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The Memory Card .51: The flying cow

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...   more

The Memory Card .51: The flying cow photo

The Memory Card .50: A shocking loss

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,...   more

The Memory Card .50: A shocking loss photo

The Memory Card .49: Saving Santa

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...   more

The Memory Card .49: Saving Santa photo

The Memory Card .48: 'That's the magic flute!'

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...   more

The Memory Card .48: 'That's the magic flute!' photo

The Memory Card .47: A castle stuck in time

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...   more

The Memory Card .47: A castle stuck in time photo

The Memory Card .46: Insult swordfighting

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 ...   more

The Memory Card .46: Insult swordfighting photo

The Memory Card .45: The birth of the cutscene

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...   more

The Memory Card .45: The birth of the cutscene photo

The Memory Card .44: Solid vs. Liquid

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...   more

The Memory Card .44: Solid vs. Liquid photo

The Memory Card .43: Waiting for Shadow

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)...   more

The Memory Card .43: Waiting for Shadow photo

The Memory Card .42: Pyramid Head!

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...   more

The Memory Card .42: Pyramid Head! photo

The Memory Card .41: The tadpole prince

After an extended, rejuvenating hiatus, the Memory Card is back! Yay! *cue the theme from Jurassic Park* Welcome ... to Season 3!For people that aren’t familiar with this series, the Memory Card is a feature that dissec...   more

The Memory Card .41: The tadpole prince photo

The Memory Card .40: In memoriam

It is that time again. After twenty weeks of celebrating the most amazing and memorable videogame moments of all time, the second “season” finale of The Memory Card has finally arrived. Not to worry, though: like ...   more

The Memory Card .40: In memoriam photo

The Memory Card .39: Del Lago!

I love to be scared.I don’t know why -- me being scared usually involves a lot of running around like an idiot with my arms flailing -- but I love the feeling of shock and subsequent nervous laughter that goes along wit...   more

The Memory Card .39: Del Lago! photo

The Memory Card .38: Running outside the castle

While everyone enjoys videogames for different reasons, we all have one thing in common: we love to play them.When thinking about this week’s Memory Card, the word “play” kept popping up in my mind. Playing ...   more

The Memory Card .38: Running outside the castle photo

The Memory Card .37: Thinking outside the DS

When the Nintendo DS came out it was full of new and exciting features never before seen in a videogame system. Sadly, most of these features -- in particular the touch screen and microphone -- were not perfected until almost...   more

The Memory Card .37: Thinking outside the DS photo

The Memory Card .36: The Master Sword

Regardless of the power of the console or the quality of the graphics and sound, some videogame moments offer visual moments so affecting that you will never forget them for the rest of your life. And, honestly,...   more

The Memory Card .36: The Master Sword photo

The Memory Card .35: A leap of faith

Acting on instinct – it’s something we all do in our daily lives, but very rarely are allowed to do when playing a videogame. Yes, many videogames offer numerous sequences that require the player to ...   more

The Memory Card .35: A leap of faith photo

The Memory Card .34: Learning to wall jump

Tutorials in videogames are very strange things. They are obviously important — as players need to learn how to play somehow outside of reading their dust-covered instruction booklets — but they alwa...   more

The Memory Card .34: Learning to wall jump photo

The Memory Card .33: Peach dances with TEC

We all have them: certain videogame moments that we are ashamed to love as much as we do. It may be a moment that makes you scream out loud at your television set, only to make you feel like a fool afterwards; o...   more

The Memory Card .33: Peach dances with TEC photo

The Memory Card .32: In Tentacle We Trust

If a random person walked up to on the street and asked you what your favorite type of gameplay was, what would you say? Jumping from platform to platform? Shooting down enemies with a giant rocket launcher? Man...   more

The Memory Card .32: In Tentacle We Trust photo

The Memory Card .31: The end of The End

Boss battles are awesome. Wait, no, let me correct that. Some boss battles are awesome. Others tend to be lazy, hack-and-slash fests that don’t offer the exciting, creative confrontations gamers are saliva...   more

