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Buy a Piece of Acclaim 328

Posted by samzenpus
from the games-from-the-past dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Kotaku points to the official auction site for Acclaim, the game publisher that was. The Auction includes the building and everything that was in it, including arcade games, boardroom tables, an odd collection of football helmets and 43,000 copies of video games." Our previous story of their bankruptcy.
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Buy a Piece of Acclaim

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  • Accalim? (Score:3, Funny)

    by ian rogers (760349) on Wednesday December 01, 2004 @11:23PM (#10971208)
    I thought it was Acclaim. Someone needs to proof read a bit better.
  • by schatten (163083) on Wednesday December 01, 2004 @11:26PM (#10971228) Homepage Journal
    Last I remember, they were locked out for several weeks without paychecks and the building was locked up with some of their belongings inside. Did they happen to get it all back?
  • by Wolfier (94144) on Wednesday December 01, 2004 @11:28PM (#10971240)
    Could make a valuable textbook example of how not to manage a company...
  • Perfect! (Score:5, Funny)

    by morganjharvey (638479) on Wednesday December 01, 2004 @11:28PM (#10971251)
    I can buy it all and start a gaming company called "Recclaim!"
  • hmm... (Score:2, Funny)

    by ImTheDarkcyde (759406)
    ..So i guess this means we won't see another crappy Turok game?
    • Dude! How can you call Turok crappy? Sure, the gameplay wasn't all that special or anything, but there's a distinct good feeling that comes out of mowing down tons of enemies and watching them splatter helplessly. Seriously! If I wanted to think about things, I'd quit playing video games and get back to my life and start crying because I just can't deal with it and then remember why I play video games so often in the first place. *sigh*
  • I imagine that that "odd collection of football helmets" is related to a NFL- or college football-related game that they worked on at some time. Pretty simple explanation really. "43,000 video game 'cartridges'" does seem like an awful lot though.
  • by rice_burners_suck (243660) on Wednesday December 01, 2004 @11:30PM (#10971263)
    So I can bid $1.00 on eBay for this company, win the auction at that price because nobody else cares, then pay the $3.75 S&H for the deed to be mailed over, and then I can sell the odd collection of football helmets, the 40,000 some odd copies of video cames, the desks, the unused post-it notes and pens inside the desks, the light fixtures, the ping-pong table, and the golf practice thing from the owner's office, all on eBay, and turn an enormous profit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111 I'm a genius to have thought of this.
  • Er... Are they selling source code?
  • Something that isn't on ebay
  • by Eric_Cartman_South_P (594330) on Wednesday December 01, 2004 @11:34PM (#10971295)
    What was your favorite Acclaim game? And what game IYO helped them reach bankruptsy? I sure know those South Park games sucked.

  • And then tomorrow it all hits ebay and becomes ecrap!!
  • by Anonymous Coward
    I want the console devkit hardware that they had, like the DTLT-10000's ("TOOL" PS2s) and XDKs. Are any of those for sale...?

    Melissa
  • by Gogl (125883) on Wednesday December 01, 2004 @11:40PM (#10971345) Journal
    Though I fear of PA overload here at Slashdot, I feel that this particular cartoon is really worth a nod [penny-arcade.com]. Very much explains where BMX XXX (one of Acclaim's more ludicrous products, which they are likely auctioning off many copies of) may have come from...
  • by Myrv (305480) on Wednesday December 01, 2004 @11:40PM (#10971346)

    Man some of that furniture is pretty damn nice. I wonder if the rank and file employees ever got to use any of it. Unfortunately after seeing reports like this:

    Top Heavy Business Plan [geek.com]

    I get the impression all that furniture was for the benefit of the suits. A lot of people complain about how all the dotcoms bought herman miller aeron chairs and stuff but at least the employees got to use them. These marble and cherry wood conference tables and leather chairs were just a colossal waste of money beyond even the dotcomers. It's no wonder they went under. In fact, it almost hints that somebody wanted the company to go under...
    • I get the impression all that furniture was for the benefit of the suits... These marble and cherry wood conference tables and leather chairs were just a colossal waste of money beyond even the dotcomers.

      When you're lying to employees, begging for funding and begging the banks/investors to give you more time putting your audience in a comfy chair can help! :D

      I do agree though. Some of the best lean and mean companies I've ever seen have crappy furniture in the conference room.

      • I do agree though. Some of the best lean and mean companies I've ever seen have crappy furniture in the conference room.

        Speaking as a (voluntarily) former employee of one of Acclaim's regional competitors (and I'll leave you to figure out who that might be), I admit to being a bit shocked by their extravagance in the face of such financial difficulties. The company I worked for had no such pretensions and yet strangely enough is actually quite profitable.

