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A Detailed Cross-Examination of Yesterday and Today's Best-Selling Platform Games

The rise and fall of one of gaming's greatest genres.

Article by TNL Staff (Email)
July 12th 2006, 04:35AM
 

Platform games were once the most important genre in all of gaming. Mario and Sonic helped to build empires, and it was once thought that a good platform game was required to sell a system. But after the move to 3D, platformers struggled to find their identity, and after the dust had cleared, it seemed that the gaming population had moved on to other things.

Curiously, there was no single formula or genre that took the platform game's place. It seemed that the fan base that had once salivated over the latest hop-and-bop simply scattered to the seven winds of the gaming landscape.

So what exactly happened? Did the genre grow stale? Did the rest of gaming simply move ahead? Game journalist Daniel Boutros tackles these questions and more in his book A Detailed Cross-Examination of Yesterday and Today's Best-Selling Platform Games. GotNext is proud to present this work in its entirety for the first time.

Click here to download "A Detailed Cross-Examination of Yesterday and Today's Best-Selling Platform Games".


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