formed as a series of corporate
mergers in the gaming industry
around the mid-90's. It used to be very small, but has since through investment
become the large and very well-known publisher of electronic entertainment
products that we are all aware of. Acquisitions that made Eidos
what it is now includes The Domark Group
(famous in the 80's) and Big Red Software (they made Big Red Racing
, an awesome racing
game that I still play now).
They broke into the high-profile gaming scene with Tomb Raider, a brilliantly marketed product that exploited teen sexual angst and the sex sells motto to the fullest. At that time, it was an impressive piece of software, unfortunately, it is now very outdated. Lara Croft became Eidos' emblem and a symbol for the gaming industry. Giant posters of the busty Lara Croft are a thing to see, especially around E3.
Despite what people say about Eidos, they did come up with some pretty decent games. Commandos was marvelous, and I expect its sequel to be just as good. Urban Chaos wasn't bad, and so was Revenant. Ion Storm is not just Romero and the trashy Daikatana, I look forward to seeing Anachronox and Deus Ex. Hitman, coming out in Christmas, also looks to be very promising.
Eidos has the bucks to do the marketing, and hence they'll be around for a long time. Electronic Arts made a fatal mistake with Ultima 9, I hope they recover. I love their FIFA and NHL series, and Uberfetus and I will no doubt spend hours on NHL 2001 when it comes out.
Uberfetus: The Grill Guy fucking rocks! I don't expect anyone to know what I mean by "The Grill Guy". If I have time, I might node about it someday. =P