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The Memory Card .103: Downing Illidan in World of Warcraft

[Back in April of 2007, former Destructoid writer Chad Concelmo started a recurring series called "The Memory Card." The purpose was simple -- to share some of the greatest events in gaming history, and give them the respect ...   more

The Memory Card .103: Downing Illidan in World of Warcraft photo


The Memory Card .103: Downing Illidan in World of Warcraft photo
The Memory Card .103: Downing Illidan in World of Warcraft photo
The Memory Card .103: Downing Illidan in World of Warcraft photo
The Memory Card .103: Downing Illidan in World of Warcraft photo
The Memory Card .103: Downing Illidan in World of Warcraft photo
The Memory Card .103: Downing Illidan in World of Warcraft photo



The Memory Card .102: The Murder of Master Miller

[Back in April of 2007, former Destructoid writer Chad Concelmo started a recurring series called "The Memory Card." The purpose was simple -- to share some of the greatest events in gaming history, and give them the respect ...   more

The Memory Card .102: The Murder of Master Miller photo

The Memory Card .101: Ornstein & Smough

[Back in April of 2007, former Destructoid writer Chad Concelmo started a recurring series called "The Memory Card." The purpose was simple -- to share some of the greatest events in gaming history, and give them the respect ...   more

The Memory Card .101: Ornstein & Smough photo

Save State: No One Stops (NieR)

[Save State is a new Community Blog series started by taterchimp as an homage to Dtoid's own Memory Card series. Since this first blog was posted, several new ones have been shared, and several other Dtoiders have joined the ...   more

Save State:  No One Stops (NieR) photo

The Memory Card .100: Where it all began ...

At first, I wasn’t sure what to do for the 100th entry of The Memory Card. All I knew was I wanted to make it special. I have been doing this series for almost five years, and am still in shock that I have written this ...   more

The Memory Card .100: Where it all began ... photo

The Memory Card .99: The Marston legacy

If someone told me years ago that one of my favorite videogame moments in recent memory would happen in a Rockstar game, I would probably have laughed. And maybe pushed them into a mud puddle. I love Rockstar and think they m...   more

The Memory Card .99: The Marston legacy photo

The Memory Card .98: Killing Medusa

When you are playing a videogame, it is natural to want to attack and destroy your enemies. Be it with a master sword, a spread gun, a whip, or some other wicked form of weaponry, when you see an enemy in front of you, tappin...   more

The Memory Card .98: Killing Medusa photo

The Memory Card .97: Geography lesson

Can you imagine playing a videogame that forced you to remember everything you once learned in grade school? What if The Legend of Zelda required you to know the order of all the periodic elements before brewing a red potion?...   more

The Memory Card .97: Geography lesson photo

The Memory Card .96: Farewell, Klonoa

When you play a certain videogame series or genre, it is sometimes expected that you will encounter some form of memorable videogame moment. If you are playing a Metal Gear Solid game, for instance, you know one of the boss b...   more

The Memory Card .96: Farewell, Klonoa photo

The Memory Card .95: The jeep chase

Summer is in full swing. And with summer comes a slew of blockbuster movies filled with ridiculous, over-the-top action sequences. Action sequences that impress with their combination of chaotic choreography and unbelievable ...   more

The Memory Card .95: The jeep chase photo

The Memory Card .93: Language barrier

In a big-budget videogame, most of the memorable moments (alliteration!) occur during the game’s extended action sequences or over-the-top boss battles. And there is nothing wrong with that! I will always love my battle...   more

The Memory Card .93: Language barrier photo

The Memory Card .92: Sacrificing Yoshi

At first glance, the Mario games exist in such a pleasant, colorful universe. Smiling clouds watch over the land with nothing but love in their soft, fluffy hearts; stars with bushy gray moustaches fly through space, laughing...   more

The Memory Card .92: Sacrificing Yoshi photo

The Memory Card .91: A sniper rifle and a telephone

Have you ever played a videogame that you liked -- but didn’t love -- only to encounter a sequence that is so creative and well-designed it makes you wish the entire game contained more memorable moments like it? When t...   more

The Memory Card .91: A sniper rifle and a telephone photo

The Memory Card .90: In her father's Shadow

Family is a central part of anyone’s life. For better or worse, your family has a profound effect on you and changes your life in one way or another. Because of the emotionally deep connection everyone has to family, vi...   more

The Memory Card .90: In her father's Shadow photo

The Memory Card .89: MEAT 'SPLOSION!

