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September 21, 2002 | Alex Pham
TECHNOLOGY * Nintendo Co. said it has sold its 49% stake in British video game developer Rare Ltd. to Microsoft Corp. for an undisclosed amount. The sale paves the way for Microsoft to acquire the remaining ownership from the studio's founders, Tim and Chris Stamper. Microsoft, which makes the Xbox game console, has been seeking premium titles for its box, which has been suffering from a dearth of exclusive blockbuster titles since its launch last November.
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September 21, 2002 | Alex Pham
TECHNOLOGY * Nintendo Co. said it has sold its 49% stake in British video game developer Rare Ltd. to Microsoft Corp. for an undisclosed amount. The sale paves the way for Microsoft to acquire the remaining ownership from the studio's founders, Tim and Chris Stamper. Microsoft, which makes the Xbox game console, has been seeking premium titles for its box, which has been suffering from a dearth of exclusive blockbuster titles since its launch last November.
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October 2, 2002 | ALEX PHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nintendo Co., creator of the "Super Mario Sunshine" video game, is heading into financially stormy times as sales of its consoles fall short of expectations. Buffeted by a weak economy in Japan, the Kyoto-based game company Tuesday cut its profit forecast by 11% to $657 million for its fiscal year ending March 31.
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May 13, 1995 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The stars of multimedia don't get billing above the title. In fact, they're lucky if they get billing at all. In a fledgling industry where talent is scarce, publishers of hit video games and CD-ROM titles are loath to publicize the developers who actually create their products. But that is starting to change.
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October 20, 2002 | Alex Pham, Times Staff Writer
Robin Luckey wants his money back. The Seattle programmer was among the first to buy Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox video game console when it launched last fall. Now the machine gathers dust beneath his television. And none of the games that Microsoft plans to offer this holiday motivates Luckey to fire up his Xbox. "I'd rather have my $300 back," he said.
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November 13, 2005 | Julie Tamaki, Times Staff Writer
Andrew Martin recently flew from his home in Florida to New York and stayed in a $400-a-night hotel -- all to play video games. And Bill Gates picked up the tab. A 24-year-old English major, Martin is considered a tastemaker among a group that Microsoft Corp. is sparing little expense to woo: hard-core video game enthusiasts.
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