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A Look Back At Spyro The Dragon

A Look Back At Spyro The Dragon

Long before Activision’s Skylanders, back even before the Xbox was a twinkle in Microsoft’s eye, a purple dragon named Spyro entered gamer’s living rooms in a platforming romp, which proved to be cute and totally addictive. It was the year 1998 and a developer named Insomniac Games hit us with a Plays... Read More »

RollerCoaster Tycoon – 15th Birthday

RollerCoaster Tycoon – 15th Birthday

The point of this piece is to look back on a game that I have incredibly fond memories of. In fact, I have nothing but praise for this game. But I’m actually going to start this with something very recent: Tumblr. There is a meme somewhere out there about the creative genius that RollerCoaster Tycoon provided, which I ... Read More »

Far Cry’s 10th Birthday

Far Cry’s 10th Birthday

It’s unassuming launch in 2004 proved to be quite a big deal. Far Cry was here, and it’s the best looking PC game ever. You also needed top of the line hardware to get it running it’s best, thus cementing Crytek’s reputation of needing to upgrade everything in your computer anytime they released a game. Their tradition... Read More »

Ten Years, Two Snakes – A Very Metal Gear Birthday

Ten Years, Two Snakes – A Very Metal Gear Birthday

Ask basically anyone who owned a PlayStation in the late 90′s and they’ll probably agree that Metal Gear Solid was amazing. The unique-for-the-time stealth gameplay, the cinematic presentation, so much voice acting… it was a revelation for anyone who played it, and its influence can be felt in the gam... Read More »

A History of the Ghostbusters in Video Games

A History of the Ghostbusters in Video Games

As you may have been made aware via the surprisingly positive outpouring of support and memorial posts, American comedy actor Harold Ramis recently passed away. Not to disparage anything else he’s done, but if you’re about my age and reading this, the first movie that comes to mind when thinking of Mr. Rami... Read More »

Ninja Gaiden Is 10 Years Old, And I Feel Fine

Ninja Gaiden Is 10 Years Old, And I Feel Fine

Some of you may be shocked to learn this, but cries over the death of ‘hardcore games’ have been going on since at least the turn of the millennium. Let’s head back to 2004 for a second. More people than ever were playing video games and we had one of two things to thank: Halo or sports games. I’... Read More »

A Look Back At Aladdin

A Look Back At Aladdin

Back in 1993, a friend was raving about a particular platformer that had been released on the Megadrive. It was a game that I’d seen some previews of in SEGA Power, yet I wasn’t really that bothered by its initial existence. I didn’t really have the funds at the time either, so I put it to the back of... Read More »

Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance – 15th Anniversary

Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance – 15th Anniversary

It’s been fifteen years since Star Wars: X-Wing Alliance. It’s one of those things that make you feel utterly old. Not as old as a child playing Sonic with fond nostalgia, but of being almost an adult, at the end of adolescence and realising how long ago it was. For some more perspective, the third Harry Potter book ca... Read More »

A Look Back at Halo Wars

A Look Back at Halo Wars

It’s easy now, when considering the gaming behemoth that is Halo, to forget that the game wasn’t always the first-person shooter it is today. Way back in the mists of time, before Bungie was bought by Microsoft and Halo became the Xbox’s killer app, it was a real-time strategy game. Obviously, the tra... Read More »

Final Fantasy VIII – 15th Anniversary

Final Fantasy VIII – 15th Anniversary

I can remember the day that Final Fantasy VIII came out. I was on holiday in Majorca and I was gutted I couldn’t play it on release day. That’s right, I was gutted that I was on holiday! The main reason I was so excited about playing it was because at the time, the only title from the series I had played was Final Fant... Read More »

TheGameJar: Year Two

TheGameJar: Year Two

Another year has passed for TheGameJar. I always find it odd to look back and wonder where all the time went. Our annual relives the best parts of our second year of existence – with each member of the team, past and present in the last 12 months, showcasing their finest work. We’ve got two versions for you... Read More »

Sonic The Hedgehog 3 – 20th Anniversary

Sonic The Hedgehog 3 – 20th Anniversary

Twenty years ago, the 16bit era was in full swing. The rivalry between SEGA and Nintendo was running high. The fanboys were forever arguing about who was better: Mario or Sonic, and Patrick Moore was gracing our screens on a Thursday night as the Games Master. It was 1994 and twenty years ago today SEGA unleashed their... Read More »

Silent Hill and Me – 15th Anniversary

Silent Hill and Me – 15th Anniversary

My first experience with Silent Hill is seeing tiny screenshots in the Official Playstation Magazine during their E3 coverage. It was just shots of a foggy town. The description underneath just said things like ‘Twin Peaks’, which meant nothing to my child self. It seemed very interesting- I was getting into horror, lo... Read More »

Super Smash Bros – 15th Anniversary

Super Smash Bros – 15th Anniversary

2013 marked the year of Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles, so it only stands to reason that now, as we enter into 2014, some of the most eagerly anticipated titles of the year are likely to have a place on those platforms. There’s one game, however, that doesn’t find its home on either console a... Read More »

A Look Back At Ring Of Red

A Look Back At Ring Of Red

Somewhere on my ‘games I wish I’d never traded’ list, is a rather obscure strategy game called Ring of Red. It’s not the best on that list by any means, but it is the game I look for most when trawling through second-hand shops. Despite not setting the world alight when it was released, Ring of ... Read More »

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – 15th Anniversary

Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – 15th Anniversary

When I heard it was the 15th anniversary of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, one thing occurred to me; I was nine when the game first released. Nine! That’s something I’ve never actually thought about. My memories of Ocarina of Time are still so fresh and vivid that it simply doesn’t feel that long a... Read More »

Happy 20th Birthday, Doom!

Happy 20th Birthday, Doom!

Let’s suppose you and I are friends in real life and you ask me that most banal of party questions: “If you were on a desert island and could only play one game forever, what would it be?” After I was done mourning the death of our conversation, my response would be this: Doom. I could play Doom forever and not o... Read More »

Star Wars Rogue Squadron’s 15th Birthday

Star Wars Rogue Squadron’s 15th Birthday

It’s only a matter of time before the world as we know it falls to yet another Star Wars induced state of hysteria. Similar to that of circa 1977, with the new film approaching. Before looking ahead to Disney’s first offering of the series, let us cast our minds back, some fifteen years ago… In a galaxy, far, far, away... Read More »

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