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Moonlander: One Giant Leap For Game Design
1 week 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
2 weeks 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
1 month 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
2 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
3 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
12 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
1 year 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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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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