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Samus Aran Origins: Metroid’s Influences Beyond Alien
10 months ago

Samus Aran Origins: Metroid’s Influences Beyond Alien

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

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

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

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

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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Metroid’s Justin Bailey Is A Real Person;  Here’s Why He Hasn’t Spoken Up
1 year 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
1 year 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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Moonlander: One Giant Leap For Game Design
1 year 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
1 year 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
2 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
2 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
2 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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