Welcome to Gaming History 101
This is designed to be more encyclopedia style than anything else, so feel free to browse as you choose. You can check up on the daily posts via our blog in the archives to your right, look here for features, or simply search to your heart’s content. Below highlights some of our main feature articles (aka “lessons”) that have recently gone live.
Why Go Retro? – Contributing writer Derek explains why retro gaming is not only educational and fun, but necessary.
- Review: Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 – Third time is a charm for this modernized form of the JRPG.
- Podcast: 9/9/99 – Fred and Trees celebrate the launch of the beloved Sega Dreamcast.
- Podcast: Top Scores - Fred flies solo and plays some of his favorite tunes from gaming’s past.
- Check This Out: Game Vault – While out of town with the family I discovered a great retro store in Omaha.
- Interview: Super Icon – Developers of Playstation Mobile retro love share their thoughts on development of Life of Pixel and personal retro tastes.
- Podcast: It’s Pronounced La-Ra – We discuss the Tomb Raider series and the pop culture icon protagonist that overshadowed the game.
- Genre Study: Roguelikes and MetroidVania Titles – Learn about these classic genres that are making a comeback.
- Review: Revolution X – Aerosmith + light gun, what could go wrong?
- Getting it Backwords – We delve into the world of backwards compatibility.
- Podcast: Found in Translation – Fred flies solo to tackle the history and world of fan translated games.
- Review: Terminator 2: Judgement Day – This light gun shooter in the arcades was just as popular as the 1991 film and came home to everything.
- Podcast: DC Bullet – Fred and Trees talk about DC Comic licensed video games in honor of Injustice: Gods Among Us.
- Podcast: It’s-a Me! – This week we reflect on the development history of Nintendo’s world famous plumber.
- Review: The Punisher (NES) – In a clear precursor to Revolution X, Beam proves that just because you’re a license game doesn’t mean you can’t be a great experience.
- Review: Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams – This former Super Mario Bros. clone returns after more than 20 years and gives the recent plumber iterations a run for its money.
- Review: Operation Wolf (Arcade) – The advent of a different type of light gun shooter.
- Review: Hogan’s Alley (NES) - Nintendo learns a lesson and creates the building blocks of modern light gun shooters.
- Podcast: Game Club – Salamander/Life Force – This month’s club is all about the organic Gradius spin-off shmup series.
- Review: Duck Hunt (NES) – We take you back to the light gun shooter that started it all.
- For the Love of the Light Gun – I share my admiration for the genre that will dominate April’s coverage.
Be part of the Gaming History 101 game club: For the month of April we are playing Guardian Heroes for the Saturn/XBLA. Play along!