Facts

Video games engulf our very core with gameplay that mystifies us, stories that thrill and amaze us and characters that live forever in our memory. There are so many small hidden stories and facts behind all the games that we have enjoyed and cherished. Let’s look at some of them:

  1. The game Sonic Hedgehog has inspired a gene in the human body called SHH (sonic Hedgehog). It is responsible for ensuring all our limbs and organs grow where they are supposed to
  2. In Pokemon Red & Blue, the three renowned birds Arcticuno, Zapdos and Moltres actually means “One Two Three” in Spanish! Artic-UNO, Zap-DOS, Mol-TRES as spelled in Spanish.
  3. So everybody thought that the video games are actually useless! Here the answer: Studies indicate that surgeons who regularly play video games make 37% fewer mistakes and operate 27% faster than their peers.
  4. All you people out there who have been often ridiculed for playing too many video games, now it’s to time to answer all your critics. Studies have found that playing video games train the person to swiftly take the correct decisions. Video gamers are also found to be better in multitasking, driving and navigating around the streets.
  5. If you ever pitied Rockstar’s GTA for getting all the negative reviews, you can save your pity. Because Rockstar games paid to get negative press for its GTA series.
  6. The highly successful FPS GoldenEye 007  was developed by a team who had never previously worked for any video games. 8 of 10 of its developers were totally inexperienced in the art of making video games.
  7. Steve Wozniak’s (apple co-founder) favorite game was Tetris. So much that, in 1900s, he submitted his high scores to Nintendo Power so many times that they refused to print his scores. So he started sending them under another name, “Evets Kainzow” that is reversed of his name.
  8. According to Toru Iwatwani, the creator of Pac-Man, he wanted to create a game that will attract women to play it. And the reason he chose Pac-man as always eating something was because he thought the women were always eating something.
  9. Robin Willams (famous Hollywood star) is a big fan of video games, so much so that he has named his kids after the character of popular video games – Zelda(The legend of Zelda) and Cody (Final Fight).
  10. South Korea has a rule called Cinderella law’ which disallows under-16 gamers to play online video games after midnight.
  11. Players of online video game called Foldit decoded the crystal structure of an AIDS structure using the puzzle that had baffled scientists for over 15 years.
  12. Nolan Bushnell founder of Atari also founded the famous kid’s fast food chain ‘Chuck E Cheese’ as a way to get kids play Atari arcade games.
  13. Gunpei Yokoi, the creator of the Game boy, worked as Janitor in Nintendo. An extending arm made by him to get rid of the boredom caught the eye of Nintendo’s president and finally became super successful toy. 
  14. A man created a perfect city called ‘Magnasanti’ using Sim City 3000. The city boasts of game’s maximum population of 6 million with no crime and pollution. It took him three years to complete this.
  15. Taito’s arcade game, Space Invaders was so successful in japan that rumors have it that it caused a shortage of 100-yen coins.
  16. Donkey Kong got the name because Miyamoto thought “donkey” meant “stupid” in English.
  17. Gold Farming has been notoriously popular in developing countries. Chinese prisoners clock out 12 hours shifts to make out money for Chinese prison. It was estimated that there were 100,000 full-time gold farmers in China at a point.
  18. Blizzard was awarded $88 million in a judgment passed against a woman who operated her own WoW server to sell WoW items.
  19. Starcraft is so famous in South Korea that the top gamers receive huge salary and prizes to play the game at various competitions. 
  20. Starcraft is also the first game to been played in space. Daniel Barry took a copy of the game with him on the Space Shuttle mission STS-96 in 1999.
  21. Guitar Hero – Aerosmith has made more money for the Aerosmith band than the sale of any of their previous albums.
  22. Final Fantasy VII was supposed to be exclusively released for N64, but it proved to be too big to fit the entire game in N64. It might have needed 11-15 cartridges. Eventually, it was ported on PlayStation format.
  23. Dragon Quest is so popular in japan, that it is unlawful to release the game on weekdays because that resulted in children bunking their schools and adults taking sickies to ditch work to play it.
  24. Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokemon, got the idea for super successful game after collecting caterpillars as a child and watching them change into butterflies.
