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Mario Through the Years

Its-a We, Mario

In the history of fictional characters, there are few who have made their mark like Mario. An Italian plumber from New York who became the face of Nintendo started with a variety of names, all based on who you talked to. His creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, originally called the character “Mr. Video” and planned to use him […]

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U.S. Patent 2455992 – The Most Important Patent in Games

On New Year’s Day 1948, while others nursed hangovers, Alan Alcorn took his first breath in a San Francisco hospital. It would be 24 years before Alan would bring Pong to the masses, forever changing the world. While we think of Pong as the start of the video game era, it actually started a year […]

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10 Fun Games You Can Play With the Whole Family

In the early days of the home game console, the focus tended to fall on family fun. Pong, Pac Man, and Asteroids were games kids and parents could play together. Lots of smiles, lots of laughs, and lots of sales for Atari! The family aspect of games has faded away. Now games have more complicated […]

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Are games bad for kids? Studies Say No

Chances are, growing up you were told that playing video games leads to lower school grades and poorer social skills. We’ve all had that moment where our parents blamed “those video games” for a bad test grade.  Maybe they thought you spent too much time at the arcade hitting Balrog and not enough time at […]

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