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There is a terrifying sequence in George Orwell's classic novel 1984 that finds main character Winston Smith tied to a chair with a giant cage full of rats attached to his face. Rats are Winston’s worst fear and, throug... read feature


We all know the way it works. You play through a level in a videogame, encounter an unexpectedly hard section, and your main character plummets into a bottomless pit ... or is singed by a giant dragon ... or is blown up by a ... read feature


There is a large focus on choice in the videogames of today. In games like Infamous and Fallout, for example, players are tasked with choosing between a good or evil path. It is an interesting mechanic that, unfortunately, le... read feature


A damsel in distress. Those four words perfectly describe the basic plots of numerous videogames over the years. From the popular Mario series to even things like Ghosts 'n Goblins and Wizards & Warriors, a large majority... read feature


For everyone that is old enough to remember, the decision to buy either a Super Nintendo or a Sega Genesis was a major one. Did you make the choice to buy the Super Nintendo -- a solid, classic console with some incredible ga... read feature


For as many people that praise the modern Final Fantasy games for their glorious, technically impressive cutscenes, there is an equal amount of people that criticize them for being far too overdramatic and emotionally empty. ... read feature


After a hiatus that went on much longer than planned, I am very happy to announce that The Memory Card is back for its fifth season! For anyone reading this that is not familiar with this feature, The Memory Card is a long-ru... read feature

The Memory Card .80: The return to Shadow Moses


Dec 30
“The Memory Card” is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time. I can’t believe this is the fourth season finale of the Me... read

The Memory Card .79: Inside the worm


Dec 23
“The Memory Card” is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time. As a huge fan of old school videogames (SNES 4 LIFE!), I love wh... read

The Memory Card .78: The statue of a hero


Dec 16
“The Memory Card” is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time. The realistic passage of time is something surprisingly ignored ... read

The Memory Card .77: Prince Froggy


Dec 10
“The Memory Card” is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time. What makes a good boss battle? When you break it down, it’... read

The Memory Card .76: Brotherly love


Nov 19
“The Memory Card” is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time. We all have experienced our fair share of sad moments in videoga... read

The Memory Card .75: The blind fighting the blind


Nov 12
“The Memory Card” is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time. Regardless of their varying types of gameplay, videogames genera... read

The Memory Card .74: Crono's trial


Nov 05
"The Memory Card" is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time. How many of you reading this right now have attacked a chicken with your swo... read

The Memory Card .73: Death by funnel


Oct 29
“The Memory Card” is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time. Halloween is always such a fun time for me. Not necessarily beca... read

The Memory Card .72: The collapsing building


Oct 22
“The Memory Card” is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time.For the last two weeks, The Memory Card has put on a fine suit an... read

The Memory Card .71: The rotating room


Oct 15
“The Memory Card” is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time.Last week was the first edition of a three-part Memory Card minis... read

The Memory Card .70: Giant robot fish!


Oct 08
“The Memory Card” is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time.As a huge fan of retro games, I tell myself over and over again t... read

The Memory Card .69: TKO! BJ! LOL!


Oct 01
"The Memory Card" is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time.I was originally going to write about an entirely different topic t... read

The Memory Card .68: Anton's love story


Sep 24
“The Memory Card” is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time.Love is portrayed in many different ways in videogames. In epic J... read

The Memory Card .67: Scaling the waterfall


Sep 17
"The Memory Card" is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time.Online multiplayer is revolutionary. The fact that almost every con... read

The Memory Card .66: Taloon the merchant


Sep 03
“The Memory Card” is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time.For years, role-playing games have introduced numerous, colorful ... read

The Memory Card .65: A glimpse into the future


Aug 27
“The Memory Card” is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time.Sequels can be very rewarding for a player if done right. Instead... read

The Memory Card .64: Death and The Sorrow


Aug 20
"The Memory Card" is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time. What happens to videogame characters after they die? As a gamer, y... read

The Memory Card .63: Auf Wiedersehen!


Aug 13
"The Memory Card" is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time. I have witnessed a multitude of videogame moments over the years t... read

The Memory Card .62: Leaving Midgar


Aug 06
"The Memory Card" is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time.The feeling of discovery. It’s a pretty extraordinary feeling... read

The Memory Card .61: The dream of the Wind Fish


Jul 30
"The Memory Card" is a seasonal feature that dissects and honors some of the most artistic, innovative, and memorable videogame moments of all time.Wow. I can’t believe this is the start of the fourth (!) seas... read

The Memory Card .60: Flint's rage


Apr 02
This is it, kids: the Season 3 finale of The Memory Card. Like always, though, this feature will be back before you know it for a hopefully star-studded Season 4. My love of classic 16-bit era sprite graphics is so strong tha... read

The Memory Card .59: With knowledge comes nudity


Mar 26
For concerned parents, the formation of the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board) and its decision to display ratings on videogame boxes must have been a huge relief. But, honestly, how much does it really work? For ever... read

The Memory Card .58: The Great Mighty Poo


Mar 19
Even if a videogame features extreme fantasy elements that have no connection to reality, usually these elements at the very least fit into the context of the game’s story. Take a game like Final Fantasy, for instance. ... read

The Memory Card .57: Jade's moment of silence


Mar 05
There are many different reasons specific videogames are great. Some have outstanding characters, some have surprisingly intelligent writing, and some contain beautifully orchestrated music. While all of these individual aspe... read

The Memory Card .55: The fate of Lucca's mother


Feb 19
Here’s the scenario: You are playing a videogame and reach an unexpected gameplay twist. Confronted with a timed sequence, your taken-by-surprise skills fail you and the sequence ends unsuccessfully, resulting in an irr... read






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