  25. Xbox was originally named as DirectX Box as a reference to Microsoft’s graphics API, DirectX.
  26. Mario was actually named after the landlord of Nintendo’s first warehouse Mr Mario Segale. The original name of Mario was actually Mr Video Game which ended up becoming Mr Segale’s nickname speaking of Mario he is actually appearing in over a hundred and twenty video games.
  27. Pac-Man was invented by the designer Toru Iwatani while he was eating pizza.
  28. The PlayStation was originally designed as a Nintendo Console with Sony to make the inside components when Nintendo console changed their minds about making the console Sony decided to go ahead make the PlayStation.
  29. The video game industry is valued at 70 Billion Dollars worldwide.
  30. Two-thirds of American households play games 60% are male, 40% are female.
  31. In 1990 game, Golden Axe from SEGA was voiced entirely by prisoners on death row.
  32. Due to the popularity of the Nintendo game Mario Brothers in 1983, there was an explosion of name Mario given to children around that time.
  33. In the original Legend of Zelda game, why you could only hold 255 Rupees (gold coins)? Because the maximum value of an unsigned 8bit integer and to hold more would have required more memory which wasn’t just doable for the technology at that time.
  34. The most famous G code for video games of all time up up down down left right left right B A,this was made popular by the game Contra which gives the player a full set of power-ups and it’s called Konami code or Gamers code.
  35. The first gaming console to ever ship with an internal memory was the SEGA Saturn and it shipped with about one megabyte of memory.
  36. In the original arcade version of Donkey Kong, Mario was called jump man and he was a carpenter, not a plumber.
  37. MegaMan is known as Rockman in Japan the name was changed from Rockman to MegaMan when he came to America.
  38. Atari is a Japanese word that actually means success.
  39. Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong, is not allowed to bike to work because his safety is too important to Nintendo.
  40. During the production of Goldeneye 007, developers considered having players unplug and reinsert the N64 rumble pack every time they wanted to reload their weapon.
  41. The Nintendo character Kirby was named after John Kirby, the legal counsel for Nintendo who helped them win their lawsuit with Universal Studios in 1982. John Kirby was gifted a sailboat Christened the “Donkey Kong” and given exclusive rights to name any boat he owned “Donkey Kong.”
  42. Ghostbusters: The Video Game (2009) has voice acting from all four of the original cast members (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson), who helped write the script as well. Aykroyd considers it “essentially the third movie”.
  43. Many American public libraries carry video games as an attempt to lure teenagers into a library. The result is more teenagers coming to the library and books are being checked out at a rate that exceeds what it was before the gamers arrived.
  44. In 2005, a glitch in World of Warcraft allowed a plague to spread in the game leading non-infected players to abandon cities while those infected were forced into quarantines. It was later studied by epidemiologists to see how real life people would react to a pandemic.
  45. Konami had a sense of humor dealing with Nintendo piracy. If Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III senses it isn’t an authentic copy the game silently reduces the damage the player deals out, doubles the damage they take and makes Shredder immortal.
  46. The creators of Pac-Man did not know how the game ended as it was designed to run indefinitely. It was only when Billy Mitchell finished the game, after all its internal storage ran out, that they saw how it ended.
  47. Every time Pac-Man eats a regular dot, he stops moving for one frame (1/60th of a second), slowing his progress by roughly 10% just enough for the following ghost to overtake him.
  48. PETA had a problem with the whaling segment of Assassins Creed: Black Flag. Ubisoft dismissed it saying they did not condone whaling any more than they condoned a pirate lifestyle.
  49. Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, and Nathan Fillion all voiced marines in Halo 3. Their characters were given personalities resembling the characters they played in Firefly.
  50. A ‘Red Shirt Guy’ (Ian Bates) stumped a panel of World Of Warcraft developers during a Q&A at BlizzCon 2010 by asking them about an inconsistency in the lore. Later, an NPC was introduced into the game who wore a bright red shirt and was named Wildhammer Fact Checker.
  51. Grand Theft Auto was originally a racing game called Race’n’Chase, however, a glitch made the police cars go crazy, ramming the player. This glitch was so popular with testers that they rebuilt the game around it, creating GTA.
  52. If you beat the video game Twisted Metal III as the demon Minion, he wishes to spend eternity in Hell. In standard Twisted Metal fashion, the wish is turned against him and he is sent to Hell, Michigan.
