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Stamper departure has absolutely nothing to do with poor Pinata sales, says Microsoft

Chris and Tim Stamper, the two founders of Rare Ltd (of Goldeneye 007 and Banjo-Kazooie fame) have left the company as it enters its 25th year, Microsoft has confirmed.... read more

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Postby steve_2003 » 03 Jan 2007, 11:30

I hope they go on to start a new studio concentrating on platform titles (there don't seem to be many around right now).
As for Rare, They'll be fine, with two senior Rare employees, who have already been working on Rare products for the last 19 years taking over the company (it might even bring a new spark to the new Banjo titles). 8)
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Postby Wriggy » 03 Jan 2007, 11:30

Even though I haven't heard about them till now, The Stampers were responsible for (in my opinion), some of the best games ever produced on a console.

All the games listed (Perfect Dark Zero, Kameo: Elements of Power, Viva Pinata, Conker: Live and Reloaded and Grabbed by the Ghoulies), were all some of my favourite games at one point in the last two years and with Banjo Kazooie (released whenever it's perfect) and Conker 2 (working title) still to come, Rare will continue to impress the gaming nations.
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Postby Trevor_Compton » 03 Jan 2007, 13:36

Sadly i feel this is a move ; and lets face it no sales mean failure so possibley every game that was released for the xbox and the 360 havent exactly preformed sales wise.

Hmmm wonder now did Nintendo know something when they sold their share?
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Postby ianf » 03 Jan 2007, 13:39

You idiots, go and buy Viva Pinata!
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Postby yetiC » 03 Jan 2007, 14:12

I wonder if it's exactly 4 years...

Sounds like they were contractually bound by MS for 4 years... they paid their dues now they can walk away with their money...

And, hopefully, start a new company that makes what they want to make...

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Postby horngreen » 03 Jan 2007, 14:20

Rare feels like Sega to me. Everybody thinks that since they released great games in an earlier decade that anything they touch might be gold. The sad truth is that is just not the case.
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Postby dandoc2 » 03 Jan 2007, 14:20

i would buy pinata if it was any good but it isnt
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Postby ahmer71 » 03 Jan 2007, 15:47

im not surprised,they made s**t games for microsoft
the better half of rare formed free radical of time splitters fame
rare have just gone downhill
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Postby spacelion » 03 Jan 2007, 15:57

horngreen wrote:Rare feels like Sega to me. Everybody thinks that since they released great games in an earlier decade that anything they touch might be gold. The sad truth is that is just not the case.


agreed. these guys made fantastic games for the N64, but their productions since they came under Microsoft's hold have been rather underwhelming.
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Postby darren_mccoy » 03 Jan 2007, 15:58

Nintendo had a helping hand in all of Rare's great games.

It seems to me that they couldn't wait to get away from Microsoft once their contracts were up.

I wonder how long it will be until they start up a Wii exclusive development company.
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Postby monkey_puncher » 03 Jan 2007, 16:52

Viva Pinata's excellent fun though, a hell of a lot better than any of Sega's efforts over the last few years.
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Postby AbnerMaris » 03 Jan 2007, 17:33

spacelion wrote:agreed. these guys made fantastic games for the N64, but their productions since they came under Microsoft's hold have been rather underwhelming.


It's a good point and I think is furthered by the fact that the newest titles have just been marginal improvements on, admittedly very good, last-gen titles. Also I don't think their style of game is ideally suited to the Xbox audience, perhaps with the brothers gone (to a new studio hopefully) there may be a change in direction.
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Postby DaRockwilder1 » 03 Jan 2007, 17:35

horngreen wrote:Rare feels like Sega to me. Everybody thinks that since they released great games in an earlier decade that anything they touch might be gold. The sad truth is that is just not the case.


Don’t talk crap. Sega are still recovering and making great games after people’s stupidity of ignoring one of the best consoles ever and buying the more over hyped consoles instead.

Also have you actually played Viva Pinata.

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Postby tmulford » 03 Jan 2007, 17:58

Seems a lot like the situation when US Gold took over Ultimate. Games like Martianoids and Bubbler were allowed to be released through the label and the Stamper brothers had moved their attentions onto Rare and the NES in Japan. Though I don;t think that the Microsoft take over of Rare was nearly as cynical as US Gold's take over of Ulitmate (they only wanted the back catalogue for budget re-releases).

Hopefully, what it means is that the brothers are moving onto to create a new label and have another studio creating fine games for both the 360 and Wii and Rare will continue it's resurgence with more fine 360 games like Viva Pinata.
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Postby ianf » 03 Jan 2007, 18:01

DaRockwilder1 wrote:
horngreen wrote:Rare feels like Sega to me. Everybody thinks that since they released great games in an earlier decade that anything they touch might be gold. The sad truth is that is just not the case.


Don’t talk crap. Sega are still recovering and making great games
Just don't mention the new Sonic game...
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