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Who’s a good development studio? Who’s a good development studio? Rare’s a good development studio! Yes they are!

Remember when charity calendars were all about people getting their kit off? Firefighters; rugby teams; even the cast of TV soap Eastenders have disrobed for good causes.

Famously it all started with the Women’s Institute hiding their buns behind some well-placed, er, buns. The calendar girls’ tale is so famous it was made into a big budget Buena Vista movie, starring Julie Walters, Helen Mirren, Celia Imrie, and a near-bottomless list of acting greats.

Now, don’t take this the wrong way, but we’re quite glad that Rare – developer of Donkey Kong Country, Goldeneye 007, Viva Pinata, and Sea of Thieves to name just a few – kept their kit on for their charity calendar. Naked game developers cheekily hiding their private parts with plush Banjo and Conker toys would have been all kinds of upsetting.

Instead, the good people of Rare have put together a 2019 charity calendar featuring something far more appealing: their dogs.

The Dogs of Rare 2019 charity calendar does exactly what it says on the tin. It features 12 dogs, all fur babies of members of the Rare family, looking cute. Some of them are even dressed up. And dogs really are members of the Rare family; it’s not that unusual to see social media posts of friendly pooches hanging out in the studio, keeping their humans happy. (See also: Media Molecule, Bossa, and plenty others.)

Of course, the Dogs of Rare 2019 calendar is a charity event, too. All profits from the calendar will go to Special Effect, the incredible charity that brings the wonderful world of video games to players with disabilities (with initiatives like the Xbox Adaptive Controller, and our new hero, Owen).

The Dogs of Rare calendar costs just a tenner, and is available to purchase from Rare’s Sea of Thieves merchandise store. Payments will be taken at the time of purchase, but calendars won’t start shipping until the start of December.

Do a good thing for charity and buy it for someone this Christmas. Imagine how much cheer it will bring them looking at those furry little faces for the next 12 months.

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