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The Memory Card


“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...


“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...


"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...


“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...


"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...


“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 ...


“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...


"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...


"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...


"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...


"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...


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...


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...


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. ...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


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)...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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 ...


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...


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,...


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 ...


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...


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...


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...


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...






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