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Tim and Chris Stamper


Tim and Chris Stamper

Tim Stamper (Timothy David Joseph Stamper, born February 1961) and Chris Stamper (Christopher Timothy John Stamper, born October 1958), (artist and programmer, respectively) are the co-founders of Ashby Computers & Graphics (better known as Ultimate Play the Game) and later Rare. They have produced video games such as Sabre Wulf and Knight Lore for the 8-bit home computers. However, they had problems with software piracy, which was common in the 1980s, so they shifted their attention to cartridge-based games, which could not be easily copied. At a gaming convention in 1985, the Stamper brothers proposed their work to Nintendo of America. At the time, Nintendo had been enjoying monster sales from their third-generation Nintendo Entertainment System and in-house titles, and were not interested in licensing their work. Undeterred, Tim Stamper spent six months cracking the Nintendo code. At the next gaming convention, the Stampers arrived with a skiing game called Slalom, making for a better reception. Nintendo bought the game for an undisclosed amount, adding that to their in-house "Sports Series" and granted a license to Rare to create games.[1] Battletoads, Donkey Kong Country, Killer Instinct and GoldenEye 007 for Nintendo systems. Most recently Rare created Kameo: Elements of Power, Perfect Dark Zero and Viva Piñata for Microsoft's Xbox 360.

On 2 January 2007, it was announced by that both Tim and Chris Stamper had left Rare to "pursue other opportunities",[2] leaving no statement regarding plans.

In 2004 Tim Stamper paid £17m for Eydon Hall in Northamptonshire.[3]


External links

  • MobyGames
  • Chris Stamper profile on MobyGames
  • World of Spectrum

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