>How the heck did Ocean get taken over, I don't remember >reading about financial difficulties or anything like that and afaik >Ocean were one of the biggest developer/publishers in their >day!
Ocean didn't make enough inroads into PC/PSX/SATURN development. Their main income was Amiga, NES and SNES, Ocean and Infogrammes merged, but it was the Infogrammes name that stayed.
>As for Gremlin who's funsoft?
German company, who in 1994 owned 25% of Gremlin Interactive. They later bought Gremlin out completly.
>What about other houses/developers i.e 21st Century etc.. it >seems Eidos rose from Tombraider and grew quickly to be one >of the biggest
21st Century Entertainments used to be know as Hewson Consultants (Hewson), they died twice before coming back as 21st. As far as I know, they are no longer around.
Eidos was an American company that bought out: Domark, Core Design, U.S. Gold, CentreSoft (Distribution), plus several development teams.