Originally Posted by MrPokeylope
If you kept abreast of recent developments, you'll have read embittered ex-rare employees, dishing on what really happened.
Cancellations everywhere. Every unique project and opportunity Microsoft had to make their moneys worth from the developer was scuppered, by some nameless higher up that didn't want them making that.
Developers are people too. You take a project someone has dumped their creativity and soul into and cancel it, you might as well be burning your money. Every bit of talent was shown the door, and morons replaced them.
Rareware were killed. By microsoft. Microsoft deserve the massive hit they took (375 mill) and I hope they never make it back.
Nintendo were the right backer for Rare. Nowadays Sony or Microsoft aren't the right backer for anyone unless you're onto a successful gore-fest that already has some semblance of an established fanbase. Otherwise you're just putting a time-bomb on your studios doors.
It's the same old story wherever you go, some innovator comes up with a great idea and system, it makes a tonne of money that larger companies want a slice of the pie. They buy the right of the guy and then start charging a ****load for the same or even an inferior service than before! That system then survived from the small group of people who still want to use it; or it dies.
The corporations then keep their eyes open for the next big thing.
For instance anime, the japanese studios dont really have any interest in broadcasting or selling ovreseas at all. But anime fans from around the world download the fansub episodes. US broadcasters see which ones are the most popular ones, buy the license from japanese studios and then start shouting that it belongs to them and tries to force fansubs to stop subbing.
The irony being that the fansub translations are far superior to the american subs; if you are lucky for it to get subbed! The americanised versions of anime are usually so bad that even some hardcore fans refuse to watch them cos they are so bad!
Back on-topic, will be interesting to see what all this fuss is about, I mean an actor not being allowed to appear in another company's advert? What's going on. I guess $ony's TOS has spread to the ownership or rather licensing of people now "You work for $ony, $ony now owns you!"