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Old 13 September 2004, 01:37   #1
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Acclaim have filed for bankruptcy

Reported in our local paper this morning (although a quick Google news search indicates that the news has been known for a couple of weeks)

Game company Acclaim (responsible for stuff like Mortal Kombat and Alien 3) have gone belly up.

http://games.slashdot.org/games/04/0...tid=127&tid=98

R.I.P Acclaim
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Old 13 September 2004, 02:02   #2
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"Another one, bites the dust..."


Let's all celebrate this moment with a minute of silence... or a few hours of playing MK
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Old 13 September 2004, 07:04   #3
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maybe some strong company like EArts will buy them
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Old 13 September 2004, 14:57   #4
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No point, it is always cheaper to get the developers out of work for peanuts.
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Old 13 September 2004, 15:03   #5
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maybe some strong company like EArts will buy them
Pretty unlikely - and EA does not write much anymore, they are really just a publishing house nowadays.
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Old 13 September 2004, 16:05   #6
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Another shite piece of news

God damn this evil world.
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Old 13 September 2004, 16:28   #7
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Have a read of this article on Gamespy about Acclaim:

http://archive.gamespy.com/articles/.../index13.shtml

Choice quote:

"The problem was, Mortal Kombat ruined the company. It had only taken six to eight months to port a great arcade game to a home platform, so Acclaim assumed that six to eight months of development time along with a gigantic marketing campaign was all any game would ever require to keep the company rolling in dough. It did the same thing for Mortal Kombat II, and it worked again.

"Acclaim has been trying to recapture that magic ever since. The company is left constantly wondering why a game with an eight month development cycle doesn't sell, and why it has a hostile relationship with its developers who keep trying to explain why cutting three months off the schedule to make the quarter is a really bad idea."

As a developer, and a gamer, I say good riddance.
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Old 13 September 2004, 20:20   #8
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I second that motion
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Old 17 September 2004, 10:46   #9
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A sad day. :-/ Some people say that it was Legends of Wrestling 3 that was the last nail in the coffin, but I kinda like that game.

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Pretty unlikely - and EA does not write much anymore, they are really just a publishing house nowadays.
What the....? EA have loads of huge development studios around the world. Probably most of EA's games are by EA-owned studios.
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Old 17 September 2004, 14:51   #11
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R.I.P. Acclaim
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Old 18 September 2004, 11:29   #12
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Good riddance. Akklaim games sucked ass.
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Old 25 September 2004, 00:51   #13
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games developement

is mega expensive nowadays. one flop game/a game not published may spell the end for many developers. i hope team 17 can hang in there after their set back.
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Some of their PR campaigns were ludicrous. On a day they were launching some racing game, they offered to pay anybody's speeding fines incurred on that day, sparking heaps of controversy. That must have brought them down, too.
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Old 26 September 2004, 14:04   #16
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At least they didn't provoke people into commiting murder during the release of mortal kombat.
 
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having american style ad campaigns

in europe is literally begging to be put out of business.
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