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A picture showcasing the front cover of From Ants to Zombies, with a glowing ceramic pumpkin and skeleton diorama sitting on each side, against a soft grey backdrop.

This Coffee-Table Book Covers Six Decades of Video Game Horror

This is From Ants to Zombies, the newest release from video game literature publisher Bitmap Books, and one that aims to be a definitive hardback database of the games that define and refine the…

November 14, 2023 | 04:30 EST

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The Crew Motorfest Video Relives the Franchise's History Born From Test Drive Unlimited Heritage

Today Ubisoft released a new video about The Crew Motorfest, and besides showing plenty of gameplay, it offers interesting insight into the history of the franchise. Not everyone knows that the…

July 24, 2023 | 01:29 EDT

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A Brief History of Digital Magic: The Gathering Games

Magic: The Gathering has been a staple of the card game industry for three decades, with the latest set Phyrexia All Will Be One releasing on Feb. 10. With consistent updates and support, new ways to…

February 27, 2023 | 12:00 EST

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Handheld Port Unearthed

Footage of a Castlevania: Symphony of the Night handheld port that was never released has surfaced, and it has us pretty pumped, to say the least. The video brings back memories that we didn't even…

October 24, 2022 | 11:51 EDT

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Ed Boon Reveals More Mortal Kombat History and the Problems with Raiden's Hat

Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon continues to reveal more about the game's history for its 30th anniversary. This time, he talks about the trials and tribulations surrounding Raiden's hat. No, really…

May 4, 2022 | 04:09 EDT

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The Evolution of Lightsaber Combat in Star Wars Games

For a franchise that prides itself on the quote, "A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack," Star Wars and Star Wars fans certainly love using a lightsaber to cut things in…

April 20, 2022 | 01:00 EDT

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The History of Fire Emblem Part 3: Flickering Embers

Welcome to the third part of this four-part series on the history of Fire Emblem. With a half-dozen titles celebrating milestone anniversaries this spring, we at TechRaptor will elucidate on how the…

February 23, 2022 | 12:00 EST

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The History of Fire Emblem Part 2: Going International

Welcome to the second part of a celebration of Fire Emblem! With a half-dozen titles celebrating milestone anniversaries this spring, we at TechRaptor will elucidate on how the series has developed…

February 22, 2022 | 12:00 EST

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The History of Fire Emblem Part 1: Origins in Japan

Fire Emblem has grown to be one of Nintendo’s best sellers. Once a rather humble turn-based tactics game, it’s grown from an unknown entity outside of Japan to a flagship Nintendo franchise. But, how…

February 21, 2022 | 12:00 EST

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Game Preservation: What it Means to Protect the Past

Back in June, the Video Game History Foundation published a piece on the critical darling Earthbound. The news about Earthbound was not a long-lost demo or copy... but scripting code that was long…

October 18, 2021 | 12:00 EDT

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Wave 2 of Project Deluge Brings PS1, CD-i, and Saturn Prototypes

Hidden Palace, a website dedicated to video game preservation, has released a second wave of prototypes archived via Project Deluge. Consisting of nearly 500 prototypes, these early development…

April 19, 2021 | 11:14 EDT

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Lost Game 'Power-Up Baseball' Unearthed by VGHF

Many years ago, NBA Jam provided a new, exciting way to play basketball. Now, it's been discovered that baseball got a similar treatment with Power-Up Baseball, a game that's been lost — until now.…

January 29, 2021 | 03:38 EST

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Links to the Past: The Development Timeline of Ocarina of Time, Part 4

Last time, we went into the exhaustive development of Stage 3 of Zelda 64, at this point now officially called Ocarina of Time in development. From it, child Link was introduced, story beats were…

February 4, 2021 | 01:00 EST

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Links to the Past: The Development Timeline of Ocarina of Time, Part 3

Last time, we looked into the exhaustive development of Zelda 64 through Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the game's life, going into the limitations of the 64DD, the growing press buzz, and the beginnings of…

February 3, 2021 | 01:00 EST

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Links to the Past: The Development Timeline of Ocarina of Time, Part 1

Recently, one of the biggest finds in gaming history occurred; several beta maps and assets from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time were discovered on a few Nintendo 64 dev kits. For a whole…

February 1, 2021 | 01:00 EST

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Drunk Insult Swordfighting And Other Secrets of Monkey Island Revealed

The Secret of Monkey Island is one of the most popular adventure games ever made. Known for its humor, clever puzzles and gorgeous animations, The Secret of Monkey Island is perhaps the crown jewel…

November 25, 2020 | 10:55 EST

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'The Animal Crossing Diaries' Hopes to Capture the Histories of Those Quarantined

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has been a juggernaut of a game for the past six months, and now it will be the subject of a unique historical record.  The National Videogame Museum (NVM) will begin…

August 10, 2020 | 10:20 EDT

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The Mario Bros' History of Character Design

The Character of Mario & Luigi Through the Years September 13, 2015 marked the 30th anniversary of the world renowned Super Mario Bros.'s release on the NES. Despite being the defining game of…

September 21, 2015 | 01:00 EDT