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  • kireseth - August 11, 2014 11:37 p.m.

    I know for a fact that Lair wasn't the reason Factor 5 closed its doors. it was open for a quite some time after Lair failed. I like that somebody bothered to make this list, but I feel the author could have researched what they were writing before they wrote it. It's just that I wish people wouldn't make so many assumptions when they write about the video game industry, I guess. It leads to false information. I do enjoy the spirit with whice this article was written though. It's sad that we lost all of these great companies.
  • Cerberus158 - August 11, 2014 2:29 a.m.

    FREE RADICAL DAMMIT
  • Kaldor - August 10, 2014 9:13 p.m.

    Where's Ensemble Studios? Last game they made was Halo Wars, but their award winning franchise Age of Empires is still being sold to this day.
  • kirrlaos - June 6, 2014 6:31 p.m.

    Red Octane forever best DDR mats..
  • larry-bundy-jr - December 29, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    Zipper Interactive's final game was Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City.
  • rohan-padiyar - December 8, 2013 2:47 p.m.

    Midway is the company I miss the most. A true game fan like myself would enjoy all those arcade-style games. I remember playing Defender on the Atari 2600, when I was a kid. I also remember playing Mortal Kombat in arcades. The sports games with cartoonish gameplay (NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, NHL Hitz) were my favorites by Midway. Now Warner Brothers bought most of Midway's IP and EA revived NBA Jam and NFL Blitz.
  • rxb - December 4, 2013 3:13 p.m.

    Even though I'm not buying a PS4 if the machine never gets a Wipeout game, it will be the biggest tragedy in human history ever.
  • obsidianhellstorm - December 2, 2013 8:50 a.m.

    Don't forget Sierra who made some classic adventure games. Also Apogee and 3D Realms were always the same company. They just ditched the name Apogee in the mid-90's. Some of my most fond memories as a kid were playing Apogee shareware titles.
  • Fuzunga - December 1, 2013 1:15 p.m.

    The moral is not to get bought out by a huge corporation.
  • Godzillarex - November 30, 2013 9:39 p.m.

    Not to sound like a huge jerk here, but Lair was awful and was plagued with delays. It was a reskinned Rogue Squadron with terrible controls and a muddy interface. I don't blame Sony for shutting them down.
  • pl4y4h - November 30, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    No not black rock....the pain is still too much to bear
  • artcellrox - November 30, 2013 2:15 a.m.

    >OK, God Hand was flawed NO IT WASN'T, SHUT UP! It was perfect in every way! >:'( Otherwise, solid list, sad to hear Black Rock Studios gone too.
  • Craza - November 29, 2013 7:27 p.m.

    Man, the closing of Pandemic Studios STILL bothers me, since Saboteur was one of my favorite games for the 360, and I would have been overjoyed had a good sequel been released. Ah well.
  • shawksta - November 29, 2013 7:13 p.m.

    Poor Bomberman, butchered and now he cant even get a chance at a revival
  • taokaka - November 29, 2013 5:58 p.m.

    You can add neverland (rune factory and lufia) to this list now as they closed not even a day ago.
  • Sjoeki - December 2, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    That makes me sad, Rise of the Sinistrals is one of the best Snes games I ever played, I don't even know how many times I went in that dungeon that changed everytime you entered it, where you could keep everything you found in the blue chests. So many great memories of that game.
  • Letter11 - November 29, 2013 5:42 p.m.

    To me Clover is the toughest loss. Although like you said their spirit lives on in Platinum, the fact that a studio which puts out such wonderful games can't find a sustainable audience is disheartening. I had so much fun with original Mercenaries and I would have loved to see Pandemic give it another go on next gen platforms. Lastly Bizzare was great too, I'm not much of a racing game fan, but Fur Fighters? Aww man don't even get me started. They were a versatile studio to say the least. Nice article, its good to take some time to remember the ones we lost.
  • shawksta - November 29, 2013 7:13 p.m.

    Platinum just likes to be Bizarre with their games, people really need to see just how fantastic their games are.
  • Letter11 - November 30, 2013 12:03 a.m.

    Oh, don't get me wrong my man, I'm all about Platinum Games. I hope to pick up a WiiU this holiday and Wonderful101 is a must buy for me.
  • shawksta - November 30, 2013 6:21 p.m.

    Im not getting you wrong, im agreeing that its a shame they dont have a sustainable audience that can stick with their bizarreness.

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