Play4Real: How was your time at Microsoft?
Tim: Dreadful. Utterly dreadful.
Chris: Since most of the original staff had left, the remaining team tried to pull together like the old days.
Tim: It did not work.
Chris: Microsoft did not do much to help us either. They thought Conker’s Bad Fur Day would go well with the Xbox crowd.
Tim: Then they had us censor the bloody songs! You’re missing the point if you censor the songs!
Chris: The one original title we focused on was Viva Piñata. It was originally going to be a little darker than what was produced.
Tim: They really wanted to compete with Nintendo on the children demographic. And the game was received fairly well I recall.
Chris: I can’t seem to recall the game selling fairly well though.
Play4Real: It is near this point in time you left Rare, correct?
Chris: Yes, we had been working on the Kinect technology for a while and we honestly weren’t feeling it.
Tim: We had felt that it would be great as a gimmick but never for long-term gaming. And now you see Rare and, well, you get the picture.
Play4Real: Have you tried any of Rare’s new games?
Tim: We don’t even have a Kinect to play it with.
Play4Real: If you take a look at your site, it proudly says “Kinect Sports: Season Two Creators”.
Chris: Ha ha. Oh look, Minecraft skins. That is surely the greatest achievement Rare has accomplished.
Tim: Bloody hell.
Play4Real: We have some quick reader questions we would like to ask before we let you guys go.
Chris: Go for it.
Play4Real: Do you still speak with Grant Kirkhope?
Tim: We talked to him fairly recently and found out he was out looking for a job. We tried to offer him a job as our butler but he declined.
Grant, if you’re reading this, the offer still stands!
Play4Real: How do you feel about Retro Studios?
Chris: I played Donkey Kong Country Returns. They could have used Grant’s help.
Tim: Other than that, I felt it would be something Rare would be proud of.
Play4Real: What do you hope that Rare will do in the future?
Chris: Not exist.
Play4Real: Ha ha! Thank you for your time.