Super Mario Crossover -- A Flash Game Based on Classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Side Scroller GamesSubmitted by ant on Wed, 04/28/2010 - 12:55pm. Addon/Modification | Arcades | Art/Design | Audio | Personal | Sight Seeings | Videogame Console | Web Games
/. 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..."
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.
Neatorama shares a Zeray Gazette blog showing images modified and parodied, in geeky ways, of Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's iconic images of dogs playing poker (or pool).
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..."
This two pages GamesRadar article compares the fantastic computer/video game weapons and their real-life equivalents -- "There are certain things we just accept in video games. An overweight pipe technician can jump five times his own height. A first aid kit will instantly heal bullet wounds and replace lost blood. And any theoretical physics model can be cleanly packaged into a lightweight, handheld weapon with the minimum of fuss. But in certain cases, that last one isn't too far off the truth.
Blue's News and Boing Boing share a twisted and confusing Tetris Flash game titled "First-Person Tetris -- "In a world of clever Tetris variants, First-Person Tetris stands out for being challenging, not impossible, and fun. When you rotate the bricks, the entire screen rotates as well, so two rotations makes the bricks fall 'up' -- it's mind-bending and way cool."