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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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Infographic: The Evolution Of Carmen Sandiego’s Crest
7 months 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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Box Art History #2: Computer Games On Printed Paper
9 months ago

Box Art History #2: Computer Games On Printed Paper

Early computer game history often gets overlooked.

Maybe it’s because “computer games” used to be considered different from “video games,” back when “video” was defined by the presence of a …
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Carmen Sandiego: To Steal Or Not To Steal Walkthrough
9 months ago

Carmen Sandiego: To Steal Or Not To Steal Walkthrough

Netflix has a new Bandersnatch-style interactive adventure. But where that film was about a character creating a fictional menu-driven adventure, the new film is based on one of the first …
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Box Art History #1: Magnavox Odyssey
10 months ago

Box Art History #1: Magnavox Odyssey

“Don’t judge a book by its cover,” the saying goes.

This age-old idiom originally meant you shouldn’t judge a person by their shabby clothing. But in a literal sense, I …
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Infographic: Mario x Pac-Man x Sonic – Primary Bros.
1 year ago

Infographic: Mario x Pac-Man x Sonic – Primary Bros.

Super Mario, Pac-Man, and Sonic The Hedgehog are three of the most recognizable icons in gaming, and their careers contain some interesting parallels.

They also happen to perfectly represent …
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The Sumerian Game: The Most Important Video Game You’ve Never Heard Of
1 year ago

The Sumerian Game: The Most Important Video Game You’ve Never Heard Of

Long before Carmen Sandiego or The Oregon Trail…

…there was The Sumerian Game. Designed for grade schoolers in 1964, it was as innovative as it is forgotten.

I discovered …
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Infographic: Identifying Carmen Sandiego
1 year ago

Infographic: Identifying Carmen Sandiego

I’m certain that Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? is the most confusing series in the history of video games. Different versions of a game might have the same …
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Rarely Seen ’90s Carmen Sandiego Art By Bill Sienkiewicz
1 year ago

Rarely Seen ’90s Carmen Sandiego Art By Bill Sienkiewicz

Legion co-creator Bill Sienkiewicz designed the characters and logo for the ’90s FOX cartoon Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?
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The Origin Of The Term “Gamer”
2 years ago

The Origin Of The Term “Gamer”

The term “gamer” predates video games by over six centuries.

The first known record of the word was found in the English town of Walsall and dates back to …
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Talking Carmen Sandiego With ’90s Executive Publisher Ken Goldstein
2 years ago

Talking Carmen Sandiego With ’90s Executive Publisher Ken Goldstein

Discussing Carmen Sandiego On TV & “On Earth”

It’s been 25 years since the first episode of Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego debuted as a part of the Fox …
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