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  • Awesome Music: Of particular note is David Wise, who is most famous for his work on the first three Donkey Kong Country games. Other notable composers for the company include Eveline Novakovic (née Fischer), Grant Kirkhope, and Robin Beanland.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Relating to Older Than They Think below, Rare's move to Microsoft could have to do with the game developer (as Ultimate Play The Game) being one of the few Western developers making games for MSX, Microsoft's very first attempt at building a global standard for computers as well as PC gaming during The '80s.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!:
    • A criticism of the later Filmation games in the ZX Spectrum era. As one reviewer put it, they "started off as astonishing and ended up as dead boring, without actually decreasing in quality".
    • Back then, they traded as "Ultimate Play the Game", and many who bought (or at any rate reviewed) their Commodore 64 games dubbed them "Ultimately All the Same".
  • Misblamed: The studio's infamous focus on Kinect was not Microsoft's decision, but rather Rare's own management's, according to ex-Rare employee and current studio director for Playtonic Games Gavin Price.
    Gavin Price: Although Microsoft suit Don Mattrick did tell the studio (who were making a game called Sports Star, which would have been a more complex simulation for the sensor to "just give us Wii Sports with Kinect", hence why they made Kinect Sports.
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  • Older Than They Think: Xbox isn't the first Microsoft platform Rare has published games on. That could go back to MSX when they publish games under Ultimate Play The Game.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!:
    • The move to Microsoft.
    • The change to a more generic logo has also sparked negative reaction from the fanbase.
    • Their Kinect focus was so bad that when a Rare fansite wanted to make a self-funded documentary which would have been shown over the Internet and Xbox Live in celebration of their twenty-fifth anniversary, Rare rejected their requests for interview because what was planned for the film was not "on message". This caused the fansite to suffer a horrible Broken Pedestal moment and closed down their site within a week later, resulting in a backlash against the developer.
  • Win Back the Crowd: After Kinect Sports Rivals' failure and the Kickstarter success of Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Successor Yooka-Laylee, many believed Rare was as good as dead under Microsoft's control. Then comes announcements of a new Kinect-free IP, Sea of Thieves, a thirty dollar Compilation Rerelease of thirty Rare games for their thirtieth anniversary, and a modern reintroduction of their classic logo. While it remains to be seen if they can successfully pull this off, most observers agree that they're at the very least taking steps in the right direction.


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