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pokoko said:
Honestly, Bungie. It didn't last but they got Halo, which is why Xbox is still a thing. Wipe Halo from the exclusive list and we're probably looking at a much bleaker history for the Xbox brand. I don't think anything else has that kind of overall effect.


Pretty much this for me. Without Bungie and Halo, I think MS would have scrapped the Xbox project a long time ago.

bonkeng said:
Naughty Dog easily. 

Would have been Bungie but MS lost them. Maybe Bungie became too big for MS to hold onto I guess.

I think it's more of the fact that Bungie wanted to move on from the Halo universe and MS didn't want them to. ND is getting to that point now (i.e. they are a behemoth and their games are selling 10M like TLOU and I believe Uncharted 4 will as well), will Sony be able to hold onto them?



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Looking at first parties...

Bungie. And it's not really close. You may like Naughty Dog's games, or Rare's games on N64, but Nintendo and Sony wouldn't have been that much different without them. I legitimately don't think that the XBox brand would exist today without Bungie.



bungie by activision



Atlus or Naughty Dog.



JWeinCom said:

 I legitimately don't think that the XBox brand would exist today without Microsoft.


Well, definitively a console can't exist without its hardware developer.



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Wright said:

JWeinCom said:

 I legitimately don't think that the XBox brand would exist today without Microsoft.


Well, definitively a console can't exist without its hardware developer.


Huh?  I said nothing like that.  You can read my totally unedited post and see for your self.  Frankly, I resent your manipulation of my words.



I would say Microsoft buying Rare seems to have hurt Nintendo. But it doesnt seem to have helped Microsoft at all. As they have put out nothing but straight garbage.



Bungie. Halo flat out saved the Xbox brand. Without it, there is no Xbox today. You can't say that for Nintendo because it was their own IP that sold the NES. Sony's PS1 sold based on strong third party exclusives which weren't under contract so again, not even close to what Bungie did for Microsoft.



Based on longevity, Naughty Dog. They've managed to produce quality games in every generation and have grown as a developer with each title. They've gone from a developer of good quality games at Sony to an essential selling point of the PS4 with critically acclaimed IP.



As far as first party goes, I'd have to say it's a tie between Bungie and Naughty Dog. While the partnership with Microsoft didn't last very long, the Halo franchise created tons of ground for the Xbox brand to stand on. Naughty Dog wasn't as important to Sony like how Bungie were to Microsoft but they contributed just as much to the Playstation brand when they've made 3 breakout IPs such as Crash Bandicoot, Uncharted, and The Last of Us ...

Overall I'd have to say Rockstar was the best acquistion since Grand Theft Auto was a persistent phenomenon ...

FYI, Rare wasn't acquired by Nintendo. They had a partnership in which Nintendo owned 49% of the stake. Anyways it was a smart idea to dump the rest of it to Microsoft when they turned to crap ...