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Codemasters

Creators of the Game Genie and the Micro Machines series

Codemasters is a British video game developer and publisher that was founded by brothers Richard and David Darling in October 1986.  Based in Southam, England the game developer along with Llamasoft, Ultimate Play the Game, Gremlin Interactive and Rare is one of the oldest video game studios based in the United Kingdom.

The Darling brothers began their endeavour in the video game industry while attending school in Vancouver, Canada.  Richard and David were introduced to programming in High School and had access to the school’s computer room after hours.  Their shared passion for video games and interest in computer programming led them to create a text-based version of Dungeons & Dragons using their father’s Commodore PET computer.  Wanting to pursue a career in video games the brothers along with a friend from school, Michael Heibert founded “Derbert Computers”.  Heibert’s family owned a VIC-20 computer that the three students used to create video games clones of popular games such as Galaxian and Defender.

Featured Game

Micro Machines

Racing game based on the popular toy franchise

Micro Machines is a racing video game developed by Codemasters and published by Camerica for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game is themed around the popular miniature model car toy line and is the first installment in the Micro Machine video game series.

Codemasters began development of a beach buggy racing game in which cars would race over sand dunes. The game was an original concept and entitle “California Buggy Boys” but would later be redesigned once Codemasters established a license deal with Galoob for their Micro Machines toy line.

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