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The Memory Card .52: Blind the Thief

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 displaying some o...   read

 
 
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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’t feel the sa...   read

 
 
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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, I know I say t...   read

 
 
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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, it is not fea...   read

 
 
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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 trying to think ...   read

 
 
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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 snail’s pace...   read

 
 
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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 designers can s...   read

 
 
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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 videogame to exist i...   read

 
 
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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 things for people ...   read

 
 
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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).There have bee...   read

 
 
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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 jumps through the w...   read

 
 
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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 dissects and honors s...   read

 
 
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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 last time, this...   read

 
 
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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 with being genuine...   read

 
 
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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 videogames. Are...   read

 
 
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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 a year after t...   read

 
 
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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, sometimes it i...   read

 
 
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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 think on their ...   read

 
 
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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 always seem so out ...   read

 
 
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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; or a moment that...   read

 
 
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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? Managing a virtual...   read

 
 
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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 salivating for as the...   read

 
 
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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 someone you love -- e...   read

 
 
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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’t even tell ...   read

 
 
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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 unwittingly?) killed e...   read

 
 
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