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Mario's jumping mechanics were perfect, take 10 minutes and find out why

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Everyone knows that Mario's jumps feel great, and they helped define what jumping means in video games. Heck, the character began life as "Jumpman." But why is the jumping in the original Super Mario Bros. so good? Why does it "feel" so perfect?

This video is a ten-minute look at this issue, and it takes a subject that most people take for granted and shows just how much thought and effort goes into how we jump in video games. Making a character jump is relatively easy, but creating a jumping mechanic that feels good to the player is much harder, and it doesn't happen by accident.

Dive in, this is a fascinating look at a very "common" game mechanic.