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The first character on screen in Super Mario 64 is Lakitu, Mario’s camera operator. Because the 1996 game was the first in the series to have 3D gameplay, the developers needed to teach players that they were controlling both Mario AND the camera.

Super Mario 64 introduced the camera as a friend and foe in video games When the Nintendo 64 launched in the United States in September of 1996, players had just two games to choose from: a flight simulator called Pilotwings 64 and the latest entry in one of the most popular series in video game …

The first character on screen in Super Mario 64 is Lakitu, Mario’s camera operator. Because the 1996 game was the first in the series to have 3D gameplay, the developers needed to teach players that they were controlling both Mario AND the camera. Read More »

Playing action video games can train the mind to make the right decisions faster. Video game players can develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, such as everyday activities like driving, reading small print, or navigating around town.

The Mind’s Eye Departments Features How do we transform an ever-changing jumble of visual stimuli into the rich and coherent three-dimensional perception we know as sight? Rochester vision scientists are helping reshape our understanding of how the brain ‘sees.’ By the time James Risen arrived at the Napa Valley hotel his wife had booked in …

Playing action video games can train the mind to make the right decisions faster. Video game players can develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, such as everyday activities like driving, reading small print, or navigating around town. Read More »

At a 1976 Amsterdam chess tournament, Soviet grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi politely asked an English competitor how to spell the words “political asylum.” He then went straight to a police station and announced that he wished to defect.

Viktor Korchnoi In this Eastern Slavic name, the patronymic is Lvovich and the family name is Korchnoi. Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi (Russian: Ви́ктор Льво́вич Корчно́й, IPA: [vʲiktər lʲvovʲɪtɕ kɐrtɕˈnoj]; 23 March 1931 – 6 June 2016) was a Soviet (before 1976) and Swiss (after 1980) chess grandmaster and writer. He is considered one of the strongest …

At a 1976 Amsterdam chess tournament, Soviet grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi politely asked an English competitor how to spell the words “political asylum.” He then went straight to a police station and announced that he wished to defect. Read More »

Armie Hammer’s grandfather, oil tycoon Armand Hammer, tried to buy the Arm and Hammer brand of household products due to similarity to his name. When they refused, he bought stock until he became a controlling shareholder. Armand was named after the socialist labor party symbol.

Arm and hammer This article is about the symbol. For the brand, see Arm & Hammer. For other uses, see Arm and hammer (disambiguation). Arm-and-hammer symbol at the Mechanics’ Bank and Trust Company Building in Knoxville, Tennessee The arm and hammer is a symbol consisting of a muscular arm holding a hammer. Used in ancient …

Armie Hammer’s grandfather, oil tycoon Armand Hammer, tried to buy the Arm and Hammer brand of household products due to similarity to his name. When they refused, he bought stock until he became a controlling shareholder. Armand was named after the socialist labor party symbol. Read More »

The inventor of Clue, the board game, was a musician who thought of the idea while watching rich folk play murder parlor games at their mansions while he entertained them, playing piano

The Origins of Clue, The Board Game MYSTERY MOB! Happy first Friday of February! Last weekend I watched Clue, the 1985 Whodunit based on the classic board game. It holds up for the most part 30+ years later, plus it’s responsible for one of top all time gifs out there: Anyway, after watching, I started …

The inventor of Clue, the board game, was a musician who thought of the idea while watching rich folk play murder parlor games at their mansions while he entertained them, playing piano Read More »

Babies born with extra digits are not that rare, and those with 6 fingers on one hand are able to play a complicated video game with a single hand. What’s more, their brains have no trouble controlling the more complex movements of their extra digits.

A sixth finger can prove extra handy An extra finger can be incredibly handy. Two people born with six fingers per hand can tie their shoes, deftly manage phones and play a complicated video game — all with a single hand. What’s more, their brains had no trouble controlling the more complex movements of their …

Babies born with extra digits are not that rare, and those with 6 fingers on one hand are able to play a complicated video game with a single hand. What’s more, their brains have no trouble controlling the more complex movements of their extra digits. Read More »

When game designer Tim Schafer was interviewed to work at LucasArts, he said he was a fan of their game “Ballblaster.” The interviewer told him their game was titled “Ballblazer” and only pirated copies were named “Ballblaster.” He eventually got the job, and co-created Secret of Monkey Island.

Tim Schafer Not to be confused with Tim Schaffer. Timothy John Schafer (born July 26, 1967) is an American computer game designer. He founded Double Fine Productions in July 2000, after having spent over a decade at LucasArts. Schafer is best known as the designer of critically acclaimed games Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, Brütal …

When game designer Tim Schafer was interviewed to work at LucasArts, he said he was a fan of their game “Ballblaster.” The interviewer told him their game was titled “Ballblazer” and only pirated copies were named “Ballblaster.” He eventually got the job, and co-created Secret of Monkey Island. Read More »

A garbage collector and punk archaeologist partnered to find the fabled pit where a struggling Atari dumped tons of unsold inventory after the video game crash of 1983. They knew the Atari trove was close when they began unearthing artifacts of the 80s, including a Donny and Marie Osmond poster.

New Mexico city finds buried treasure of Atari games A long-buried copy of the infamous Atari game “E.T.” is worth more than $1,500. The desert city of Alamogordo, New Mexico, finally sold off its buried treasure of ancient Atari games, raking in more than $100,000 from nearly 900 games. The haul included a single copy …

A garbage collector and punk archaeologist partnered to find the fabled pit where a struggling Atari dumped tons of unsold inventory after the video game crash of 1983. They knew the Atari trove was close when they began unearthing artifacts of the 80s, including a Donny and Marie Osmond poster. Read More »

In the 90s, video game designer Kenji Eno learned he had blind fans, who played his games with great effort. So he designed a blank-screen game just for them: “Real Sound: Kaze no Regret.” He made Sega send 1000 consoles (w/ the game) to blind people. It is still a popular game for the blind.

Real Sound: Kaze no Regret “Real Sound” redirects here. For a technology for the PC, see RealSound. Real Sound: Kaze no Regret (リアルサウンド ~風のリグレット~, Riaru Saundo ~ Kaze no Riguretto) is an adventure audio game developed by Warp and published by Sega. The game was first released for the Saturn in July 1997, and later …

In the 90s, video game designer Kenji Eno learned he had blind fans, who played his games with great effort. So he designed a blank-screen game just for them: “Real Sound: Kaze no Regret.” He made Sega send 1000 consoles (w/ the game) to blind people. It is still a popular game for the blind. Read More »

Meet “Myst Island” a proposed theme park at Disney World. A limited number of guests would get ferried to an 11-acre island designed like Myst. They’d spend hours there, exploring areas and discovering clues non-linearly. Theoretically, no 2 guests would have the same adventure.

Disney Almost Created A ‘Myst’ Theme Park If you played computer games in the 1990’s, then you probably remember Myst, the best-selling adventure puzzle game which took players around a magical island filled with mysterious secrets. Myst was responsible for accelerating the sales of CD-ROM drives and remained the bestselling PC game throughout the 1990s …

Meet “Myst Island” a proposed theme park at Disney World. A limited number of guests would get ferried to an 11-acre island designed like Myst. They’d spend hours there, exploring areas and discovering clues non-linearly. Theoretically, no 2 guests would have the same adventure. Read More »