In October

As the northern hemisphere starts preparing for Winter, we’ll take a look at what happened in October in the history of video games. There were many events to remember, as usual a mixture of happy, sad and interesting. This time, I have so many dates that it makes sense to order them by topic. Let’s […]

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In September

After the summer heat of August, September was a more subdued month, though over the years the history of computer and video games certainly had its moments in September. This time, there are no death dates and only three birthdays to celebrate: well-known German author Harald Evers, who tragically died of a heart attack in […]

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New article – The British Scene

I have published my first full-scale article on Medium. (As usual, while trying out formatting options and the like, I unwittingly hit the publish button, and now I might as well leave it there. It’s finished anyway.) It’s a deep look at the gaming scene in Great Britain in the 1980s, especially its particular computer […]

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In August

July has passed, and we enter the last hot month of the year: As we have come to expect, many things in the realm of retrogaming happened in August in the past. A host of people were born in August, beginning in the 18th century with Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein, on 30 August […]

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In July

The heat of July brings with it a large number of birthdays and game releases. There was also one death date: Dani Bunten Berry, whom I covered in a longer article, died on 3 July 1998. As for the birthdays: The oldest one on this month’s list is Gary Gygax, the inventor of Dungeons & […]

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In June

With the beginning of Summer, things got a little more laid-back in the history of gaming: I could find fewer relevant dates than for the months before, though some important games were released as well. First of all, we have three birthdays: Jordan Mechner was born on 4 June 1964. He graciously published his diaries […]

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My Zork maps

While I was thinking about where to post my original Zork I maps from the late eighties or early nineties (as a reaction to this post on Reddit), I decided I might as well upload them here so that they will be preserved for interested parties. I might also link to them every now and […]

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In May

My article series about the history of gaming through the months of the year continues with May. Once again, many things happened, some of which shaped the development of computer and video games in unprecedented ways. Like last time, let’s get the sad dates over with: Douglas Adams, the author of many books who often […]

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A Look at Danielle Berry

My last “shorts” video focused on M.U.L.E. by Ozark Softscape on the Atari 8-bit family. The mind behind that game was Danielle Bunten Berry, an outstandingly innovative game designer who pioneered a minimal design with well-constructed game mechanics. Berry, who is often credited as Dani Bunten or Dan Bunten, started her career in 1978 with […]

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