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Matt Barton's picture

The History of Matching Tile Games

Matching Tile GamesMatching Tile GamesJesper Juul, an academic studying games and a self-styled "ludologist," is putting together a history of matching tile games, starting with Tetris and Chain Shot and spanning down and outward. Though he calls them the "most disrespected and despised game genre there is," he's worked out a very neat and eloquent classification system, and I bet there are many of us here who could add titles to Juul's list. He asks, "Am I missing a game that contributed to the history of matching tile games? Do you find the connections playsible?" Check out his diagram and see what you think.

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Notable Entertainment Software for US Home Computers, 1976 - 1979 Launch Systems

BETS (1980) for the Commodore PET: While many games for Commodore's PET computer were purely text-based, some, like Randall Lockwood's BETS (1980), seen here via the VICE: PET emulator, implemented comparatively excellent visuals and animationsBETS (1980) for the Commodore PET: While many games for Commodore's PET computer were purely text-based, some, like Randall Lockwood's BETS (1980), seen here via the VICE: PET emulator, implemented comparatively excellent visuals and animationsAs part of the editing process for my upcoming US home videogame and computer entertainment systems history book, I've been logging the software I mention in each section. I thought it might be interesting to list the software I'm mentioning in the book for the 1976 - 1979, computers section, which I just finished going through. Most of these are the cream of the crop or notable titles.

How many of the following are you familiar with?

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Blizzard's Secret Sauce

Don't you wish we didn't have the World of Warcraft? I can't get away from it. Nearly everyone I know who is into gaming these days speaks "WoW" instead of English. I get asked more often about my nonexistent WoW characters than my birth sign! How did this happen? The Escapist is running a great piece called Secret Sauce: The Rise of Blizzard.

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