Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit (banazir) wrote,
Banazîr the Jedi Hobbit

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Austin City Gimmicks

Have any of you ever worked for, or interviewed with, the Austin-based Gathering (formerly Gathering of Developers or GODGames, later rebranded as 2K Games, a subsidiary of Take Two)?

The back issues of Computer Gaming World I've had in my office since 2000 and 2001 got me thinking of this company, back when it was founded as a consortium of Ritual Entertainment (makers of the multi-platform Quake II derivative SiN), Epic Games (makers of One Must Fall: 2097 and later the Unreal series), and 3D Realms (makers of the granddaddy of Quake, Wolfenstein 3D, and the Apogee games Command Keen and Duke Nukem). ETA, 08:00 CST Fri 21 Nov 2008: So did the advent of the Max Payne movie.

It seems that Gathering flourished in the heyday of its constituent companies, but has since gone out not with a bang, but a whimper. Max Payne seems to me to be the only really big hit that it turned out, unless you count the Railroad Tycoon sequels. True?

Disclaimer: I haven't followed Godgames since Romero and Carmack went their separate ways, the one to go make Daikatana, so this might just be one of my "real sunrise" moments.

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