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.
Sega developed a Virtual Reality headset for the Sega Genesis in 1993. It was nearly released but was cancelled due to making testers sick.
In 2012 a Chinese father hired gamers to ‘kill’ his son in-game repeatedly to stop his gaming addiction.
A 10-year-old saved his great-grandmother’s life in a speeding vehicle after she fell unconscious while driving. As they veered into oncoming traffic, the boy grabbed the wheel and guided the car to a halt in a mud filled ditch. Hailed as a hero, he credited his skills to playing Mario Kart.
The first known Easter egg in a video game was a secret room in Atari Adventure (1979) that credited the game’s developer, Warren Robinett. Atari did not allow their developers to be credited at the time so Robinett added the feature, told no one, and quit before anything could be done about it.
A pro Counter-Strike player said about his team that they ‘were all on Adderall’ in an interview; as a result, the ESL, one of the largest eSports organization, announced that they will be working with the World Anti-Doping Agency to implement drug-testing for pro players.
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.
Sid Meier didn’t include multiplayer in the original Civilization game because “if you had friends, you wouldn’t need to play computer games.”
In the first quarter of 2014, the mobile game Candy Crush made 56% more money than all Nintendo games combined.
45% of all online gamers are female and women over the age of 18 are the industry’s fastest growing demographic.
South Korea bans children aged under 16 from playing online games between midnight and 6AM under a so-called “Cinderella Law”