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Carmen Sandiego And The Case Of The Sham Creator

By  •  1 month ago

While doing a revision on my long-in-development video on the origin of Carmen Sandiego, I noticed something on the Wikipedia page for “Carmen Sandiego (character)” that I hadn’t noticed before. …
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Gaming

A Critical Look At The Interactive Artbook “The Making Of Karateka”

By  •  1 month ago

Last Summer, game developer Digital Eclipse released The Making Of Karateka, a cross between a documentary, an artbook, a museum gallery, and a game collection, that details the story of …
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Comics

How The X-Men Logo Got Fixed

By  •  3 months ago

The X-Men ‘97 logo has a more complex history than you might expect. Although immediately recognizable to longtime fans, this particular variation on the iconic logo wasn’t introduced until 1994 …
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Gaming

Were TRON’s “Grid Bugs” A Tie-In For The Arcade Game?

By  •  5 months ago

“This isn’t gonna be easy. If those Grid Bugs get us, we’ve had it.”

As the heroes of TRON ride in their Solar Sailer toward the film’s final act, they …
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Video EssaysGaming

Mario Origins: How A Popeye Game Became Donkey Kong

By  •  6 months ago

The year is 1990. Nintendo has just received the latest “Q Ratings” report — a long-running popularity poll that ranks celebrities and fictional characters by weighing their popularity against their …
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Gaming

Solved: If Miyamoto Never Said His Most Famous Quote, Who Did?

By  •  7 months ago

In a Half-Life 25th anniversary documentary that launched this weekend, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell paraphrases a decades-old bit of gaming industry wisdom, saying, “Late is just for a little while, …
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Gaming

A Brief Tour Of Nintendo Of America’s Early HQ Locations

By  •  9 months ago

Nintendo Of America made its home Redmond, Washington just a little over 40 years ago, but not until after its first big hit. So where were they located when they …
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Video EssaysGaming

Samus Aran Origins Revisited: The Metroid Creature

By  •  1 year ago

The reaction to my “Metroid Hidden Influences” video has been amazing. If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch that one first, then come back here. Because this…is the Bonus …
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Video Essays

How TV Tropes Changed The Meaning Of “Trope”

By  •  2 years ago

In the mid-2000s, a website called TV Tropes began to spread across the internet via word of mouth. Few of us knew what a “trope” was, but the way the …
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Video EssaysGaming

Samus Aran Origins: Metroid’s Influences Beyond Alien

By  •  3 years ago

Who was the first character with an arm cannon? What was the first game to use weapons to unlock doors? And why can’t metroid crawl?

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FeaturesGamingInfographics

Infographic: Wii U Has More Metroid Games Than Any Other Console

By  •  3 years ago

To mark my Patreon reaching its first 50 patrons, I decided to create another infographic! This time the subject is “Which Platform Has The Most Metroid?,” a backwards compatibility comparison. …
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Video Essays

NaNoWriMo: How To Make The “Comic Sans Trick” Work With Any Font

By  •  3 years ago

It’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) again, and everyone is looking for ideas to increase their writing speed. One trick that’s recently become popular is to write your first draft …
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Video EssaysGamingVideo Dames

Why The First Playable Women Of The ’80s Were Naked (Video Dames #0)

By  •  3 years ago

What was the streaking fad of the ’70s? What was the first ’80 arcade game to feature a playable female character? What was Mystique Presents Swedish Erotica?
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FeaturesGaming

Metroid’s Justin Bailey Is A Real Person; Here’s Why He Hasn’t Spoken Up

By  •  3 years ago

“Justin Bailey” is one of the most famous secret codes in the history of gaming.

Sure, it’s not as well-known as the Konami Code, but for anyone who becomes interested …
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FeaturesGaming

Make Love Not War: Talking With The Creator Of The First Software Easter Egg

By  •  3 years ago

William Weiher created the first software Easter Egg circa 1968, but didn’t realize it until I told him.

Last month, I revealed the previously forgotten oldest Easter Egg in a …
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