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More Thoughts From Me #68: The Gaming Historian

What’s the story behind the Super Mario Bros. movie? Did Nintendo really take on video game stores? Who invented the D-Pad? Want to know more about Donkey Kong, Mega Man, or the Power Glove? If any of these topics interest you, then the Gaming Historian videos on YouTube are the place you should be heading to right after this article. Let me tell you more about the Gaming Historian!


The About page for the Gaming Historian YouTube videos reads:

The Gaming Historian is a documentary series all about the history of video games. I also like to review books and certain games that I find interesting. The show is researched, written, edited, and created by Norman Caruso. “

Norman hosts every episode of the Gaming Historian. The videos are very professional and always interesting. A wide variety of topics have been convered, everything from Nintendo to Sony and beyond.

One of my favorite videos, called Nintendo Vs. Video Game Rentals, goes into how Nintendo reacted when companies like Blockbuster were renting out their games in the early days.

I also greatly enjoyed more recent videos like Who Invented the D-Pad? and From Shady to Legal: How Two Emulators Battled Sony.

I actually knew who invented the D-Pad but it was still interesing to hear about the history behind it. And as for the second video, I had never heard about those two emulators or what happened between them and Sony!

The greatest thing about the Gaming Historian is learning about things in gaming history that you had no clue about. I’m mostly a Nintendo fan, so yes the history of Nintendo particulary fascinates┬áme (like this Super Mario Bros. movie video), however its interesting to hear about other companies too!

There are so many Gaming Historian videos to watch. I know I haven’t watched all of them. Every so often, I find myself looking for something I haven’t watched or hoping that the Gaming Historian has posted something new. If you love video games, than the Gaming Historian videos on YouTube are a most watch. Check out his page here for even more videos from the Gaming Historian.

What do you think of the Gaming Historian? Do you have a favorite video from him? Let us know in the comments!

Next week: E3 is right around the corner. I’m going to get an early start on my E3 Predictations in next weeks column. What do I think Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft will show at the event?

More Thoughts From Me is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed here are mine and mine alone. Excuse me, I’m going to go watch a Gaming Historian video now.


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blank Daniel Fugate has wanted to be a writer since he was seven years old. He has a bachelor's degree in English and he's a huge Animal Crossing fan. The Wii U and 3DS are currently his favorite video game systems!

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