Chris and Tim Stamper, Co-founders of Microsoft owned development house Rare, have left the company after 25 years. The brothers Stamper founded Rare in 1982 and have delivered some of the most inspired, creative, and all around fun games of the past 15 years. In 2002 Microsoft doled out 375 million dollars to acquire market share of the British Game Makers. Since then much of Rare’s quality has been questioned with the release of games like Grabbed by the Ghoulies, and Conker: Live and Reloaded, a remake of the beloved N64 title.

One has to wonder whether or not the oppression of working for a major corporation stunted Rare’s creativity. This won’t be the first time a studio head has left a Microsoft owned game studio for unknown reasons. Two years ago Alex Seropian left Bungie to found Wideload studios. Microsoft insists that the Stamper brothers were not pressed to leave because of disappointing sales, so with that option out of the way there’s only one question left to ask. Is working for Microsoft really that bad?
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