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Samus Aran Origins: Metroid’s Influences Beyond Alien
2 weeks 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?

Critical Kate is on the …
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Infographic: Wii U Has More Metroid Games Than Any Other Console
4 weeks 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)
3 months 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?

This is a …
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Metroid’s Justin Bailey Is A Real Person;  Here’s Why He Hasn’t Spoken Up
5 months 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
6 months 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
8 months 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
8 months 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
9 months 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?

This is a transcript …
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Wild Gunman ’74: The Forgotten First FMV Game
9 months 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?

This is a transcript of …
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Box Art History #3: Fairchild Channel F
11 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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