Category: History

The Maze, the T-Rex, and the Birth of Horror Games

We live in a wonderful time for gamers who dig on horror. We’ve got Silent Hill and Resident Evil. We’ve got Friday the 13th and Dead by Daylight. We have a plethora of horror games to get us through the wonderful season of Halloween. And we should be grateful. There was a time, really not […]

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Katniss Everdeen and the Birth of Battle Royale

Mark Twain once famously said, “There is no such thing as a new idea”. To prove his point, bestselling Historical Romance author Jude Deveraux is quoted as saying “There are no new stories. It all depends on how you handle them”. So it is with novels, so it is with movies, songs, and even video […]

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The Five Failures of Nintendo

The video game market of today wouldn’t exist without Nintendo. In the mid-1980s, they weathered the storm when the console market imploded by focusing on quality over quantity. The Nintendo Seal of Approval meant something to gamers – it meant that the game they were buying was at least playable – something Atari proved was […]

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The Golden Age of Video Game Commercials

The 1980s weren’t just the Golden Age of video games, it was also the Golden Age of video game commercials. For some of you, these classic ads for Atari, Intellivision, Colecovision, and other forgotten¬†consoles will bring back memories of childhood. For others, you’ll watch and realize why the older players are so weird sometimes. Watching […]

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Baer’s Odyssey

Being Jewish in Germany in 1937 was a frightening experience, and when Ralph Baer was expelled from his school because of his ethnicity, his family knew their time in Europe was coming to an end. Four years later, the Baer family moved to America and settled down in New York. Ralph became interested in electronics, […]

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