Category Archive: History

Feb 07

Strange and Unreasonably Weird Video Game Puzzles – Cracked

  Making a puzzle for a video game is an art. It requires making something that will challenge the player but also be accessible to everyone. Cracked gives us some examples of games that maybe needed to rethink some of these puzzles.

Feb 05

Lots and Lots of Facts About Mario Kart 8 – Super Coin Crew

  Super Coin Crew has 107 facts about Mario Kart 8 that might even surprise some hardcore fans. I know their series usually only gives 107 facts, for but maybe for this one that should just found one more to make it 108.

Feb 03

Cracked: “5 Reasons Final Fantasy Failed Worse Than Any Franchise Ever” by Mark Hill

Cracked writer Mark Hill has a pretty scathing list for why he believes the Final Fantasy series has failed harder than any other franchise before it. His list can best be summed up by everyone has just stopped caring about it. From terrible spin-offs, to terrible ports, to a kind of regression from creating goofy …

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Feb 02

Doom’s Legacy is Proper Enemy Design – Game Maker’s Toolkit

Mark Brown of Game Maker’s Toolkit discusses the enemies of Doom and how the developers made use of orthogonal unit differentiation to create unique enemies, each with their own attributes, that the players can recognize, learn, and eventually exploit to create wider possibility spaces for level designers.   It’s super great to actually learn that …

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Feb 02

The Guardian: “Doom returns: why John Romero made one last level” by Rich Stanton

Rich Stanton of The Guardian talks about John Romero’s new Doom level that was released on the 15th of this past January. He goes over some of the specific returns to form provided by the level, called Tech Gone Bad, and delves into the possible inspirations behind Romero’s choices. It’s really great to see a …

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Feb 01

Link’s Awakening to the Past – Easter Egg Hunting Find More Zelda Easter Eggs

DidYouKnowGaming? has another part to the Zelda edition of Easter Egg Hunting. This time, they finish up A Link to the Past and move on to the game that got me into gaming, Link’s Awakening.  

Jan 30

Over a Hundred Facts About Paper Mario – Super Coin Crew

Super Coin Crew helps on your quest to know just about everything about Paper Mario.

Jan 29

The Obscure Gaming Console that was your Genesis and Sega CD in One – Gaming Historian

  The Gaming Historian talks about an obscure console that played both Sega Genesis games and Sega CD games called the JVC X’Eye. As far as I can tell, this console would be pretty cool to have, but probably not worth the hassle.

Jan 28

Solid is Better Than a Square – Did You Know Gaming on Metal Gear Solid

DidYouKnowGaming? tells us just how much Hideo Kojima was influenced by film with his Metal Gear series. It turns out, a lot.  

Jan 24

Polygon: “The game industry of Iran” By Yara Elmjouie

An excellent article by Polygon’s Yara Elmjouie on the state of the gaming industry of Iran. It’s fascinating to hear about what it’s like over there, both for gamers and game developers. The rule are just completely different, where piracy is the only way gamers there have access to many of the big name titles …

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Jan 23

Fallout 4’s Cut Content Includes Undersea Adventures and Gladiatorial Arena Combat – Kotaku

Kotaku’s Patricia Hernandez has created a video detailing some of the cut content from Fallout 4, a game that I’ve been obsessed with for the last couple of weeks. Most notably, Combat Zone.     Chances are, these things were cut for time. A lot of it could have been ready for the final product, …

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Jan 22

Cracked: “6 Insane Ways Fans Make Innocent Video Games Super Creepy” By Mark Hill

Cracked Writer Mark Hill has compiled a hilarious list of times fans of certain, normally very cute and innocent, video games into creepy horror shows.   Some of these are actually pretty great examples of what you can do with some games like Animal Crossing or Super Mario Maker that’s unconventional and very creative. Some, …

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Jan 21

The Complex Universe of Mortal Kombat – Cracked

    I think Cracked just made a pretty good argument for why some games really don’t need a single player story mode. I mean, it all sounds fascinating but does anyone really play Mortal Kombat for the story?  

Jan 18

The Strange Religious References You Might Find in a Mario Game – DidYouKnowGaming?

  The first video of the year and it’s from DidYouKnowGaming? This time the religious based Easter Eggs of the Super Mario series is discussed, which is a little weird but also pretty interesting.   I’m a big Divine Comedy fan so it was cool seeing a few references to Dante’s work thrown in there. …

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Dec 30

The Mess That Was the State of Star Wars Games Before Disney – DidYouKnowGaming?

  DidYouKnowGaming? looks at some facts and trivia about Star Wars games such as Battlefront, 1313, and the lost Darth Maul game.   Did anyone ever mention that LucasArts was a mess by the time Disney bought it. Executives were moving in and out through a rotating door and Lucas had seemingly lost his mind. …

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