  53. Henry Cavill almost missed the call for the role of Superman because he was playing “World of Warcraft”.
  54. A father made his son work his way to modernity by playing through the history of video games chronologically rather than let him play whatever video game he wanted. The boy started with 1979’s Galaxian.
  55. Half-Life, Metal Gear Solid, Goldeneye, Fallout, Banjo-Kazooie, Prey (which would not be released for another 9 years), and Duke Nukem Forever (which would not be released for another 14 years) were all revealed at E3 1997 over the span of 3 days.
  56. Playing action video games trains people to make the right decisions faster without loss of accuracy. Video game players develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, which helps with multitasking, driving, keeping track of friends in a crowd, and navigating around town.
  57. Best Buy removed the fighting video game “Primal Rage” from its shelves after an Arizona woman complained that her 11-year-old son had faithfully portrayed one of the game’s gorilla-like character’s “golden shower/urination” fatality move.
  58. A study surveying 5000 children on the video game and social habits, came to a conclusion that those playing video games on a regular basis are more satisfied with their lives, are less prone to being hyperactive, have less emotional issues than those who don’t play video games at all.
  59. Scientists in Berlin asked adults to play Super Mario 64 over a period of 2 months for 30 minutes a day. The group showed increase in grey matter, demonstrating “the direct causal link between video gaming and a volumetric brain increase.”
  60. NES games like Battletoads were made so hard because Nintendo was losing money on video game rentals. If they took a long time to beat, people would have to buy the games instead.
  61. With over 25 billion hours (2.85 million years) of total game playtime, people have played call of duty for longer than the course of human existence.
  62. The popular video game ‘Deus ex’ released in the year 2000 is missing the twin towers due to graphical limitations. The in-game explanation for this was that they were destroyed by a terrorist attack.
  63. The surface area of Minecraft’s overworld (on the PC version) is approximately 9,258,235 times larger than that of the earth.
  64. People who play video games are more likely to be lucid dreamers (have control over their actions in dreams) than those who don’t.
  65. The multiplayer mode in GoldenEye was added last minute, without the knowledge of Rare and Nintendo.
  66. If you finish the incredible hard video game Ghosts n’ Goblin, you will receive a message at the end that all was just an illusion and you will be forced to start at the very beginning of the game again. Only after playing through the second time you will see the real ending.
  67. Earthworm Jim was created as a result of the success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The game was created as a satire of platform video games at the time; for instance, “Princess-What’s-Her-Name” was a parody of how so many video games had throw-away female characters to be saved.
  68. Some political prisoners in China were forced to play World of Warcraft and other games to gather virtual currency.
  69. Rockstar Games hired a private investigator to locate the remaining relatives of one of the members of the Skatt Bros. in Utah in order to obtain license rights to the song “Walk The Night” for use in Grand Theft Auto IV.
  70. The Japanese version of Fallout 3 does not give the player the option to detonate the Megaton nuclear bomb.
  71. A World of Warcraft player had 36 accounts on 11 computers simultaneously and raided by himself.
  72. The award for 10 consecutive kills with a shotgun in Halo 3 was titled “Cheneymania!” before it was changed to “Open Season!”
  73. Scientists have shown that playing Tetris can ease cravings for sex, drugs, and food.
  74. If Mario was a real person, he would have to run (and swim) 3.4 miles to complete Super Mario Bros.
  75. Angry Birds and Clash of Clans have helped rejuvenate Finland’s economy after Nokia’s downfall.
  76. After his mom died, Albert Ransom learned to code and built an indie game called CandySwipe. Two years later, a near-identical game called Candy Crush Saga was released.
  77. In the original Silent Hill video game, the fog covering the town was put in the game because of hardware limitations. Covering the town in fog meant that only the area surrounding the player at any given moment needed to be rendered.
  78. Activision, the company behind the Call of Duty series, runs an endowment dedicated to finding employment opportunities and jobs training for veterans. The Call of Duty Endowment claims to have helped place over 25,000 vets in well-paying jobs since 2009.
  79. A man reached level 90 in World of Warcraft without ever leaving the starting zone; spending 173.5 days mining and picking herbs.
