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A History Of Video Game Graphics

Stuart Brown’s fantastic YouTube series A Brief History Of Graphics starts in just about the most perfect way imaginable: “They say graphics aren’t important… but every game I’ve ever played has had them”.


33 Years Later, New Donkey Kong Secrets Are Being Found

Despite the fact the game was first released in arcades in 1981, has been ported to hell and back and picked apart on the big screen, Nintendo’s original Donkey Kong is still giving up secrets, most recently in the form of “new” music and sound effects.


A Time When Fanboys Were Innocent, And Sega Was King

Before there were YouTube channels about kids who were Sega fans, and a generation of people who equated being “fans” with being loud, angry and combative, there was a humbler, more private form of fanboy expression: home video.


How Nintendo Convinced The World To Buy A Weird Mario Game

Gail Tilden used to work at Nintendo. She was one of the founding editors of Nintendo Power, so knows better than most people how the company was able to sell one of Mario’s strangest moments — a game that wasn’t even really a Mario game — to the world.


Screw Apple's Watch, Nintendo's Watches Were Way Cooler

Hey everyone, Apple is making a watch. You might have heard. It’s like a normal watch, in that it goes on your wrist and tells the time, but it also does some computer stuff. Sound familiar? Of course it does. Other companies have been doing it for years. Including Nintendo. Sort of.


Parental Locks For Video Games Used To Be Crazy

These days, parental locks stop kids from playing games using simple software. In 1990, lacking that kind of technology, things were a little more draconian.


Long-Lost Cassette Tape Reveals Unheard Chubby Checker Atari Song

The great Chubby Checker once recorded a song to be used for a Dig-Dug commercial, only it wasn’t, and the song hasn’t been publicly heard (or heard of) until this week. History is so awesome.


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.