>> Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Perhaps a unique opportunity, RW Bivins is planning to sell his complete Oldergames packaging which includes all the publishing rights and prototypes that were in the possession of Oldergames. But does that mean you can buy the originals of Plunderball, Jack Sprite: The Crimson Ghost and Space ranger? Oldergames was also the start of the well-known original Super Mario's Wacky Worlds CD-i prototype. RW Bivins: "All development tools / kits, all contracts for publishing, all products and catalog ownership, all technologies, all media, our entire archive of undumped, and unreleased prototypes in included."
I would be interested to know if the rights for the Oldergames released CD-i titles are also included and what kind of documents are available for this. RW Bivins: "Yes. A handshake and a pat on the back from the president of Infogrames. Jack Sprite was also negotiated through it's creator Rob Fulop and Infogrames. They never gave us a contract because this deal was peanuts in their eyes. A lot of our earlier stuff was the typical "deal on a cocktail napkin" or "on a handshake". Things we do now have full paperwork and contracts. Basically every release we have ever done and the ownership over the OG brand are included in this deal. As you know we lost the original master artwork for our CD-i titles a ways back but we do have most high resolution artwork for our other releases." Get more info here. First potential buyer is Borman, from Past to Present, which sounds like a prefect follow-up to me. Borman: "I've been looking to expand Past to Present, and this would be one key area where I would love to start. Im not in it for just having prototypes or anything, and would definitely seek to keep going what you started."
Two years ago RW Bivins has sold his CD-i development kits including the CD-i prototypes on ebay. So the original CD-i prototypes from OlderGames are already gone! (I believe Glenn the GATOR is the new proud owner). When you keep this in mind, I'm not sure exactly what they have for sale. All development work was outsourced such as Frog Feast and the 3DO encryption. So what does OlderGames actually represent? The remaining question for now: what does this mean for OlderGames relationship with Charles and RasterSoft with the upcoming "Connaone"?