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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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Box Art History #1: Magnavox Odyssey
1 year 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.
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

Long before Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego or The Oregon Trail, there was The Sumerian Game.

Designed in 1964 for classrooms, it was as innovative as it is …
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Infographic: Identifying Carmen Sandiego
2 years 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
2 years 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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How Did Fans React To The Empire Strikes Back In 1980?
3 years ago

How Did Fans React To The Empire Strikes Back In 1980?

Fan reaction to The Last Jedi has been mixed to say the least, but it’s not the first divisive film the Star Wars series has ever had. That honor goes …
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You Don’t Know Merc: A History Of Deadpool
8 years ago

You Don’t Know Merc: A History Of Deadpool

It hasn’t always been sunshine and roses for Deadpool. He might be the star of his own videogame and appear in multiple comics each month, but there was a time …
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20 Videogame Movie Adaptations That Are Worse Than Super Mario Bros.
8 years ago

20 Videogame Movie Adaptations That Are Worse Than Super Mario Bros.

In late 2012, I forced myself to watch every videogame movie adaptation ever released theatrically in the US – all thirty-two of them – at a rate of one per …
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