One of the great things about videogames is how absurd they can be. Whether this absurdity is intentional (Noby Noby Boy) or unintentional (“All your base are belong to us!”) it’s always nice to see games th...   more

The Memory Card .89: MEAT 'SPLOSION! photo

The Memory Card .88: The mark of a THIEF

How do videogames punish the player for doing something wrong? The easy answer is they kill them. By performing a key jump or sword swing incorrectly, the game punishes the player by taking away one of their lives. But what a...   more

The Memory Card .88: The mark of a THIEF photo

The Memory Card .87: A Snake in a microwave

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...   more

The Memory Card .87: A Snake in a microwave photo

The Memory Card .86: Death is final

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 ...   more

The Memory Card .86: Death is final photo

The Memory Card .85: You have chosen ... wisely

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...   more

The Memory Card .85: You have chosen ... wisely photo

The Memory Card .84: A royal assist

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...   more

The Memory Card .84: A royal assist photo

The Memory Card .83: Blast Processing!

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...   more

The Memory Card .83: Blast Processing! photo

The Memory Card .82: Yuna's empty embrace

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. ...   more

The Memory Card .82: Yuna's empty embrace photo

The Memory Card .81: A prayer for Ness

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...   more

The Memory Card .81: A prayer for Ness photo

The Memory Card .80: The return to Shadow Moses

“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...   more

The Memory Card .80: The return to Shadow Moses photo

The Memory Card .79: Inside the worm

“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...   more

The Memory Card .79: Inside the worm photo

The Memory Card .78: The statue of a hero

“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 ...   more

The Memory Card .78: The statue of a hero photo

The Memory Card .77: Prince Froggy

“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’...   more

The Memory Card .77: Prince Froggy photo

The Memory Card .76: Brotherly love

“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...   more

The Memory Card .76: Brotherly love photo

The Memory Card .75: The blind fighting the blind

“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...   more

The Memory Card .75: The blind fighting the blind photo

The Memory Card .74: Crono's trial

"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...   more

The Memory Card .74: Crono's trial photo

The Memory Card .73: Death by funnel

“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...   more

The Memory Card .73: Death by funnel photo

The Memory Card .72: The collapsing building

“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...   more

The Memory Card .72: The collapsing building photo

The Memory Card .71: The rotating room

“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...   more

The Memory Card .71: The rotating room photo

The Memory Card .70: Giant robot fish!

“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...   more

The Memory Card .70: Giant robot fish! photo

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

"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...   more

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

The Memory Card .68: Anton's love story

“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...   more

The Memory Card .68: Anton's love story photo

The Memory Card .67: Scaling the waterfall

"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...   more

The Memory Card .67: Scaling the waterfall photo

The Memory Card .66: Taloon the merchant

“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 ...   more

The Memory Card .66: Taloon the merchant photo

The Memory Card .65: A glimpse into the future

“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...   more

The Memory Card .65: A glimpse into the future photo

The Memory Card .64: Death and The Sorrow

"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...   more

The Memory Card .64: Death and The Sorrow photo

The Memory Card .63: Auf Wiedersehen!

"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...   more

The Memory Card .63: Auf Wiedersehen! photo

The Memory Card .62: Leaving Midgar

"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...   more

The Memory Card .62: Leaving Midgar photo

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

"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...   more

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

The Memory Card .60: Flint's rage

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...   more

The Memory Card .60: Flint's rage photo

The Memory Card .59: With knowledge comes nudity

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...   more

The Memory Card .59: With knowledge comes nudity photo

The Memory Card .58: The Great Mighty Poo

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. ...   more

The Memory Card .58: The Great Mighty Poo photo

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

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...   more

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

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

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...   more

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

The Memory Card .54: Microwaving the hamster

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...   more

The Memory Card .54: Microwaving the hamster photo

The Memory Card .53: The nuclear blast

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...   more

The Memory Card .53: The nuclear blast photo