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What ever happened to...

Post by radray11 » Mon Sep 13, 2004 10:45 am

Ok, so what happened to some companies that made some great games?

Atari, gone/owned by other company (check out their website... Atari is not Atari... otherwise we would have an Atari 20xx by now :) ) ... we can now download THEIR roms and emulators!

Sega, decides to make system, doesn't make a good system till Dreamcast, then goes 3rd party (and what happened, those Dreamcast systems only lasted a year)

... and a question: I only stumbled across this once in a google search for classic systems gone... however this one's wierd:
- it's a tape drive, type game
- came in between the Atari and Nintendo systems / not mass produced either ---no wonder it's so rare... can you find it?

...and other companies, where did Tradewest (made Double Dragon) go? They made a few million off that game! (company that made the GBASP version assumed that the game was old enough to remake... does this old company exist any more?)
... I know most companies that were good changed their name, when the SNES evolved...
Also, I actually found a website that (developed the Atari 2600's games) encourages the usage of ROMS! I'll post it when I find it :)
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Re: What ever happened to...

Post by radray11 » Mon Sep 13, 2004 11:38 am

I'll just write down a few... where did these systems go?

3DO
Adventurevision
Amiga
Aquarius
Arcade
Atari 2600
Atari 5200
Atari 7800
Atari Lynx
Atari ST
Bally Astrocade
Colecovision
Commodore 16
Commodore 64
Creativision
Dragon 32
Emerson Arcadia 2001
Fairchild Channel F
Famicom Disk System
Game Boy
Game Boy Advance
Game Boy Color
Intellivision
MSX
Neo-Geo
Neo-Geo Pocket
NES
Nintendo 64
PC-98
Sega 32X
Sega CD
Sega Dreamcast
Sega Game Gear
Sega Genesis
Sega Master System - Mark III
Sega Saturn
SG-1000/SC-3000
SNES
Sony Playstation
Sony Playstation 2
Turbo-Duo
Turbografx-16 - PC Engine
Vectrex
Virtual Boy
Watara SuperVision
Wonderswan
Wonderswan Color
X68000
ZX Spectrum

Actually, what happened to their developers years later??
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Post by Dopefish » Mon Sep 13, 2004 2:33 pm

radray11 wrote:Sega, decides to make system, 3rd party, another system, growing trend to switching back and forth (and what happened, those Dreamcast systems only lasted a year)
They never went from 3rd party back to 1st. They have always been a 1st party company until Dreamcast died. They did make a few games for Neo Geo Pocket Color but that's it for pre-Dreamcast-death 3rd party games.

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Post by Kazer0 » Mon Sep 13, 2004 6:06 pm

Dreamcast was the biggest flop ever for one of the main game console competitors. It couldn't compete with ANYTHING. Sega went bankrupt/Not enough monies to produce a new system. However, everyone loves sonic, so they can stay as a game producer. I imagine Sega will be gone again soon, as 3D sonic never caught on as well as 2D.

Same with Atari; it couldn't compete, so irt switched to game making. Besides, we all know about their secret plans for a new system. ;)

That list is junk. All you did was exclude the current systems... actually, you included PS2 and GBA on your list, which are still used by... well... everyone.

Each of those systems died out when a new version was released, or a rival company produced a new system that couldn't compete.

Software companies are mostely bought out and never heard from again, but still exist under a new name. I can't see double dragon ever comming back anyways.

The developers get moved around constantly, so it's impossible to know where they went.

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Nes is best

Post by 1mightyduck » Tue Nov 09, 2004 5:15 am

NES was the greatest system ever i reckon. Not great graphics but classic games. I passed super mario bros 3 the other day. without whistles. Somekid passed it in 11 mins with whisltes and i'm trying to see how fast i can get with an emulator. But i passed it on the actual nes from start to finish. It took about 3 hours

Anyone else remember nes.. i still play it now

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Post by Da_Goat » Tue Nov 09, 2004 4:56 pm

Dreamcast was the biggest flop ever for one of the main game console competitors. It couldn't compete with ANYTHING. Sega went bankrupt/Not enough monies to produce a new system. However, everyone loves sonic, so they can stay as a game producer. I imagine Sega will be gone again soon, as 3D sonic never caught on as well as 2D.
It's not like Sonic is their only successful franchise. The Virtua Fighter and Super Monkey Ball series, for example, have both proven to be relatively fruitful.

