The Sun Sets—For Good—on the Blockbuster Night

The last 300 stores owned by rental chain Blockbuster in the U.S. will be closed by January. If the news was as a surprise, it's only that so many were left. It leaves you with a weird nostalgia—hard to get worked up about a once-monolithic corporation, but still dewy-eyed recalling a trip to bring home GoldenEye. » 11/06/13 4:00pm 11/06/13 4:00pm

How Past Game Consoles Said Goodbye in Japan

Each time we approach the beginning of a new console generation, it also marks the slow and gradual ending of the previous one. Games for the previous consoles are released less frequently until they disappear altogether. But have you ever wondered what the final releases were for each major home console in Japan? We… » 6/21/13 7:30am 6/21/13 7:30am

The Awesome, 100% Accurate Planetary Orbits of Blast Corps' Map Screen

Blast Corps, for the Nintendo 64, didn't give much of a damn for accurate physics. You could drive on gas-giant Neptune, and it had the lowest gravity of any of the game's extraterrestrial levels (it should be the highest). But as GameXplain marvelously demonstrates, the map menu is jaw-droppingly true to life. » 5/11/13 5:00pm 5/11/13 5:00pm