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Metroid’s Justin Bailey Is A Real Person;  Here’s Why He Hasn’t Spoken Up
3 years 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
3 years 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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Part Two: The Riddler Is Batman’s Greatest Revival
3 years ago

Part Two: 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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Part One: The Riddler Is Batman’s Greatest Rival
3 years ago

Part One: 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
3 years 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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The True First Easter Egg: Ready Player One Was Wrong
3 years ago

The True First Easter Egg: Ready Player One Was Wrong

What was the first Easter Egg in an arcade game? What was the first Easter Egg in a cartridge game? What was the first Easter Egg in a computer game?
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Video Dames: The History Of Playable Female Protagonists
3 years ago

Video Dames: The History Of Playable Female Protagonists

What is Video Dames? What video games were the first to feature playable human sprites? What video games were the first to feature playable female characters?
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Wild Gunman ’74: The Forgotten First FMV Game
3 years ago

Wild Gunman ’74: The Forgotten First FMV Game

Why was SEGA selling Nintendo games? How could a live action arcade game exist before digital video? And what movie did it appear in?
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Box Art History #3: Fairchild Channel F
3 years 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
4 years 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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