Not very fair...
Ion Storm: Deus Ex, Thief Deadly Shadows - two of the best games in the last 10 years IMO.
Troika: Bloodlines while buggy and a bit unfinished was a whole lot of fun. Troika also was very creative - Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura was a near huge hit and did some pretty neat stuff with the RPG genre.
Interplay: You managed to avoid all their big titles like Fallout and the tiny title Baldur's Gate which nobody played, right?
Black Isle: Heavily involved with Fallout, but on their own also had Planescape: Torment which is to this day still considered by many RPG enthusiasts one of the best CRPGS. They also did Icewind Dale which was pretty cool. Oh, and I enjoyed the Dark Alliance console stuff - a nice simple, fun fantasy romp.
Iron Lore: Titan Quest - really solid game but somehow didn't quite hit its stride marketing wise.
So really...those are some pretty great studios which made some pretty great titles. Sure you can argue marketing issues and other problems but they those were some big studios in their day. To be honest I'd rather have them back than most of the studios that make console games. =)
True, but I was picking some of their worst games, which tended to be the last ones made before shutting down.
I'm actually a huge fan of most of the works of those companies, but that didn't stop them from sliding into producing endless sequels, consolized and/or buggy followups.This comment was edited on Jun 25, 06:50.