Category Archive: History

May 27

Ratchet & Clank [Insert innuendo Here] – Did You Know Gaming

  I would hesistate to say that the use of innuendos in the Ratchet & Clank series are “clever.” They are about as clever as they are subtle and to quote JonTron:   I always found that kind of weird. It seems like a game that would totally be for kids as well as adults, …

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May 25

Lost Plasmids, Suspicious Security Programs, and the Movie that Never Was – ScrewAttack’s Five Fun Facts on Bioshock

Some interesting facts via ScrewAttack! on Bioshock.   Funny anecdote, for the game I’m developing I wanted to add some kind of short range teleportation. My programmer gave me a flat “no” pretty much citing that it would break the game.  

May 23

Your NES and TV All Rolled into One – Gaming Historian

  TheĀ Gaming Historian looks at a rather unusual piece of gaming hardware. A game console and TV smooshed into one. I never really thought about it before, but this does seem like a really good idea. If only something like this could be sold competitively. I would love for a Wii U or XBox One …

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May 20

Wii Would Like to Know – Did You Know Gaming Looks at Nintendo’s Most Revolutionary Console

  Regardless of what anyone says, I think the Wii is one of the most revolutionary consoles ever made. Motion controls opened up so many new possibilities and I think paved the way for developers to think beyond just a normal button controller layout. I know a lot of people really like traditional gamepads, but …

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May 15

Really Freakin’ Clever Shows Us How…um…Clever HuniePop Is (NSFW)

    Well, this was awkward and embarrassing to watch.   So, even though I haven’t played this game yet, based on Josh’s description I think I can get a pretty decent grasp on what’s right, and what’s wrong with this game.   So first of all, I have to give kudos to a game …

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May 14

JonTron Starts His Star Wars Game Journey With the Atari Games

  JonTron has really up his production values. Seriously, I love this.   As for the Atari games….eh….not so much. I’m sure they did the best that they could and I’m sure they were impressive for the time but…c’mon.

May 14

The Point Discusses Game Preservation and How We’re Losing Our History

  My philosophy for game design has always been based on rigorous study and critiqued of games from the past. Classic games, modern games, generic, unique, everything is important and most importantly, everything needs to be played. I am a huge supporter for game preservation and while I can understand some possible concerns the ESA …

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May 13

The Game Direct Takes Us Through Capcom’s Decision to Make Resident Evil Less About Horror and More About Action

  I hate the idea that video games are a business and thus should make creative decisions based on what will make money or what is popular. I often hear this come from both game makers and fans and in this video, justifying Resident Evil’s departure from survival-horror to action horror comes off as a …

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May 12

Did You Know Gaming Dives Into the History of Nintendo’s Most Revolutionary Console

  Once again, one of Nintendo’s most innovative ideas comes from years before it was actually implemented. Honestly, I’m surprised something like Mii’s took so long to be implemented by anyone. Maybe before the Wii, games were all seen as their own individual spaces and it wasn’t until something like Mii’s that having a visual …

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May 07

Samus With a Fly Head – Did You Know Gaming: Metroid Part 2

  How visors became a thing in Metroid Prime has got to be one of my favorite stories. I cannot even begin to imagine how Miyamoto began talking to the team at Retro. “What if Samus had a fly head.” It’s like advice you would expect to get from a sage living in the middle …

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May 07

Gamespot Goes Over Some of the Best Gaming Anti-Piracy Methods

  GameSpot‘s video shows that there is an art to anti-piracy tactics. In the history of combating pirates, these examples might be the most effective. It doesn’t hurt the end users who purchase the game legitmately like a lot of always online services do while at the same, gives those same people some amusement as …

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May 06

The Xbox’s Problems in Japan May be Because It was Black and Had a Big X On It – Did You Know Gaming? Xbox

The history of the Xbox is an interesting one, it would seem. It’s seems like Tony Stark and Ultron, everyone creates their worst fear. While Nintendo’s botched deal with Sony ended up with the PlayStation, Sony’s refusal to work with Microsoft gave birth to the Xbox.   This video was published by DidYouKnowGaming? If you …

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May 06

Errant Signal Discusses the Evolution of Blendo Games

  I think this is something we rarely see, an analysis of a single game developer based on their work, rather than their history. I once played Thirty-Flights of Lovin’ at GDC and was completely lost, but intrigued. It wasn’t what I expected but that was okay. The great thing about games is that they …

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May 05

The Point – The German Mario Clone That Eventually Became an Homage

  I had heard a little bit about Giana Sisters but until this video, had no idea what their origins were.   I really don’t know what to take away from it. Maybe what makes something an homage and what makes it a rip-off is time. Maybe Nintendo is becoming more lax on games that …

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Apr 30

Kingdom Hearts Mysteries Dives Into Foretellers and the Future of Kingdom Hearts

  If one thing really annoys me about the Kingdom Hearts series is how often story important games, or versions of games, get a Japanese only release. This has been a problems since the release of the original Kingdom Hearts, where the Final Mix version included a plot relevant boss battle.   I wouldn’t be …

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