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  • Blog Post: Requiem For A Seam: Remembering The 10 Best Game Instruction Manuals

    Let me spin you a yarn. Times were, you’d open that brand-new cardboard (or plastic) box and there, nestled right next to your cartridge (or disc), would be a booklet. Yes, a booklet – paper pages stapled together that told you how to play the game (and sometimes more). Remember those? Now... More
  • Blog Post: Get Lost – Why Losing Your Way Can Make Games More Fun

    It’s really easy to get lost in Mother. The NES predecessor to Earthbound is set in a large, strangely plotted map that serves to disorient and engage the player at the same time. And I don’t mind that one bit. I haven’t made too much progress in the game since I picked it up a few... More
  • Blog Post: Five Games Never Released In North America That Would Be Easy To Port

    With the release of Vib-Ribbon recently, it reminded me there are a lot of games that never made their way to North America that could benefit from a digital release today. Vib-Ribbon may never have released in North America, but it did release in Europe, meaning it did go through the rigors of translation... More
  • Blog Post: Five Unexpected Deaths In Video Games

    With the premiere of the fourth season of Game of Thrones tonight, a show embraced by gamers and non-gamers alike, it offers the perfect excuse to talk about deaths we didn’t see coming. Game of Thrones the television show has only been around since 2010, but the books have been publishing since... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – What Games Could Twitch Play Next?

    The success of Twitch Plays Pokémon might turn out to be an isolated phenomenon, but if it does turn out there is a market for crowd-played games, what other titles could work? The popular one often recommended by the Internet, partly in jest, is Dark Souls. If we’re really thinking it through... More
  • Blog Post: Nintendo’s Missed Virtual Console Opportunities

    Nintendo has one of video games’ most impressive backlogs, but it is missing a lot of golden opportunities with its Virtual Console. Super Mario 3D World and Super Mario 64 Super Mario 64 was Mario’s first 3D platforming adventure, and set a standard for the genre for years to come, but ahead... More
  • Blog Post: Revisiting EarthBound: Ahead Of (And A Product Of) Its Time

    Like many Wii U owners, I have recently spent a lot of time in the world of EarthBound following its Virtual Console release. I feel like I waited the perfect amount of time to replay the game. I first played in on Super Nintendo in the late ‘90s, and enough time has passed that I remember few... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: What Games Do You Want To Be Able To Download?

    Lately, I have struggled with splitting my time between playing current titles and playing older ones. Too many games exist that I never tried out – either because I wasn’t old enough to hold a controller or because I just didn’t play a title around its release window. Most recently... More
  • Blog Post: Games Ripe For Animated Feature Film Adaptation

    With the announcement this morning of a Ratchet and Clank feature-length animated movie destined for theatres , it got us thinking about what other video games characters and franchise could work well with an animated movie treatment. Some of the items on this list have already received non-video game... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Earthbound

    Earthbound is finally coming to the Wii U's Virtual Console , but we refused to wait any longer to play Nintendo's quirky RPG classic again, so we dove into our vault and took it for a nostalgic spin. Join three Earthbound fans (Jeff Cork, Kyle Hilliard, and Kimberley Wallace ), and one person... More
  • Blog Post: My Top 10 Forgotten Favorites

    When I applied for a job here, in the additional skills section of my resume I very subtly placed the special ability, “able to beat Mega Man X in under two hours.” They didn’t put me on the spot, but if they had, I probably would have gotten nervous and died a lot fighting Sigma. I... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Import-Only Oddities

    Not every game makes its way to North America. In many cases, this is understandable; train simulators and anime dating games wouldn’t find the same audience over here as they do overseas. But what about the games that seem like a good fit? Some of them are installments in well-known series, while... More
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