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The Rise and Fall of Rare

Max

My claim to fame revolves around 2 things: the first is meeting Terry Pratchett for the book signing of Jingo.  The second is a bit more obscure, as I didn’t meet them directly.  My old English teacher was married to a man named Chris Marlow.  Great, but who’s Chris Marlow?  Those familiar with Conker’s Bad Fur Day will know that – not only was he a senior programmer – but also the voice of the operatic (and sloperatic) Great Mighty Poo.  Basically, I had insider info for Rare’s up-and-coming games, namely Perfect Dark, Dinosaur Planet, Banjo Tooie and Conker’s Bad Fur Day.  Did this breach confidentiality?  Almost certainly.  So, bragging aside, I will be taking a look at the gaming history of a once glorious company (and now sadly a corporate corpse).  Welcome to the rise and fall of Rare.