A driver distracted by playing Pokemon and a pedestrian playing Pokemon, each injured in separate accidents but treated at the same time in the same ER, were among the first reports of augmented reality application-related injuries, which prompted medical research into reality based games.
Two regions of the brain, reward pathways and the hippocampus, physically shrink when we’re clinically depressed and gaming reverses that damage. Gameplay hyperstimulates areas of the brain associated with motivation, goals, learning and memory; making it the neurological opposite of depression.
The video game Stardew Valley was developed by a single person named Eric Barone. He spent 4 years working on the project, redoing it multiple times, and was the sole developer on the game, frequently spending 10 hours or more a day working on it. The game has sold over 10 million copies.
The developers of the racing simulator game Assetto Corsa were attempting to find the source of what they believed to be a bug with the in-game traction control. In reality, the “bug” was the simulation accurately recreating a real world physics problem they were unaware of.
The Microsoft Flight Simulator franchise is older than Windows itself, with the first flight simulator being released in 1982, while the first version of windows was released in 1985.
William Higinbotham, the man who made the world’s first video game, was also a member of the team which made the world’s first nuclear bomb.
Before the internet, Nintendo had “game counselors” – whom you could call if you were stuck in a game and they would coach you through it.
The first computer game was Nim, released in April 1940 on a computer called the Nimatron, which weighed over a ton. The designer was a nuclear physicist and quantum mechanics pioneer who later participated in the Manhattan Project. 100,000 games were played, with the computer winning ~90%
In the 1980s you could download video games from a radio broadcast, by recording the sounds onto a cassette tape that would then play on a computer.