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Rare veteran George Andreas leaves Microsoft for Sony, now Creative Director of SCEE

Rare veteran George Andreas has left Microsoft to join Sony.

Andreas, who played a key role in the development of the Kinect hardware, Kinect Sports 1 and Kinect Sports: Season 2 as well as Xbox 360 launch games Kameo and Perfect Dark Zero, joined Sony this month as creative director of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, working out of SCEE's London office.

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NYC_Gamer1272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

He made the right move...It's a waste of his talent only being able to work on Kinect products...

Software_Lover1272d ago

Now he'll work on making the Move popular!!!

touche

HarryMasonHerpderp1272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

lol don't even joke.
Let's hope Sony use his talent to make awesome games.

zebramocha1272d ago

@soft of course,unlike kinect the move can be implemented in a variety of games and it works.

Red_Orange_Juice1272d ago

I'd love next gen Star Wars game with Move

doogiebear1272d ago PersonalAttacksShow
Software_Lover1271d ago

@ Zebra Mocha.........

The kinect isn't used in a variety of games?

@ don bear

meet me on ps3
id:cherub2g

pick a game. I'll play you.

blackbeld1271d ago

Great move.

Welcome to Sony Family.

Sony family will treat you much better cause you deserve better.

smashman981271d ago

Rare doesn't have the same people they did back when they were with Nintendo not saying wether or not this guy is talented but don't think him being at scee means that he's going to bring that old rare flavor to sony

TheStorm1271d ago

@smashman98

It said he was there for 16 years, so he's been there since 96-97. That was during the glory days, so he was probably with a lot of the great oldies at Rare, it was around 2000 that most of them started to jump ship.

dafegamer1271d ago

harrymason just took the words out of my mouth

kingmushroom1271d ago

@ don bear: he can't go back to xbox because there are no exclusives to play only COD, unlike the PS3 that has "Ni no Kuni".

UnholyLight1271d ago

Hey ZEBRAMOCHA.....At least Microsoft had a set of BALLS. Sony took the easy way out with Move and merely attempted to improve on the WiiMote and everyone knows it. At least Microsoft has been experimenting with hybrid games and full motion gaming and not just making "eye toy copy games".

Kevin ButIer1271d ago

SCEE's London mostly develop casual games, so... don't expect a big change

FlunkinMonkey1271d ago

@ Sotfware_Lover

"Pick a game. I'll play you.'

Did you just offer 'don bear' the geek equivalent of stepping outside? ha

BattleAxe1271d ago

Xbox 360....Jump Out...

Syntax-Error1271d ago (Edited 1271d ago )

If that's true why hasn't it. The MOVE is a commercial flop. The thing had no legs from the beginning just like the six-axxis controller. It was a pointless gimmick. Sony makes great first party games and should stick to that. The "me too" peripherals make them look desperate.

Most of these fools that think he was denied freedom at MS are idiots. When was the last time RARE had a hit? MS bought RARE because they were going bankrupt. It wasn't like they bought them when they were making hits and had great stock options. The shareholders were screaming SELL SELL! You guys act as if SCEA game division is the place to be especially since they are losing tons of money.

FriedGoat1271d ago (Edited 1271d ago )

Syntax, move has much better functionality in CORE games, I enjoyed using it in mag/socom/killzone aswell as some of the other Move only titles such as Tumble/echochrome/House of the dead overkill.

Unlike the kinect, which has to sacrifice core games for Kinect only titles. all I've been playing on my xbox for the past year or 2 is gears 3 and halo 4, what else is there?

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Abash1272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

Hopefully he still has the passion and creativity to make another great game after developing Kinect games for so long

camel_toad1271d ago

He probably feels reborn now. I'm sure we'll see that old Rare magic return because Sony will most likely give him the freedom he didn't have at MS.

SilentNegotiator1271d ago

Frankly, he left a veritable creativity sink hole and joined up with a group that gives infinitely more development freedom.

fossilfern1272d ago

^^This video! MS wasting the remaining talent of Rare on some stupid kinect games and avatar clothing. Not surprised a few employees left

Hellsvacancy1272d ago

That was actually a pretty funny video

Snookies121271d ago

Amazing video, that gave me a good laugh.

PinkFunk1271d ago

Hahaha. Oh man that was good. Also laughing hysterically at the Gabe Newell at E3 one...

RICOCHET 2!!!!!! haha!

kostchtchie_1271d ago

ha ha epic video, thanks for the laugh

-Gespenst-1271d ago

Hahahaha I effing KNEW what video you'd posted immediately.

YOLO and Gabe Newell at e3 are better though.

dafegamer1271d ago

lol @ dat vid. Sad but true

kevinsheeks1271d ago

that video lol took the cake

Ezz20131271d ago

lololol OMG!!! i can't stop laughing

insomnium21271d ago

I need to see that video too. I'm at work right now so I can't atm. I'm commenting here just so I can return to this topic afterwards.

