As a huge Rare fan and an old time Nintendo fan I needed to correct this issue with online judgement. I have been reading a lot lately on how many in the community have been misled to believe MS was the destroyer of Rare LTD. Since MS purchased Rare back in 2002, a lot of the quality has disappeared from what use to be the best in the industry. Well here's a history lesson for those uninformed.
Those who have been around Gaming for many years, through-out the 80s and 90s especially would know that Rare was founded by Tim and Chris Stamper, (Development Legends) and they ran the company through Rare's heydays and gave the company direction. They were the real deals to why Rare were so good.
Well I figured ill dig up some actual info since many seem to have a hard time to accept the fate of a brand and instead just want to do the blame game, because its easy to point the finger.
Quote from Wiki
Game development costs gradually increased, and Nintendo did not provide Rare with more capital nor did they purchase the company's remaining stake. According to Rare founders Tim and Chris Stamper, they were surprised that Nintendo did not directly acquire the studio. Rare then looked for potential buyers. In early 2000, workers from Activision and Microsoft began visiting Rare with purchase offers. Rare was interested in Activision's offer, but the deal collapsed and on 24 September 2002 Microsoft purchased Rare for $375 million.
Ex-Rare Employee Gavin Price
"For me, it was more about [Rare founders] Tim and Chris Stamper leaving. There was no sense of progression about what the company was going to do from that point on. The story people want to hear is that Microsoft came in and destroyed everything. It wasn't like that. They gave us freedom, almost more freedom than Nintendo gave us."
So not only did Nintendo stop funding Rare, they also let them go to be brought out, And with Tim and Chris no longer at Rare as they retired in 2006 that's when the company started to lose its way. Rare has been the object of mistreatment way before MS were involved.
Well there you have it fellow gamers, I probably just broke a few haters hearts, but they will thank me for the education.Last edited by Azzanation - on 12 August 2018