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Chris Stamper

Developer Biography

Chris Stamper and his brother Tim Stamper founded Ashby Computers and Graphics and Ultimate Play The Game in 1983. Their first major game release was called Jetpac, which sold about 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.

With the support of their parents, Chris and Tim began producing their games under the name of their residence in Ashby de la Zouch. Chris found out about the Nintendo Famicom system in Japan, and decided to begin figuring out its design, and decided to develop their games for this console. Chris and Tim teamed up with Joel Hochberg and formed Rare, Ltd. in 1986. Rare developed many games for the NES.

Finally in 1993 they showed Nintendo a way to compress graphics information into a cartridge, which impressed Nintendo. Nintendo decided to invest in Rare, and owned 25 percent of Rare, Ltd., and Nintendo sold them their trademark game, Donkey Kong. Their first major release with this technology; Donkey Kong Country, was a smash hit worldwide and Rare, Ltd. continues to succeed to this day.

Contributed by Scott G (792) on Feb 15, 2004.
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