The Memory Card .31: The end of The End photo

The Memory Card .30: The Phantom Train

People say the hardest thing you will ever go through in life is losing a family member. As someone who has experienced this, I can tell you that it is most definitely true. The pain and emotion of losing someon...   more

The Memory Card .30: The Phantom Train photo

The Memory Card .29: The Hunter attacks

Have you ever gasped out loud while playing a videogame? Even better, have you ever been so surprised by a moment that you have looked over and expressed your shock to someone that wasn’t even there? I can&rsq...   more

The Memory Card .29: The Hunter attacks photo

The Memory Card .28: Fight for Marian's love!

I really wanted to do a Memory Card on my favorite two-player videogame moment and, immediately, the original Contra came to mind. More specifically, the memory of playing with a friend as we constantly (and unwitti...   more

The Memory Card .28: Fight for Marian's love! photo

The Memory Card .27: The battle with the Hydra

When was the last time you experienced a moment in videogames that really hit you like a shot to the gut? And I’m not talking about something emotionally devastating (such as a main character you have grow...   more

The Memory Card .27: The battle with the Hydra photo

The Memory Card .26: The return of Rydia

In real life, people age. It’s a basic and inevitable part of life, whether we like it or not. Why, then, do videogame characters not experience this same phenomenon? If the sequel to a game takes place ye...   more

The Memory Card .26: The return of Rydia photo

The Memory Card .25: A McCloud family reunion

Last week I mentioned I would dedicate the next two installments of The Memory Card to cool, surprising videogame moments in two genres not known for their strong stories or deep characters. The original post ce...   more

The Memory Card .25: A McCloud family reunion photo

The Memory Card .24: The assimilation of Kerrigan

Certain videogame genres are known for not possessing rich or complex stories. These genres usually focus entirely on action and gameplay, ignoring even a basic narrative structure (which is not necessarily a ba...   more

The Memory Card .24: The assimilation of Kerrigan photo

The Memory Card .23: It was all a dream?

Sometimes videogame moments can be memorable without being very good. Take last season’s StarTropics Memory Card induction, for instance: I will never forget that damned submerged letter for the rest of my...   more

The Memory Card .23: It was all a dream? photo

The Memory Card .22: Ganon's tower

Final boss battles are significant for many reasons, mainly because game players desperately want to see their character’s long journey come to a satisfying end. Sometimes these battles are so important, t...   more

The Memory Card .22: Ganon's tower photo

The Memory Card .21: Crono's final act

Polish up those trumpets, start decorating the floats -- The Memory Card is back! After an extended hiatus between “seasons” (I blame the writer’s strike), the weekly feature that examines ...   more

The Memory Card .21: Crono's final act photo

The Memory Card .20: The message in the glass

Today brings some unfortunate news. No, my puppy is fine. Nope, I still love dolphins just as much as always. I’m sad to say, this will be the last Memory Card for a while. But, not to worry, it will most definitely ret...   more

The Memory Card .20: The message in the glass photo

The Memory Card .19: Death by ... grappling beam?

From hidden rooms to unlockable content, videogame secrets have been widely used over the years: most providing players with some extra satisfaction for finding something that not everyone is lucky enough to dis...   more

The Memory Card .19: Death by ... grappling beam? photo

The Memory Card .18: Syldra's final cry

Sound is something that is sometimes overlooked and almost always underappreciated in videogames. Not music, mind you, but actual sound effects. While everyone may know the classic Super Mario Bros. theme, the g...   more

The Memory Card .18: Syldra's final cry photo

The Memory Card .17: Hover bike madness!