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Post by DosReaper » Tue Nov 09, 2004 10:31 pm

Systems I think don't belong on the junkie list: :D

NES
SNES
Nintendo 64
Sony Playstation
Sony Playstation 2
Sega Dreamcast
Gameboy Color
Gameboy Advance

Also not sure where these went, but what about Gameboy Pocket?

I can't believe it! I had a big gint gray original gameboy...
How much are they worth now? :(
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Post by Da_Goat » Wed Nov 10, 2004 2:39 am

I still have one, and I'd venture to guess they're worth a LOT less than the DS or GBA or Color, even.

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Post by Dopefish » Wed Nov 10, 2004 2:51 pm

I would imagine it's worth about $10.

Less if you're trying to trade it in to a store.

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Post by DosReaper » Mon Nov 15, 2004 8:49 pm

So, when does it become a classic? Unless it is REALLY that bad... :blah:
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Post by Ro@m » Tue Nov 16, 2004 2:25 am

What about C64?
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Post by cramhains » Fri Jan 28, 2005 7:16 am

radray11 wrote:Ok, so what happened to some companies that made some great games?

Atari, gone/owned by other company (check out their website... Atari is not Atari... otherwise we would have an Atari 20xx by now :) ) ... we can now download THEIR roms and emulators!

Sega, decides to make system, doesn't make a good system till Dreamcast, then goes 3rd party (and what happened, those Dreamcast systems only lasted a year)

... and a question: I only stumbled across this once in a google search for classic systems gone... however this one's wierd:
- it's a tape drive, type game
- came in between the Atari and Nintendo systems / not mass produced either ---no wonder it's so rare... can you find it?

...and other companies, where did Tradewest (made Double Dragon) go? They made a few million off that game! (company that made the GBASP version assumed that the game was old enough to remake... does this old company exist any more?)
... I know most companies that were good changed their name, when the SNES evolved...
Also, I actually found a website that (developed the Atari 2600's games) encourages the usage of ROMS! I'll post it when I find it :)
We can't download their roms anymore.
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Post by cramhains » Fri Jan 28, 2005 7:17 am

And you didn't find the site. :rolleyes:
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Post by Sorcerdon » Wed Feb 09, 2005 6:40 pm

Most companies died after 9/11/2001 - the terrorist attacks on america.

The economy was down already - and once the twin towers fell, the software world fell as well - no jobs for 2 years. I am in software occupation so I know this. it was hard finding a job - took me 2 years to find a place.
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Post by CPT Worm » Thu Feb 10, 2005 7:49 am

Sorcerdon wrote:Most companies died after 9/11/2001 - the terrorist attacks on america.

The economy was down already - and once the twin towers fell, the software world fell as well - no jobs for 2 years. I am in software occupation so I know this. it was hard finding a job - took me 2 years to find a place.
The terrorist attacks critically harmed employment rates, but they really didn't destroy these game companies.

The video game crash of 1984 destroyed or severely crippled most game companies. Most died out with the release of 32-bit systems (SNES and Genesis) around 1991.

Atari is probably the biggest company that's still around after the '84 crash.
(Nintendo was still in the arcade, except for Game and Watch)

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Post by JKSM » Fri Feb 11, 2005 3:17 am

Mr. Worm wrote:
Sorcerdon wrote:(Nintendo was still in the arcade, except for Game and Watch)
True. As technology progresses, new systems with better graphics replace the older systems & handhelds. However, Nintendo always has a way bringing back the old games. The old Game and Watch are long gone. You may find some simulators on the internet if you want to relive the nostalgia of playing them. However, Nintendo has made some plastic keychains with the old game and watch classic games. They have also the game cartridge for gameboy colour & gameboy advance called "Game and Watch Gallery" featuring some of the old classic Game and Watch games as well as the modern version of them starring characters from the Mario Brothers games.

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Post by Dark Lord » Sat Feb 19, 2005 9:09 pm

I think NES is the best system ever. They have some of the greatest games like Mario 3, Contra, Double Dragon, Bubble Bobble, etc. All of the Nintendo systems I like except the Gamecube. The controller is clunky and all they're doing is remaking old games for the 400th time.

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Post by dr_st » Mon Feb 21, 2005 7:17 am

Speaking of great NES games, how about Shatterhand / Tokkyuu Shirei Solbrain? That was one game I really liked.

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