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« on: July 14, 2006, 02:45:48 PM »

Just ran across this article at NG which chronicles the rise and fall of some of the best-loved PC game developers - a good (if somewhat depressing) read:

Five That Fell
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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2006, 03:07:40 PM »

Not to mention all of the small developers that were gobbled up by those companies before they fell, like Papyrus & Impressions (in the case of Sierra).
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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2006, 05:12:41 PM »

To me Looking Glass and Origin are the two that I am most sorry to see disappear. They made innovative, fun and unique games that pushed genres forward.

I was thinking about what other companies they could have profiled in that article. It would have been interesting to read about what happend to SSI (prolific computer wargame company), Spectrum Holobyte (originator of the Falcon flight sim) and Microprose.
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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2006, 05:23:02 PM »

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To me Looking Glass and Origin are the two that I am most sorry to see disappear. They made innovative, fun and unique games that pushed genres forward.

I loved both of those companies, and I also greatly miss them.

The Wing Commander series, Thief, the Crusader line, Ultima, etc. All awesome games, all gone.

I blame EA.
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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2006, 06:36:18 PM »

Add Bullfrog to that list, again, EA's fault.
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« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2006, 01:03:01 AM »

Sir-Tech...

The Wizardry franchise of course, a recognized classic.  And the Jagged Alliance series was just tremendous, I cant say enough good things about it.

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« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2006, 04:04:18 AM »

Man I miss Looking Glass Studios...
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« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2006, 06:26:15 AM »

I miss Origin the most.  Origin introduced me to the RPG.  

Great article.
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« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2006, 02:34:46 AM »

I really loved Terra Nova back in the day. Looking Glass really was ahead of their time.

I agree with others.... that article kinda depressed me.
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« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2006, 01:00:55 PM »

It's still around I think, but my all-time favorite developer was Microprose.  Think about it - X-Com, Civ, MOO, MoM, F-19 and so on and so forth.  X-Com and Civ are still in my top 5 all time favorite games...

As for Looking Glass, I remember their message boards getting shut down, at least for Flight Unlimited.  I know who caused it, too...
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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2006, 04:43:54 PM »

Yeah Microprose was great too.

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« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2006, 05:00:24 PM »

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It's still around I think, but my all-time favorite developer was Microprose.  Think about it - X-Com, Civ, MOO, MoM, F-19 and so on and so forth.  X-Com and Civ are still in my top 5 all time favorite games...

Microprose put out a ton of great flight flight sims back in the day...F-15 Strike Eagle, F-19, Harrier, Falcon 3.0, F-14 Fleet Defender, and several more.  F-14 Fleet Defender was the first hardcore flight sim i ever played and i absolutely loved the game...probably the most accurate F-14 sim ever made, and i doubt we'll see another...
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« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2006, 08:07:18 PM »

Out of that list, I miss Sierra the most. Space Quest IV is the first computer game I played at home. I think my Dad bought the thing at a movie store, of all places. It's the reason I play computer games.
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« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2006, 10:26:03 PM »

Speaking of Origin, The Escapist has a great article about Chris Roberts and Wing Commander:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/issue/54/4

Best part was the reaction of the LucasArts people at CES when they saw the first Wing Commander being demoed.

Sadly, instead of making games, Roberts is more interested in chasing his pipe dream of becoming a movie director/producer despite the fact that the one movie he directed, Wing Commander, was a total train Wreck that destroyed the Wing Commander name, and his production company hasn't exactly produced any good movies.
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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2006, 10:29:11 PM »

Wait, so you mean old-school Sierra, right?  I mean, technically, "Sierra" is still around.  Of course, in that case, put old-school Lucasarts on the list, along with Cavedog and Maxis.

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« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2006, 03:55:06 PM »

Whatever happened to Volition, Freespace and Freespace 2 were excelent.
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« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2006, 05:25:36 PM »

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Whatever happened to Volition, Freespace and Freespace 2 were excelent.


Volition hasn't disappeared at all, but they haven't made a space game since Freespace 2 in '99.  Since then they were acquired by THQ and have released Summoner 1&2, Red Faction 1&2, and The Punisher.  They are currently working on Saints Row for release this fall.
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