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Temporary1272d ago

Microsoft is the king of ruining talent. I hope after all the Kinect garbage he was forced to make, he still has the passion for making awesome games with HIS vision and not THEIRS.

RuleofOne343 1272d ago

You make it seem like he was forced to stay ,he could have left at anytime. The point is he decide he has no one to blame but himself.

Rainstorm811272d ago

I agree witwickidy , money talks....but after your pockets get full doing what you don't want to, you gotta move on.

user39158001272d ago

There goes a man with great talent and now a traitor lol... I always liked him, but this shows were his integrity ls, with more moey lol.. I hope he does well, now sony has the trades of ms given to sony lol.. I guess a rampage of trolls wll praise him now, cause while he was with rare he was not good and now that he is with sony the drolls will say he was the best lol...
I wonder if this was the leak that MS spoke abouut?

Qrphe1272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

>having loyalty for a conglomerate

They love you too very much and would never betray you.

jessupj1271d ago

I think you're getting mixed up.

It's Sony that offers creative freedom. It's MS that offers the short term financial gain and not much else.

Liquid_Ocelot1272d ago (Edited 1272d ago )

Off topic: somebody post this up!
Orbis updated info! Can't post original link from leaks as I can't load the page for whatever reason :/
http://m.neogaf.com/showthr...

On topic: it will be interesting to see what Sony does with him. Hopefully new IP

dboyman1271d ago

Disappointed with amount of Ram. Has Sony not learned with the PS3 when it come to Amount of Ram, even if its much faster. It should be increase to 6 or 8 GB...

3-4-51272d ago

Yea as much as I'd not like to see him stay with Microsoft, wasting talent on useless Kinect is unproductive for him.

GraveLord1271d ago

You don't know what you got until its gone. Treat your people better Microsoft!

nukeitall1271d ago

MS has an open policy, where you get to choose within the company where you want to work. When Kinect was released a lot of people jumped on that bandwagon at MS because it was exciting.

This guy worked on Kinect because he wanted to, not because he was forced.

Another tip, to get hired somewhere else you have to come from a respectable place of work or experience, that means, this speaks more of MS quality employees than it has anything to do with Sony.

Before anything thinks this guy might change focus and work on core games, think again. Companies usually hire based on experience to do a certain task, which means he will likely work on the likes of Sports Champion....

mcstorm1271d ago

I agree with what you have said but I really don't get some people on here. They make out as if Kinect Sports 1 and 2 were bad games. Kinect sports 1 and 2 are 2 of the best Kinect games. Its a plus for sony to have someone work for them that worked on Kinect stuff as he can help develop Move/Eye toy software.

But why do people go on that he was forced to do Kinect games ect dose anyone on here know the guy? We all move jobs in life that's just what we do and there is no need to start a fan war over a X MS worker who is now Working for Sony. If your talented you will move form rival company to another as MS Sony and Nintendo are at the top of the tree and you cant really go up form there so you go from side to side.

morkendo231271d ago (Edited 1271d ago )

Now that george andreas escape the clutches of kinect
which was waste of time. will he re-invent RARE good quality games.
possibility he could call old co-workers and rebuilt RARE for Sony under a new name ZARE..................
banjo-kazooie as a start? maybe??

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney1271d ago (Edited 1271d ago )

"Donnchadh Murphy, the 3D modeler that worked on the series, said this past August that Microsoft was not interested enough to pursue making the game. “We all wanted to make Killer Instinct 3, but Microsoft was more interested in broadening their demographic than making another fighting game. So it never got made, I doubt it ever will"

http://www.digitaltrends.co...

showtimefolks1271d ago

It's making how towards the end of this gen MS have only focused on casuals yet ps3 has still passed it up.

For first 4 years the message from MS was clear we are the console for core gamers it's only after they saw wii doing so well they totally turned their back on us who made them successful to begin with

But good for this guy he has left a good gaming company for a great one with a long history. Hopefully they will use him right and not just ask him to do next move or move games

TheStorm1271d ago

@smashman98

It said he was there for 16 years, so he's been there since 96-97. That was during the glory days, so he was probably with a lot of the great oldies at Rare, it was around 2000 that most of them started to jump ship.

mrkeith1271d ago (Edited 1271d ago )

Did he help on any of the Donkey Kong games for SNES?

phantomexe1271d ago

No i don't think so in fact the rare that MS owns now may have a handful of the people that did goldeneye or DK. There a shell of there former self. Preety sad i know, Free radical had most of the old rare before they went under. I think that's preety much the story.

edgeofsins1271d ago

@UnholyLight

Easy way out? Sony has been experimenting with Move like motion controls for years before the Wii was announced.

https://www.youtube.com/wat...

Move is a clear improvement in gameplay difference from Wii games when games take advantage of Move. Kinect on the other hand offers not much more then the PSEye in terms of gameplay experience.

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Trenta271272d ago

Why use such good talent on such crappy games?

Froakie1272d ago

He must have got sick of making junk.