Although they may have gotten more complicated and deep over the years, videogames have definitely not become more challenging. Not to say that is a negative thing by any means, it is just hard to compare the tu...   more

The Memory Card .17: Hover bike madness! photo

The Memory Card .16: Riding under the missiles

Sometimes videogame moments don’t have to be emotionally powerful or include some major plot twist to seal a place in your memory forever. Honestly, sometimes they just have to be awesome.And by “awesome” I ...   more

The Memory Card .16: Riding under the missiles photo

The Memory Card .15: Snake pulls the trigger

Cutscenes in videogames are very rarely, if ever, interactive. Most of the time all the player is required to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the drama unfolding on the screen.Even when interaction is evide...   more

The Memory Card .15: Snake pulls the trigger photo

The Memory Card .14: The legend of Tetra

Have you ever got to a plot twist in a game and thought to yourself, “Wow, I genuinely didn’t see that coming!” While most videogames try their best to surprise players with a huge story revela...   more

The Memory Card .14: The legend of Tetra photo

The Memory Card .13: The submerged letter

This series focuses on the most memorable videogame moments of all time, but who says some of these self-proclaimed amazing moments aren’t unforgettable for all the wrong reasons? Just because something is...   more

The Memory Card .13: The submerged letter photo

The Memory Card .12: Wander's brave friend

The theme of friendship is entirely prevalent, though commonly unnoticed, in the world of videogames. From Ratchet & Clank, to the entire epic casts of Final Fantasy, having two (or more) characters work...   more

The Memory Card .12: Wander's brave friend photo

The Memory Card .11: The Solitary Island

While videogames tackle a lot of pretty heavy subjects, some topics seem to be taboo. Things like death, pregnancy, and suicide are rarely (if ever) focused on in the virtual world.Once and a while, though, a ga...   more

The Memory Card .11: The Solitary Island photo

The Memory Card .10: To the moon, Mario!

Since E3 has ended, I have to say, I am on a Super Mario Galaxy high (and not looking forward to the imminent withdrawal). In a word, the game is amazing.Now that The Memory Card has finally returned from a two-...   more

The Memory Card .10: To the moon, Mario! photo

The Memory Card .09: A Christmas gift

For years, gamers have waxed poetic about how certain videogame moments have made them cry. Whether it is killing off a beloved character or presenting a poignant plot twist, it seems more and more games now...   more

The Memory Card .09: A Christmas gift photo

The Memory Card .08: A twist on a classic

Remaking a game (especially a classic one) is a very risky endeavor.On the one hand, designers don’t want to ruin what made the game a classic to begin with, usually just releasing an almost perfectly designed clone of ...   more

The Memory Card .08: A twist on a classic photo

The Memory Card .07: Attack of the zombie dog!

Video games are a unique form of entertainment, but they tend to draw inspiration from many different sources. One common source (especially concerning modern games) is film.The gaming genre in particular that practically pul...   more

The Memory Card .07: Attack of the zombie dog! photo

The Memory Card .06: The Opera House

One would think, as video game technology grows more advanced, that it should be easier to emotionally connect a player to what is happening within a virtual world. The more realistic everything looks (and sounds), the more r...   more

The Memory Card .06: The Opera House photo

The Memory Card .05: Pey'j is captured

One of the most important ingredients of a superb video game is good characters. Think back to all the classics you have played over the years; one thing they most likely have in common is a strong cast, headlined by an even ...   more

The Memory Card .05: Pey'j is captured photo

The Memory Card .04: The heir of Daventry

Remember the days of classic graphic adventure games on the PC, when companies such as Sierra and LucasArts pretty much ruled the roost? Some of the greatest games of all time, containing some of the most significant memories...   more

The Memory Card .04: The heir of Daventry photo

The Memory Card .03: The encounter with Psycho Mantis

What makes a video game moment memorable? Well, in the case of the last two Memory Card inductees it was the story twists and emotional heart tugging sequences that helped seal them in the memories of gamers everywhere.But so...   more

The Memory Card .03: The encounter with Psycho Mantis photo

The Memory Card .02: Palom and Porom's noble sacrifice

Welcome to another edition of The Memory Card, the series that dissects and honors some of the finest (and most memorable) video game moments of the past and present.Thinking back at some of the greatest moments in gaming (an...   more

The Memory Card .02: Palom and Porom's noble sacrifice photo