I know just what you're saying!
My first console was N64 and Rare made some of the best games ever for that one. I also ditched Nintendo and got a PS2 when the next generation of systems came, and I think I also did it because of GTA III. It's sad what has happened to Rare. I think of the great games they could have made, Banjo Threeie for the Gamecube would have made me buy that system right away.
But it's an interesting thought about Sony bying Rare. Imagine a Banjo Kazooie game on the PS3. That would be the greatest game of all time. And maybe they would be in All Stars as well.
By the way, **bleep** nuts & bolts