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Lord Malakite
09-27-2002, 11:11 PM
Sega of America has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Michael Crichton--the best-selling author responsible for Jurassic Park--to develop a new game based on an original concept.
"Unlike traditional licensing agreements in which preexisting properties are developed into video games, Sega's partnership with Michael Crichton is a unique alliance bringing together brilliant talent from two different entertainment media to create a game concept from scratch," said Peter Moore, president and COO, Sega of America. "Michael Crichton is a creative mastermind, recognized across all traditional entertainment media including print, film, and TV. We are thrilled that Mr. Crichton has chosen to leverage his talents in the interactive entertainment industry with Sega."

"Partnering with Sega, who has an extraordinary track record in the interactive entertainment industry, is an opportunity to create an amazing video game from the ground up," Crichton said. "I look forward to working with Sega's first-rate creative team."

The game, which is currently scheduled for release in 2004, will not be the first that Crichton has been directly involved with. In April 1999, he founded a game development and distribution house named Timeline Studios. The company's only game, published for the PC in November 2000 by Eidos, was Timeline--an action game based on Crichton's novel of the same name.

Beast
09-27-2002, 11:49 PM
Speaking of Michael Crichton, did you hear the news about what happned?

Author Crichton robbed at gunpoint in home
Thursday, September 26, 2002 Posted: 10:21 AM EDT (1421 GMT)

SANTA MONICA, California (AP) -- Author Michael Crichton was robbed at gunpoint and tied up by two men who ransacked his home, but he wasn't harmed, his publicist said.

The author of "Jurassic Park" and creator of the television series "ER" was robbed shortly before 5 a.m. Monday. Police wouldn't confirm that Crichton was the victim but said the crime was committed at a home believed to be owned by the author.

"An incident did occur, but everybody is fine, and that's all I can say because a kid is involved," publicist Joseph Marich told the Santa Monica Daily Press. Crichton, 59, has a daughter in her early teens.

Police said some items were taken from the house but the value was not immediately determined.

Since his 1971 novel, "The Andromeda Strain," was made into a movie, Crichton has enjoyed a string of literary and Hollywood successes.

More than a dozen of his novels and original screenplays have been turned into feature films, including "Twister," "Disclosure" and "West World." The 1969 graduate of Harvard Medical School is also the creator of TV's long-running series "ER."

Earlier this month, Crichton's wife filed for divorce to end their 13-year marriage. Anne Marie Martin Crichton and her husband have lived apart since August 2001, when they moved from New York to Santa Monica, court documents show.
http://www.cnn.com/2002/SHOWBIZ/books/09/26/crichton.robbed.ap/index.html

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

Lord Malakite
09-28-2002, 12:13 AM
Originally posted by JarJarBinks
Speaking of Michael Crichton, did you hear the news about what happned?
No, I had not heard about that. At least he and his family are alright.

An interesting read, even though its not video game related.

scruffziller
09-28-2002, 07:38 AM
So Sega has pretty much joined Nintendo to make games for them?

Lord Malakite
09-28-2002, 09:19 AM
Originally posted by scruffziller
So Sega has pretty much joined Nintendo to make games for them?
Sega is still third party.

QLD
09-28-2002, 11:09 AM
Yeah, Sega makes games for ANYONE.

James Boba Fettfield
09-28-2002, 11:25 AM
I wonder if this will develop into an ongoing series of games, much like Tom Clancy has done with Rainbow Six and his others (Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, etc.)

scruffziller
09-30-2002, 01:57 AM
Originally posted by Lord_Malakite

Sega is still third party.

what i meant was that Sega is not doing things for their own system anymore?

Lord Malakite
09-30-2002, 02:08 AM
Originally posted by scruffziller
what i meant was that Sega is not doing things for their own system anymore?

They haven't for some time now. It became too expensive for them to compete with three other consoles. So they went from a first party to a third party.

Beast
09-30-2002, 02:09 AM
Sega no longer has a system, they went totally into 3rd Party Development. The Sega Video Game System is totally dead. :)

MTFBWY and HH!!

Jar Jar Binks

QLD
09-30-2002, 02:34 AM
Yes, it's been well over a year since they made a new Dreamcast game.

rynobot
09-30-2002, 02:41 AM
dream what? oh yeah, the reveloutinonary system for the year 1999. :)