The Rubber Chicken scores an interview with Darren Gargette, a former tester for one of the world’s most secretive video game development companies, to uncover The Truth behind upcoming Xbox 360 titles Kameo, Perfect Dark Zero, and perhaps even a few unannounced Rare projects…
Back in the Rarenet days I made a very good friend, “Boggy”. He is also known as Darren Gargette, who is incidentally in the credits of Grabbed by the Ghoulies, Donkey Kong Country 2, and Sabre Wulf as a beta-tester (but I’m pretty sure his name is actually Boggy and he really is some sort of fat polar bear who seriously believes that being dive-bombed by a bear on a sled with sharp pointy runners is a good way to fix stomach ache).
I managed to score a secret interview with said (ex-)beta-tester about his time at legendary videogame developers Rare, and this is that interview.
Continue Reading »
History’s Greatest Procrastinators
(Next week: History’s Greatest Masturbators)
A forward by Alastair “HappyBob” Craig, Editor of TheRubberChickeN64.
- In 1964, Brian Wilson began work on The Beach Boys’ would-be magnum opus: Smile. A direct answer to The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, this classic album could have changed music history were it not aborted following a series of complications and a nervous breakdown from Wilson himself. The Next Big Thing in rock ‘n’ roll was reduced to a mildly interesting footnote in musical history… until now. In 2004, Brian confronted his demons and recorded the album from scratch, creating a wonderful, timeless masterpiece that was well worth the wait. Finally, his vision was complete.
- Throughout the 1990s, writer and comic mastermind Douglas Adams struggled to organise a film adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. “The Hollywood process,” he once remarked, “is like trying to grill a steak by having a succession of people come into the room and breathe on it”. Sadly, Adams passed away before he could see his pet project become a reality, with the movie showing few signs of progress… until now. In 2005, The Hitchhiker’s Guide finally saw completion in the capable hands of Garth Jennings, who created something arguably worthy of the late Adams’ memory.
- In 2000, Adam “The Phantom Spoon” Severgnini was bored on a bus trip to high school. To pass the time, he penned a review of Rare’s newly released Perfect Dark for TheRubberChickeN64, the newly-launched Nintendo review / silly animation hub we started together. He passed it to me on the assumption that I’d type it up that afternoon. Tragically, I forgot, and his notes sat ignored in the bottom of a box under my bed… until now.
Ladyfolk and gentlebeings, you are about to witness history itself unfolding. We are gathered here today for the WORLD PREMIERE of that famous unfinished masterpiece, five years late, but forever ageless in its beauty:
Continue Reading »
View more posts filed under Scribbles and Scrawls, Books, Embarrassingly Old-School, EMPLOYERS DO NOT LOOK, Games, Music, Music Industry, N64, Nintendo, Perfect Dark, Rare, Serious, Topical
Today is the sixteenth day of the month – Do Something Controversial Day – a day in ‘Chicken town usually reserved for childish and spiteful pranks. But this time, we’ll make an exception.
As many of you know, several key members of The Rubber Chicken have past affiliations with the fan community of videogame developers Rare. Somewhere along the way, our former websites fell into rivalry with the kids at Rare-Extreme.com. But today, my friends… today we concede defeat.
Rare-Extreme recently obtained the impossible: a guided tour of Rare HQ itself, and posted a fascinating, well-written talisman of fine journalism on this incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience. To show there are no longer any hard feelings between us, and to make up for any past bitterness, we offer the following reconciliatory plug their fine website. Check it out now, y’all.
Rare-Extreme’s EXCLUSIVE Tour of Rare HQ
View more posts filed under Miscellaneous, Controversy, DKVine, Fake Site, Fanboy Baiting, Games, Journalism, Mr Pants, Nintendo, Pants Or Lack Thereof, Parody, Perfect Dark, Rare, Rare-Extreme, Topical
Visual treats from The Rubber Chicken’s ill-advised fake site replacement for April Fools’ Day 2002.
Thanks to all who contributed. You know who you are.
JOANA DARK IZ KEWL
“this is my best drawing ever! I made it of Joanna, from PErfect Dark, the greatest game ever from rare. this is the first time I’ve drawn her with clothes, tho.”
- jim treevault.
Continue Reading »
View more posts filed under Scribbles and Scrawls, Adorable Kittens, Art, Conker, Console War, Fake Site, Fan Fiction, Home Alone, Jar Jar Binks, Lee Thomas, Mittens The Cat, N64, Nintendo, Nudity, Parody, Perfect Dark, Pokemon, Rare, Star Wars, Xbox
Posted on December 1st, 2000 by HMB
The Rubber Chicken began life as a Nintendo review website with silly animations. As a service to curious Google searchers, we have kept the best-written reviews of selected obscurer games in the archive.
If this isn’t what you’re after: hey, turns out we’re a comedy website now.
A review by Hu Man Bing
The World is Not Enough, self-confessedly abbreviated to TWINE, is the Eurocom follow up to the N64 FPS legend, Goldeneye. Now freely available to both US and UK players, N64 owners everywhere have their chance to once again be Bond, in three dimensions.
A similar question hangs over this title as did over Perfect Dark, released circa half a year in advance – how does it compare with Goldeneye? Many even showed their early scepticism of the title by phrasing the question “Will it be any good?”
Continue Reading »