        We did have Aeron chairs, we had 21" LCD displays
    • I was almost hoping I could buy one of those herman miller aeron chairs from an auction like this. I have one at work, but I can't afford the $600-$800 it would cost to buy one for home.

      They probably only auction these things in huge lots. So you'd probably have to buy 50 chairs for $5,000 or whatever it bids at.
  • by sabNetwork (416076) on Wednesday December 01, 2004 @11:42PM (#10971366)
    The auction site [maltzauctions.com] shows numerous servers up for bid.

    What's the chance that they wiped the hard drives on them?

    Everything from corporate email to source code could be there.

    --
  • by Nine Tenths of The W (829559) on Wednesday December 01, 2004 @11:44PM (#10971380)
    Given their habit of buying some of the most innovative and successful studios (Bullfrog, Origin, Maxis) and gutting them, I can't help thinking it would be a good thing for gaming if they went under
  • If nothing else (Score:4, Informative)

    by Nine Tenths of The W (829559) on Wednesday December 01, 2004 @11:46PM (#10971395)
  • It is taking place in glen cove, LI. Only about a half hour drive for me but unfortunately I am upstate at school now unless I would be there bidding on some network equipment. I bet they would have better luck liquidating on ebay or another online auction website.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 02, 2004 @12:04AM (#10971511)
    FATALITY!
  • They've only been making crappy movie-spinoff games for like 10 years now.

  • by Shant3030 (414048) * on Thursday December 02, 2004 @12:09AM (#10971544)
    Go check out the Ferrari dealership in the area (Glen Cove).
  • I'd have to say the auction would be much better if I could sign on over the internet, purchase Greg Fischbach's desk. I'd like to have it shipped to my home, where myself and my fellow ex-Acclaim buddies could bash it, cut it into small pieces, then when we tire of performing our selfless duty, set fire to it in effigy. On video. And mail him the tape.

    That is, right after we karma whore by linking to it on Slashdot. :-)
  • by Fluidic Binary (554336) on Thursday December 02, 2004 @12:17AM (#10971611) Homepage
    I live right near there too, but I don't have the 500 for the deposit, just to buy a mac or something.

    During the Spring semester at my local Uni I saw a talk given by a few guys from acclaim and they acted as if the rumors of their going under were exaggerated.

    I guess not!

    I don't know why they were wasting time and money sending someone to talk to us if they were goind under.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Photos of it all and a list of equipment...
    http://users4.ev1.net/~flsughrue/lis ting.html

    Auction taking place in austin texas. Come on guys, buy some stuff, so I can get all the money they owed me from my last paycheck, vacation time, and employee stock purchase money they took outta my paycheck and deposited for the last few months I worked there.

    Not that I'm bitter.
  • by PygmySurfer (442860) on Thursday December 02, 2004 @02:31AM (#10972141)
    An anonymous reader writes "Kotaku points to the official auction site for Acclaim, the game publisher that was.

    More like the game publisher that never was
  • I looked at the site, but saw no mentions of source code / "IP" sale. Does anyone know if it is possible to buy some of their IP, and in that case, maybe the open source community could do a blender [wikipedia.org] for some nice classics? :)

    Since they are indeed classics, they should not be as expensive as blender, I guess. What do you think?
    • Would anyone want the source code? I don't know of a single well regarded 1st Party Acclaim game. Most of their good games were devloped by 3rd parties, who probably own the rights to them (stuff like Burnout, Dead or Alive, Mortal Kombat etc.)
    • looked at the site, but saw no mentions of source code / "IP" sale. Does anyone know if it is possible to buy some of their IP, and in that case, maybe the open source community could do a blender for some nice classics? :)


      Quality aside, even if you can buy the IP you might be severely limited in what you can do with it, at least in terms of releasing the games. They may not own th erights to characters, etc; so releasing the games would require obtaining those rights as well.
    • Perhaps more useful than the source code - can we buy the 3d models, characters animations etc. The biggest thing holding back open source game development is not code - there's vast amounts of good open source engine code out there already - it's the lack of any decent art. [Offtopic for a mo: why aren't there more artists contributing stuff to the commons?]
  • IP Assets? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by rrwood (27261) on Thursday December 02, 2004 @06:13AM (#10972791) Homepage
    Anyone have any idea what's happening with the source and other so-called intellectual "property" of their old games?

    I *love* Re-Volt, and would love to see the source and graphics freed up to a community of modders and hackers....

    -Roy
  • I want the head of the sorry sonofabitch who thought up the concept behind "BMX XXX". Failing that the head of the guy who authorized the licensing of "Headhunter" would be nice. Just in case you guys were in need of a last-minute Christmas present for me.
  • by Washizu (220337) <bengarveyNO@SPAMcomcast.net> on Thursday December 02, 2004 @08:19AM (#10973274) Homepage
    As a former stockholder in Acclaim I say, "good riddance." Also, can I get my $600 back?

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