I've been a little bored recently, so I figured we could play a little game. As you know most of us are big Star Wars buffs, able to tell people every single line of dialogue from the movies and point out the names of even the most obscure charactors among other useless information. So I figure we could try to expand on this idea with a video game thread devoted entirely to useless video game info. Who knows, we might acually learn something new.
Berzerk is the only game known to have directly caused a fatality involuntarily ("Marathon Gaming" and suicide are voluntary). In the early 1980s a person died of a heart attack while playing the game.
Gun Fight, a Midway game produced in 1975 was the first game to use a microprocessor. The microprocessor's speed? A whopping 2 mhz.
During their peak popularity arcade games were everywhere: pizza shops, restaurants, retail stores, even car dealerships.
Computer Space, the first arcade game ever made was released in four colors: green, red, yellow, and blue.
Flynn's is the name of the arcade in Tron.
Centipede was the first arcade game designed by a woman.
Pong was not the first video game, but it was the first successful video game.
To date, no home console system (handhelds aren't considered home console systems) has matched the success of the Atari 2600 (a.k.a. the VCS). It was in production for an amazing 14 years.
Video game violence existed prior to the Mortal Kombat era. In Exidy's Death Race (released in 1976) the player's goal was to drive over Gremlins (which appeared as real people to many). In Chiller, a later release by the company from 1986, the object was to shoot human targets and was quite gory for the time.
Dragon's Lair II production as put on hold because of the decline in popularity of arcade games. It was finally released in 1991.
Williams arcade games such as Defender, Stargate, Robotron and Sinistar are among the most challenging and difficult games to play.
Many classic arcade games were converted to newer games (by replacing the controls, marquee and game board) since they no longer made money in arcades. In retrospect, this wasn't such a good idea, since classics are the most popular games today.
Steve Russell, an MIT student, created Spacewar in 1961. This was the basis for the first video arcade game.
Atari was commissioned by the U.S. military to develop a training simulator version of Battlezone. Two cabinets were made with a modified version of original Battlezone.
Mario, Nintendo’s star character of Donkey Kong fame was originally called "jumpman".
Budweiser Tapper, a Bally Midway game where you play a bartender who serves beer to customers was also released in another form: Rootbeer Tapper (a non-alcoholic form) to appease child-oriented arcades.
Proper arcade etiquette to let someone know you want to play the next game was (is) to put your quarter above the control panel or marquee bracket.
Tron was a box-office flop, but an arcade sensation.
Three arcade games have been created based on music stars. Bally Midway released Journey in 1983, based on the rock group of the same name, Midway released Revolution-X in 1994, based on the rock group Aerosmith, and Sega released Michael Jackson's Moonwalker in 1990.
Red Donkey Kong cabinets are very rare. They are from the very first few made off the production line: Radarscope factory conversions. These games are VERY collectible.
Bally released a trivia game known as Professor Pac-Man. The game was a huge bomb, only 400 were made (by comparison over 100,000 Pac-Man games were made).
It was only recently that someone was able to achieve the perfect score on Pac-Man. In 1999, Billy Mitchell reached a score of 3,333,360 points, the highest score possible on the game.
The actual names of the ghosts in Pac-Man are: Shadow, Speedy, Bashful and Pokey. The ghosts' nicknames are Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde, respectively.
There are 240 dots to be devoured in each Pac-Man maze.
Pac-Man was originally released in Japan as Puck Man. When the game was brought over to the US, the name was changed due to fears of people using the name in a more vulgar sense. Hint: What rhymes with puck?
The first arcade game (Computer Space) was a flop. It was too hard to understand.
There have been over 3000 different arcade games made since they first appeared in the 1970s.
Baby Pac-Man was the first and only one of three video game/pinball hybrid games ever made popular. The other two games: Granny and the Gators (also released by Bally) and Caveman (released by Gottlieb) were not very successful.
Most full size arcade games weigh 250 – 350 pounds.
Many games with black and white monitors used color overlays to simulate a color screen.
Pac-Man's creator came up with the Pac-Man character after looking at a pizza missing one slice.
There is an organization that records, tracks and verifies high scores for all video games: Twin Galaxies.
Galaga was one of the first games to feature a bonus stage.
Space Invaders caused a coin shortage when originally released in Japan.
Warrior, a vector game by Cinematronics was the first one-on-one fighting game. The game was released in 1979, predating Street Fighter by 8 years.
The first successful arcade game was tested at Andy Capp's tavern. A few hours to weeks (varies on accounts) after being on location, it broke down. The reason? It was jammed with quarters.
Space Invaders earned three times as much money as the original Star Wars movie grossed at the box office.
Crystal Castles is one of the few classic arcade games to actually have an ending.
Eugene Jarvis designed Defender in 1980.
Atari developed a very unique pinball game named Hercules. It was so large that it used a wooden ball nearly the size of a billard cue ball for a pinball.
Top arcade players can play some games for over 20 hours on the same quarter.
Nolan Bushnell originally developed games under the name "Syzygy." After his first creation, he started the company known as Atari. Later on he went to found Chuckie Cheese.
Pinball was banned in New York until 1976.
Steve Juraszek was a 15 year-old prodigy who was able to score over 15 million in Defender.