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Lost Akira Game Spotted, But It's Not Pretty

It’s a shame. For such an awesome manga/film as Akira is, its games have been pretty shoddy. One, however, was so shoddy it was never even released. The story of this missing game is one that’s eluded folks for some time, but today, we’ve finally got some footage of it (well, the Genesis version at least).


The Origins Of A Classic Lucasarts Adventure

In a lot of ways, Maniac Mansion is where it all began for Lucasarts (or Lucasfilm Games, as it was know back then). The company’s first big adventure game hit, it set the tone for a decade of classic titles that would define PC gaming for an entire generation.


How Awesome Old Box Art Was Made

Veteran game artist Mike Winterbauer is a crazy person. He’s written a book showcasing (and telling the story behind) some classic examples of PC and console cover art, and instead of charging a premium for it, is giving it away for free.


RIP Neversoft, The Studio That Made Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

Last week, something very sad took place over at Activision. Neversoft, the studio that created the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series, officially ceased to exist.


The Slow Disappearance Of The Video Game Manual

Collector F. M. da Costa has an amazing Flickr page where he opens up his games, showing everything that came in the box. It’s very pretty just to look at, but it’s also a timelapse, showing the slow and steady decline in the number of pieces of paper that shipped alongside a video game.


17-Minute Metal Epic Covers 40 Years Of Video Game History

The conclusion of three years of work, this is FamilyJules7x taking us on one hell of a musical journey, as he thrashes out metal versions of the theme songs to most of gaming’s greatest games.


Meet The Guy Who Says He Buried The E.T. Cartridges

Last month, thousands of copies of ET (along with other Atari games) were found buried beneath the New Mexico desert. James Heller was the man responsible for that.


Some Things Never Change

Here’s an excerpt from the magazine Computer Gaming World, reporting on E3 1997. Replace “real-time strategy” with “first-person shooters” and bump up the numbers a little bit — 50-75MB! — and this could be from 2014.


When Every Nintendo Game Looked The Same (And Was Better For It)

Outside of budget lines, video game box and disc art these days is a unique and varied art. No two games’ presentation looks the same. But for a short time, right back at the beginning of their days in the home console market, Nintendo bucked this trend. And it’s a shame they never stuck with it.


A History Of Video Game Consoles, In Japanese Commercials

Last week, we saw what the history of video games looks like through Western commercials. But the birthplace of Nintendo and Sony has a history of consoles all its own — and the commercials to match.