101 game facts that will rock your world

Fact: We love facts. And the world of gaming is absolutely littered with astonishing/pointless/obscure trivia to cram into your brain. So, not-so-hot on the trail of last year's tepidly received 101 things you didn't know about games, we bring you another staggering list of game-related info detritus for your consuming pleasure. Memorize both gargantuan lists and become the ultimate know-it-all gamer.

01. Sonic The Hedgehog isn't only the name of Sega's speedy mascot, but also a gene on chromosome 7 of the human genome. Well, it was until recently when the science community decided to ditch all of its 'comedy' names for genes. Party poopers.

02. Matt Damon refused to appear in the recent Bourne Conspiracy game because he thought it was too violent. Not fussed by the violence in the films then, eh, Matt?

03. Ever wondered what happens to Leon's cool leather jacket in Resident Evil 4? It inexplicably disappears after the scene in the village. Well, on the PS2 version, go through Ada's side-quest and one of the Ganado villagers will be wearing it.

04. In the early stages of its development, Half-Life 2 featured a friendly alien that would follow Gordon Freeman around, feasting on the bodies of his fallen enemies. It was taken out when Valve discovered that the AI would be too difficult to convincingly program.

05. In 1986, Nintendo released a special Disk System peripheral for the NES in Japan. Among its features was a microphone in the controller, which certain games used, including an updated version of the original Zelda. You could only destroy a certain enemy by shouting into the mic.

06. The famously awful E.T. game for the Atari 2600 actually sold more than its most famous game, Space Invaders. E.T. sold 1.5 million, while Invaders only shifted a million.

07. A boss character called Binbag was removed from Rockstar's Manhunt early in its development. He was a psychopath wrapped in black refuse sacks. Lovely.

08. Rockstar also removed a character from Grand Theft Auto 3, although this time it was said to be because of the terrorist attacks on September 11th. He was called Darkel, a homeless guy who'd get you to rig buildings with explosives.

09. In the video game sequel to John Carpenter's seminal sci-fi horror film The Thing, the legendary director made a cameo appearance as a character called Doctor Faraday. He also oversaw the production of the game to make sure it was faithful to his original vision.

10. In Pilotwings 64, the character Lark is actually the mascot for famous American games magazine Nintendo Power, Nester. His name was changed at the last minute, probably because PAL gamers wouldn't know who he was.

11. Oscar-winning actor Marlon Brando recorded dialogue for EA's Godfather game shortly before he died, but it was deemed unusable due to the bloated thesp's ageing, mumbly voice. Instead, they hired in a sound-alike. What a waste of money, eh?

12. Vivendi's underrated Scarface game also featured a sound-alike, but this one was personally chosen by Al Pacino himself, hence the spot-on likeness. His name is Andre Sogliuzzo and he's a veteran video game voice actor.

13. DJ Atomica, the (some would say) annoying announcer in Burnout Paradise, is the same guy who provided the commentary for SSX 3. In Paradise, he makes reference to SSX several times, suggesting it's supposed to be the same character.

14. The Little Sisters from BioShock didn't start their life as little girls at all, but rather tiny mole-like creatures who scuttled around Rapture collecting Adam. Early concept art also shows them as retro '50s-style robots, too. We think they made the right choice.

15. UK Radio One DJ, Chris Moyles, was an enemy in the game spin-off of hit TV show 24. He played an Eastern European terrorist, who Jack Bauer found himself fighting at the end of an early level. It was only his face however; the voice was provided by another actor.

16. Another unlikely celebrity cameo is UK chat show host Jonathan Ross, who 'starred' in Halo 3. He supplies the voice of one of the marines who helps Master Chief, although it's very rare that one of his lines comes up -it's a totally random, and rare, occurrence.

17. In The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening, the advisor from the SNES version of Sim City, Dr Wright, appears in a house. He's named after Will Wright, the creator of the Sim series.

