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Loaded up my PS1 emulator and first games I saw were a couple of my favorite games as a kid. Nowhere near the levels of the Metal Gear Solid's or Final Fantasy VII's of the PS1 era, but as a kid, I loved these games. It was Croc: Legend of the Gobbos and The Emperor's New Groove. No idea why I loved them so much as a kid lol but they were made by the same studio, Argonaut Software, or Argonaut Games as they rebranded by 2000. I wondered what happened to them and apparently they went defunct by 2004 :(

Made me wonder, what are some other video game studios we loved that just don't exist anymore?

I decided to make a top 5. My first choice is Argonaut Software, but I also loved

Ensemble Studios (I would've chosen Westwood Studios but I prefer AoE over C&C)
Acclaim Entertainment (specifically Acclaim Studios Austin where I remember them as Iguana Entertainment)
Neversoft (pre-Guitar Hero days)
And of course, Midway

What are yours? 

Feel free to name as many studios as you'd like. 

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Pandemic Studios stands out to me. The first two Battlefront games are classics.

Lifetime Sales Predictions 

Switch: 144 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million, then 125 million)

PS5: 105 million Xbox Series S/X: 60 million

PS4: 120 mil (was 100 then 130 million, then 122 million) Xbox One: 51 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)

3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)

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Pandemic, the Mercenaries games were some of my favorites as a kid. Ensemble is a good one too, I loved the first Halo Wars game. 

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Acclaim, they made some duds, but Acclaim and Rare kept Nintendo afloat in between first party releases during the N64 days.

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Squaresoft and Free Radical.

1 killed by a merger, the other killed by 1 bad game.

Konami.. RIP 2015.


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hinch said:

Konami.. RIP 2015.

That one hurts deep

My childhood favorites;

LucasArts (Grim Fandango, Monkey Island)
Sierra (Kings Quest, Space Quest, etc)
MicroProse (Civilization, Transport Tycoon, Grand Prix series)
Bullfrog (Populous, Theme Park, Dungeon Keeper)