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Matt Chat 21: Super Mario Kart and the Kart Racing Genre

This week's Matt Chat is about Super Mario Kart, the game that popularized the "kart racing genre" in which popular characters (from games or elsewhere) race each other in go-carts. The video covers several games that it was inspired by, as well as some it inspired. Enjoy!

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Matt Chat 20: The History of Worms and Artillery Games

Some of you may remember an article I wrote back in 2006 called Scorched Parabolas: A History of the Artillery Game. Well, I decided to revisit that content in this week's Matt Chat, showing you the history of Artillery games in a YouTube retrospective. Check it out here.

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Matt Chat 19: Gauntlet

Here it is guys, the long-awaited 19th episode of Matt Chat featuring "Gauntlet" from Atari games. I learned a lot about the game in preparing this video, particularly that it was basically a rip-off of an earlier Atari 8-bit game called "Dandy," which had an almost identical setup.

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Matt Chat 18: Summer Games and the Olympic Mini-Games

Hi, guys, here it is: Matt Chat 18: Summer Games. Enjoy, and please rate the video and let me know what you think about Summer Games. I hope you guys had as much fun playing this one back in the day as I did!

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Matt Chat: The PLATO computer system

This week, I take a look at the PLATO computer system, originally developed in the 60s and refined in the 70s and 80s. This system had a touch-screen plasma display and was at least a decade ahead of the competition. The games are very hard but definitely innovative and well worth a look!

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Matt Chat 13: Adventure for the Atari 2600

You asked for it, you got it! Matt Chat #13 is Adventure for the Atari 2600, programmed by Warren Robinette. Enjoy!

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Matt Chat 12: Metroid

Hi, guys, this week Matt Chat is about Metroid, one of the best games ever for the NES and probably my favorite game for the platform. I doubt there are many gamers who haven't heard of this game, but if it's been awhile you might be surprised by how modern and playable it remains so many years after its debut. As of 2:14 a.m., the video still isn't done processing, but I thought I'd go ahead and announce it anyway. If the HD or HQ settings aren't showing up for you or the image looks muddy, just wait a few hours and try again.

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Matt Reviews Civilization: Be Fruitful and Multiply!

Hi, guys, welcome to Matt Chat #11. This week, we look at one of the best strategy games ever made, a game that launched a series that is still selling well today: Sid Meier's Civilization!

Civilization was released in 1991 for the MS-DOS platform. While it may look primitive compared to its sequels and spin-offs, it still offers some of the most addictive and fulfilling gameplay of any game, period. The goal is simple: guide humanity from its humblest beginnings to modern times.

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Matt Chat 10: Lemmings!

Hi, guys! I managed to complete my tenth episode of Matt Chat last night: Matt Chat 10: Lemmings. DMA Design's Lemmings, published in 1991 by Psygnosis, is one of the best and most original games ever developed for the Commodore Amiga platform, and it was widely ported. Together with its sequels, the game earned millions upon millions of dollars in profits, and is still being remade and repackaged for modern consoles. Yet, for all this, it hasn't achieved the fame it deserves!

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