Category Archives: History

Dissertation Notes: Put ‘Er, um, there: The Atari Secret Handshake

“Dissertation Notes” is the oh-so-clever name of my (semi) regular segment briefly highlighting the interesting, unusual, or thought-provoking materials I have come across while working on my dissertation. Are you a true Atari fanatic? A real one? Come on, be … Continue reading

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Mothers Month: Part 3 – Mother 3

“Speaking of waiting, next time we’ll wrap up the series with a look at Mother 3, a game that was in development for nine years.” Little did I know nearly nine months would pass before I brought the last installment. … Continue reading

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The December 9, 1993 Video Game Hearing, a Look Back

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the hearings on violent video games that led to the creation of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). Led by Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, lawmakers and a panel of alarmed experts denounced video games … Continue reading

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Twilight of the Pokégods

Author’s Note: This article first appeared on Mech Taco on March 6, 2012, as another installment in my series on odd moments in video game history.  Let us for a minute think of the late 1990s.  It was a simpler … Continue reading

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Dissertation Notes: Unweaving “The Devil’s Web”

“Dissertation Notes” is the oh-so-clever name of my regular segment briefly highlighting the interesting, unusual, or thought-provoking materials I have come across while working on my dissertation.  Aimed at a broad audience that includes media scholars, general interest readers, and … Continue reading

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Why the “Red Dawn” Remake Will (Probably) Fail: A Historical Perspective

The new version of Red Dawn premieres in theaters across America today.  It arrives as the latest in a long series of remakes of popular 1980s films that have populated box offices over the last few years few years (see … Continue reading

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OUYA: A Historical Perspective, Part II: The Infinium Phantom: The System that Never Was

Allow me to set the scene for you: A new company emerges practically out of nowhere, attracting media and popular attention with bold promises of a brand new kind of game system.  Something created “by gamers for gamers” that is … Continue reading

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