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How Nintendo's Mario Got His Name

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/. shares a three pages Technologizer article on "The True Face of Mario" -- "Uncovering the fascinating true story behind an iconic character's origins--and why nobody likes to talk about them... Regarding Mario's origins, it's common knowledge among game fans that legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto created him for 1981's Donkey Kong arcade game. But few know that Nintendo borrowed Mario's name and Italian heritage from a real man..."

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Twenty/20 games not quite based on movies.

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Digg shares a three pages GamesRadar article on twenty/20 games that are not quite based on movies. Great artists copy, and so do a lot of awesome games

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April Showers: The Evolution of Rain in Videogames

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Digg shares a three pages GamesRadar article on "the evolution of rain -- April showers bring this article!

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Playing Tetris Gets You a Job!

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This Brevity comic strip shows that being the best Tetris player can easily get him/her a job.

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Why Everything Is Trying To Be An Role Playing Game (RPG) Now

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This three pages Bit-tech.net article talks about "why everything is trying to be an role playing game (RPG) now" -- "Twenty years ago, the idea of levelling up in a game was confined to a very specific genre: the role-playing game, whose systems were based on pen-and-paper games such as Dungeons & Dragons (D&D). Today, you can still level up in an RPG such as Dragon Age, but you can also level up in far wider variety of games, from sports titles to first perspective shooter (FPS) games... The vast majority of modern games monitor, quantify and reward your skills in a way that would only have been familiar to the biggest geeks in the 1980s.

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Tiny Castle -- A tiny sized Flash platform game.

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Blue's News shares a tiny sized Flash platform game titled "Tiny Castle" where the player is a knight who runs around, jump, climb, destroy, kill, solve puzzles, etc. inside a tiny changing/morphing castle that changes.

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Missile Command: 30th Anniversary

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Blue's News mention "Missile Command: 30th Anniversary" about a classic arcade and video game, with an updated version to play online with others -- "Thirty years after the release of the original, Missile Command is back and this time... you're not alone. Chock full of power ups, tricky enemies and intense boss battles..."

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Retroshoot 360: A colorful arcade shooter Flash game.

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Blue's News shares a colorful arcade shooter Flash game titled "Retroshoot 360" where the player is a space ship and must shoot various things. It is like two games combined: Asteroids and Galaxian, but faster paced, colorful, and 360 degrees to fly in.

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Worm Land -- A Flash action game with a giant worm.

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Blue's News shares a Flash action game titled "Worm Land" where the player is a giant worm, looks like a giant Dune sandworm, who must travel around in its planet and destroy humans and their stuff. Also, the player can get upgrades.

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Balantris = Balancing + Tetris -- A Flash Puzzle Game

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Blue's News share an addicting Flash puzzle game titled "Balantris" -- "Balance Tetris shapes on the beam. Don't let the beam tip as you stay under the red line."

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Neonblox -- A Flash game like Breakout and Tempest, but in circular format.

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Blue's News share a Flash game titled "Neonblox -- "Destroy all the blocks in each tunnel using the yellow disk. Like a cross between Tempest and Breakout." Its control is weird due to circular format.

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Pac/Puck-Man Versus/Vs. Mario

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VideoSift shares a weird one minute and 24 seconds drawing animation, on YouTube

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Mr. Bounce -- A Flash Game

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Boing Boing shares a Flash game titled "Mr. Bounce" -- "Neon colors, ball physics, crazy music and highly enjoyable game play -- what else do you need? Mr. Bounce adds new ingredients to the classic formula 'Avoid missing ball for high score': Would you like some trajectory projection and slow motion for a satisfying sense of control? Add a serious amount of bouncing elements, plus blockers, pipes and wind. Let's bounce! ..."

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Medieval Tron

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Neatorama shares a funny comic strip titled "Medieval Tron"

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IGN's Ultimate Games-to-Film Guide

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Digg shares a six pages IGN article that shares "the latest word on every videogame adaptation brewing in Hollywood. Movie studios have been mining the videogame industry for creative ideas since the early 1990s. Given nearly 20 years to crack the formula, you'd think that Hollywood would have a better track record. Sadly, many game-to-film adaptations haven't lived up to expectations... But there is a bright side... We've seen more than a few successes...

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Tetris'D = Tetris + Platformer With A Cool Theme Music Remix

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Digg shares a Flash game titled "Tetris'D: The Game" -- "... Avoid the deadly tetrominoes and stay alive as long as you possibly can. The game goes on for as long as you can stay alive. The goal is to get the highest score possible..."

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Mythbusters: The Truth Behind 10 Great Videogame Myths

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Digg shares a two pages Crispy Gamer article on ten truths behind ten great videogame myths -- "We look at some of the most enduring myths surrounding games and the industry to see if there's any truth to these legends..."

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