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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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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 Wanted You To Collect ‘Em All
3 years ago

Box Art History #3: Fairchild Channel F Wanted You To Collect ‘Em All

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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Box Art History #2: The First Commercial Computer Games Were Distributed On Paper
4 years ago

Box Art History #2: The First Commercial Computer Games Were Distributed On Paper

Early computer game history often gets overlooked.

I’m just as guilty as anyone of overlooking computer game history. So for this series, I made a conscious effort to broaden my …
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Box Art History #1: The First Video Games In Boxes Were For Magnavox’s Odyssey
4 years ago

Box Art History #1: The First Video Games In Boxes Were For Magnavox’s 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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