18. In Fallout 2, there's a hidden room in Junktown, in the Cafe Of Broken Dreams, where you can find Dogmeat, the Vault Dweller from the first game's faithful hound.

19. In the original Super Smash Brothers Melee, the Princess Daisy trophy had a mysterious third eye on the back of its head. Unfortunate glitch? Or something more sinister?

20. Sony's beautiful monster-toppling adventure game Shadow Of The Colossus was originally going to feature groups of characters on horseback working to take down the colossi cooperatively. This proved too taxing for the PS2's hardware, sadly.

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  • albert-wesker - September 21, 2014 5:30 p.m.

    I don't know how you managed to mess up #70 so badly, first of all RE2 takes place in the middle of RE3, not after, and there's no Nemesis on RE2 at all, there are several T-101 (the tyrant from RE2) during the final battle of RE3 though, Nemesis actually eats one of them in order to evolve into his final form. The monster that appears in the locked room on RE2 is actually an Hunter and only appears in the N64 version of the game.
  • NathanTheHunt - October 27, 2009 6:42 a.m.

    Fact number 46 was in last years article also.
  • NathanTheHunt - October 27, 2009 6:39 a.m.

    Xbox=DirectXbox was mentioned in last years article also.
  • maedene - October 7, 2009 2:29 a.m.

    But there IS a game called Star Fox: Dinosaur Planet.
  • yax51 - November 29, 2008 6:03 a.m.

    Good article, however #100 is inncorrect. The sheeps' password is not "bo-ram-u" nor is it whats said in Warcraft 2. The correct password in the movie is "Baa-ram-ewe". Ewe being a female sheep thus making the sheeps' password more "sheepish"
  • xmattyoungx - November 25, 2008 8:14 p.m.

    52 is incorrect. The NBA 2K games have had branded achievements.
  • WingNutZA - November 25, 2008 8:34 a.m.

    Nursery rhyme... "Little Bo Beep has lost her sheep, And can't tell where to find them. Leave them alone, and they'll come home, Bringing their tails behind them." And if you click on the sheep enough times in Warcraft 2, eventually they'll explode.
  • Zenrel - November 21, 2008 6:09 a.m.

    Its Baah-ram-ewe, what has "bo" got to do with sheep....?
  • blocpartier - November 19, 2008 3:39 a.m.

    I knew quite a few of these but I wasn't aware about pressing a button only 16 times in one second. That's kinda frustrating if you ask me....
  • Sash - November 17, 2008 12:12 p.m.

    I have to lol at how crappy the goldeneye graphics look now xD
  • A.J_Smiles - November 16, 2008 7:36 p.m.

    haha tunerracer. better luck next time! any way this article was awesome. i feel...enlightened...and kinda hungry.
  • xXHaloKillerXx - November 16, 2008 2:10 p.m.

    @RonnyLive19881 Your probably a Nintendo fanboy.People bought wiiplay for the remote and the reviews sucked for and so does Wii.
  • AbleCluster - November 15, 2008 12:55 p.m.

    LOL, thats pretty funny dude. Well done. jess
  • Soulreaverm - November 15, 2008 7:30 a.m.

    Awesome article, but I found that at least a tenth of this I already know, because of reading GR articles. Some things in this article have been mentioned so many times...
  • NullG7 - November 15, 2008 2:04 a.m.

    I had already heard about 2/3 of this before but none of the intresting stuff like "If we do not succeed, then we run the risk of failure" or Xbox = 'Direct' X Box. You should have things like this more often.
  • zombieddeath - November 14, 2008 11:05 p.m.

    How the hell did Wii Play sell twice as more than Halo 3?
  • Darkness710 - November 14, 2008 10:17 p.m.

    it sounds fun to work on Dead Space
  • MobstahLobstah - November 14, 2008 7:51 p.m.

  • Z-man427 - November 14, 2008 6:48 p.m.

    this was really pretty interesting. and I'm a sponge for useless trivia
  • TheFish - November 14, 2008 5:33 p.m.

    my mind was fried with your beams of truth.