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The Memory Card .71: The rotating room


Oct 15
// Chad Concelmo
“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...
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The Memory Card .70: Giant robot fish!


Oct 08
// Chad Concelmo
“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...
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The Memory Card .69: TKO! BJ! LOL!


Oct 01
// Chad Concelmo
"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...
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The Memory Card .68: Anton's love story


Sep 24
// Chad Concelmo
“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...
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The Memory Card .67: Scaling the waterfall


Sep 17
// Chad Concelmo
"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...
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The Memory Card .66: Taloon the merchant


Sep 03
// Chad Concelmo
“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 ...
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The Memory Card .65: A glimpse into the future


Aug 27
// Chad Concelmo
“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...
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The Memory Card .64: Death and The Sorrow


Aug 20
// Chad Concelmo
"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...
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The Memory Card .63: Auf Wiedersehen!


Aug 13
// Chad Concelmo
"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...
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The Memory Card .62: Leaving Midgar


Aug 06
// Chad Concelmo
"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...
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The Memory Card .61: The dream of the Wind Fish


Jul 30
// Chad Concelmo
"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...
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The Memory Card .60: Flint's rage


Apr 02
// Chad Concelmo
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...
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The Memory Card .59: With knowledge comes nudity


Mar 26
// Chad Concelmo
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...
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The Memory Card .58: The Great Mighty Poo


Mar 19
// Chad Concelmo
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. ...
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The Memory Card .57: Jade's moment of silence


Mar 05
// Chad Concelmo
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...
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The Memory Card .55: The fate of Lucca's mother


Feb 19
// Chad Concelmo
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...
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The Memory Card .54: Microwaving the hamster


Feb 12
// Chad Concelmo
Videogame controversy springs up in the most unlikely of places.While most people associate this controversy with modern games -- from the Grand Theft Autos to the God of Wars -- there were many cases of videogame scandal pop...
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The Memory Card .53: The nuclear blast


Feb 05
// Chad Concelmo
Death usually falls into two categories in videogames.There is category one, the more commonly seen of the two, when a main character such as Mario or Samus falls into a pit or depletes his/her health bar and just quickly ret...
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The Memory Card .52: Blind the Thief


Jan 29
// Chad Concelmo
No matter how pretty the graphics or epically huge the enemy, if a boss fight is not creative, it fails to impress. Not to single out one game, but ActRaiser is the perfect example of this. The bosses in that game -- while di...
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The Memory Card .51: The flying cow


Jan 15
// Chad Concelmo
One thing that is great about videogames is designers can pretty much do anything they want within the virtual world they create. While, of course, there is a general audience they want to please, videogame designers don&rsqu...
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The Memory Card .50: A shocking loss


Jan 08
// Chad Concelmo
This being the landmark 50th edition of The Memory Card (wow!), I decided to focus on something special. And by “special” I mean a videogame moment that affected me more than any other in the last five years. Now,...
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The Memory Card .49: Saving Santa


Dec 25
// Chad Concelmo
Ho, Ho, Ho! Welcome, everyone, to a very special Christmas edition of The Memory Card.Holidays and videogames are strange bedfellows. While Christmas is a huge holiday and celebrated by millions of people all around the world...
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The Memory Card .48: 'That's the magic flute!'


Dec 18
// Chad Concelmo
This week’s Memory Card is a little different. For the first time ever this feature is going to focus on a memorable moment from a videogame movie rather than an actual videogame itself.Before you all rack your brains t...
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The Memory Card .47: A castle stuck in time


Dec 11
// Chad Concelmo
Let me know if this scenario sounds familiar:You are playing a videogame and reach a section that is absolutely beautiful to look at. Instead of playing through quickly, you take your time, even moving your character at a sna...
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The Memory Card .46: Insult swordfighting


Dec 04
// Chad Concelmo
Humor is a tough thing to get across in videogames. Unlike movies, videogames can sometimes last up to fifteen to twenty hours. Trying to keep players giggling for that long is an almost impossible task.It seems the only way ...
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The Memory Card .45: The birth of the cutscene


Nov 20
// Chad Concelmo
While a videogame’s story is one of the most important aspects of modern games, this wasn’t necessarily the case twenty years ago. True, retro designers would make sure to create a believable world for their video...
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The Memory Card .44: Solid vs. Liquid


Nov 13
// Chad Concelmo
As readers of this feature may have noticed, I try not to focus too much on recent games. Not that there aren’t some unbelievably incredible moments found in this current generation, I just do what I can to not ruin thi...
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The Memory Card .43: Waiting for Shadow


Nov 06
// Chad Concelmo
Have you ever loved a videogame character so much you were willing to die for them? Not in real life, mind you, but in the world of a game (although I would most likely take a real life bullet for Dr. Yang -- I love that guy)...
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The Memory Card .42: Pyramid Head!


Oct 30
// Chad Concelmo
What is the scariest moment in videogame history? Actually, scratch that -- what is the creepiest moment in videogame history?If someone asked me the scariest moment, I would immediately answer when the damned zombie dog jump...






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