Pigs can be taught to play video games. They are able to control a cursor with a joystick and move it to the indicated area. They tried the same game with dogs, but even after extensive training dogs weren’t able to understand the goal. Pigs even beat chimpanzees.
Super Mario was named after Mario Segale, an Italian-American who leased his warehouse to Nintendo in the ‘80s.
The video game industry makes more revenue than the film and music industry combined.
Back in the 1980’s people were able to download Video Games from a radio broadcast by recording the sounds onto a cassette tape that they could then play on their computers.
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.
5 million Americans play video games for 40 hours a week, the equivalent of a day job.
Due to the limitations of arcade hardware in 1981, Mario was clothed in red overalls and blue shirt to contrast his arms, body, and background. The cap was added to avoid drawing his hairstyle, forehead, and eyebrows. The large nose and mustache avoided the need to draw a mouth and expressions.
A 2013 Video Game, Last of Us, includes an easter egg which has an in-game pest control company’s phone numbers displayed. If players were to call these numbers in real life, they would reach phone sex hotlines. The makers of the game soon patched these numbers out after these findings were reported.