Category Archive: History

Sep 19

8 Examples of Video Game Lawsuits That, Well, Backfired

  These certainly are some silly examples of why a game would be sued. My particular favorite was Universal finding themselves violating Nintendo’s copyright over the word “Kong”. While these are silly lawsuits that are notable for how badly they backfired, I think it’s always important to remind people that not every video game is …

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Sep 18

Inspiration and Easter Eggs – Did You Know Gaming: Mass Effect

  Some really interesting tidbits and trivia here about the Mass Effect series. It’s pretty cool how the alien races all had some animal or folklore related inspirations. Except for that race of all women. I wonder what everyone was like when that was brought up.   “Yes so we have this race inspired by …

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Sep 16

SimCity 2000’s “Serious Sims” EWI Cover by Peter Anthony Smith (With Trivia!)

  Music and trivia all in one? What a great combination! SimCity I feel is a not a game that gets too many of its songs covered, so it’s a good thing that Peter Anthony Smith and his trusty EWI is here to provide a pretty faithful sounding recreation.    

Sep 11

Pointing Out Cultural Changes and Small Oddities with Easter Egg Hunting – Mario Part 2

  Before I became a game developer, I would have wondered why some game would contain barely noticeable elements. Take the fish popping out of the thing for instance. Why would the programmers take the time to add that in. Now that I am working on a game and have complete creative freedom I know …

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Sep 10

IGN Shows Us the Artistic Evolution of Link From the Legend of Zelda

  IGN gives us a pretty thorough look at the evolution of Link’s character design from The Legend of Zelda series.   Link really does just have that kind iconic and instantly recognizable design, no doubt because of the uniqueness of his green cap.

Sep 05

Polygon: “Rhianna’s rise: Meet the writer behind Tomb Raider” By Russ Pitts

Polygon’s Russ Pitts puts together an excellent article detailing the career of Rhianna Pratchett, the writer behind the most recent incarnation of Tomb Raider. Rhianna, a seasoned veteran having written for games like Overlord, Mirror’s Edge, and Heavenly Sword, reveals the details that led her to forge her own path and become one of the …

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Sep 05

Video Game Novels: What Exactly Are They About?

The video game novel is not something I’m all too familiar with nor is it something that I think is usually looked at. So it’s kind of nice to get some insight into what I’m missing out on. Though I suppose it doesn’t seem like much.

Sep 03

Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy are RPG Buddies – Did You Know Gaming: Dragon Quest Feat. JonTron

I always wanted to get into the Dragon Quest games, even getting Dragon Quest XIII for the PS2 years ago. Sadly I just never had the time to get very far in it. Still, I love this back and forth referencing between it and the Final Fantasy series as I am a sucker for references …

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Sep 02

Rerez – 5 Awesome Songs from Obscure Video Games

It’s such a shame when a obscure game has some really cool aspects of it. These games for example are games that I really never even heard of but I was really digging each tune. I’m thinking of checking some of these games out, if I can.   If you liked this video and you’re …

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Sep 01

The Game Direct Examines the History of Resident Evil

Youtube channel The Game Direct explains both the history of the Resident Evil series, starting with a brief look at the beginnings of the survival horror genre.   It’s interesting to note that so many of the developers working on the game thought it was going to be bad. Despite it’s success, I don’t believe …

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Sep 01

A Kickstarter That Needs Your Help All About Game Music – The Players’ Score: A Videogame Music Documentary

If you are into or want to learn more about the video game music scene, then do I have a Kickstarter for you to fund. The Players’ Score: A Videogame Music Documentary is exactly what it sounds like and seems like it will be exploring the history of bit music and the entire musical movement …

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Aug 27

Unearthing Many More Secrets with Easter Egg Hunting – Mario Part 1

It seems like the Mario series is a never ending well of secrets and Easter eggs. Even when you think you’ve heard them all something new pops up like the iconic mushroom get jingle being the level complete theme sped up. I can’t wait for part 2 to learn some of the secrets from the …

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Aug 26

Learn About Historical Serial Killers and Obscure Mythological Figures with Did You Know Gaming: Castlevania

As someone who has never played a Castlevania game before (other than Castlevania Judgement which I had hoped would get me interested into the series), I didn’t realize that so much of it was based on various mythologies. I’m actually really interested in stuff like that and since I think I can pick up some …

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Aug 25

Kotaku: “A Brief History of Non-Nintendo Made Zelda Games” by Richard Eisenbeis

In anticipation for Hyrule Warriors, Richard Eisenbeis has compiled a short history of all The Legend of Zelda games that were created by companies other than Nintendo. I think even to this day people believe that Nintendo rarely branches out to third parties with their first-party IPs or that they have just started recently but …

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Aug 20

What Could Have Been – Unused Content for Team Fortress 2

It seems like the designers for Team Fortress 2 have a lot of fun when coming up with new ideas. That’s usually how broken or implausible things get into games such as these. Sadly I don’t play enough Team Fortress 2 to really comment much further.

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