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About Kate Willaert

Born on the same day as the Famicom, "Critical Kate" has been playing videogames since the NES days. She enjoys a good story, prefers arcade-style to simulators, and doesn't understand the appeal of recreational frustration. You don't want to run into her in the Facility with Remote Mines.
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Metroid’s Justin Bailey Is A Real Person;  Here’s Why He Hasn’t Spoken Up
1 month ago

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

“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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Make Love Not War: Talking With The Creator Of The First Software Easter Egg
2 months ago

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

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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The Riddler Is Batman’s Greatest Revival
3 months ago

The Riddler Is Batman’s Greatest Revival

In Part One I made the case that Frank Gorshin’s Riddler was the best Joker. But was he the best Riddler? In my opinion, the best Riddler is the version …
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The Riddler Is Batman’s Greatest Rival
3 months ago

The Riddler Is Batman’s Greatest Rival

Riddle me this, Batman: What’s the opposite of a sleuth? 

The opposite of a bat isn’t a cat, though at least it’s thematic. But why a detective’s opposite number be …
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Moonlander: One Giant Leap For Game Design
4 months ago

Moonlander: One Giant Leap For Game Design

Everyone knows Neil Armstrong was the first man on the Moon, but who was the first man in a video game?

Early video game history is littered with “firsts” — …
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Ready Player One Was Wrong: The First Easter Eggs In Video Games
4 months ago

Ready Player One Was Wrong: The First Easter Eggs In Video Games

The first Easter Egg wasn’t in Atari Adventure.

Ready Player One takes place in a dystopian future where people cope with the miserable state of their reality by escaping into …
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Video Dames: The History Of Playable Female Protagonists
5 months ago

Video Dames: The History Of Playable Female Protagonists

Between 1980 and 1989…

…the number of unique video game titles released in America on computers, home consoles or in arcades totalled over 8,000. The exact number is uncountable. 

So …
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Wild Gunman ’74: The Forgotten First FMV Game
5 months ago

Wild Gunman ’74: The Forgotten First FMV Game

Wild Gunman was the first Nintendo game in a movie. Marty McFly eyes a vintage Wild Gunman arcade in the future.

But it wasn’t this movie, and it wasn’t this …
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Box Art History #3: Fairchild Channel F
7 months ago

Box Art History #3: Fairchild Channel F

Before the NES, before the Atari 2600…

Fairchild’s Channel F was the first video game console to run games directly from a cartridge. While Magnavox’s Odyssey had game cards that …
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Infographic: The Evolution Of Carmen Sandiego’s Crest
1 year ago

Infographic: The Evolution Of Carmen Sandiego’s Crest

Carmen Sandiego’s first showed up 35 years ago today in WHERE IN THE WORLD IS CARMEN SANDIEGO? for the Apple II. But she wasn’t yet wearing her iconic red outfit …
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