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Retro Sanctuary

2013-01-09

‘Top game’ lists (‘Top 100 Sega games’ &c) are bad, and people should stop making and reading them, but despite that, the people over at _Retro-Sanctuary_ do a brilliant job of them. Despite the conceptual incoherence of ranking games, the lists that _RS compiles do a good job of helping one gain an understanding of how the libraries of third, fourth and fifth generation platforms are related to amongst themselves.

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The ported-games comparisons section that the website has developed features a really good run-down of the differences between the Earthworm Jim ports of the early 90s. What is particularly interesting about the article on EWJ is its discussion of the different graphics capabilities of the SNES and the Mega Drive–specifically, the Mega Drive’s use of dithering as a remedy for its limited on-screen colour palette.