Nostalgia

Nostalgia

How Mario Kart 64 became the gold standard for 90s kids and arcade bars

By Alex Alusheff There’s nothing worse than being struck by a blue shell in Mario Kart. Unless it’s being struck by your older brother after you blue-shelled him. We drained a lot of hours into Mario Kart 64 for the Nintendo 64 when we were kids. The game was released in 1996, when I was 6 and my brother was 8, right around the time our brotherly love dissolved into a bitter rivalry. In a…

Nostalgia

Analyzing Final Fantasy VII without nostalgia goggles

Most video games age like bananas. You buy them and they’re really great for a day, maybe two. Then one day you come home, and suddenly they’re all brown, and gross, and have regressive views on gender and sexuality. Just like bananas. But some games age much better than bananas. Some games have visuals and mechanics that don’t wither with age, but rather only seem to improve as time goes by.