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Pinball Was Once Illegal

Pinball. The great American (mechanical) pastime. It’s about as innocent as gaming gets, especially compared to the blood, drugs and sex you find in video games. Yet bizarrely, for decades, pinball was actually declared illegal in some of America’s biggest cities, including New York and Los Angeles.

The Mario Bros. Theme Has Lyrics

You’ve been hearing the ditty for decades, both in games and on the internet, but did you know that the original Mario Bros. theme — from the games, not the TV show’s intro — has official lyrics to go with it?

Dig Through The Archives Of A Closed Developer

Infocom, founded in 1979, were one of the great studios of the early days of PC gaming, responsible for classics like the Zork series. They may be long gone (Infocom were shut down in 1989), but their history lives on in this incredible collection of old documents.

The Nintendo Console From The '80s Made For Recording Gameplay Footage

These days, if you want to record direct video footage of a video game, all you need to do is press a button. But back in the 1980s, this was a complex and expensive process!

The Banned Pokémon Episode That Gave Children Seizures

On 16 December 1997, an episode of the then-unstoppable Pokémon animated series was broadcast in Japan. Barely thirty minutes later, nearly 700 children were on their way to hospital.

The Long, Strange History Of Video Games Sponsoring Football Teams

Aside from the obvious connection — there are famous football video games — football and gaming have another strange association: a long history of companies like Nintendo and Sega appearing as shirt sponsors for some of the biggest clubs in the world.

Super-Rare Sonic The Hedgehog Game, Once Lost, Now Playable

One of the rarest Sonic games of all time is Waku Waku Sonic Patrol Car, an arcade game for kids that was released in 1991. If you weren’t in Japan that year (so…pretty much all of us), you’ve probably never played it, as it has never been released again, ever, in any format.

1989 Sega Game Was A Racing Monstrosity

Let’s all go back in time. Before Sonic Boom, before the Dreamcast, before the Saturn. To a time when Sega was awesome, and as famous for their killer arcade games as their console efforts.

The NES Games Hidden In Seinfeld's Apartment

All those years watching Seinfeld, and I never noticed this, so thanks to Tim Rogers for the pic: turns out the media shelf in the background of Jerry’s apartment, which is mostly full of his old VHS tapes (like Navy Seals!), is also home to a few NES games.

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