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Blog: Making a 50-year-old video game relevant for museum-goers 1
by Staff [01.07.13]
Spacewar! is arguably the first computer game ever made, which makes it primitive by our standards 50 years later. Designer and educator John Sharp details how he helped it make sense for a recently-opened exhibition.
Console/PC, Design, History

Best of 2012: The quest to find out Super Mario Bros.' launch date Exclusive 47
by Staff [12.24.12]
Gamasutra news director Frank Cifaldi went on a mission this year: to find out the U.S. release date for Super Mario Bros. Instead, he came away with some important lessons about video game preservation.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, History

As Nintendo Power shuts its doors, its creators reflect on the old days Exclusive 19
by Frank Cifaldi [12.11.12]
The final issue of Nintendo Power goes on sale today, marking the end of a 24-year legacy. Founding editors Gail Tilden and Howard Phillips reflect on the magazine's humble beginnings, innovations, and philosophies.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, History

The 40 video games being displayed at the Museum of Modern Art 9
by Frank Cifaldi [11.29.12]
New York's The Museum of Modern Art will begin exhibiting interactive games starting in March, with 40 games chosen ranging from 1962's Spacewar! all the way to 2011's Minecraft.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, History

Steve Russell created the first computer game - and the first mod community 2
by Brandon Sheffield [10.05.12]
In SpaceWar!, Steve "Slug" Russell created what is arguably the first true video game. But as John Romero astutely points out in a chat at IndieCade, the game also played host to the first mod community.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing, History

Nintendo's former 'Fun Club President' wants you to Know-It-All Exclusive 28
by Frank Cifaldi [09.24.12]
Nintendo's former bow tie-adorned spokesman and "Gamemaster" Howard Phillips is back in the spotlight after twenty years, with a mobile game that he hopes will change the way games help us learn forever.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Student/Education, History

Remembering forgotten experiments in the birth of a genre  
by Staff [09.19.12]
"Many people talked about an unusual magnetism to the game, which even found its way into their real-life dreams." - Chris Stashuk, co-founder of Immercenary developer Five Miles Out
Console/PC, Design, History

Video game inventor demonstrates multimedia 1973 7
by Frank Cifaldi [08.07.12]
Home video game inventor Ralph Baer demonstrates the "All Purpose Box" in this rare video from nearly forty years ago, showing how even in the 1970s, video game consoles were thought to have potential beyond games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, History, Video

How Space Quest's creative duo buried the hatchet after 20 years apart Exclusive 5
by Staff [06.01.12]
The recently-reunited adventure game duo of Scott Murphy and Mark Crowe -- affectionately known as the Two Guys from Andromeda -- tell Gamasutra why they're making games together after 20 years apart.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, History

How to preserve games for the future? Recreate them Exclusive  
by Staff [05.22.12]
In a new Gamasutra feature, Stanford curator Henry Lowood admits while many games were not adequately preserved, or can never be, recreating data that they need to run is an option.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, History

Gamasutra Classics: The Making of Diablo II Exclusive 3
by Staff [05.11.12]
Twelve months of exhausting crunch: That's what it took for Blizzard North to finally get Diablo II into players' hands, says Erich Schaefer, in a Gamasutra feature postmortem from 2000.
Design, Exclusive, History

Why didn't Night Trap work? Exclusive  
by Staff [04.25.12]
In a new feature -- an extract from the new book Generation Xbox that delves into the development of controversial 1990s game Night Trap -- the author delves into why it didn't work as a game.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, History