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The Buzz: Top 25 Video Game Facts of Interest
The week, The Bee imparts some trivia
Product: The Buzz | Format: DS, GameBoy, iPhone, iPod, Mobile, N-Gage, PSP, Smartphone
by The Bee
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Over several years as a private industry insider, and of course reading in the blog o' sphere, The Bee has learned many interesting trivias about video games. Today I collect 25 of them for you – maybe I will give you more in future if you like!


1. The first video game is thought to be Space War! which was made by three single men in America university MIT. It is thought by people who are wrong. In fact the first video game is a missile game from 1947, and the first game console is from 1951!

2. Sonic the hedgehog is not only a fast hedgehog in a video game. Sonic Hedgehog is also a name of a gene on chromosome 7 of a human genome. Biologists!

3. In 1980 the American military approached Atari to make a version of pioneer virtual reality wireframe shooter Battlezone for training. As consequence, soldiers became adept at war near pyramids.

4. In GTA San Andreas, KDST radio host is performed by former Guns 'n' Roses stage clown Axl Rose. He was paid in electricity vouchers.

5. Mario is named after landlord of early Nintendo of America warehouse, Mario Shigali. The original character name in Japan was 'Mr Video Game'. This became Mr Shigali's nickname.

6. Pac-Man was designed by Toru Iwatani for appealing to women, because Pac-Man is always eating… like women!

7. The video game of all time that is least success is ET, it came on the Atari 2600 in 1982. The game is so bad that more than hundreds of thousands of cartridges were buried in a New Mexico trash hole and this game is blamed for the nearly complete collapse of the video game industry.

8. Unlike Microsoft and Sony, Nintendo has never made a loss at the end of a year… even with the GameCube!

9. The PlayStation was originally planned as a Nintendo console, with Sony to design some of the inside components. When Nintendo secretly renegaded this agreement, Sony decided to make a console anyway. Maybe you have heard of it? Of course you have heard of it! (The Sony PlayStation.)

10. The first video game Easter egg is thought to be in Atari's 1979 Adventure. It is the name of the programmer, Warren Robinett. It is very disappointing Easter egg.

11. A better Easter egg is Hot Chocolate with GTA San Andreas, this allows the player to have fun in bed… and not sleeping.

12. The short film at the beginning of Pixar movie WALL-E is copied from Valve game Portal. But instead of about a doomed sexual relationship between a robot and a prisoner, it is about a hungry rabbit who wants a carrot!

13. If every person working inside of the video game industry were standing in a circle, the circle would easily besiege Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia.

14. All of the voices in arcade hacking-and-slashing game Golden Axe were performed by American prisoners on death row. The dwarf is known in actual life as The Bloodaliser.

15. Since the release of Mario Bros in 1983, many American children have been named Mario. Since the release of The Secret of Monkey Island in 1990, no children have been named Guybrush.

16. Andelko can finish Half-Life in one hour and three minutes and 21 seconds, but to do this he must exploit bugs. Do not tell him his achievement is illegitimate, or he will strike you. Take it from Mrs Bee!

17. In remote Scotch island of Stornaway, only 48 per cent of the population believe the iPhone exists – less than believe in creation theory of human origin. (100 per cent of the people in Stornaway believe in creation theory of human origin.)

18. During the early 1990s, Nintendo employees were oblige to let doctors remove the Sonic Hedgehog gene from chromosome 7 with chemical therapy. As consequence, many employee offsprings were born with green pigment and outsize tongue. They are inspiration for Yoshi. They are dead.

19. In early America days, Nintendo pioneers Minoru Arakawa and Howard Lincoln caught Mario Shigali bowling with a turtle at some mushrooms. This is inspiration for the events of the many Mario games.

20. When Vin Diesel is playing Chronicles of Riddick, he always switches off the computer when he is losing health because he believes when he runs out he will die in real life. He arrived at this belief after misunderstanding The Matrix.

21. Matt Damon will not agree to appear in a video game conversion of his Bourne films because video games are too violent. Thanking god he does not have this objection with films, or we would not be able to enjoy watching him kill many people with his face all caked in blood and fire!

22. The designer of the Xbox 360 controller had a wish to make a controller looking like an animal. After experimenting with many species, he settled with bat, but there is a rare prototype in the shape of a gibbon.

23. Nintendo employees who cannot get 120 stars in Mario Galaxy receive less salary and must eat in a separate canteen labelled 'Fail'.

24. A hedgehog genome does not have a copy of the Sonic Hedgehog gene.

25. Proficiency at Virtua Fighter does not guarantee proficiency in real-life combat. Just ask my son Bee Junior! He is nine.

See you next week!

The Bee is an industry insider who has fed on the nectar of over three decades' worth of gaming. All opinions expressed are the author's own.

The Bee 2 August 2008
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