When Rockstar first released Grand Theft Auto, they actually paid reviewers to negatively review the game in order to keep it controversial, and therefore popular. They targeted right wing news papers to ensure moral outrage and drive the game to success.
After 13 years of trying to find the structure of a protein, scientists created an online competitive game that asked gamers to try and solve it. The structure was found in 3 weeks.
In the past, people would “download” games by copying the code by hand from magazines.
Super Mario was named after Mario Segale, an Italian-American who leased his warehouse to Nintendo in the ‘80s.
The Legend of Zelda was principally inspired by creator Shigeru Miyamoto’s explorations as a young boy in the hillsides, forests, and caves surrounding his childhood home in Sonobe, Japan where he ventured into forests with secluded lakes, caves, and rural villages.
Solitaire was created by a Microsoft intern who wasn’t paid for the game. Bill Gates liked the idea but complained it was too difficult to win at this game. Original version also included a fake Excel spreadsheet to hide the game from your boss.
‘Mangia’ is an Atari 2600 video game in which a mother force feeds her son with pasta until he explodes. The boy can feed animals with the food, but if the mother sees him do so, she brings out three times as much pasta as punishment. ‘Mangia’ is among the rarest video games for collectors.
In 2012 a Chinese father hired gamers to ‘kill’ his son in-game repeatedly to stop his gaming addiction.
Some Christian groups criticized Dungeons and Dragons for promoting the veneration of demons, murder, and satanism, even though the creator of D&D was a committed christian.
Grand Theft Auto 5 is used to train the artificial intelligence in self driving cars due to its photorealistic graphics and its ability to produce a wide variety of realistic driving situations.