Posted on June 4, 2007,

Developer Spotlight – Rare, ltd.

It’s easy to be critical about a game. Typing “THE GRAFIX SUKS” in all caps on a forum takes hardly any effort at all. What we sometimes do not realize is somewhere out there is a team of people that spent countless hours working to create those graphics. Even if the graphics are below average, an amazing amount of effort was put forth to produce them. I have had my hand in making games in the past, and I can be totally sympathetic to the challenges of the industry. But who are these mysterious developers? Where did they come from? What are they working on now? Those are the questions that I hope to answer.

Who are they? Rare, Ltd.

When were they founded? 1982

Where are they now? Leicestershire, UK

How do I know them? Donkey Kong Country (SNES), GoldenEye 007 (N64), Viva Pinata (Xbox360)

What do their games look like?
rare1 banjo1 viva1

What are they working on? Banjo-Kazooie 3

Anything else we should know? On January 2, 2007, Rare founders Chris and Tim Stamper left the company to “pursue other opportunities”.

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