nintendo's Mascot.

Matt, just get VisualBoyAdvance, it's a good GBA emulator. :)

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phate
Member #2,235
April 2002
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So what happens to Donkey Kong? His rights are currently owned by Rare?
What about Conker?! what about (_insert fav Rare Game here_)?!

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Dark
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November 2000
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Conker and Perfect Dark belong to Rare. Donkey Kong belongs to Nintendo.

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nonnus29
Member #2,606
August 2002
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I was just about to apply for a job as a GBA programmer there.

Do you really think they are going to stop producing games for the gameboy advance just because M$ bought them? I doubt it.

I didn't even know who Rare was until yesterday.

Matthew Leverton
Supreme Loser
January 1999
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Unless Microsoft has plans for their own handheld system, it wouldn't be surprising if they allowed 2nd party developers to develop GBA games.

I'm not sure which games / characters are all owned by Rare. Obviously enough of them are being transfered to Microsoft for them to shell out big $ for it.

Dark
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November 2000
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Conker and Perfect Dark were creations of rare. The Kongs were created by Shigeru Miyamoto.

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nonnus29
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August 2002
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Wow that was really cool, half my post disappeared.....

EDIT: thats okay you can see it all here....
Nevermind....

Dark
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November 2000
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It looks better now though. :) You flame people and call them gay, and tell them to get a life.. and YOU are taking screenshots of your posts? ::)

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nonnus29
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August 2002
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It was a joke, but I took it down because it didn't look "right".

I just thought it was interesting that my post had been edited for content is all. What are we even doing here if thats the case? The powers that be and all......

Dark
Member #749
November 2000
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Funny part is how you left out what you said. :P

BTW..
Here's a gamespot article covering it.
http://gamespot.com/gamespot/stories/news/0,10870,2881404,00.html

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Thomas Harte
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April 2000
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My early memories (all four or five years after the event, I'm not that old) of Ultimate Play the Game are of a reputation of innovation and technical excellence with all the usually quoted examples - JetPac, Lunar Jetman, Sabrewulf, Knight Mare, etc.

My memories of Rare as a nintendo controlled company are of increasingly formulaic and correspondingly dull platform games.

I hope they return to form now that Microsoft are in charge, but if they are planning to release titles for the X-Box only, I don't suppose either myself or anyone I've ever met will ever know :)

23yrold3yrold
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March 2001
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Lunar Jetman

Solar Jetman, you mean. At least in North America. I still have that game, along with a lot of other Rare games that top my favorites list. I heard about this a week ago; not sure what to think of it yet .....

Rare is the greatest.

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Cheradenine Zakalwe
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March 2002
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TH> My early memories (all four or five years after the event, I'm not that old) of Ultimate Play the Game are of a reputation of innovation and technical excellence with all the usually quoted examples - JetPac, Lunar Jetman, Sabrewulf, Knight Mare, etc.

Christ! I didn't even know ANY remnant of Ultimate still existed!! they sure made some classics..

and I think you mean Knight Lore!

kdevil
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March 2001
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Too bad about Perfect Dark 2, that sounded like something I'd want to get.

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Cheradenine Zakalwe
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March 2002
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Too bad about Perfect Dark 2, that sounded like something I'd want to get

Hmm It's too bad all round really when a good developer gets bought out and then only works for one platform exclusively...

that's why i thought that comment about 'pushing the envelope of creativity' bit was kinda kaka
...

I mean they did back in the day but I bet they won't now that Big Brother is looking over their shoulder...

Dark
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November 2000
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Suddenly Joanna Dark is Joanna Gates.

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Cheradenine Zakalwe
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March 2002
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Suddenly Joanna Dark is Joanna Gates.

Urrgh! Man I just went cold all over like someone walked on my grave... :P

Errg I feel all weird now...

phate
Member #2,235
April 2002
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your dead?

well I guess that explains the avatar...

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23yrold3yrold
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March 2001
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I'll make this a link now so I don't keep wasting everyone's bandwidth. ;)

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Do you really think they are going to stop producing games for the gameboy advance just because M$ bought them? I doubt it.

Well, from Matthew's press release up there ....

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Under terms of the $375 million cash transaction, Rare will today begin creating exclusive console gaming blockbusters for Xbox.

s0x0r :'(

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Bob
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September 2000
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Hmm, SlashDot got their news from Google news. Apparently it's become a recursive process now.

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