A lot of work goes into making video games, but there's a lot behind that scenes that we don't often know about. Accidents happen, glitches make it through, sometimes our favorite feature wasn't even intended. There are a lot of fun stories behind our favorite games. Here are 15 cool facts you might not have known about.
1. 'Final Fantasy' Was Almost The End
Final Fantasy was a last-ditch effort by Hironobu Sakaguchi to succeed in the gaming industry. Square had released a series of unsuccessful RPGs and racing games in the mid 1980s, and Sakaguchi took inspiration from games like Dragon Quest and Legend of Zelda for #FinalFantasy. If the game flopped, Sakaguchi would have quit gaming and gone back to school. Luckily for us, Final Fantasy was a hit, spawning an entire series and Square's best selling franchise.
2. Gandhi's Famous Aggressiveness In 'Civilization' Was A Bug
Gandhi is supposed to be the epitome of peace, but players of the original #Civilization found he was more likely to drop nukes on them. Gandhi's hidden aggression rating was appropriately set at the lowest score of 1. However choosing democracy dropped aggression by 2 points. The bug appeared because the code didn't recognize negative numbers. Instead of dropping to -1 it just went to the next number in the loop, which was the highest rating of 255. Most aggressive leaders were only 10. The team thought it was so funny that in later Civilization games they fixed his aggression but kept his nuke rating high.
3. 'Pokémon' Was Inspired By Butterflies.
The popular #Pokemon series' creator, Satoshi Tajiri, got the idea for the game based on his experiences as a child collecting caterpillars and watching them turn into butterflies.
4. Bill Clinton Could Have Been In 'Fallout 3'
Blindlight, the casting agency for #Fallout3, tried to get the former president to voice the game's President John Eden, but were declined. Apparently Mr. Clinton has received many offers over the years, with his attorneys always responding, "The former president will not participate in one of your video game products, thank you very much." Blindlight loved the candid answer rather than the usual "ignore for six months" approach of other agencies.
5. The Reaper Roar In 'Mass Effect 3' Was A Trash Can
Games use many odd objects to get the effect they're looking for. The reaper sound from the infamous fight in #MassEffect3 was created by repeatedly opening and closing a heavy-duty bear-proof trash can.
6. The Commodore 64 Had Less Power Than A Calculator
Consoles sure have come a long way. While the Commodore 64 was innovative for its day, it's practically rudimentary by today's standards. Everyone's favorite calculator from high school, the popular Texas Instruments TI-83, has more graphics processing power than the Commodore 64. You can even program some basic Commodore 64 games onto the calculator.
7. A Bug In 'World of Warcraft' Provided Real World Epidemic Research
In the early days of #WorldofWarcraft, a bug occurred where players could take a pretty nasty debuff out of the instance. They quickly figured out that they could spread it and infect other players and NPCs, killing any low level players. This caused an epidemic that followed real world disease models. Some players would try to heal infected characters, while others would try to spread the disease and use NPCs as contagious carriers. The incident was so widespread and devastating that Blizzard had to do a hard server reset to stop the carnage. It has since spawned research on human reactions.
8. Alice And Wendy In 'Kingdom Hearts' Were Voiced By The Original 1950s Movie Actress
Kathryn Beaumont was 13-15 years old when she voiced Alice and Wendy in the original 1950s animated #Disney films Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Peter Pan (1953). She returned 50 years later to voice the same characters in 2002 for #KingdomHearts at the age of 64, before finally retiring from the characters and voice acting in 2005.
9. Conan O'Brien And Andy Richter Are In 'Halo 4'
Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter had a little fun in the recording booth during Conan's show before #Halo4 came out, recording screams and dialogue for the game. Their dialogue was included as an easter egg in the final game: two marines talking about loading crates during the 6th mission.
10. Lara Croft's Breast Size Was An Accident
Lara Croft has been known for her unrealistic figure and sex symbol status since #TombRaider debuted in 1996. When adjusting her model, the developers intended to increase her breast size by 50%. It turns out they accidentally increased it by 150% instead. Oops. They decided to keep it that way and thus Lara's iconic bosom was born.
11. 'Starcraft' Is The First Computer Game to Physically Go To Space
Mission Specialist Daniel T. Barry took his favorite game, the first copy of #Starcraft, with him aboard the Discovery for Shuttle mission STS-96 on May 27, 1999. It was the first shuttle flight to dock at the International Space Station. The Starcraft game CD orbited the Earth 153 times and traveled 3.5 million nautical miles, and now resides at Blizzard headquarters in Irvine, CA.
12. The Chicago Bulls Were Rigged To Lose Against The Detroit Pistons In 'NBA Jam'
#NBAJam designer Mark Turmell was a big fan of the Detroit Pistons. At the time of the game's development in 1993, the Pistons' rival, the Chicago Bulls, had won three straight championships and Turmell felt they needed to level the playing field. The game's code was rigged so that Bulls players Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant would have a lower chance to make clutch shots in a close game, and Pippen's rating dropped significantly whenever the Bulls played against the Pistons.
13. Millions of 'E.T.' Game Cartridges Were Literally Buried Due To Poor Sales.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial came out on Atari 2600 in 1982 to cash in on the movie's fame. Unfortunately this was also right before the video game crash of 1983, where the market became flooded with games and consoles, leading to a decline in video games until the NES. Competition was fierce on the market, something Atari had not expected. Retailers canceled orders and Atari was left with millions of unsold game cartridges. So they buried them in New Mexico. The site was excavated in 2014 and 700,000 cartridges were retrieved, but there are still many more buried in the landfill.
14. The Max Score You Can Get In 'Pac-Man' Is 3,333,360 Points
It's considered a perfect game, and the only way to achieve it is to do everything perfectly: eat every dot, power pellet, fruit, and enemy in the first 255 levels without losing a single life, and use all extra lives in level 256 for extra points. The first person to get a perfect score in #PacMan was Billy Mitchell in 1999 after 6 hours of play. Over 20 people have done it since then, with David Race holding the world record at 3 hours, 28 minutes, and 49 seconds in 2013.
15. 'Grand Theft Auto' Combined Lawsuits Are Over $1 Billion
Granted, most of them are by Jack Thompson, who was famous for his crusade against #GTA and its supposed effect on violence in children. The more famous of the many lawsuits was the one Thompson filed for $246 million against Grand Theft Auto III, PlayStation, and Wal-Mart, for supposedly inspiring two teenagers to mimic the game's violence. Thompson was eventually disbarred for frivolous lawsuits.
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