  80. In Assassin’s Creed, every key character you assassinate was a real person, and the date and location of their death are accurate.
  81. There is a hiding spot in Pac-man where you can sit still safely for as long as you like.
  82. Some research points to attention difficulties as being a key component of dyslexia. One study has shown dyslexics improved their reading comprehension following sessions of games heavy on action. The reason, researchers believe, is that the games have constantly changing environments that require intense focus.
  83. “Don’t sit too close to the television” used to be a common parental refrain without a lot of science to back it up. Instead, scientists are discovering games in moderation may actually improve—not strain—your vision. In one study, 10 weeks of play was associated with a greater ability to discern between different shades of grey. Another had participants try to play games using only their “lazy” eye, with the “good” one obscured. Those players showed significant, sometimes normalized improvement in the affected eye. 
  84. Because certain genres of games reward and encourage leadership traits—providing for “communities,” securing their safety, etc.—researchers have noted that players can display a correlating motivation in their real-world career goals. Improvising in a game can also translate into being faster on your feet when an office crisis crops up. 
  85. Tomb Raider’s Lara Croft is one of the sexiest gaming characters. Her breast size was actually an accident. The developers of the game wanted to increase her breast size by 50% but accidentally increased it by 150%.
  86. Halo 2 was delayed for PC release because one of the developers had hidden a picture of his ass in it.
  87. Homefront was a video game based on a war against North Korean global power. It was released in early 2011 and has so far successfully predicted the year of Kim Jong-Il’s death (2011) and North Korea’s nuclear test in 2013.
  88. Toshuyuki Takahashi, a Japanese gamer holds the record of pressing a controller button 16 times in a second
  89. Matt Damon refused to appear in the recent Bourne Conspiracy game because he thought it was too violent. Not fussed by the violence in the films then, eh, Matt?
  90. Ever wondered what happens to Leon’s cool leather jacket in Resident Evil 4? It inexplicably disappears after the scene in the village. Well, on the PS2 version, go through Ada’s side-quest and one of the Ganado villagers will be wearing it.
  91. In the early stages of its development, Half-Life 2 featured a friendly alien that would follow Gordon Freeman around, feasting on the bodies of his fallen enemies. It was taken out when Valve discovered that the AI would be too difficult to convincingly program.
  92. A boss character called Binbag was removed from Rockstar’s Manhunt early in its development. He was a psychopath wrapped in black refuse sacks. Lovely.
  93. Rockstar also removed a character from Grand Theft Auto 3, although this time it was said to be because of the terrorist attacks on September 11th. He was called Darkel, a homeless guy who’d get you to rig buildings with explosives.
  94. If you name yourself ‘Zelda’ instead of ‘Link’ in ‘The Legend Of Zelda’, you will be able to skip the first quest entirely. 
  95. Many of the Koopalings from the Super Mario games are named after famous musicians. Most people can see the pattern in Ludwig, Iggy, and Lemmy’s names. What you may not know is Super Mario World’s fire-breathing triceratops is named Reznor, named after Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, who also created the soundtrack for Quake.
  96. The satisfying “ding” that rings out when a Fat Man nuke is launched in Fallout 3 is the lunch bell from Bethesda Softworks’ cafeteria. The Fat Man itself is modeled after an actual nuke launcher called the M-388 Davy Crockett Tactical Nuclear Recoilless Rifle, which was developed in the 1950s.
  97. During the 2008 presidential election, Barack Obama purchased ad space in 18 games that ran in 10 states. The “Vote for Change” billboards were in Burnout Paradise, Skate, Madden, and more that targeted the demographic of ages 18 to 34.
  98. In the first Civilization game, Gandhi’s aggression rating was the lowest score of one, meaning he didn’t want to make war. However, if a player chose democracy, his aggression dropped two points. Instead of falling to negative one, the number looped around to 255, the highest aggression rating possible. Democracy turned Gandhi into a nuke-firing titan.
  99. The U.K. versions of FIFA 2001 and Gran Turismo 2 shipped with the peculiar idea of “scratch and sniff” discs. If you scratched FIFA’s disc, you would “smell the pitch.” Rubbing Gran Turismo 2’s disc would deliver an “authentic pit-stop smell.”