Benj Edwards
Computers

History’s First Female Video Game Designer

October 27, 2017 Benj Edwards

Ever heard of Joyce Weisbecker? If not, you’ll probably hear her name a lot in the future — at least in video game history. FastCompany just published an article I wrote about Weisbecker, who was probably the world’s first female professional video game developer, predating the work of Carol Shaw …

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Spacewar: Profile of a Cultural Earthquake

October 16, 2017 Benj Edwards

The world’s first video game tournament took place at Stanford on October 19, 1972, 45 years ago this week. The Living Computer Museum in Seattle is hosting an event on Thursday commemorate this anniversary, and in conjunction, they commissioned me to write this article about the history of Spacewar and …

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[ Retro Scan ] Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

October 2, 2017 Benj Edwards

Fear has an address: 677 Bluebonnet Ln., Wichita, Kansas 67218 20 years ago today (Oct 2, 1997), Konami released Castlevania: Symphony of the Night in the US. My life has been demonstrably better ever since. After reading a review of it in EGM, I knew I had to get the …

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[ Retro Scan ] Super NES Play It Loud Poster

September 22, 2017 Benj Edwards

Side 1: Grunge fonts galore 1994 was a very good year for the Super NES. It’s around the time when US Super NES sales began to exceed those of the Genesis again, and of course, the release year of some of the games listed on this large fold-out poster. Chief …

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Carol Shaw Donates Collection to The Strong

July 19, 2017 Benj Edwards

Good News! You may recall that I interviewed Carol Shaw for VC&G back in 2011. Shaw is best known for developing River Raid and for being Atari’s first female video game designer. (At that time, I called Shaw “the world’s first female video game developer.” Since then, I have made …

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Computers

‘The History of Civilization’ Updates, 10 Years Later

July 18, 2017 Benj Edwards

Ten years ago today — on July 18, 2007 — Gamasutra published my in-depth history of the creation of Sid Meier’s Civilization called The History of Civilization. (Here’s my original VC&G post on the topic.) My article was originally intended to be part of a series of articles — conceived …

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Computers

[ Retro Scan ] Bentley Bear’s Spelling Bee

July 17, 2017 Benj Edwards

“Follow me, KIDS! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!” I recently visited fellow NC computer collector Tom Copper (hopefully the subject of a future post), and Tom gave me this neat and rare piece of educational software for the Atari ST series. It’s called Spelling Bee, and it features Bentley Bear of Crystal Castles fame. …

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Computers

Nintendo is Playing Risky Games With Its Cultural Legacy

July 7, 2017 Benj Edwards

By now, all of you have probably heard about Nintendo’s upcoming Super NES Classic Edition, which the firm announced on June 26. It’s a tiny HDMI-capable Super NES that plays 21 built-in games and will retail for $79.99 US. And it’s due for release on September 29, 2017. It is …

Benj Edwards
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[ Retro Scan ] The Hayden Sargon Hamburger

July 6, 2017 Benj Edwards

Starving for Software? Eat a tapeburger For some reason, I find few things less appetizing than a black and white hamburger. (Maybe one with a computer tape on top of it.) But we’re not here to eat this advertisement for Hayden Book Company’s 1979 computer tape offerings. We’re here to …